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other 1 pan dinner ideas?

We've been on a home cooking kick, but we usually slant more towards asian family style meals, ie 1 proten, 1 veggie and 1 soup, which can be time consuming. This week, I took a brisket, laid it on top of a bed of onions, carrots and celery, added chicken stock and roasted for 3 hours. I took the juices and turned it into gravy. My family loved the meal and it was so easy. What other almost no prep, just stick in the oven and bake type meals do others do?


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  1. Especially in winter, we love Italian style beef for sandwiches. Rub a roast with a blend of Italiany seasonings (usually garlic, onion powder, oregano, basil, thyme, bit of rosemary, s&p) then either in slow cooker or oven with 2 cups or so of beef broth braise till falling apart tender. Serve on crusty bread with pickled peppers and provolone and some jus for dipping if it's your kinda thing. Also freezes Really well!

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    1. re: autumm

      I loved your post and this is exactly what we do and it freezes very as as you noted. Great Idea

    2. Chicken breasts or thighs (skinless, but bone in is fine), mushrooms, a couple of cans of diced tomatoes, some seasonings, any other vegetables you like. Mix, and bake until the chicken is tender. Stick in some potatoes to bake, and you've got a complete meal.

      For a non-casserole but easy oven meal, shove in some not-so-big potatoes to bake. Then take bone in, skin on chicken pieces, and season with cumin, paprika, garlic powder and salt, and put them in on a baking sheet. Finally, cut some tomatoes in half, season with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper, and put them in to bake. If you time it right, it's all done at the same time - meat, vegetable and starch. I've also baked the chicken over cut up potatoes tossed in olive oil, and/or whole mushrooms and chunks of onion.

      A faster one is fish in papillon - a piece of fish topped with some vegetables (shitake, a bit of green onion, sliced carrots, etc), wrapped in parchment paper or foil and cooked in the oven. Good served over rice.

      1. This spicy chicken with tomatoes and marjoram is very easy and very good.


        1. I made a one dish meal (unusual for me) from Radically Simple, July's COTM. It was basically tomato slices in a skillet with garlic and herbs, then put pieces of cod on top, cover and cook. It is fast and delicious. You could serve with bread or rice to add carbs.


          1. Thanks for the great ideas! I'm doing the italian beef next week...

            1. almost embarrassed to post this because it's so darn simple, but here goes. cut up a pile of sturdy veggies - carrots, onions, parsnips, potatoes [i personally prefer them cooked separately, but that's just me] with a little garlic - lay them in the bottom of a roasting pan. Drizzle with a LITTLE oil, and sprinkle with some S&P, parsley and/or other herbs. Then season up a whole chicken to your taste. Put on top of veggies [i tend to 'make a hole' for the chicken so i can get to all the veggies and stir them every once in awhile].

              roast the whole thing until the chicken is done and the veggies are cooked [even browned a little]. If you want to add 'softer' veggies [mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, whatever] add them to the pan about halfway through the cooking time.

              If you're still ambitious, you can put some baking potatoes in the oven, or even make a baked rice dish.

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              1. re: jiffypop

                i like this. Similar concept, but different protein.

              2. There are some great ideas on this Buzzfeed link, of all places:


                The peanut chicken is a staple at our house.

                1. Fritatta is probably my favorite way to turn leftovers and extras into a filling meal that makes good leftovers - pretty much takes what you throw at it - last night made one with bacon, broccoli, kale, potatoes, cheddar and bacon in a big ol skillet - also a great way to use up leftover curries or pasta dishes etc

                  sausage and peppers is another I usually brown on stovetop and finish in oven

                  curry dishes -Thai or Indian are good just serve with rice from rice cooker can't be easier one pot dishes that can take lots of veg and have lots of flavor. For Thai I use the maesri pastes they are excellent

                  stews are easy as it gets and do well in slow cookers

                    1. Melissa Clark's roasted broccoli and shrimp - fast, flavorful, and delicious. Can be made with other vegetables, too; I've done it with, asparagus, zucchini, and so on, just adjusting the roasting time as needed.


                      1. Look for "sheet tray dinners"- more of a technique and idea than specific recipe but here are some great ideas



                        1. I found a good sheet-pan recipe from Bon Appetit. Toss a can of garbanzos, a pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, and some chicken tenders or breasts with olive oil, cumin, paprika, and cilantro. Roast on a sheet pan. Fantastic.

                          I always have a dish of Greek yogurt on the side, as well as extra cilantro.

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                          1. re: TheKeroseneKid

                            Very similar to the recipe we make with white beans instead of chickpeas: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe... - definitely use the white wine. Serve with crusty bread on the side.

                            1. re: TheKeroseneKid

                              this sounds like a perfect, easy summertime meal! thanks!

                            2. Sautee a diced onion with some diced chorizo or kielbasa and a pint or more of halved cherry tomatoes. Add a drained can of cannelini beans, a sploosh of white wine and some chicken stock. Add several handfuls of baby spinach and incorporate. On top of this "stew," place fillets of firm white fish (I used sea bass most recently). You can marinate the fish in advance with soem crushed garlic, evoo and smoked paprika. season with salt and pepper. After placing the fish on top of the white bean mixture, bake at 425 for 15-20 mins.

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                              1. re: MAH

                                That sounds amazing. I'm going to try it this weekend.

                              2. Chicken Adobo - it's very easy, though not traditionally I normally add some green beans and a red pepper for some color...

                                there are millions of recipes but it's very good and satisfying


                                I also like Arroyos Con Pollo - though it takes a bit more time.