6 Healthy Recipes You Can Make in 1 Pot or Pan

Mar 15 2017
Question@2x Hi Hungry Girl,

I'm trying to replace my takeout habit with healthy home-cooked meals, but the idea of a sink full of pots and pans puts me off every time! Can you suggest some recipes that can be made with just one pot or pan?

One-Pot Wendy
Answer@2x Hi Wendy,

I hear you! No one wants to spend their evening elbow-deep in dirty pots and pans. I've rounded up some of my favorite one-pot/one-pan recipes to make cleanup a breeze. Check 'em out...

Big Beef Chili

1/8th of recipe (about 1 cup): 189 calories, 3g total fat (1g sat fat), 495mg sodium, 23.5g carbs, 6g fiber, 8g sugars, 18g protein

SmartPoints® value 3*

Ah, chili: The ultimate one-pot meal! No mixing bowls or other kitchen equipment required for this hearty recipe. Just brown the ground beef, add the remaining ingredients, and cook until veggies are soft. It makes eight servings, so leftovers are likely. This means you only have to clean one pot for several meals!

Turbo Tofu Stir-Fry

1/4th of recipe (about 1 1/3 cups): 189 calories, 6.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 768mg sodium, 16.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 7g sugars, 13g protein

SmartPoints® value 3*

Stir-frys like this Asian-inspired dish are perfect for those who loathe a lengthy kitchen cleanup. If you're skeptical about tofu, this is a good beginner recipe: The tofu is cooked perfectly, and it's full of flavor! You can also make this recipe with chicken breast or shrimp. Give it a shot!

Cauliflower Rice Paella

1/4th of recipe (about 1 3/4 cups): 251 calories, 2.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 771mg sodium, 22.5g carbs, 7g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 33.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 3*

Paella is delicioso, but all that rice brings too many starchy calories. So I turned to one of my favorite carb swaps, cauliflower rice, to re-create the Spanish feast. The flavors are crazy amazing, and this meal is so filling. And, of course, just one pot required! Yaaaaaas...

Big Green Stir-Fry

1/2 of recipe (about 3 cups): 310 calories, 6g total fat (1g sat fat), 560mg sodium, 22g carbs, 8g fiber, 8g sugars, 43.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 3*

Here's another stir-fry favorite, this time featuring chicken! It's chock-full of veggies like snap peas and asparagus, plus water chestnuts and almonds for serious crunch. With this recipe, dinner will be ready in under half an hour, and cleanup takes just a few minutes. Who loves you?

Chicken & Eggplant Teriyaki Stir-Fry

1/2 of recipe (about 1 1/3 cups): 297 calories, 4g total fat (1g sat fat), 764mg sodium, 28.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 17.5g sugars, 34g protein

SmartPoints® value 5*

Teriyaki marinade + sweet Asian chili sauce = magic! And since eggplant soaks up the flavor of other ingredients, the veggie becomes insanely delicious in this protein-packed stir-fry. Plus, you'll go from chopping to eating in under 30 minutes. Love it!

Shrimp 'n Slaw Marinara

Entire recipe: 289 calories, 3g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 770mg sodium, 31g carbs, 14g fiber, 15g sugars, 36.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 4*

This dish involves three ingredients, one pan, and zero reasons not to make it all the time! The broccoli cole slaw cooks down to a noodle-like consistency that is soooo good. Top it off with marinara sauce and stir in some shrimp (a freezer staple), and you're DONE. It's simple to make, and all that protein leaves you feeling satisfied. Even more satisfying is the minimal cleanup required!

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