One-pot meals are great go-to-meals, especially on days you feel drained or just want a break from the normal hum-drum of life. When you still want to eat something healthy but don’t have much time to prepare, one-pot meals are the answer.
We have prepared four one-pot recipes that are not only healthy but are mouth-watering too. Believe us when we say it’s worth giving these a try this weekend!
1. One-pot spinach and sweet potato dhal
Dhal (also spelled dahl, daal, and dal) is an Indian food made from lentils. Lentils are high in protein so they are a great way to replace meat while keeping up the protein count in your food.
One-pot lentil dishes go well with curry, a condiment that provides a lot of flavors. For a healthier dhal, add some spinach and sweet potato to the lentils, spice with curry, then cook in a pot.
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 finely chopped red onion
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- Thumb-sized peeled and finely chopped ginger
- 1 finely chopped red chill
- 1 ½ tsp ground turmeric
- 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
- 400g sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
- 250g red split lentils
- 600ml vegetable stock
- 80g bag of spinach
- 4 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal
- ½ small pack of Thai basil leaves
- Heat the sesame oil in a pan. Add the red onion and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the garlic clove, ginger, and 1 finely chopped red chili. Cook for 1 minute, then add 1 ½ tsp ground turmeric and 1 ½ tsp ground cumin. Cook for another minute.
- Adjust to medium heat, add the sweet potatoes and stir.
- Add the red split lentils, vegetable stock, and some seasoning.
- Allow to boil, then lower the heat. Cover for 20 minutes until the lentils, and the potato is cooked.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning. Gently stir in the spinach. Top with spring onions and torn basil leaves to serve.
2. Pesto spring chicken in a pot
This chicken one-pot is packed with greens, herby pesto, and fresh potatoes. If you’re craving something light yet filling, this is the one-pot dish for you.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 pc. medium-sized onion, chopped
- 500g boneless and skinless chicken thigh
- 300g small new potatoes or baby potatoes
- 425ml low-salt vegetable stock
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 350g broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
- 350g shredded spring greens
- 140g petit pois or young green peas
- 1 bunch sliced spring onion
- 2 tbsp pesto
- Heat the oil in a large pot. Gently fry the onions for 5 minutes.
- Add the chicken, fry until lightly cooked.
- Add the potatoes, stock, and freshly ground black pepper.
- Cover the pot, then simmer for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes and the chicken are cooked.
- Add the broccoli, spring greens, petit pois, and spring onions. Stir well and allow to boil again.
- Cover, then cook for 5 minutes more. Stir in the pesto and heat through.
3. One-pot spicy rice
For people who cannot live without rice, this spicy rice dish is filled with raisins and cashews, plus a healthy yogurt drizzle is an answered prayer.
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil or any healthy cooking oil
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tbsp medium curry paste (Tandoori masala and Madras curry powder are good to use)
- 250g basmati rice, rinsed
- 450ml vegetable stock
- 400g can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- A handful of raisins (or dried apricots)
- 175g spinach leaf
- A handful of cashew nuts
- Natural yogurt (optional)
- Lemon (optional)
- Heat the oil in a pot. Fry the garlic and curry paste over medium heat for 1 minute.
- Add the rice into the pot with the stock, chickpeas, and raisins and stir with a fork to allow the rice to cook evenly—season with salt and pepper.
- Cover and let it boil. Adjust to medium heat. Cook for 12-15 minutes more.
- Drain the excess water from the spinach. Put it into the pot, add 2 tbsp of hot water.
- Fluff the rice with a fork, then mix the spinach with the rice.
- Add the cashews.
- Drizzle with natural yogurt and squeeze a bit of lemon for zest or add a chunk of mango chutney to the ingredients.
4. Fish and prawn one-pot
This healthy one-pot is loaded with vegetables, white fish fillets, prawns, and creamy tomato sauce to satisfy your hunger.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 2 diced carrots
- 2 diced celery sticks, diced
- 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
- 2 thinly sliced leeks
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 500ml hot fish stock
- 2 skinless pollock fillets (about 200g), thawed and cut into chunks
- 85g raw shelled king prawns
- Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the fennel seeds, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the stock, tomatoes, and leeks. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Allow the vegetables to cook and the sauce to thicken.
- Add the fish, top the prawns, and cook for 2 minutes more until lightly cooked. Serve with rustic bread on the side.
Quick and healthy meals
One-pot courses allow you to enjoy a hearty family meal without having to spend too much time in the kitchen. Whether you’re craving veggies, a delicious chicken or seafood dish, or a bowl of filling rice mix for dinner, there is a one-pot meal recipe to guide you.
All you need to do is put all your ingredients in a trusty Uno Casa pot, lay back, and wait while the magic unfolds.