When life gets busy, I fall back on making one-pot or skillet meals that are quick and easy to throw together for a healthy family dinner. I love the simplicity of one-pot meals and I especially love less mess to worry about after dinner is over. Here's 23 quick dinners with fewer dishes – they're one-pot wonders!

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer

It’s 4:30 pm.

Your stove is covered with the remains of pots and pans from last night’s dinner, and the kitchen sink is bursting with the day’s dishes because you forgot to empty the dishwasher this morning.

You’ve been feeling overwhelmed and exhausted lately and don’t have a plan. So, what do you cook for dinner tonight?

I have to admit that in this season of life of chasing and cleaning up after little ones, endless days inside because of below freezing temperatures, and working on growing my blog as a family business, these days happen more than I’d like. Not because I want my life to be perfectly planned and organized, but because it makes what can already be stressful and overwhelming days even more stressful and overwhelming.

In these situations, I fall back on making one-pot or skillet meals that are quick and easy to throw together for a healthy family dinner. I love the simplicity of one-pot meals and I especially love less mess to worry about after dinner is over.

Keep this list on hand for those kind of days at your house. You’ll be glad you did!

23 Recipes for Quick Dinners with Fewer Dishes

Hearty Lentil Stew
Photo credit: Kelly of TheNourishingHome.com

One-Pot Meals

Whip together a healthy dinner in just one pot!

Hearty Lentil Stew from The Nourishing Home

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Chowder from Intentional by Grace

Stovetop Turkey Rice and Veggies from Healthy Roots Happy Soul

Sweet and Sour Lentils from Keeper of the Home

Roasted Chicken Chili from The Nourishing Home

Southwestern Frittata

Simple Skillets

Quick and easy dinners in a skillet on the stovetop.

Taco Chili Mac from Live Renewed

Pizza Cabbage Skillet from Food Renegade

Easy Tortilla Lasagna from Raia’s Recipes

Un-Stuffed Peppers from Vintage Kids Modern World

Homemade Hamburger Helper from Healing Cuisine

Paleo Taco Skillet from Paleo Gone Sassy

Homemade Cheeseburger Helper from Kitchen Stewardship

Tuna and Rice Noodle Stir Fry from Paleo Diet Basics

Southwestern Frittata from Live Renewed

Chicken Picatta from Real Food Whole Health

Tomato Chicken Skillet from Healing Cuisine

Staple Weeknight Stir-Fry from Green Plate Kate

Herb Chicken Skillet from The Humbled Homemaker

Quesadilla

Still Simple Plus-One Pot Meals

These meals use an extra dish or pan, but are still simple and quick recipes to help you get a healthy dinner on the table for your family!

Mexican Chicken Skillet from Live Renewed

Creamy Green Chili Beef at Red and Honey

Chicken, Peas, and Brown Rice from The Greenbacks Gal

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas at Babble

Zucchini and Ground Beef Skillet Casserole from Live Renewed

Do you have any favorite quick one pot or skillet meals? Share a link with us in the comments!