We can all agree, the most unpleasant thing to do after a hard day at work is cooking a single, solitary meal for yourself and having to do the cleanup afterward. You could work around this by doing all your meal prep on one day, but then you’d have to eat the same food for a week. Not exactly enjoyable or healthy.
Enter your new meal powerhouse, the one-pot meal. The name says it all — you can cook these meals in one container, saving time and energy for other tasks. But where to start? Read on for four one-pot recipes to get you started.
Garlic Roasted Salmon With Brussels Sprouts
Here’s a dish that brings amazing flavor without finicky techniques. And with the ten-minute prep time, you’ll be able to whip this meal out in no time flat.
To start, preheat your oven and lightly grease a baking sheet. Mix your Brussels sprouts on the sheet with olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Take out the sheet and place the salmon next to the sprouts. Season your fillets with olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Bake for ten to 12 minutes more, until the salmon cooks. Now take a seat, you’re ready to feast.
Couscous With Shrimp and Peas
This one-pot wonder pairs shrimp with easy-to-cook couscous, peas and spices for a quick and flavorful meal. Start by seasoning your shrimp with paprika, salt and pepper, and cooking in a skillet with some olive oil. Remove the shrimp from the pan.
Sauté some chopped onion and bell peppers, then mix in garlic and raisins, and cook for a minute or two longer. Pour in your couscous and chicken broth, bring it to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until the broth is absorbed.
Finish by mixing in your peas and shrimp, and top with pistachios and parsley. And there you have it, a healthy meal without all the mess.
Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Salad
This recipe is so easy, it’s almost criminal. Although it calls for a pre-cooked chicken breast, it’s easy enough for you to cook yours in your pot first, and cut it up while the pasta boils.
After your pasta cooks, mix it with chopped red onion, tomatoes and basil. Top it with the chicken, some balsamic glaze and a bit of parmesan. There you have it. Now pour yourself some wine, and you’re ready to eat.
Brownie Chocolate Mug Cake
Since you’ve made a one-pot dinner anyway, why not use some of your extra time to make a tasty dessert? This brownie mug cake comes together quickly and needs at most three minutes in the microwave to cook. It may look unhealthy, but as long as you don’t add too many extra toppings — like peanut butter or chocolate chips — this cake will still fit within your diet. And after all – it’s all about balance, right?!
Start by spraying a large mug with cooking spray. Whisk together your brown sugar, melted butter, egg, milk and some oil until smooth. Then stir in your dry ingredients — flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, instant espresso and a pinch of salt. Pour into your mug, and microwave till done. That’s all it takes to make the perfect sweet treat to end your day.
We all know what it’s like to come home exhausted from a hard day’s work. But before reaching for that take-out menu, give these recipes a try. You may just find your new evening routine.