These Healthy One Pot Meals are easy to make for dinner and even easier to clean up! The whole family will love them.
Lead photo credit: Cotter Crunch
Have you ever heard the term "commensality"?
I had not. I thought it was sorta made up.
And I'm totally okay with made up words. I think I made up "unmillennial" when I named my podcast. So clearly, made up words = stroke of genius.
But back to the topic:
Commensality is a term I learned a few days ago while attending a sponsored food and nutrition communicators' conference in Lisbon (hosted in part by Bush's Beans who sponsored a session on the importance of family meals and was at least partially responsible for my attendance. There's your disclosure for the day.) And what "commensality" is, is a very fancy term for basically people eating together.
Why would I travel to a conference in Europe just to talk about people eating together?
Because it matters.
Eating together matters for both young and old, millennial and unmillennial, dads and dudes. It matters because (and I'm quoting here directly from TheFamilyDinnerProject website):
...the “magic” of family dinners is grounded in research on the physical, mental and emotional benefits of regular family meals. Some of the specific benefits of family dinners are:
- Better academic performance
- Higher self-esteem
- Greater sense of resilience
- Lower risk of substance abuse
- Lower risk of teen pregnancy
- Lower risk of depression
- Lower likelihood of developing eating disorders
- Lower rates of obesity
Here's the thing, though -- Not EVERYONE is in a 2.2 family with a mom, dad and a dog. So you might wonder... do those same benefits apply to everyone?
In fact, seniors who eat meals together tend to have fewer problems with being underweight... a risk factor of longevity that's REALLY important in this age group.
But the idea of "eating together" can often feel like something special, fancy, elaborate or involved has to happen. And who needs more added to their plate in that way?
The idea put forth at the meeting was that we really should be looking for EASY ways for people to eat together. Quick meals. Simple recipes. Turning on the Instant Pot and sharing a big dish among your neighbors. Piling up a couple of Power Bowls and calling over a friend.
As a wife and mom of two, I can certainly find a reason to make a traditional meal of a meat, veggies, starches and whatever... you know, round out that all American plate.
But sometimes, you just want to get dinner on the table fast -- either to help capture that brief moment when schedules align OR in the case of non-child centered families, to avoid hours in the kitchen for just yourself and maybe a friend.
Enter One Pot Meals.
We've shared some of these recipes with you before here on the blog. They're a few of our favorites. They all simply require throwing everything in one pot or pan, stirring a little bit and you end up with a delicious, healthy meal -- for you, your family, your extended family, your friends or simply anyone you can invite over for a meal tonight. A delicious dish should always be shared!
To get you started, I REALLY hope you'll try my Life Changing Chili first. I can't tell you how many people have made this recipe and said to me, "Okay, you're right. It's life changing." You gotta read the post to find out why it's called Life Changing Chili. But I promise if you take a couple of minutes ('cause that's all it requires) to make this chili, you will thank me. ~Regan
With just 4 ingredients this slow cooker chili will quickly become your go-to for an easy chili recipe.
Life Changing Chili via Regan Jones, RD
Introduce the family to some new flavors with this chicken dish!
One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas & Yogurt via Platings & Pairings
Equal parts light & fresh and creamy & delicious.
Creamy One Pot Caprese Pasta via Get Inspired Everyday
The perfect way to get protein, veggies and whole grains in one bowl!
One Pot Chicken & Broccoli Pasta via Kitchen Sanctuary
Bring some spice to the dinner table!
One Pot Spicy Cajun Pasta via Mariah's Pleasing Plates
For your next Taco Tuesday.
Turkey Taco Skillet via Bijoux & Bits
Perfect for a busy weeknight or dinner with friends.
One Pot Spanish Chicken via Kitchen Sanctuary
Comfort food made simple.
Cottage Beef Pot Pie via Taste and See
Enjoy this simple recipe for breakfast or dinner.
One Pot Spicy Eggs and Potatoes via Pinch of Yum
Tired of rice? Try couscous with dinner!
One Pot Curried Chicken and Carrot Couscous via The Adventures of MJ & Hungryman
Everyone loves Italian flavors!
Italian One Pot Chicken and Rice via Simple As That
Not your average BBQ dinner.
GF One Pot BBQ Cherry Pork Chops with Quinoa via Cotter Crunch
An easy way to use up leftover veggies at the end of the week.
Skillet Mediterranean Chicken Pasta via The Lean Green Bean
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