One pot can provide you with a healthy, hearty family meal and minimise time spent cooking – not to mention the washing up afterwards. We've got something for everyone, whether you're craving a veg-filled supper, a marvellous meaty classic or a filling fish stew. Chuck in your ingredients, unwind on the sofa then enjoy a delicious meal bursting with health benefits.


Try these top 10 healthy one-pot recipes and you'll never look back. If you want even more inspiration, see our healthy one-pot recipes, healthy casserole and stew ideas, or try healthy slow-cooker recipes.

10 easy, healthy one-pot dinners

1. One-pot chicken & rice

Healthy one-pot chicken & rice

Make a wholesome chicken dinner for all the family in under an hour. First, the chicken is coated in a smoky blend of spices then it's fried until brown. The magic happens when you cook the rice, leeks and herbs in the same garlicky-coated pan, so that it sucks up all the flavour. Once the rice is fluffy, it's time to serve.

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2. Kitchari

Kitchari dhal with fresh coriander

Kitchari is a soothing, dhal-like dish linked to Ayurvedic cleanses (an ancient system of alternative medicine from India) that's made with lentils, rice and spices. Make a big batch of this version with cauliflower to enjoy all week.

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3. Smoky beans & baked eggs

Pan of eggs and beans with peppers and coriander

Pack in the protein with these vegetarian smoky beans and baked eggs. Great for a nutritious family supper, this dish calls for less than 10 ingredients – most of which you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard.

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4. Butternut squash & chickpea tagine

Butternut squash & chickpea tagine ready to be served

Make this tasty vegan tagine for dinner. It's packed with plant-based goodness, thanks to the squash, courgette, tomatoes and chickpeas. One serving counts as an impressive four of your five-a-day. It's freezeable, too, so you can make a big batch.

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5. Pearl barley, bacon & leek casserole

Pearl barley, bacon & leek casserole

This storecupboard grain makes a great alternative to rice or couscous. The plump grains are super filling and they work wonderfully with all kinds of flavours. Here, we've teamed pearl barley with bacon and veggies to make a risotto-like stew.

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6. Chorizo, orzo & sweetcorn summer stew

Chorizo, orzo & sweetcorn summer stew in two bowls

Although this light pasta supper sings of summer, it can be eaten all year round. The crispy fried chorizo adds pops of spicy saltiness that work wonderfully with the tomato, sweetcorn and paprika.

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7. Artichoke & aubergine rice

Artichoke and aubergine rice in a large frying pan

Think of this as a healthy, vegan version of paella. Instead of seafood, it's made with jarred artichokes and chunks of aubergine, as well as parsley, lemon and garlic. It's low in fat and low in calories, and the leftovers are delicious, too.

Have a look at all our healthy vegan meals.

8. Prawn jalfrezi

Prawn jalfrezi in a large silver pot

Spice up your week with this fragrant prawn jalfrezi. Forget about jarred sauces – they contain high amounts of sugar and salt – and make your own by blitzing together the onions and spices. Serve with wholegrain rice and yogurt.

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9. Chicken cacciatore one-pot with orzo

Chicken cacciatore one-pot with orzo and cherry tomatoes

Enjoy comfort food at its best with this chicken cacciatore. As it cooks, the orzo soaks up the flavours of chicken and tomatoes, making a wonderfully rich pasta bake that's still full of goodness.

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10. One-pot goulash pasta

One pot goulash pasta

We've taken all the ingredients of a hearty goulash and turned them into a low-calorie pasta dish. Steak mince, tomato, peppers, paprika, and thyme are simmered with the penne to make a seriously filling meal.

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