Whip Up These 7 Impossibly Easy, 1-Pan, Healthy Dinners


By Cooking Panda

Oct. 24 is perhaps the most important food holiday of the year! It’s National Food Day, and we are super excited to celebrate.

Food Day is all about eating real, healthy, sustainable food. But eating healthy doesn’t have to be tough! There’s no need to spend hours of prep and mess up your whole kitchen just to eat a few whole foods. We know how busy you are on weeknights. That’s why we’ve come up with some easy,real food recipes that you can cook up using only one pan. Seriously! Check these out:

1. Soy Sauce Longevity Noodles

Just an easy dinner using your favorite kind of egg noodles. If you want to be even healthier, you can use whole wheat or soba noodles.

2. Apple Butter Pork Chop Skillet

Sweet fruit and pork are so good together, and this dish really could not be any easier. We recommend eating this with some healthy carbs like #3:

3. Warm Balsamic Kale Salad

Warming up the kale just a bit makes it so much easier to eat and enjoy. Toss it with balsamic vinegar, butter, and your favorite veggies — plus anything else you have on hand, like fresh basil, grilled salmon, brown rice, dried fruit…

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

We won’t tell if you want to make life easier on yourself and use store-bought meatballs, although they aren’t too tough to make from scratch. If you are making them by hand, try mixing in a boatload of finely chopped mushrooms in addition to your breadcrumbs. Not only will this give you an extra savory flavor and a nice, tender texture, it will also pack in some vitamins and help you stretch out that ground meat.

5. Chili Lime Chicken and Sweet Potato Skillet

Sautee some chicken, sweet potatoes, beans and your favorite vegetables for a super easy weeknight treat that you can serve with rice, tortillas or any which way.

6. Curried Lentil and Spinach Soup

As the weather cools off, soup becomes more and more appealing. It’s also healthy, hearty and a great way to fill up on veggies, particularly with this super flavorful, filling rendition.

7. Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

Because who doesn’t love a classic chicken and potato roast? Bonus: throw some asparagus or green beans onto your sheet pan for an extra delicious, fully balanced meal.

Featured Photo Credit: The Cookie Rookie

Tags: clean eating, easy weeknight dinner, healthy dinner, one pot meal, one-pan meal
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Speed Up Your Evenings With These 6 Craveworthy One-Pot Meals


By Cooking Panda

As much as we love a good, elaborate, home-cooked meal, spending ages cleaning it up on a weeknight is just not the business.

why does cooking take like six hours and eating like three seconds and washing dishes like seven days and seven nights

— no (@tbhjuststop) August 23, 2015

Fortunately for you, that doesn’t have to be your fate.

We’re huge fans of one-dish meals, where cleaning up takes almost as little time as actually eating. It really doesn’t get any easier. Or more delicious. You’re welcome.

1. One-Pot Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes

Yep, that’s right — one pan pasta. It’s a real thing. We love this recipe because it uses whole grain noodles, which don’t get too starchy or gummy, and everything else is stuff you might already have on hand.

2. Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter

Salmon is super healthy and delicious, but it’s easy to fall into a butter/lemon rut. Try something new with this lime juice/chili powder/pepitas rub for an extra kick.

3. Slow Cooker Ribs

Ribs always seem like an extravagant affair, but did you know that enjoying delicious, tender, melt-in-your-mouth ribs on a weeknight is as easy as doctoring up some barbecue sauce and throwing it into the slow cooker with baby back ribs? Bonus: For an extra caramelized touch, broil the finished product for a few minutes with a little bit of the reserved sauce.

4. Savory Pudding with Sausage and Tomatoes

This is technically a two-dish meal, since you need to use a mixing bowl to make your batter. Please forgive us.

5. One-Pan Lasagna

Save yourself half the work by using oven-ready, instant lasagna noodles.

6. Pork and Plums

Take full advantage of plum season with this sweet-savory breeze of a dish.

Featured Photo Credit: Jonathan Lovekin/MarthaStewart.com

Tags: easy weeknight recipe, one pot meal, one-dish meall, one-pan meal, weeknight recipes
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