One dish meals have a long history at the family table - and for good reason: They're easy, satisfying and likely to please everyone in the family. These recipes are perfect for busy weeknights, because you can just prepare the recipe, pop it in the oven and do something else while it's cooking. Most of these meals also freeze quite well, which makes them perfect for make-ahead cooking.
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If one-dish meals made with canned soup turn you off, try this chicken pasta casserole. There isn't a person I've met who doesn't love this one-dish meal. It's got flavors that appeal to everyone - chicken, pasta, spaghetti sauce, cheese and baby spinach - and they all come together in one elegantly-flavored casserole.
03 of 07
This easy recipe brings together all of the flavors and textures of a chicken tamale into one pan. A mixture of cooked shredded chicken, onion, salsa, black beans, and taco seasoning is briefly sauteed and then topped with a homemade cornbread batter that is studded with corn kernels, shredded cheddar, and chopped cilantro. Bake the tamale pie until golden and serve with sour cream and avocado on the side.
04 of 07
Technically, shepherd's pie is made with lamb, and this is cottage pie, but whatever you call this one-dish meal, it's delicious. Ground beef and vegetables are bathed in a gravy, then topped with mashed potatoes. The mere thought of this one-dish meal is comforting.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
This is one of those one-dish meals that will have you hoping for leftovers, because it tastes even better the next day. And this is another vegetarian one-dish recipe.
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One-dish meals don't have to be casseroles, and this chicken fajitas recipe proves it. It has everything you need in a one-dish meal: protein, vegetables and starch, plus as many toppings as you like. And the kids get assemble their meals themselves. What more could you want?
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This is one of those one-dish meals that even your pickiest eaters will like. And with just five ingredients, this recipe is easy to throw together on the fly. This casserole is also a vegetarian recipe.