3 Cheap Quick Healthy Meals Dinner Recipes in One-Pot

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Living alone in a hostel or apartment and making tasty dinner on a rainy evening can be an amazing feeling. Since it’s not home so you cannot use the oven or blender, you can still make quick healthy meals dinner recipes. These 3 recipes are so easy and quickly made, the best part is that they can be prepared in only one pot, there are both veg and non-veg choices. 

One-Pot Creamy Spinach Lentils

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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • ½  cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups uncooked lentils
  • 2 Yukon potatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A few sprigs of fresh parsley
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for topping


Heat butter on a large pot over medium flame, saute the onion, carrots, and celery for 10 minutes, slowly add the wine & stir, it should give a little sizzle. Next add the lentils, potatoes, and broth; tie the bay leaf, parsley, and thyme together then toss into the pot. Stir often and simmer for 30-40 minutes on covered, when the lentils and potatoes are soft, mash them gently and stir to make it creamy. Remove the tied herbs, add half & half, add spinach, stir to incorporate, season with salt & pepper; serve with a drizzle of olive oil.

Red Pepper Roasted Chicken

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  • 4 pieces boneless chicken breast 
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ¼  cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces roasted red bell peppers, finely diced
  • 1 ¼  cup chicken broth
  • 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • ½  teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • ¼  cup basil leaves, chopped
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 lime juice


Season the chicken with lime juice, salt & pepper, keep for 10 minutes. Melt butter on a large skillet over medium heat, sear the chicken on both sides for 5 minutes, take out, and set aside. Saute the onion and garlic on the same skillet for 2-3 minutes, add diced red pepper and saute for another 2 minutes; now add the chicken broth, cream cheese, and crushed chili flakes, stir & simmer to melt the cream. When the sauce is smooth, add chicken, stir in the chopped basil, simmer for 2 minutes, add salt & pepper to taste; slice the chicken and serve with creamy pan sauce.

Garlic Butter Mushroom Rice


  • 300 grams Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp Garlic (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp Butter/Cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp Stock powder/1 Stock cube/2 cups Vegetable stock
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • ⅔  cup Spring Onions, chopped
  • Salt as taste
  • Freshly ground Pepper


Heat a medium-sized nonstick pot or skillet, add butter, melt it, then add garlic and saute until it turns light brown and fragrant. Then add the sliced mushrooms, stir well, cook on a medium flame for 4-5 minutes until they start turning brown. Add rice next, stir, add water/vegetable stock, if you add water then add stock powder/cube, add salt, freshly ground pepper, mix all together gently; cover the pot and cook for 7 minutes on medium heat or until rice is well cooked. Turn off the flame and let it rest covered for 3 minutes, sprinkle spring onions and pepper while serving.


You can add your choice of vegetables or other ingredients to these recipes, you can also replace chicken with tofu/paneer. Garlic mushroom rice is a good main dish while the spinach lentils and pepper chicken goes well as a side dish.

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