5 One-Pot Meal Ideas for Busy Nights

5 One-Pot Meal Ideas for Busy Nights

Most people can agree that a major barrier to cooking at home – or in your Military Crashpad kitchen – is ALL the dishes piled up when the meal is over. Even if you know that it’s healthier and more cost-effective, the thought of scrubbing pots and pans can be enough to push you towards takeout.

What if you could throw together a nutritious meal using only one pot?

The dishes could be done in the time it takes you to scroll through and choose your evening show on Netflix.

Here we go:

Shrimp Linguini


  • 8-oz whole wheat linguini
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-lb shrimp
  • 4 Cups baby spinach
  • ½ Cup Parmesan cheese

Cook linguini according to package in a large pot. Strain and set aside. Heat olive oil. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add shrimp and cook until they start to turn pink. Add spinach, and cook until wilted. Return pasta to pot, stir in cheese. Serve and squeeze fresh lemon juice for extra zing!

Leftovers: Add crumbled bacon for an elevated kick.

Steak Fajitas

Who knew fajitas could be this simple? Typically, at Mexican restaurants, piping-hot fajitas are served on large platters with all the fixings. While it may seem complicated, this delicious dish can be prepared right on the stovetop in one pan. Try this basic recipe and jazz it up with toppings like guacamole and sour cream.

Leftovers: Scramble 2 eggs in the skillet. Add chopped up steak and vegetables. Serve topped with salsa in a warm tortilla for breakfast burrito.

Italian Chicken and Vegetables (low-carb)


  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1-lb chicken thighs
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 TBSP Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup chicken broth

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook until brown, turning chicken occasionally. Add vegetables. Cook until they start to brown. Add broth. Cook for 5 minutes or until internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees F. Remove from heat and serve.

Leftovers: Add a poached egg on top or make a wrap: stuff vegetables and shredded chicken inside a tortilla.

Easy Turkey Chili

If there’s one meal to keep in rotation for busy nights, it’s quick turkey chili. This versatile dish can easily be tweaked and modified. Choose your favorite canned beans, brown the meat and you’re almost there. It’s the toppings that make the chili, so don’t forget the avocado, sour cream, and grated cheese. Find the recipe here.

Leftovers: Yes!


When you get that craving for Asian flavors, it’s great to have a go-to recipe to keep you cooking at home. Chinese takeout is convenient, but homemade versions have shorter ingredient lists and are much healthier. Make this beef and broccoli stir-fry as a stand-alone meal or serve over rice, which you could purchase in microwavable pouches. After all, dirtying another pot in order to cook rice would defeat the purpose of a one-pot meal!

Leftovers: Load into a toasted tortilla for a lunchtime wrap.

We’d love to see your creative dishes, leave us a comment with your favorite!

Written by: Kara Ludlow

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