(HealthyLifeHacks.net) – A good, home-cooked dinner can help balance out even the worst of days. But, sometimes it can seem like every pot and pan in the kitchen ends up in the sink in the process. One-pan dinners are a great solution. This healthy yet versatile approach to meal prep can save time without sacrificing flavor. We’ve found a few delicious choices that also won’t break the bank.
One-Pan Honey Garlic Chicken
This simple, flavorful recipe uses chicken wings and thighs, potatoes, carrots, and lots of onion and garlic. The secret to this selection is the sweet and salty honey sauce used to caramelize all of the ingredients and bring the flavors together. Check it out:
This recipe will work using other vegetables as well. Consider adding or substituting broccoli, halved Brussel’s sprouts, or asparagus shoots; just make sure to adjust cooking times for each veggie, so nothing gets soggy or left too crunchy.
Stovetop Beef Stew
Who doesn’t enjoy the slow-cooked flavor of a good beef stew? This classic comfort food is easier to make than most of us might realize, requiring minimal prep work and even limited attention while cooking. Cuts of meat, onion, carrot, and celery get a light grill before simmering until tender, with potatoes going in for the last 1 1/2 hours or so. Here’s the step-by-step:
This recipe requires users to have a few specific herbs on hand — bay leaves, thyme, and rosemary — as well as 2 cups of red wine and 4 cups of broth. People who don’t keep these items at home will need to stock their pantries ahead of time to prepare for this meal.
One-Pot Vegan Selections
Vegan meals can be every bit as flavorful and satisfying as their meat-based counterparts, but finding good recipes can take some sifting. We found a mouth-watering set of selections from Tasty. Check them out:
Savory lasagna soup? Southwestern-style quinoa? Yum! Creamy mushroom stroganoff? Curry noodle soup? Yes, please! Each of these recipes only requires the use of a single pot or pan, so why not give one of them a shot on the next Meatless Monday?
To experiment and create new one-pan recipes, start each with a protein or starchy veggie and use liberal amounts of onion; add garlic during the last minute of browning. Play around with different sides and seasonings, keeping individual cooking requirements in mind and timing ingredients accordingly. Broth is an excellent deglazer and works well to tie ingredients together. Noodles, rice, and legumes are great choices for extending meat and veggies.
One-pan meals are a great solution for simplifying dinner and minimizing cleanup. Above are only a few options, but possible ingredient combinations are limitless. Why not find or create a favorite new recipe tonight?
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