Your 7-day dinner plan: One-pot recipes

For busy weeknights, try these simple dinners that use just one pot or pan.
Published June 3, 2021

Leave the elaborate recipes that require dirtying two skillets, three pots, and a stack of sheet pans for the weekend. On busy weeknights, focus on recipes that leave you with minimal cleanup afterwards. Midweek is the perfect time to rely on your sheet pan, slow cooker, Instant Pot, 12-inch skillet, or Dutch oven to get dinner on the table with little fuss and even less muss.

Slow cookers can be a busy home cook's best friend (even if you think you're not a cook); you simply throw all the ingredients into the bowl, cover, and don't worry about it for hours, like when making our Slow Cooker Tikka Masala. Try it over some microwave-steamed cauliflower rice.

Turn to your can't-live-without-it Instant Pot to whip up our recipe for Chicken Thighs with Apples, Onions, and Sauerkraut. Cooking it all under pressure mellows out the tang of the sauerkraut while softening the sweet apples and onions.

Don't be fooled by the longer ingredient list of the One-Pot Curry Noodles recipe. They all get tossed into one big pot together where the noodles cook directly in the lightly spiced, ginger-scented coconut milk alongside veggies like sweet peppers and carrots. A squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of cilantro keep things fresh and bright.