15 Healthy, One-Pot Meals

Most people love eating, quite a few enjoy cooking, but almost nobody gets their kicks from washing a tower of dirty dishes. To make prioritizing healthy eating at home that much easier easier, here are a whole slew of healthy recipes that only use one pot.
07/31/2015 08:57 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

There are fast meals, and then there are one-dish meals. Most people love eating, quite a few enjoy cooking, but almost nobody gets their kicks from washing a tower of dirty dishes.

To make prioritizing healthy eating at home that much easier, here are a whole slew of healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and side dishes that only use one pot.

From skillet dishes to tasty casseroles, read on for plenty of healthy recipes that are quick, straightforward, and most importantly, easy to clean up!


Baked French toast with less than 250 calories per serving? What's not to love?! It's a little extra fuss, but the mini ramekins make it easy to portion out the right amount to each person. For an easier approach, use one larger oven-safe pan.

Why settle for one grain in the morning when two are so much better? Mix it up with a gluten-free combination of oats and quinoa, plus plenty of dried fruit, vanilla almond milk, and agave for a touch of sweetness.

This veggie-loaded skillet meal would be a perfect breakfast, brunch, or even a light dinner. Best of all, it just takes a skillet and about 25 minutes to prepare!

Start the day with a meal that will keep you full until lunchtime. Cook steel-cut oats with some water, milk, banana, flaxseed, cocoa, and cinnamon for a flavorful and filling, hot breakfast. Add walnuts, dried or fresh fruit, and maple syrup on top!

This "A-B-C" egg dish is as easy as one-two-three. For a lighter meal, use reduced-fat cheese and less bacon. Serve it with whole-grain toast or spicy arugula to give the meal some kick. To make it truly one-dish, cook the bacon, remove, and then mix everything up the same skillet.

This skillet meal is full of big, sophisticated flavors--perfect for a special breakfast or brunch. The addition of chili pepper, yogurt, and tahini this dish a distinctive Middle Eastern flavor.

This vegan recipe is miles away from a packet of artificially-flavored instant oatmeal. Start with caramelized banana, then add a swirl of peanut butter, almond milk, chia seeds, oats, and spices for plenty of breakfasty goodness. For even more delicious flavor, top with an additional scoop of PB or nuts, a dash of cinnamon, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Technically this recipe involves two dishes, but if you make a big batch of pesto yogurt (and really, why wouldn't you?) ahead of time, there's just one pot to wash. Or, just make the mix right in the yogurt container! The recipe is designed for a solo breakfaster, but it's pretty easy to adapt to a larger crowd.

As far as breakfast breads go, this one is pretty guilt-free. Minimal butter, no white sugar, and whole-wheat flour make this pumpkin bread a good quick breakfast or snack with a mug of coffee or tea. If muffins are more your style, mix everything up in a bowl and then transfer to muffin tins.

This recipe is perfect for those days when you need a lil' spice to get going in the morning. Cayenne pepper and hot sauce give the sweet potatoes, black beans, and corn a nice kick, while eggs and Monterey jack cheese add some protein to keep you full 'till lunch.

Like the name suggests, this lighter breakfast treat gets its sweetness from honey and its hearty crumb from whole-wheat pastry flour. Save a bowl and mix everything up right in the baking dish.

For a gluten-free, low-fat, vegetarian, veggie-rich breakfast (or light lunch or dinner) look no further than this easy frittata. This skillet egg dish is loaded with colorful veggies, especially if you can score some multi-hued heirloom cherry tomatoes.

Soups, Snacks, and Sides

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be as decadent or as healthy as you choose. For a lighter version, just use less butter, part-skim cheese, and skim milk. Otherwise, this comforting soup is pretty easy--just onions, potatoes, chicken stock, and corn--and only requires about 10 minutes of active cooking time.

If you're in the market for a super-flavorful yet healthy soup, look no further. This recipe features plenty of nutty, fresh pesto as well as a ton of kale, beans, and carrots. Oh, and it takes about 30 minutes (and one pot!) from start to finish. What's not to love?

Most people don't consider homemade bread "easy" or "one-bowl," but this no-knead recipe is a cinch. Mix the ingredients in a Dutch oven and, while the dough is resting wrapped in a towel, give the pot a quick wash to get rid of any messy residue. Preheat the clean pot in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Next, pop the dough back into the hot pot and bake until golden and crusty.

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