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20 Cheap And Easy One Pot Dinner Ideas To Bookmark

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You can never have too many one-pan meals in your arsenal — so below are 20 ideas for your next weeknight dinner.

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1. Skillet Caprese Chicken

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This true 30-minute dinner — which starts with boneless chicken breasts — is a real crowd pleaser. Get the recipe.

2. One-Pot Cashew Chicken Ramen

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Instant ramen noodles get a makeover thanks to chicken breast, your favorite veggies, and some Asian sauces like soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Get the recipe.

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3. Vegan Butternut Squash Pilaf

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To save time, this vegan-friendly version pre-cooks the butternut squash in the microwave. Get the recipe.

4. Turkey Taco Skillet

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You only need a few simple ingredients to throw together this Mexican-inspired skillet, including ground turkey, canned tomatoes, and shredded cheese. You can add some grains like rice or quinoa to make this meal even more filling. Get the recipe.

5. One-Pan Spanish Chicken and Potatoes

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Serve this fragrant chicken dish over your favorite grains or with some crusty bread for dipping. Get the recipe.

6. One-Pot Lemon Orzo Shrimp

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Don't worry about boiling a separate pot of water — this orzo cooks right in the skillet. Get the recipe.

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7. One-Pot Chicken Chow Mein

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Not in the mood for chicken? You can swap in your favorite protein like flank steak, shrimp, or tofu. Get the recipe.

8. One-Pot Chicken Teriyaki and Pineapple Rice

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If you're pressed for time, a store bought teriyaki sauce will do the trick. With that, it's a four-ingredient dinner. Get the recipe.

9. One-Pot Zoodle Stir Fry

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Feel free to get creative with this recipe and swap in whatever protein and veggies you like like best. Get the recipe.

10. One-Pot Shrimp Jambalaya Lentil Bowls

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This lightened up version of classic jambalaya features shrimp, sausage, lentils, and lots of veggies. Get the recipe.

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11. One-Pot Mac and Cheese

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You should always have an easy and reliable mac and cheese recipe on hand. This homemade version blows away the boxed stuff. Get the recipe.

12. One-Pot Burrito Bowls

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Start with a few basic ingredients like ground beef, canned corn, black beans, and diced tomatoes. Then, dress it up with any of your favorite burrito toppings. Get the recipe.

13. One-Pot Spicy Thai Noodles

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You can use linguine or rice noodles plus your favorite vegetables to make this simple take on spicy Pad Thai. Get the recipe.

14. Coconut Lime Skillet Chicken

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This Thai-inspired chicken gets its flavor from coconut milk, red chili, cilantro, and lime juice. Get the recipe.

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15. One-Pot Creamy French Onion Pasta Bake

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If you like French onion soup, you'll love this creamy pasta dish made with sweet onions, red wine, mushrooms, thyme, and Gruyère. Get the recipe.

16. One Pot Creamy Spinach Lentils

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Filling meals that are good for you can be hard to find. Bookmark this lentil dish, which is cooked with tons of veggies and simmered in chicken broth and white wine. Get the recipe.

17. One-Pot Chickpea Tikka Masala

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Skip the takeout tonight and try this vegetarian version of tikka masala, made with chickpeas, ginger, coconut milk, roasted tomatoes, and a bunch of pantry spices. Get the recipe.

18. One-Pot Creamy Chicken Parmesan Noodles

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Making chicken pot pie from scratch takes a lot of effort, but this pasta dish — which boasts all the same flavors — comes together in no time. Get the recipe.

19. One-Pot Lasagna

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Start by browning ground beef in a skillet, then add marinara sauce, no-boil lasagna noodles, red wine, and lots of cheese in layers. Voilà: The easiest lasagna ever. Get the recipe.

20. One-Pot Beef Stroganoff

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This family favorite is made with egg noodles, ground beef, mushrooms, and beef stock. It freezes well, so it's the perfect recipe to make ahead and put away for a lazy night. Get the recipe.

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