Ideas for Easy, Quick Meals Made in One Dish
Top One-Dish Meal Shortcuts and Secrets
If you’re a busy person or just want to spend less time cooking, one-dish meals are a lifesaver. With a short prep time and a shorter cleanup time, these meals deliver on both delicious and simple.
Casseroles, soups, stews. Right on! They’re nutrient-packed and quick, and are off the charts on the flavor meter. And there isn’t a better way to eliminate one day of cooking by serving these on leftover night. Many say one-dish meals are better the second time!
Here are 10 easy one-dish shortcuts and secrets that can make dinnertime delicious, healthy and manageable for busy cooks:
Prepare in advance
The prep time for one-dish meals is quite short— usually no more than 30 minutes. However, if you know you’ll be pressed for time in the evening, do most of the preparation the night before or in the morning. Meals can even be refrigerated or frozen right in CorningWare® French White® Oblong and Round Casserole dishes. When it comes time for dinner, you’ll simply stick it in the oven.
Buy in bulk
If you buy large portions of certain foods, break them down into individual portions for easy meals later on. For example, you can cut up a big package of chicken breasts and freeze in individual portions, wash and divide herbs into single servings, or chop a week’s worth of veggies at once.
Buy convenient ingredients.
Shorten your prep time by purchasing frozen vegetables—many blends and good-for-you options are available in the freezer aisles today.
Use lean meats
You don’t need to drain fat from lean cuts of meats or cook them separately, saving you time and dishes.
If you choose to do a lot of chopping yourself, expect additional prep time and more prep dishes. Keep it simple when possible and purchase chopped ingredients. Look for already chopped veggies in the refrigerated section of the produce department.
Use the right bakeware.
For example, CorningWare casseroles can easily be transferred from the oven to the refrigerator, making storage quick and efficient and cleanup a snap.
Fortify your recipe
A one-dish meal should still provide plenty of protein and vegetables, but it can be tempting to make carb-loaded dishes when you’re doing quick cooking. Simply throw in chopped vegetables or meat to make a recipe more complete.
Make big batches
One-dish recipes usually freeze pretty well, so you can make several batches in your CorningWare bakeware at the same time. If you freeze all but one meal for future use, all you need to do is heat and eat when you need a quick dinner.
With CorningWare bakeware, one-dish meals can be served in the same dish they were cooked in, eliminating another round of dishes.
Have a cleanup plan
Clean up little spills as you go along. After you cook dinner, you might have knives and cutting boards to wash, as well as the plates and utensils. Having a designated time or person to clean up can prevent dishes from piling up.
Share your favorite one-dish recipe and ideas to make dinnertime quick and easy.