My Dutch oven is the one thing that never leaves my stove because I turn to it almost every night to make dinner. Sometimes I use it to simply boil a pot of water for pasta or rice but my favorite thing to do with it is make my entire meal right inside. The sturdy pot can churn out everything from a vegetable-packed chili to an entire roast chicken dinner. Here are 10 of my favorite healthy dinners to make in it.
It’s hard to get more comforting than a roast chicken dinner. This one is a complete meal thanks to a bed of butternut squash and red onion at the bottom of the Dutch oven.
Forgo boiling a separate pot of water for your pasta and make the entire thing — sauce and all — in just one pot. The natural starches from the pasta that are released as it cooks results in a creamy dinner without cream.
This humble dinner is totally satisfying without completely weighing you down. Serve it with crusty bread on the side because you’ll have lots of good sauce to swipe up.
This lasagna is packed with mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, and spinach, so you’ll get your fill on vegetables and then some. Opt for cottage cheese instead of ricotta to give it an extra protein boost.
Starting with a rotisserie chicken means this hearty chili comes together even faster. However, you can also cook and shred chicken breasts or thighs as an alternative — you’ll need about 3 cups of shredded meat.
This cozy jambalaya is packed with shrimp, sausage, and vegetables. It’s also made with brown rice instead of white rice, which not only lends nutrition but ensures the dish won’t get overcooked and mushy since brown rice holds its shape better.
This baked risotto is also made with brown rice, which isn’t traditional but you might just find that the added nutty flavor it brings to the pot results in something even better than the classic.
Most stews are thickened and made creamy with flour and cream but this one opts for coconut milk instead. That means it’s gluten-free and dairy-free but no less comforting.
This easy minestrone soup is so packed with vegetables that you hardly need anything on the side to make it a meal. It’s best served sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.
This vegetable-heavy take on classic Thai curry is an easy introduction into making take-out favorites at home. Serve it over steamed rice, quinoa, or even cauliflower rice.
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