35 One-Pan Meals that Make Healthy, Delicious, Fuss-Free Dinners

Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings
Photo: Karla Conrad

Short on time? These healthy dinner recipes are tasty and nutritious and can be cooked in one pan, keeping the work to a minimum and making cleanup a snap. We have more than 30 one-dish recipes for you to try as part of your healthy diet plan.

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Artichoke and Cheese Chicken Breasts with Rosemary Baby Carrots

Artichoke and Cheese Chicken Breasts with Rosemary Carrots
Jason Donnelly

What could be better than cheesy chicken with a side of carrots for dinner? A recipe that only takes one pan to make, of course! Luckily, this chicken recipe checks off both boxes. You need only one 15x10-inch baking pan to bake the cheesy artichoke chicken and the tender baby carrots seasoned with a pinch of rosemary.

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Whole Wheat Tortellini with Broccoli

Whole Wheat Tortellini with Broccoli
Karla Conrad

Grab a skillet, fork, and a plate; if you're patient enough to resist eating this one pan meal, a healthy pasta recipe before dinner. Shortcut ingredients such as refrigerated tortellini and canned beans help this healthy dinner come together in under 30 minutes.

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Roasted Salmon with Broccoli and Tomatoes

Lemon-Herb Roasted Salmon with Broccoli and Tomatoes
Blaine Moats

Salmon is already one of our go-to dishes for a quick weeknight dinner, but this one-pan recipe is healthy and should move to the top of the list. It takes just one sheet pan (which minimizes cleanup), and it also makes a tasty roasted broccoli and tomato side dish in the same pan as the salmon. Top your fillet with a zesty mix of lemon juice, honey, and fresh herbs for an unbeatable one-dish meal.

Buy It: Nordic Ware Naturals Baker's Half Sheet ($13, Target)

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Za'atar Chicken and Lentils

Za’atar Chicken and Lentils in dutch oven pot next to lemon slices
Blaine Moats

Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend featuring sumac, thyme, oregano, and sesame seeds. That mix helps flavor the braised chicken perfectly in this healthy one-pot meal. We added French green lentils, which have a firm texture that holds up to longer cook times, so they won't turn mushy in your pot.

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Chili-Pasta Skillet

Chili Pasta Skillet
Jason Donnelly

There's nothing about cheesy, sloppy joe-filled noodles that your kids won't love—and you won't be able to resist the calorie count (under 300 per serving!). Not only is the one-dish dinner surprisingly healthy, but it also requires just 20 minutes of prep to make.

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Quick Pork-and-Vegetable Fried Brown Rice

Quick Pork-and-Vegetable Fried Brown Rice
Karla Conrad

Who knew you could pull together an entire dinner in just 20 minutes, with one pan—that's under 400 calories to boot? Try our Asian-inspired rice dish. The veggies and pork in the healthy one-pan recipe add loads of flavor, protein, and nutrients.

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Spicy Turkey Lasagna

Spicy Turkey Lasagna
Andy Lyons

This delicious lasagna is made entirely in your slow cooker. We opted for lean ground turkey and light ricotta cheese to make it a healthy one-pot meal. Adding plenty of spinach to the mix also boosts your meal's vitamins, iron, and antioxidants.

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Curried Couscous with Vegetables

curried couscous vegtables
Blaine Moats

Go global with your slow cooker by making our curry couscous, inspired by the traditional flavors of Southern Asian cuisine. Simply mix veggies, grains, spices, and fruits in your slow cooker to create this healthy one-dish dinner.

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Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings

Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings
Karla Conrad

A delicious pairing of lemon and thyme turns simple chicken breasts into a mouthwatering, flavorful meal. Hearty fingerling potato halves round out this healthy one-dish dinner recipe.

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Roasted Vegetable-Chicken Sausage Pizza

Roasted Vegetable-Chicken Sausage Pizza
Jason Donnelly

This homemade veggie and sausage pizza is just as fast as takeout (if not faster). When you make pizza at home, you can add as many or as few toppings as you want, but we recommend piling mushrooms, peppers, asparagus, and chicken sausage on each slice. Since this healthy dinner recipe needs only a sheet pan, it's also just as easy to clean up afterward as any delivered pizza.

