Making one-dish meals is a great way to serve a variety of foods at one time without having lots of dishes to clean afterwards! There is no need to buy a box mix at the store to have a quick meal. You can easily make your own one-dish meals at home and get dinner on the table in very little time. [are typically healthier and less expensive than boxed or frozen one-dish meals.]
There are many types of one-dish meals that can be prepared in a variety of ways. Think outside the traditional plate lunch of a meat and three sides, and discover simple, but filling, meals such as:
The possibilities are limitless, and you only need a few basic kitchen essentials. Incorporating vegetables in your one-dish meals will help ensure your family gets a variety of nutrients needed for good health. Beans are a great source of protein and fiber and fit well into many one-dish meals.
If you are in a hurry, many one-dish meals can be prepared in a short amount of time. Prep in advance for busy nights by doing some tasks ahead of time. You can have vegetables already washed and chopped so they can be quickly added to a dish when needed.
Here are some pantry items you may want to keep stocked in order to quickly prepare one-dish meals:
One way to prepare your own one-dish meal is by making a sheet pan dinner. These meals are baked on a single sheet pan and are easy to prepare and clean up. You can cook meat such as pork chops or chicken breasts on the same pan with fresh veggies. This will add to the flavor of the roasted vegetables. Lining the pan with foil ahead of time makes clean up faster. To round out your one-dish meal, try serving fruit as a dessert or side dish.
One-dish meals make cooking easy and fun and affordable. Try making one yourself, and cleanup will be a breeze!
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture