My mother was the queen of simple healthy dinners. One of her favorites was a simple one-pan dinner that uses only one pan – and one hour – and can feed any number of people!
I wrote down this “recipe” when I got married, and have used it countless times since! The idea is to put all your dinner ingredients (Meat, Starch and Vegetable) in one pan and cook for an hour. Voila! You now have dinner for the whole family!
I especially love that this idea only takes about 10 minutes to prep. Then you can go watch your kids, do laundry, work an hour, take a walk – and when you return to the kitchen – dinner is done. Magic.Need a fast 10-minute prep dinner? Stick this in the oven and when you come back - magic! See recipe here… Click To Tweet
Of course, there isn’t an exact recipe for this meal. There are a few guidelines to follow – and then countless variations! This is how you make a One Pan Dinner:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9×13 pan with Pam or another cooking spray or butter.
Add One Starch:
- Rice: Add rice and water / broth in the bottom of your pan. Rice uses a 2-1 ratio. So, add 1 cup rice and 2 cups liquid. Or 2 cups rice and 4 cups liquid. For extra easy flavor, just add a box of Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice mix, the enclosed seasoning, and the correct amount of water.
- Potatoes: Peal and chop several potatoes and add to the bottom of your pan. Drizzle melted butter and any seasoning (garlic powder, salt & pepper, Mrs. Dash, Italian Seasoning, etc.) over the top of potatoes.
Add One Meat:
- Chicken: My favorite meat for this meal is chicken – either chicken breasts, chicken drumsticks, chicken thighs – the option is yours! Make sure your meat is defrosted (if it was frozen) and any fat is cut off. Add any number of pieces you need!
- Other cuts of meat: I have never tried this with other cuts of meat, but I’m sure any are possible! If you try other cuts, leave a message below and let us know!
- Frozen meats: I love making this meal with frozen meatballs (from the freezer section), frozen cooked pieces of Tyson chicken – and other pre-cooked meats!
- Sausages: Adding kielbasa or other sausages to this meal makes it really flavorful!
- Frozen Vegetables: I love dumping ANY frozen vegetables on the pan after your meat is added – frozen green beans, broccoli, mixed vegetables – the options are endless!
- Fresh Vegetables: My favorites are fresh green beans, fresh onions and peppers, broccoli, squash and root vegetables – keep the options going!
- Salt and Pepper: I think simple salt and pepper is so undervalued! I keep a salt grinder and pepper mill near my stove and put this on everything! Add a healthy dose of salt & pepper on top of this meal and your flavors will pop!
by Ms Kelly [Salt and Pepper Mill]
- Melted Butter: You don’t need any sauce or cream sauce for this meal! Just drizzle some melted butter on top and the flavors will come out.
- Other seasonings: Here are some seasonings I love on this dish: Mrs. Dash, Italian Seasoning, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Powder / Garlic Pepper, Parsley and Oregano, Greek Seasoning – Just keep adding until everything looks super flavorful :-).
Once everything is added to the pan – just cook at 350 degrees for an hour! Voila – dinner is served!
Do you make these one-pan meals? Please share your favorite combinations with us! We can’t wait to try out your favorites 🙂