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Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Jason Donnelly

Enjoy this lightened-up version of a takeout classic in a flash thanks to your trusty pressure cooker. We used coconut aminos ($7, Target), a savory seasoning similar to soy sauce to give this one-pot recipe its healthy, deep umami flavor without soy or gluten. Of course, you can substitute soy sauce if that's what you have on hand.

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Pan-Fried Garlic Steak

Pan-Fried Garlic Steak
Andy Lyons

A simple seasoning of salt and pepper is all you need to bring out the great flavor of these ribeye steaks. Pan-fry with garlic and serve with cannellini beans for a 30-minute full steak dinner that's low in carbs (and only 326 calories) but high in protein.

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Chicken Fajitas in a Flash

Chicken Fajitas in a Flash
Blaine Moats

Using just one sheet pan, you can cook a batch of spiced chicken strips, peppers, and onions in under an hour. They might not be sizzling when they hit your table, but they'll be just as tasty as dining out—especially when you top each tortilla with sour cream and pico de gallo.

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Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Carrots, Chickpeas, and Cranberries

Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin Carrots Chickpeas Cranberries
Andy Lyons

Our hearty pork loin roast offers a full dinner in just one dish—pan-roasted carrots, chickpeas, and cranberries accompany the succulent meat. One BHG.com user made it for friends and family, who said it was the best dinner they'd ever had!

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Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables
Jason Donnelly

Busy night? Save time by cooking one of our top-rated chicken recipes. This balsamic-glazed one-pan dinner contains lean chicken, crisp-tender asparagus, carrots, and chopped tomato. Using chicken tenderloins allows your quick dinner to finish cooking in 30 minutes.

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Greek Meatballs with Squash "Noodles" and Tomatoes

Greek Meatballs with Summer Squash “Noodles” and Tomatoes
Jacob Fox

Our Greek meatballs with summer squash "noodles" might be the easiest way to curb your pasta cravings while watching your carb count. Spiralized zucchini and fresh grape tomatoes turn into a quick, delicious one-pan meal, much healthier than traditional spaghetti and meatballs.

Buy It: OXO Hand Held Spiralizer ($18, Target)

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Pork Chops with Maple Apples

Pork Chops with Maple Apples
Andy Lyons

Tender pork chops get a slightly sweet update when made with crisp-tender apples, red onions, and a delicious maple syrup sauce. Watch our video to learn how easy it is to make this 30-minute one-dish dinner recipe.

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Mexican Skillet Dinner

mexican skillet dinner limes
Jason Donnelly

Pull together this spicy Mexican-inspired dinner recipe in no time at all. Chorizo sausage and chili powder bring spice to corn, rice, and tomatoes. It's a two-step, one-pan dish you'll crave regularly.

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Avocado-Ranch Tuna Melts

Avocado Ranch Tuna Melts
Karla Conrad

Adding avocado, ranch dressing, and broccoli slaw takes the classic tuna melt sandwich to a new level of deliciousness. Top these 256-calorie open-face sandwiches with a thin slice of cheddar cheese.

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Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup
Jason Donnelly

We took one of America's favorite comfort foods (the juicy cheeseburger) and revamped it into a warming soup recipe. This healthy one-pot recipe supplies three food groups in one bowl! It's loaded with veggies, ground beef, milk, and cheese.

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Parmesan-Crusted Cod with Garlicky Summer Squash

parmesan cod garlic squaush
Blaine Moats

If you're roasting cod fillets on a sheet pan, why not add a few veggies to the mix to make a quick and easy side? Make this Parmesan-crusted cod on one side of the pan. From there, make your meal healthier by adding slices of summer squash and zucchini, a drizzle of oil, and a few cloves of garlic to the other half. Best of all, it only takes 40 minutes, so you can serve up this yummy dinner even on busy nights.

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Savory Egg and Sweet Potato Scramble

Savory Egg and Sweet Potato Scramble
Andy Lyons

Just one skillet and 35 minutes are all you need to put our savory egg skillet on the table. Fresh spinach, green onion, and sweet potato turn these scrambled eggs into a veggie- and protein-packed healthy dinner recipe.

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Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken with Glazed Date Sauce

pancetta-wrapped chicken with glazed date sauce
Andy Lyons

Spread a chicken breast with herbed cheese and wrap it up in a salty pancetta blanket for a sophisticated take on pan-fried chicken. A sweet date glaze complements this healthy chicken recipe.

