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Start the New Year Right! 25 Healthy One-Pot Meals!

“Eat healthier.”

It’s on everyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions, right? And I don’t know about you but I find this much easier to do in summer. Firing up the grill, tossing a salad – warm weather and lighter foods just seem to naturally go together.

Which is why I’m so excited to share these recipes with you today. One-pot (or pan) cooking is my best friend in the kitchen. Problem is, it’s not always the healthiest. Casseroles, stews, and baked pastas are certainly yummy, but not necessarily light and healthy. So I’ve rounded up the best of the best – one-pot meals that are also healthy!

  • Healthy One-Pot Meals! 1 of 26
    25 healthy one pot meals

    Talk about win-win! The ease and convenience of one-pot cooking, without all of the fat and heaviness typically associated with winter meals. So get your soups, chilis, and bakes on - guilt-free!

  • Chicken Vegetable Stew 2 of 26
    babble chicken vegetable stew

    A well-stocked pantry and freezer is key to turning out a home-cooked meal on busy night. Keeping frozen chicken breasts and cans of stock on-hand will get this dinner to the table in no time!

    Get the recipe at Babble

     

     

  • Vegan Black Bean Soup 3 of 26
    babble vegan black bean soup

    Did you know you can cook dry beans in the slow cooker without pre-soaking?  And talk about versatile - add a can of tomatoes or some veggie stock for additional flavor.

    Get the recipe at Babble

     

     

     

  • BBQ Pineapple Tofu 4 of 26
    babble bbq pineapple tofu

    Slow-cooked tofu is prepared in a healthy, sugar-free bbq sauce for a mouthwatering dish that vegans and non-vegans alike are sure to love!

    Get the recipe at Babble

     

     

     

  • Crockpot Lentil Chili 5 of 26
    babble lentil chili

    Lentils are a great source of protein, and heart-healthy too. Make this crockpot chili recipe vegan-friendly by using veggie broth, and serve up with some quinoa pilaf for a warm winter meal.

    Get the recipe at Babble

     

     

     

  • Lemony Chicken Soup with Greens 6 of 26
    babble lemony chicken soup with greens

    Whether to tend a cold, cheer up a friend, or just treat yourself to some comfort-in-a-bowl, this fresh, lemony chicken soup will fill the bill perfectly.

    Get the recipe at Babble

     

     

  • Tortilla Soup with Black Beans 7 of 26
    babble chunky tortilla soup with black beans

    I don't know about you but I just want to dive into this delicious-looking soup! This one-pot dish simmers up in under 30 minutes, and re-heats beautifully too.

    Get the recipe at Babble

     

     

     

  • Light and Creamy Potato Soup 8 of 26
    babble light and creamy potato soup

    The secret to this light and creamy potato soup? Cauliflower! That's right, cauliflower provides the rich, filling texture you want, and a nutrition boost as well, with about half the fat and calories!

    Get the recipe at Babble

     

     

  • Vegetarian Chili 9 of 26
    andrea's recipes vegetarian chili

    This low-fat, vegetarian chili is chock full - literally - of veggies, making it as healthy as it is hearty and filling.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Andrea's Recipes

     

  • Spinach Tortellini Soup 10 of 26
    andrea's recipes spinach tortellini soup

    Pantry and freezer staples like canned tomatoes and frozen spinach and tortellini mean that you can have this easy, filling soup on the table even on your busiest weeknight!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Andrea's Recipes

     

     

  • Sausage Kale and Cannellini Soup 11 of 26
    andrea's recipes italian sausage kale cannellini soup

    This yummy soup is flavored with kale, cannellini beans, and diced tomatoes. The recipe calls for Italian sausage but you could easily swap it for turkey or chicken sausage to make it even healthier! 

    Image and recipe courtesy of Andrea's Recipes

     

  • Vegan Brown Rice Mexican Bowl 12 of 26
    kalyns kitchen slow cooker vegan brown rice mexican bowl

    You'll have a tough time remembering that this dish is vegan, thanks to the variety of vibrant, flavorful and filling ingredients! Top it off with a quick avocado salsa for a most satisfying one-pot meal!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen

     

     

  • Black Bean and Rice Soup 13 of 26
    kalyns kitchen slow cooker black bean and rice soup

    You will love this hearty and flavorful soup, flavored with beans, fresh lime and cilantro. Make it vegan by swapping out vegetable stock for the chicken stock. 

