One-pan meals are a mom’s best friend. This mom’s, anyways. My whole family loves this southwestern chicken and quinoa skillet, and so will yours!
Especially on busy weeknights when the thought of cooking a meal for five seems daunting, and there are activities to get to.
What’s even better is when the one pan meal contains simple and nutritious ingredients that I already have on hand! And the biggest bonus of one-pan meals, in my mind, is that it cuts down on the clean-up, something that I feel like I’m constantly doing as a Mom.
My new year’s resolution is to simplify my life as much as possible, and part of that is planning our family meals out a bit better, and choosing recipes that are as simple as possible to throw together (but still healthy and delicious).
So, for the next few months, I’m on a mission to create a collection of easy, family-friendly recipes that I can add to our supper rotation, and share with other like-minded parents.
When I’m making a one-pan meal, I don’t really want to mess around with with sides. I want everything to be included in the one dish. So I try my best to make sure there are three components:
- Vegetables (at least 3 colours)
- Protein (chicken, turkey pork, beef, fish, seafood, tofu, beans and or lentils)
- Whole grain (quinoa, brown rice, whole grain pasta, barley, etc.)
After I’ve made sure to include those core components, I add the fat (such as oil), spices and extras that best compliment the ingredients, such as olive oil, garlic, ginger, child powder etc. This usually renders a well-balanced and delicious meal.
Here’s my first addition to my new collection: Easy and Healthy Mexican Skillet.
You will want to make this recipe over and over again because it’s so easy and so delicious. And there’s usually enough left for another meal or two! Speaking of skillets, if you’re on the hunt for some heavy-duty cookware, check out my shop page.
Because there weren’t many vegetables in this dish, I did serve it with a salad, which was relatively easy! Enoy!