One-pot recipes are great for a variety of reasons: Aside from being the easiest cleanup of all time, the prep is often minimal, too—meaning you’ll be in and out of the kitchen in minutes. That’s something we can definitely get behind.
If you’re a vegetarian or simply not in the mood for meat, there are still endless options for nutritious, hearty meals. Next time you’re short on time or looking for something new to try, choose one of these one-pot recipes. You won’t be disappointed.
One-Pot Spicy Eggs and Potatoes
The secret to making this easy, breakfast-for-dinner option? Slow cooking a spicy, ancho chili tomato sauce that is bursting with flavor. Start by sauteeing the potatoes with just a touch of ancho chili powder, and crack the eggs directly into the pot over warm heat. The tomatoes and broth add a hearty flavor to this recipe by Pinch of Yum, making it the perfect comfort dish. Add some kale to make it even healthier.
Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole
Your favorite indulgent side dish gets a healthy twist, thanks to this recipe by In My Bowl. Coconut sugar, flax, and plant-based milk provide a new twist on an old favorite, but don’t despair: It tastes amazing. It’s also super easy to make, as all you have to do is puree your sweet potatoes and mix together with all the ingredients. Bake for 15 minutes, and you’re all done.
This protein-heavy pasta from Fresh Off The Grid combines a dynamic slew of bold flavors, which utilize a complementary array of ingredients and spices to really shine. Featuring a lentil pasta base and garlic-tomato sauce, this dinner essential is all kinds of satisfying.
This summer French classic from Wallflower Kitchen comes with a carb-loaded twist we can’t get enough of. With zucchini, eggplants, and plenty of more fresh and seasonally veggies, this recipe’s vegan and gluten-free qualities make it essentially a guilt-free meal!
Chili is one of the best comfort foods there is. From the smell of it cooking on the stovetop to cozying up and chowing down, it’s fantastic every step of the way. You can skip the meat in this classic meal, and add quinoa to make it rich and filling. Combine your quinoa with black beans, kidney beans, and a variety of veggies and spices, and you’re all set. One of the best parts? This recipe from The Healthy Maven only takes about 10 minutes to prepare. Also, bonus points for adding dark chocolate and maple syrup.
White Bean Pasta
A simple pasta dish is one of the easiest (and most satisfying) things to whip up after a long day. And when you get bored of your regular pasta routine, there are tons of fun ways you can switch things up. Turn your standard noodles into something extra tasty by adding white beans, asparagus tips, and shredded gruyere cheese. This recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron will leave you full and content.
Cooking Asian cuisine may be intimidating, but don’t let that stop you. These peanut noodles from Vegan Richa are surprisingly easy to make. After bringing your noodles to a boil, simply add in the additional ingredients. With the help of some peanut butter, ginger, and soy sauce, you’ll recreate the flavors of your favorite take-out meal.
The prep time on this dish is only about 15 minutes and will yield four servings. Invite some friends over to have dinner, or save the leftovers for your lunch—either way, there’s plenty to go around. This one-pot recipe from Making Thyme for Health comes together easily.
Want a twist on a traditional Mexican flavors? Try this quinoa based dish from Damn Delicious. All you need to do is toss the ingredients together and simmer for about twenty minutes. Cooking dinner couldn’t be easier. Quinoa, beans, corn, tomatoes, and jalapeno mixed in with vegetable broth create some of the best flavors. Eat this as it is, or heap it into tortillas or lettuce wraps.
Sure, those glory days of college microwavable ramen were great, but you can make this meal easily and with all natural ingredients. Saute your veggies and spices, add your broth, and then toss in noodles. This recipe from The Roasted Root couldn’t be any easier to follow! Break the one-pot rule to make yourself a soft boiled egg to put on top of your ramen. It’s healthy and totally delicious.
Cauliflower, Kale, and Chickpea Curry Pot
This recipe proves that you can mix just about any of your favorite ingredients and flavors to make a great meal. Start by heating up some coconut oil, and then then add in onions, curry powder, and garlic to set the base for your flavor. When your spices are fragrant, add in the cauliflower and vegetable stock, and let it simmer for about 40 minutes. Toss in chickpeas and kale for five minutes at the end, and you’re all done. Serve this meal from The First Mess however you want—rice, naan, and quinoa are all perfect sides for this flavorful veggie dish.
Chickpea and Cauliflower Tomato Stew
Like the previous recipe, this dish starts with chickpeas and cauliflower, but this time it turns into a creamy tomato stew. This recipe from Love and Lemons is just as easy and will give you a totally different meal for the rest of the week.
Vegetable Brown Rice Casserole
Brown rice is a healthy base for just about anything. With this dish from Cook Nourish Bliss, mushrooms, asparagus, peas and melted cheese accompany the grain. After stir-frying your vegetables for a few minutes, add in the rice and vegetable broth, and simmer everything together until the broth is completely absorbed. When the rice is ready, sprinkle the shredded cheese on top to give this dish a casserole vibe.
Zucchini Mushroom Pasta
Skip traditional tomato sauce, and make something that highlights the flavors of veggies. Combine spaghetti, mushrooms, zucchini, peas, garlic, and thyme with your water, and bring it all to a boil. Cook it all for only 10 minutes, and then stir in some parmesan and heavy cream to make the Damn Delicious dish even richer. Once you try this easy meal, you’ll never go back to jarred sauce.
This story was originally published February 2017. It has been updated with new information.
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