One-pot meals are especially appealing if you have a busy schedule or want to start your weekend relaxation as quickly as possible. There are several ingredients and flavors to choose from, so you’re sure to come up with a delicious and nutritious dinner your whole family will enjoy, and you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen.
Lobster Macaroni and Cheese
Add seafood to your favorite mac and cheese dish for a complete dinner. Add a little tomato sauce and heavy cream to the sauce for enhanced flavor. The lobster adds more protein to the dish, and you can also hide a veggie or two in this pasta dish for a healthy and complete meal.
Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi Pasta
Perfect Pot Roast
A savory pot roast is the ideal comfort food to start your weekend because it’s delicious and only requires one pot to prepare. Potatoes, carrots, and celery are cooked with the roast, so your side dish is cooking at the same time as your entree.
Simple, Perfect Chili
Chili is a hearty meal that only takes minutes to make, and you can customize it to your family’s tastes. The fact that you only need one pot to make chili makes the meal even more appealing, and you can set up a chili bar with sour cream, chives, cheese, and diced tomatoes to make the meal complete.
Mac and Cheese
If you’re looking to get the weekend started off right, you can’t go wrong with macaroni and cheese. This dish is filled with cheesy goodness, and you can add veggies like broccoli or even ground meat to make the mac and cheese more filling.
Goulash is the perfect one-pot meal if you’re in the mood for pasta. Add ground beef, tomato sauce, and fresh herbs for a delicious meal that will satisfy the entire family. Not only is this dish tasty, but clean-up is a breeze, which is a great way to start your weekend.
Chicken and Dumplings
Start your weekend with comfort food by making this one-pot chicken and dumplings meal. In addition to seasoned chicken and decadent dumplings, you can add vegetables like onions, carrots, and celery to the meal to make it more nutritious.
Baked Cheddar Eggs and Potatoes
If your family loves breakfast for dinner, they’ll enjoy this skillet dinner made with cheese, eggs, and potatoes. Prepare the eggs any way you like, and top the skillet dinner with cracked black pepper before bringing this tasty dish to the table.
Sausage and Vegetable Skillet Dinner
This tasty dinner is a creative and simple take on meat and potatoes. Thinly sliced potatoes, sausage, and corn make this dish flavorful with a hint of sweetness, and it doesn’t take hours to prepare.
One-Pot Chicken Alfredo
Satisfy your craving for Italian food with this one-pot pasta meal. The onion and garlic in the dish enhance the flavor of the chicken, and you can use sour cream or plain yogurt to make the Alfredo sauce.
Honey Chicken Stir Fry
Stir fry is an excellent one-pot dish, especially if you have a busy schedule and can’t wait to get home and relax on Friday. Honey chicken is a flavorful and sweet addition to this meal, and you can add broccoli and peppers to add a burst of color and nutrition to this easy dish.
Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice Bowls
Don’t order takeout at a Mexican restaurant; instead, make this chicken and rice bowl in your Instant Pot. This easy dinner has all the flavors of tacos or enchiladas, and you can get it on the table in a matter of minutes. Top the rice bowls with diced tomatoes and cilantro for added flavor and nutrition.
Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli
This pasta dish has zesty ranch flavor, broccoli, and chicken for a filling meal the entire family will love. You can prepare all the ingredients in one pot to make clean-up easy so you can spend more time with your loved ones.
Crispy Rosemary Chicken and Fries
Chicken seasoned with fresh rosemary paired with crispy potatoes is a decadent meal that tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen. You can reserve this for a Friday meal or prepare it any time you need to get dinner on the table in a pinch.
Vegetarian Fried Rice
If you and your family love Chinese takeout, you can make this simple fried rice meal at home in a matter of minutes. Using tofu instead of chicken or steak makes the meal vegetarian, which is perfect if your family is meat-free. Add carrots, broccoli, and onion for a nutritious meal that is even more delicious the next day.
One-Pot Crispy Chicken and Rice
Try this delicious take on chicken and rice by preparing all the parts of your meal in one pot. The crispy skin of the chicken paired with fluffy rice will make this easy dinner a family favorite.
One-Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Spaghetti is a wonderful choice for a delicious weekend dinner if you’re pressed for time and want to make the entire meal in one pot. Add vegetables like spinach or butternut squash to the spaghetti to make dinner more nutritious.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
This tasty soup is ideal if your family loves Mexican food. The soup doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, and you can prepare it in the crockpot so you can take some time to relax before dinner.
Leftover Baked Potato Soup
If you’ve got potatoes in the pantry or leftover baked potatoes, try this tasty potato soup. Whip the potatoes with cream and parmesan cheese and top with all the things you’d use for your baked potatoes such as cheese, sour cream, or steamed broccoli.
Vegetarian Pot Pie
Pot pies usually contain chicken, but you can make a vegetarian version for a tasty one-pot weekend meal. Celery, carrots, peas, and potatoes make the pot pie flavorful and nutritious. This dish is perfect if you’re trying to reduce your meat consumption or if one of your loved ones is vegetarian.
Pan-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
Make your entire dinner in one pan with this tasty chicken and vegetable dinner. Rosemary-seasoned potatoes and savory chicken make this dinner satisfying, especially since you won’t be on your feet in the kitchen for hours creating a hearty meal.
Quick Mexican Bean Soup
No time to make enchiladas or burritos? Throw all the ingredients from your favorite Mexican dishes into one pot to make this tasty bean soup. Top with your favorite taco fixings to get your weekend started off right.
Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken with Potatoes
Chicken is always a go-to when it comes to dinner, but you can spice up your chicken dinner by seasoning the meat with lemon and herbs and cooking a few fingerling potatoes in the same skillet. Your entree and side dish are ready at the same time and you can sit down for dinner in less than an hour.
Inside-Out Stuffed Cabbage
Enjoy all the flavors of stuffed cabbage with this one-pot meal that takes just 30 minutes to make. Add some butternut squash for more fiber and beta carotene and to make this simply delicious dinner even more filling.
Beef and Pepper Skillet
If your family loves Mexican-inspired meals, you’ll love this beef and pepper skillet. It’s filled with flavor and packed with protein, and you can use brown rice to add more fiber to this easy dinner.