    Image and recipe courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen

     

     

     

  • Crockpot Marinara 14 of 26
    frugal adventures crockpot marinara

    This easy crockpot marinara is so adaptable! Start with the base ingredients - garlic, tomatoes and herbs - and add in whatever veggies you like (or have on-hand). Make up a big batch and freeze in portions for a quick dinner at the ready!

    Image and recipe courtesy of My Frugal Adventures

     

     

     

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup 15 of 26
    mad in crafts chicken tortilla soup

    This spicy, hearty meal is made completely in the crock pot or Dutch oven - dial the chilies up or down depending on how spicy you like it!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Mad in Crafts

     

     

     

  • Chili Chicken Tacos 16 of 26
    donuts dresses and dirt chili chicken tacos

    This is another one of those dump-everything-in-a-pot dishes - the whole thing cooks itself in 2 hours, with absolutely no work on your part! Yay for easy!

    Get the recipe at Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

     

     

  • Easy Baked Chicken Cacciatore 17 of 26
    the kitchen is my playground easy baked chicken cacciatore

    Chicken cacciatore in the oven? Genius, I tell you! All the components are there - chicken, mushrooms, peppers, white wine - but roasted in a pan for a super easy weeknight meal!

    Image and recipe courtesy of The Kitchen is My Playground

     

     

     

  • Mu Shu Chicken Wraps 18 of 26
    spoonful mu shu chicken wraps

    It doesn't get much easier than this. Boneless skinless chicken thighs and onions cook up in the slow cooker - a toss with a quick sauce of hoisin, honey and ginger (and a package of cole slaw mix) and you'll forget about take-out!

    Get the recipe at Spoonful

     

  • Arroz Con Pollo 19 of 26
    spoonful arroz con pollo

    Arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) is a classic one-pot meal. This version uses only one tablespoon of oil, and boneless skinless chicken breasts for an easy, family-friendly dinner!

    Get the recipe at Spoonful

     

     

  • Soy Ginger Chicken 20 of 26
    spoonful soy ginger chicken

    Sturdy and tender thighs and legs are used in this version of the classic Chicken Adobo. The heavenly smells of garlic, ginger and spices will fill your kitchen as this cooks - unattended - all day in your slow cooker!

    Get the recipe at Spoonful

     

     

     

  • Shakshuka 21 of 26
    jew hungry shakshuka

    Shakshuka is a traditional Israeli dish of eggs cooked over a tomato sauce. It is one of my favorite "one-pan" meals, and is as perfect for breakfast as it is for lunch, dinner, brunch...

    Image and recipe courtesy of Jew Hungry

     

  • Mango Sticky Farro 22 of 26
    bake love give mango sticky farro

    The traditional Thai dessert of mango sticky rice becomes a filling and nutritious breakfast when replaced with farro and prepared overnight in the slow cooker. Farro is a great source of protein and fiber and its natural chewiness holds up well to overnight cooking, without becoming mushy.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Bake Love Give

     

  • Southwest Chicken Skillet 23 of 26
    persnickety plates soutwest chicken skillet

    Cheesy, saucy, hearty chicken cooks up in about 30 minutes in a single skillet!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Persnickety Plates

     

  • Slow Cooker Chicken Posole 24 of 26
    love bakes good cakes slow cooker chicken posole

    You will love this adaptation of the traditional Columbian soup - which typically features pork but is made here with better-for-you boneless chicken breasts.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Love Bakes Good Cakes

     

     

  • Vegan Vegetable Soup 25 of 26
    wonky wonderful vegan harvest vegetable soup

    This hearty soup is NOT just for vegans! Chock full of delicious vegetables, all you need is a crusty loaf of bread to have yourself a warming cold weather meal! 

    Image and recipe courtesy of Wonky Wonderful

     

     

  • Slow Cooker Chicken and Brown Rice 26 of 26
    sweet annas slow cooker chicken brown rice

    Simple, filling, delicious and healthy - chicken and brown rice is a perfect family meal anytime!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Sweet Anna's

     

     

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