10 Easy One-Pan Recipes for Busy WeeknightsArticle posted in: Diet & Nutrition
Sometimes getting dinner on the table feels like a monumental task. Whether you’re running late from work, have nighttime meetings or sports practices to get to, or are just exhausted from a long day, it can be tempting to order take-out on nights where cooking feels like a chore. But take heart, because we have easy one-pan recipes that will work for you!
On nights that you simply can’t even fathom cooking, having some ready-to-eat Nutrisystem meals on hand will make dinner a cinch. Plus, you’ll know that you’re eating something that still fits into your healthy diet.
Of course, sometimes you just need an easy-to-make meal that is not only simple to assemble, but simple to clean up, too. If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered with these quick and easy one-pan recipes. They’re perfect for those busy weeknights when you want something low-stress that your family will still enjoy. And, any one of these one-pan recipes would make not only a delicious choice, but a nutritious one that will keep your diet on track.
Here are our customers’ favorites one-pan recipes for busy weeknights:
1. One-Pan Salmon, Brussels Sprouts and Squash >
This recipe combines heart-healthy (omega-3 fatty acid-rich) salmon with seasoned Brussels sprouts and squash for a simple one-pan meal that packs in a ton of nutrition. Both Brussels sprouts and squash are rich in valuable nutrients. Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamins C and K while squash is known to be a great source of vitamins E and B.
2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan & Green Beans >
Who doesn’t love chicken parm? It’s one of the most popular Italian dishes out there and with our version, you can enjoy it without any of the associated guilt. The trick is that our recipe goes light on the cheese and sauce and uses whole wheat bread crumbs on the chicken. But don’t get us wrong, with plenty of yummy seasonings, it’s still big on that classic Italian flavor you know and love. Plus, when served with green beans—which carry essential vitamins like A, C, K, and B6—you’ve got a complete, nutritious meal your family will love.
3. One-Pan Tofu Fajitas >
Is it meatless Monday and you’re craving fajitas? No problem. Try this delicious substitute for traditional fajitas and you’ll hardly even realize you swapped out the meat. That’s because these fajitas are packed with flavor from a variety of spices and fresh veggies. And because tofu is high in protein and contains all eight essential amino acids, these fajitas are a meal that you can truly feel good about eating on your weight loss plan.
4. One-Pan Greek Fish and Vegetables >
This light and fresh meal is simple to assemble and will result in easy clean up since it’s all made on a single pan. With this recipe, your favorite white fish (ex. tilapia, halibut, or cod) is tossed with a homemade dressing and topped with fresh cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, red onion and black olives. Since white-fleshed fish is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein, it’s a dinner that will help keep your diet on track while still ensuring you feel satisfied with a delicious meal.
5. Spanish Cauliflower Rice >
This recipe uses two cups of riced cauliflower (which you can buy pre-made or make your own using a head of cauliflower in the blender) and transforms it into a flavor-filled and spicy dish using garlic, cumin, chili powder, paprika and cilantro. And besides the cauliflower, which is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, this dish also incorporates some diced onion and fire-roasted diced tomatoes for added flavor and nutrition.
6. Hasselback Chicken >
This dish is not only healthy and easy-to-make, but it also creates a beautiful presentation and is a lovely dish to serve for family and friends. Simply cut your chicken with slices (that don’t go quite all the way through) and assemble your chopped vegetables (potatoes, bell peppers and onion) into the slices. Then bake! Paired with some simple olive oil and black pepper, and seasoned with spicy Cajun seasoning, it’s a dish that packs in a lot of flavor but not a lot of unnecessary calories.
7. Easy Chicken Fajita Bake >
A fun twist on traditional fajitas, this casserole-style meal is assembled in a baking dish and served over top of rice. With vitamin-rich bell peppers and onions, it’s a nutritious dinner that is big on flavor. And without the carb-laden flour tortillas, it’s a much healthier way to eat your fajitas! You’ll feel fully satisfied without feeling weighted down.
8. One-Pan Rice, Chicken and Vegetables >
This one-pan meal combines fiber-rich brown rice with tasty bite-sized pieces of chicken. Add in some nutrient-packed kale and you’ve got a nutritional powerhouse of a meal—all made in one skillet! Topped off with some shredded cheese, the result is a dinner that is both hearty and satisfying. It’s definitely a meal the whole family can get behind.
9. One-Pan Paprika Tomato Chicken and Rice >
Chicken is said to be one of the most versatile foods and this is exactly why! This is another chicken and rice meal but is a completely different twist on the classic dish. Using a mouthwatering blend of garlic, onion, bell peppers and tomatoes, this version kicks up the flavor factor with a taste you wouldn’t expect. With the ideal mix of seasoning for your own personal taste you can make it as spicy as you want. While this dish is loaded with flavor, it’s not packed with calories. At just 240 calories per serving, it’s a low-calorie meal that you’ll love.
10. One-Pan Lemon Chicken Rice Skillet >
Grab your favorite skillet and whip up this one-pan chicken and rice recipe that features classic flavors and kitchen staples! If you have picky eaters at home, this simple dinner is perfect for your weekly menu. It features healthy ingredients that almost everyone loves, including chicken breast, brown rice, garlic, light butter, parsley and lemon. One serving of this One-Pan Lemon Chicken Rice Skillet clocks in under 300 calories!