Dinner

6 One-Pan Meals Made With 7 Ingredients or Less

These meals are ready in under 45 minutes.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

If you’re too busy to cook, one-pan meals are about to become your new favorite way to have dinner on the table in 45 minutes or less. Not only are one-pan meals crazy easy to make, but clean up time is minimal, so it’s a total win. 

We’re sharing six one-pan meals that you’ll find yourself reaching for all week long.  All you need is a sheet pan and a skillet and a few minutes of prep time and viola, you have a healthy meal the whole family can enjoy (you’re welcome). 

P.S. — these recipes are made with just seven ingredients or less, and there’s something for everyone. From vegetarian to meat-based, to grain-free there are options for all dietary preferences. Plus, all of these one-pan meals are gluten-free. 

6 One-Pan Meals Broken Down By Dietary Preference (All Gluten-free!) 

Vegetarian One-Pan Recipes

#1 Sheet Pan Cinnamon Granola 

Need a new fiber-rich snack or smoothie bowl topper? Look no further than this sheet pan granola, made with just six simple ingredients. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Cook Time: 45 minutes 

Number of Ingredients: 6

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats 
  • ½ cup raw honey 
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted 
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Start by preheating the oven to 250 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine. Transfer to the parchment-lined baking sheet, making a thin layer of the granola. 

Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring every 10-12 minutes, being careful not to let the granola burn. 

Allow the granola to cool before enjoying. 

Note: Store the granola in an airtight container. 

#2 Simple Roasted Vegetables

Roasted veggies make the ultimate healthy side dish, and this makes one of those one-pan meals we love to make on meal prep day. Have these roasted veggies prepped to pair with a main course meal during the busy week. 

Prep Time: 15 minutes 

Cook Time: 20-30 minutes 

Number of Ingredients: 5

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchinis, peeled and sliced 
  • 3 bell peppers, seeded and sliced 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 
  • Sea salt to taste 

Directions:

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F and grease a glass baking dish with oil. 

Add the veggies to a large mixing bowl with the olive oil and seasoning and toss to combine. 

Transfer the veggies to the baking dish and bake for 20-30 minutes, tossing halfway through.

Meat-Based One-Pan Meals

#3 Lemon Chicken & Green Beans

There’s nothing easier than a simple chicken dinner, and this is a family-friendly healthy one-pan meal that can be adjusted to taste using your veggie and seasoning of choice. 

Prep Time: 15 minutes 

Cook Time: 18-25 minutes 

Number of Ingredients: 7

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt to taste

Directions:

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F and grease a baking dish with oil. 

Add the chicken to the center of the baking dish and add the green beans around the chicken. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and season with spices. 

Bake for 15 minutes and then remove the green beans. Add the chicken back to the oven and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through. 

Note: Cook time will vary depending on the size of each chicken breast. 

#4 One-Skillet Beef Tacos 

Turns out, you can make tacos in just under 20 minutes, and this one-skillet beef taco recipe proves that healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly time-consuming. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Cook Time: 15 minutes 

Number of Ingredients: 7

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef (grass-fed if possible) 
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp water 
  • For serving: avocado, shredded lettuce, salsa 

Directions:

Start by heating a large skillet over medium heat with coconut oil. Add the ground beef and cook for 7-10 minutes or until the beef is cooked. 

Add the taco seasoning, garlic, and water. Saute for another 2-3 minutes. 

Serve with desired taco toppings and enjoy! 

Grain-Free One-Pan Meals

#5 One-Pan Herbed Salmon With Veggies 

This FitOn PRO recipe is quick to prep and is ready to enjoy in under 45 minutes! 

Prep Time: 15 minutes 

Cook Time: 37-40 minutes 

Number of Ingredients: 7

Ingredients:

  • ¼ butternut squash, cut into wedges
  • ½ head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup basil leaf
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ¾ lb salmon fillet, deboned
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Arrange the chopped butternut squash and cauliflower on a lined baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. 

Meanwhile, add herbs, almonds, 1 tbsp olive oil, and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper to a food processor and process until combined. 

After the vegetables have been cooking for 25 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and make room for the salmon fillets.

Arrange the two pieces of salmon on the baking tray and coat with herb crust. Return to oven for another 12-15 minutes, until the salmon is cooked to your liking.

To serve, plate up the cooked salmon and roasted vegetables. 

#6 One-Pan Green Eggs

Here’s another delicious and easy to make FitOn PRO recipe that makes the perfect filling and nourishing breakfast or lunch. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Cook Time: 7-10 minutes 

Number of Ingredients: 7

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • ¼ leek, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:

Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan on medium heat.

Add the leek and garlic to the saucepan and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until the leek turns translucent.

Add greens to the saucepan and sauté until they’re wilted and cooked.

Crack the egg into a separate bowl.

Make a circle in the center of the greens and pour in the egg, so it sits in the middle. You may want to reduce the heat so that the egg cooks through.

Cook for 5-7 minutes on low heat, until the egg white has set but the yolk is runny.

Remove from heat and serve on a plate, top with chili flakes and a generous pinch of salt.

Bonus No-Bake Dessert Recipe

Let’s pair these healthy one-pan meals with a yummy dessert, shall we? This Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream requires zero cook time and is totally guilt-free. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream 

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas, cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Splash of dairy-free milk of choice
  • For topping: granola, raw cacao nibs, extra drizzle of peanut butter

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until it turns into soft-serve “ice cream”.

Serve in bowl and top with desired toppings.

Enjoy!

Healthy Eating Does Not Have to Be Time-Consuming

These six healthy and mouthwateringly delicious one-pan meals show us just how easy, and totally not time-consuming healthy eating and cooking can be. So, on busy weeknights where you just don’t have time to prep, cook, and clean up a fancy dinner, rely on these healthy one-pan meals instead.