Whether you’re throwing a party or just love to cook for family and friends but hate the mess, one-dish dinner recipes are your time-saving kitchen buddies. They save you time and reduce the amount of cleaning you need to do after dinner. They are easy, delicious and guaranteed to satisfy the hungry hordes – not to mention being healthy and packed with nutrition, and without the mess! We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the very best delicious and easy dinner recipes for you to try.
Seafood stew with borlotti beans and tomato
A one-pot wonder, this is a hearty and delicious healthy dinner recipe that’s easy to cook. Just throw some prawns, mussels and clams (and other seafood if you want) in a pan and sauté it with garlic, rosemary, a chopped fennel bulb, and 3 chopped spring onions. Add a pinch of saffron and half a cup of dry white wine and simmer until reduced by half. Add two tins each of borlotti beans and chopped tomato, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring regularly for 5 minutes then serve with a sprinkle of parsley on top. This is a great one-pot dinner to serve with some fresh crusty bread to mop up all of those delicious juices.
Fish and potato bake
Another easy dinner idea that’s quick to prepare and cook, this one is packed full of omega 3 fatty acids and protein. Along with loads of carbohydrates from the potato, it’s just what you need after a hard day’s work. You can even prepare the potatoes in advance. Simply microwave potato slices on high for about 6-7 minutes and once slightly tender, layer them in a baking dish and lightly coat with olive oil. Lay your fish fillets on top of the potato slices, spread over a little pesto, and add some broccoli and olives around the dish. Bake in a preheated oven at 200oC for 20-30 minutes until the fish and potato are thoroughly cooked. Garnish with chopped basil and serve – now that’s one tasty fish recipe to add to your repertoire!
Baked Spanish paprika chicken with tomatoes
The vibrant colours of this easy and flavourful one-dish dinner idea makes it a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds. It's a great dish for those busy weeknights or impromptu parties. Season chicken pieces of your choice (breast or thigh) with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil. Place some roughly chopped potato, garlic, onion, oregano, capsicum and lemon zest in a large baking dish and top with the chicken pieces. Sprinkle over some salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. In a preheated 200 °C oven, bake for 30 minutes then shake the baking dish to spread the flavours. Stir in olives, cherry tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar. Continue baking for another 25 minutes. Serve with a side salad and some crusty bread.
Quick prawn risotto
It will only take you 15 minutes to prepare this quick and easy dinner recipe that’s healthy and full of flavour. Packed with essential fatty acids and protein from the prawns, as well as carbohydrates from the rice, this is a great one-dish meal to fill up those hungry stomachs in a flash. Just stir fry 1 1/2 cups of Arborio rice with onion and garlic then add 4 cups of stock, 1/2 a cup of white wine and the juice from one lemon. Bring to the boil and lower the heat. Simmer for around 6-8 minutes. Add parmesan and around 20 prawns then stir well to blend with the risotto. Cook for a minute or until the prawns are cooked. Garnish with rocket leaves and serve it with a dash of salt and pepper.
One-pan sausage bake
This is a super-easy and delicious one-dish dinner recipe that the kids will love. The colours will attract them and encourage them to eat the veggies that are packed around those tasty snags. A good staple fast and easy meal that everyone will enjoy. Preheat the oven first to 200 °C then combine 12 thin beef sausages with a chopped onion and 4 cloves of garlic (skin on) in a pan. Toss with some olive oil and spread out into a single layer then bake for 10 minutes. Next, add the veggies (think thinly sliced yellow capsicum, cherry tomatoes and sweet potato). Roast without a cover for about 30 minutes. Serve hot.
Beef tenderloin with roasted cauliflower-pomegranate Salad
Who doesn’t love a slice of good old tenderloin steak? Combined with some tasty and healthy ingredients, what’s not to love about it! It’s simple and easy to cook and is a great dish for a quick candlelit dinner at home. Just rub a whole tenderloin fillet with salt, pepper and olive oil then bake for 12 minutes in a 240°C preheated oven. Stir in a chopped cauliflower and 5 or 6 large shallots. Squeeze in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice then continue baking until you reach your desired level of taste (around 18 minutes for medium rare). Remove the beef from the baking dish and stir in one packet of baby kale and around half a cup of pomegranate seeds. Slice the beef and serve it with the pomegranate salad and a glass of good red wine.
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