With summer heat in full effect, that last thing you want to think about is having to slave in the kitchen to make dinner. With so many activities and events to attend, a long meal prep just is not in the cards. This is where one pot meals become the real MVP of the summer and they are Uh-mazing. Not only are they quick and easy to make, they can be prepped ahead of time to really cut down on the total cook time.
As I sit here writing this, I am already in the midst of a jam-packed week so to know that dinner will be done within 30 minutes and it only requires me to do the bare minimum amount of effort is KEY and a total stress reliever.
So what exactly is a one pot meal? It requires you taking all of the necessary recipe ingredients, throwing them together in one pot or sheet pan, letting them cook for 30 minutes or so and then you EAT! Simple as that, my friends. The beauty of this type of dish is that it is achievable with as much or as little prep as you have time for.
If you shop on the weekends, you can buy all your ingredients, prep and chop your veggies ahead of time, that way all that’s left is to add proteins, carbs, and herbs. I like to store my chopped veggies in storage containers or quart size baggies. If I am using protein I have in the freezer (like chicken or sausage), I usually take it out the night before and let it defrost fully in the fridge. That way, when its time to start cooking half of the battle is already done.
If you are just back from a long weekend away and left to weeknight food shop, one-pot meals are also SO doable for same-day food shopping. The same rules as above apply (minus the defrosting if you are buying your protein the same day). And if you are really tight on time most grocery stores sell pre-chopped veggies, because sometimes, its the little things in life like not having to chop up vegetables after a long workday.
Throw all ingredients into one pot, add some heat to it and you’ll be eating in NO TIME.
And just like everything else with cooking, if a recipe calls for an ingredient you don’t like, swap it out for what you do like. Make it your own by customizing your meal to what sounds good to you.
There are a ton of different one-pot and sheet-pan recipes out there and it really comes down to what you like. We have rounded up some of our summer favorites: