Some nights, after working all day and helping the kids with their homework, there's no time left to make a delicious, healthy meal from scratch. Fortunately, there are several recipe ideas that you can easily prepare in one skillet. If you own a cast iron or an oven-safe skillet, you can whip up casseroles, pasta, and even pizza without having to dirty up the whole kitchen. And hey, we're all about washing fewer dishes.
Below are 14 scrumptious meal ideas that are so easy, you'll want to skip takeout.
One-Skillet Shrimp Tacos
Hmm, now this is one delicious recipe that's easy and won't feel like a chore. After all, you can never go wrong with tacos. Simply sauté bell peppers, onions, and shrimp in a skillet — that's it! Grab a bag of corn tortillas and let the kids have some fun rolling up their own tacos. You can also add fresh vegetables like lettuce and tomatoes on top if you want to get a little fancy.
For a version of this recipe, check out The Recipe Critic.
One-Skillet Meatball Subs
We know the idea of mushing meat together in your hands reminds us of something our mothers used to do when they had literally all afternoon to prepare a meal. But making meatballs is not as time-consuming as you might think, especially if you prepare them in a skillet. Simply combine ground meat in a bowl with bread crumbs, eggs, and seasoning, shape the balls, and drop them into your skillet. After 10 minutes, you have delicious meatballs that are ready to sit inside a toasted hoagie.
For a version of this recipe, check out Budget Bytes.
One-Skillet Beef Pie
We know what you're thinking. "A pie? From scratch?" Well, let's call it a quasi-pie, as the crust is only on top. With just some beef, vegetables, and a box of cornbread mix, you can have a quick skillet pie in just 30 minutes.
For a version of this recipe, check out Oh, Sweet Basil.
Forget delivery, you can actually prepare a delicious deep-dish pizza from scratch in less than 30 minutes! But beware, once you realize how easy it is to make, you're going to want to make it all the time. A cast iron skillet and some pizza dough from the store are all you need, along with any toppings you want to include.
For a version of this recipe, check out Cooking on the Front Burner.
One-Skillet Beef Stir-Fry
Well, this is a no-brainer. After all, stir-fry is normally the first meal we all learn how to make when we first move away from home — but it's so simple, it's easy to forget while creating our weekly meal preparations. Don't forget this staple! In 20 minutes, you can have a delicious meal by simply throwing whatever is in your fridge into a skillet. Done and done!
For a version of this recipe, check out Life Made Simple.
One-Skillet Omelette Casserole
Honestly, we can eat omelettes at any time of the day, and this scrumptious casserole is more than enough to fill a dinner appetite. With some sausage and potatoes in there, you'll definitely have enough for seconds.
For a version of this recipe, check out McCormick.
One-Skillet Hamburger Helper
We know Hamburger Helper isn't exactly hard to make, but now you can create a fresh version from scratch that's healthier and has less sodium. Simply brown your protein of choice, add in some chicken broth, macaroni, and spices, and let it all simmer for 20 minutes.
For a version of this recipe, check out My Joy-Filled Life.