You know that cooking homemade meals is the best way to nail your healthy eating goals. But when you stagger home from work after a busy day, what’s the one thing keeping you from stepping up to the stove? If it’s the fear and dread of dirty dishes, it’s time to pull out your secret weapon—a trusty cast-iron skillet. The total workhorse of the kitchen, it goes from stovetop to oven to table with ease, and it’s the one and only pan you need to get dinner on the table tonight.
The best one-skillet dinners are so easy to bang out, you barely need a recipe. Sear chicken thighs, pork chops, lean steaks, or salmon fillets, and jam in big handfuls of kale. Stir-fry shrimp or tofu with zoodles or whole-wheat noodles. Get grains in the mix, with stovetop casseroles based on brown rice or quinoa. Or let sweet potato get extra crispy, before cracking eggs directly into the pan.
Need more inspiration? These healthy eating bloggers have a few delicious ideas, to help you get started.
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One-Pan Balsamic Roasted Chicken & Vegetables
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Skillet Chicken Fajitas
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Photo courtesy of The Chunky Chef
One-Pan Pork Chops with Apples & Onions
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Chicken, Broccoli & Quinoa Skillet
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One-Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole
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Photo courtesy of Just a Taste
Zucchini Noodle Stir-Fry with Shrimp
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10-Minute Healthy Cauliflower Rice
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Green Shakshuka with Chard, Zucchini & Peas
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Zucchini, Arugula & Feta Frittata
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Hungry for more? Get inspired with these delicious recipes and roundups.
- 10 Sheet-Pan Dinners that Are Ridiculously Easy
- 10 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
- Healthy Recipe: One-Pan Chicken & Swoodles
- Healthy Recipe: Sheet-Pan Salmon with Spring Veggies
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.