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10 Healthy Cozy One-Pan Dinners

May 9, 2020
Photo Credit: Dietitian Debbie Dishes

Often, my very favorite meals are the ones that require the least amount of clean-up — I hardly think I am alone in that mentality. Having only a few dishes to wash at the end of the night is a major dinner win, in my opinion. It’s even more of a win if the dinner that’s tossed together is a healthy one. These 10 recipes are equal parts cozy and nutritious — they’re a big hug at the end of the night that also get you out of the kitchen and onto the couch sooner.

Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots from Creme de le Crumb

A balsamic glaze on chicken not only infuses it with rich flavor, it protects it from drying it. Here the meat is paired with crispy potatoes and caramelized carrots for a comforting meal.

Quinoa squash skillet

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Butternut Squash and Black Bean Skillet Dinner from Simply Recipes

This quick skillet dinner takes advantage of canned black beans and turns them into something much more than an average pantry staple. Serve this topped with salsa, chopped avocado, or fresh cilantro.

Easy One Pot Shakshuka from Joyful Healthy Eats

Eggs for dinner is always a good idea and this simple skillet is proof. It’s saucy enough that it’s worth serving with crusty bread or pita, though it’s also perfect all on its own.

Curried sweet potatoes and chickpeas

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Curried Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas from Minimalist Baker

Roast a sheet pan full of vegetables and chickpeas and the result is a colorful bowl of goodness. Finish it off with a nutty drizzle of tahini or even just a few shakes of hot sauce.

One-Pan Chicken and Spinach Orzo from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Rotisserie chicken makes this pasta dinner come together in a flash. Though if you happen to already have cooked chicken on hand you can shred it and use it instead.

Sheet pan Italian baked eggs

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Sheet Pan Italian Baked Eggs from Baking the Goods

You might not be able to see them, but mushrooms and peppers are hiding in the tomato sauce for these Italian eggs. They bulk up the sauce while also adding plenty of good nutrition.

Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner from The Modern Proper

If you don’t have kale, any hearty green like Swiss chard, spinach, or mustard greens can be used. You could even swap in chunks of sweet potatoes for the regular potatoes.

Black bean and lentil nachos

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Black Bean & Lentil Sheet Pan Nachos from Carrots & Flowers

A combination of black beans and lentils give these nachos a serious boost of good protein and fiber. What’s great is you don’t even really need plates to enjoy them — just put the whole sheet pan at the center of the table and dig in.

Healthy One-Pot Cauliflower Curry from Dietitian Debbie Dishes

This vegetable-packed curry is wonderful served over cooked brown rice or quinoa but if you’d rather not dirty another pot, skip the grains and call it a soup.

Sausage and rice casserole

Photo Credit: Well Plated by Erin

Sausage and Rice Casserole from Well Plated by Erin

If you want to double down on vegetables, try replacing the brown rice in this recipe with cauliflower rice. It will make the dinner a little lighter but no less satisfying.


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