Healthy One Pot Budget Meals

Find healthy, delicious one-pot budget meals from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

American Goulash

Rating: 4.5 stars 22
American goulash, also known as old-fashioned goulash, is the perfect economical family meal. The pasta cooks right in the sauce, so this satisfying dish can cook in just one pot.
By Carolyn Casner

Carrot Soup

Rating: 5 stars 32
This easy carrot soup recipe is a great way to use up a bag of carrots that were forgotten in your produce drawer. The carrots cook together with aromatics like onions, garlic and fresh herbs before being puréed into a silky smooth soup that's delicious for dinner or packed up for lunch.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Creamy Chicken, Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms One-Pot Pasta

Rating: 3.5 stars 30
You'll only have to dirty one pot in this easy pasta recipe that cooks chicken and vegetables right along with the noodles. Plus, by using the exact amount of water you need to cook the pasta, the starch that usually gets drained off with your pasta water stays in the pot, giving you delectably creamy results.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

One-Pot Spinach, Chicken Sausage & Feta Pasta

Rating: 4 stars 18
A little bit of Sunday meal prep goes a long way in this one-dish Greek-inspired pasta recipe. The pasta is cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge to use for meals all week, but any leftover cooked pasta you have on hand will do. Chicken sausage with feta is especially good in this recipe.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Vegetable Weight-Loss Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 32
A big bowl of this veggie-packed minestrone will leave you satisfied for hours without consuming a lot of calories, which is helpful when trying to lose weight. Plus, it's an easy way to boost your vegetable servings for the day—something all of us could benefit from. Top with a dollop of pesto before devouring this delicious vegetable soup and consider serving with a hunk of toasted whole-wheat bread to help round out the meal.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

Rating: 5 stars 24
One sheet pan is all you'll need to whip up these zesty chicken fajitas. They're quick and easy to make and cleanup is even faster!
By Carolyn Casner

Baked Beans with Ground Beef

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Upgrade baked beans from classic side dish to a meaty main meal by adding lean ground beef. The final result, a superfast hearty casserole, is an easy and fast dinner option. Ground turkey or even sausage would work nicely in this dish. Just watch the sodium.
By Carolyn Casner

Easy Cauliflower Fried Rice

This vegetarian faux fried rice uses riced cauliflower in place of white or brown rice to pack in extra veggies and cut down on carbs. Chile-garlic sauce pumps up the heat, and fresh ginger adds a bright, warm bite. If you don't like the heat of the chile-garlic sauce, leave it out and add a bit more tamari or soy sauce for a rich, fermented tang.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Quinoa & Chia Oatmeal Mix

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
Make your own hot cereal mix with this healthy recipe. Keep it on hand and just cook up the amount you need when you're ready for a hot breakfast. One serving of the warm cereal contains six grams of fiber—almost a quarter of your daily quota.
By Carolyn Casner

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4 stars 16
Make this low-calorie vegetable soup recipe with ease in this load-and-go crock pot recipe. After simmering away in the slow cooker, portion it into individual serving containers and store in the fridge or freezer for fast, healthy lunches or an easy, satisfying snack. This weight-loss vegetable soup fills you up without a lot of calories, plus it's an easy way to eat more vegetables.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Chickpeas & Spinach

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
Simmer eggs in a rich tomatoey cream sauce studded with chickpeas and silky spinach for a super-fast vegetarian dinner. Serve with a piece of crusty bread to soak up the sauce. Be sure to use heavy cream; a lower-fat option might curdle when mixed with acidic tomatoes.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Roast Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 42
This sheet-pan dinner combines chicken thighs and sweet potatoes for a healthy dinner that cooks up fast in a very hot oven. Serve with a fall salad of mixed greens, sliced apples and blue cheese.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen
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Inspiration and Ideas

I'm a Dietitian & These Are My Favorite One-Pot Dinners
Dinners like Skillet Lemon Chicken & Potatoes with Kale and Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry are proof that you don't have to dirty your entire kitchen to have a nutritious meal packed with produce, lean proteins, whole grains, legumes and fragrant aromatics.
22 Budget-Friendly One-Pot Dinner Recipes
These one-pot dinner recipes are easy to make and budget-friendly. These recipes feature affordable ingredients like pasta, ground beef and beans to create a balanced and delicious meal. Recipes like One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta and Beef & Bean Sloppy Joes are tasty, filling and you'll only have one dish to clean up!
Pressure-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
Rating: 5 stars 1

This easy soup flavored with chili powder and a splash of lime is quick enough to prepare for a warming weeknight meal thanks to an electric pressure cooker like the Instant Pot. Lean chicken breast is easy to prep, but boneless, skinless chicken thighs would make a great substitute.