Quick & Easy: One-pot dinners for busy nights

Delicious one-pot dinners ready in 30 minutes or less.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Take advantage of a complete meal in one pot to save time, satisfy a crowd and keep the clean up easy and stress-free.

Chicken and turkey recipes
Quick Chicken and White Bean Stew
Ideal to dig into on a chilly evening, this one-pot chicken stew comes together in no time.
Quick Chicken and White Bean StewPhotography by Jeff Coulson

Quick Chicken Korma
Puréed onions and toasted cashews give the sauce a creamy texture and rich flavour without adding any cream.

Chicken and Vegetable Egg Drop Soup
This easy, quick meal is somehow light-tasting and satisfying both at once.

Curried Chicken and Lentil Soup With Sweet Potato
This satisfying spiced soup is packed with protein and will keep hunger at bay for hours.

30-Minute Turkey Chili
Pull this mildly seasoned, comforting chili together in minutes.

Beef recipes
Beef and Broccoli Fried Rice
Using ground beef instead of stir-fry beef keeps the cost down. Day-old rice works best, so if you can, cook it in advance.
Beef and Broccoli Fried Rice
Photography by Ryan Brook

Mexican-Style Flatbreads
This quick meal packs the addictive flavours of classic beef tacos onto crispy flatbread crusts.

Shepherd's Pie Soup
We've packed all the flavours of your favourite comfort food casserole into a satisfying soup that comes together in a fraction of the time.

Pork recipes
Ham and Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry
ham is the start of this Asian- inspired stir-fry, but why wait for leftovers? Make this meal any time you like by using cooked deli ham. Serve over steamed rice or cooked noodles with a drizzle of soy sauce.
Ham and Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry
Photography by Jesse Brioux

Fish and Seafood recipes
Tomato and Garlic Steamed Mussels
Homemade tomato sauce takes time to develop flavour, so it's smart to use prepared sauce on weeknights.
Tomato and Garlic Steamed Mussels
Photography by Jeff Coulson

Creamy Herbed Risotto With Shrimp
Keeping shrimp and peas in the freezer, and fresh herbed soft cheese in the fridge means you can whip up this easy weeknight dinner at a moment's notice.

One-Pot Shrimp and Couscous
There is very little cleanup after cooking this colourful dish. Toasting the couscous gives it a boost of nuttiness.

Tilapia and Red Pepper Fajitas
This satisfying spiced medley of black beans, peppers and flaked tilapia comes together in minutes and is a yummy way to introduce more fish into your family's diet.

Seafood and Fennel Soup
The sharp, sweet licorice flavour of fennel is ideal for punching up this speedy scallop and haddock soup.

Vegetarian recipes

Curried Cauliflower With Chickpeas
This savoury dish has a little heat and a touch of sweetness from the raisins and caramelized onions.
Curried Cauliflower with Chickpeas
Photography by Jodi Pudge

Tofu and Spring Vegetable Stir-Fry
Golden pan-fried tofu is right at home alongside fresh, crisp spring produce.

Snow Pea, Shrimp and Carrot Sauté With Brown Butter
Plump shrimp, crisp snow peas and sweet spring carrots are glazed with a rich, nutty brown butter in this stir-fry— and it only takes a few minutes to cook!

Crispy Tofu Stir-Fry with Udon Noodles
Japanese udon noodles, which cook in a matter of minutes, soak up all of the slightly spicy umami-rich sauce in this stir-fry.

Quick Egg and Veggie Fried Rice
Everyone needs a fried rice recipe in his or her repertoire, because it's great for using up leftovers.

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