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Bean-and-Rice-Stuffed Peppers

Bean-and-Rice-Stuffed Peppers
Blaine Moats

Stuffed peppers are usually filled with beef, but we promise you won't miss the meat in this vegetarian healthy one-pan dish. You won't be able to resist digging into these nutrition-packed peppers filled with a hearty mix of rice and beans, then topped with Monterey Jack cheese.

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Chile-Lime Catfish with Corn Sauté

Chile-Lime Catfish with Corn Saute
Jason Donnelly

Fresh lime and ground chile pepper give this healthy one-pan fish dinner a great flavor without adding fat. Serve on a bed of jalapeño-garlic corn (all cooked in the same pan) and dig in!

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Mediterranean Kale and Cannellini Stew with Farro

Mediterranean Kale & Cannellini Stew with Farro
Blaine Moats

Add a few chopped veggies and canned goods to your slow cooker for a simple high-fiber, low-cal meal. After a few hours of hands-off cooking, you'll enjoy this cozy soup recipe brimming with Mediterranean flavors.

Buy It: Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Slow Cooker ($12, Kohl's)

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Roasted Indian-Spiced Chicken, Vegetables, and Chickpeas

Apricot-Custard Pie
Blaine Moats

Shredded carrots, cauliflower, chickpeas, and chicken breast are roasted in a mix of aromatic spices for an enticing taste of India. The combo of veggies, beans, and chicken creates a protein-rich, high-fiber meal with fewer than 400 calories.

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Summer Stew

summer stew
Andy Lyons

Our savory one-pot summer meal features beef, carrots, and garlic-laced potatoes. Pre-cooked beef and ready-to-use vegetables slash prep time for a speedy dinner the entire family will devour.

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Beef Sirloin Tips with Smoky Pepper Sauce

Beef Sirloin Tips with Smoky Pepper Sauce
Andy Lyons

All you need is a skillet to prepare these juicy, tender sirloin tips. Bottled barbecue sauce and a jar of roasted red peppers make this hearty one-pot meal easy to assemble. Serve over a bed of polenta (pre-cooked options will save you time!).

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Pork Loin Chops with Potato Packets

potato pork loin chops
Jason Donnelly

Pork chops are an easy go-to on busy weeknights, and this healthy one-pan meal is no exception. Instead of cooking them on your stovetop, just pop them in the oven with a sprinkle of seasoning. As an added bonus, this recipe cooks up more than just pork chops. Wrap potato slices in a foil packet with onion slices, garlic salt, and paprika for a quick and easy meat-and-potatoes meal.

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Falafel and Vegetable Pitas

Falafel and Vegetable Pitas
Blaine Moats

Add flavor and fiber to a healthy handheld meal by loading it with veggies. Your whole-grain pita will burst with flavors thanks to our delicious homemade falafel recipe, fresh spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, and a creamy yogurt sauce. You won't believe this filling meal only had 217 calories.

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Greek Feta Burgers

Greek Feta Burgers
Jason Donnelly

Burgers deserve a spot on your healthy one-dish menus, too. These tasty, healthy Greek beef burgers have just 342 calories each. The calories are low, but the flavor is high, thanks to feta cheese mixed in with the meat and a tzatziki-inspired cucumber sauce. Absolutely delicious!

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Two-Bean Enchilada Casserole

Two-Bean Enchilada Casserole
Adam Albright

Canned beans are an easy pantry staple to throw together a quick meal (especially if you're trying to go plant-based). Buy cans labeled no-sodium-added to control the salt count in this healthy one-pan dinner. You can also opt for cooking dried beans, an excellent option for cooking healthy meals on a budget.

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Picadillo-Style Chicken Taco Salad

Picadillo-Style Chicken Taco Salad
Andy Lyons

One skillet plus 30 minutes equals a one-pan recipe, healthy and delicious for the family. Ground chicken, cheese, and a crushed tostada topper will entice kids to try it. And if a piece of lettuce or two makes it onto their forks, we'll count that as a win!

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Ginger Shrimp and Rice

Ginger Shrimp and Rice
Andy Lyons

This healthy shrimp recipe is finished in just 15 minutes! This ginger-mango dinner is tasty and so simple to make, thanks to pre-cooked rice and quick-cooking shrimp.

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