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  • Writer's pictureRaya Singh

One-pan dinners



When I don’t want to use a lot of dishes, multiple pots, and additional cooking utensils, I prepare a delicious one-pan dinner. These meals involve combining all the ingredients in a pot, a pan, or a slow cooker, and roasting or baking them together. The idea is to prepare a balanced meal with vegetables, protein, grains, or a carbohydrate and cook them all at once.


This type of meal is time-saving, requires little effort, is healthy, and is convenient. The flavors can blend together when cooked together, resulting in delicious and flavorful meals. This allows me to experiment with different ingredients and seasonings.


Why are one-pan / one-pot dinners so convenient?


Minimal cleanup: with one-pot dinners, you'll only have only one pot to clean which reduces the time spent on cleaning after dinner.


Time efficiency: with a single pot, you can have a homemade and complete delicious meal ready in no time. Many recipes take up to 30 minutes for cooking.


Versatility: whether you prefer meat-based, vegetarian, vegan, or seafood dishes, the one- pot method allows you to create unique flavor recipes.


Mixing of flavors: the cooking process in one-pot dinners allows the ingredients to blend together, resulting in rich flavors.


Personal preferences can influence the type of ingredients. In general, one-pan dinners feature some of the following ingredients:


Pasta: You can use different types of pasta and combine them with any kind of proteins, vegetables, and sauces.


Chicken: can be cooked in different manners and goes well with a variety of flavors.


Shrimp: It usually cooks fast and adds a tasty seafood element to a one-pan dinner. It pairs well with a variety of flavors and can be used in pasta dishes, stir-fries, or rice-based meals.


Rice: you can cook rice with almost any proteins, any vegetables, and seasonings to create, for example a delicious fried rice.


Potatoes: are very popular as an ingredient in one-pan dinners because they are filling and can be cooked in different ways: diced, roasted, or sliced. They complement meats, vegetables, and spices.


Bell Peppers: these add a beautiful color to any meal, and a sweet flavor. They can be roasted, sautéed, or stuffed with various fillings.


Onions: provide a rich and aromatic base for one-pan dinners. They add flavor and can be prepared in different ways: caramelized, sautéed, roasted, grilled, pickled, sliced thinly or chopped.


Garlic: the flavor of garlic enhances the taste of many dishes. When added to one-pan meals, it adds a savory and aromatic touch.


Leafy Greens: an excellent way to incorporate more nutrients is adding leafy greens like spinach, or kale to one-pan dinners. They cook quickly and can be mixed or sautéed with other ingredients.


Tomatoes: are a versatile ingredient that can be used as a base for stews, sauces, or to enhance the flavor of one-pan dinners.


Seasonings and Herbs: use to enhance the flavors such as thyme, oregano, rosemary, paprika, cumin, or chili flakes.


Remember, these ingredients can be mixed and matched based on your personal preferences and dietary restrictions to create delicious and satisfying one-pan meals. There are endless opportunities to experiment and create culinary delights with one-pot dinners, regardless of whether you're a newbie cook or a seasoned chef.


The possibilities for one-pan dinners are endless, so choose proteins: such as fish, shrimp, or tofu, vegetables, herbs, and seasonings according to your tastes.


I will be posting different recipes for you to try!


With love,



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