By Rachel Barber

Published on August 3, 2015

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The end of the workday can often be when we’re most wiped-out, but it’s also when we’re hungriest, too. Reconcile these two competing forces by prepping and cooking a one-pot meal for weeknights that will cut down on time and clean up. Sounds pretty scrumptious, no? 

linguine with spicy shrimp
Try this fresh pasta recipe for a delicious, deceivingly impressive meal. 

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chicken gumbo
This yummy Cajun favorite mixes flavorful rotisserie chicken, okra, and spicy sausage.

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pork chops with chard and white beans
A tasty, hearty recipe that includes both protein and a side in one pot!

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bacon mac ‘n cheese
This delicious and indulgent mac ’n cheese takes just 20 minutes of prep.

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tamale pie
A simple alternative to tamales, this filling recipe makes eight (!) servings. 

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chicken fajitas
Although this one has a long list of ingredients, it’s super simple. (Promise!)

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red-hot chili
If you love a little spice, this one is for you. Top this easy to make, spicy chili with a scoop of sour cream, bacon, and chives.

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sardinian-style paella
This dish combines flavors of seafood and chorizo with Sardinian pasta for a unique spin on traditional paella. 

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salmon, red cabbage, & new potatoes
Impress guests with this zesty salmon and two sides. All of it cooks within 25 minutes.

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southwestern sweet potato breakfast skillet
This unique breakfast isn’t limited to the morning. Cook this up any time of day for a filling meal packed with vitamin A and C. Try serving with hot sauce.

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new england clam chowder
Even if it’s your first time cooking clams, this classic one-pot recipe is easier than you’d think!

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tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons
The best part about this recipe? Prep time is only 10 minutes! The addition of orzo and croutons makes this light soup a filling meal.

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vegetarian pho
A favorite Vietnamese comfort food. Customize the recipe with your own garnishes.