20 One Pot Kid Friendly Dinner Recipes

Kid Friendly One Pot Meals

One pot meals offer you the pleasure of home cooking assembled with minimal fuss and cleanup.
They combine various ingredients, therefore allowing you diversity in cooking, while keeping things simple. Hence its name, one-pot meals require actually just one pot. Yes, you will need some knives, spatulas, or cutting board, but when speaking about the pots, you really need just one.

One-pot meals are great way to get kids to try new foods. Kids can try a new food mixed with old favorites. They allow you also to reconstruct some classic meals and give them a new and exciting twist your kids just might love.

Kid Friendly Burrito Bowls

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 small sweet onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded, chopped
¾ lb. lean hamburger
7oz. corn
7oz. can black beans, drained, rinsed
7oz. can crushed tomatoes
¼ cup mild chunky salsa
½ cup Jasmine rice
1 cup chicken stock
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon Taco seasoning
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
Sour cream, to serve with, tortilla chips, or chopped cilantro

1.       Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the bell pepper and onion and cook until tender.
2.       Add the hamburger and cook until browned, for 5 minutes.
3.       Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a light boil. Reduce heat and cook, partially covered for 20 minutes or until the rice is done.
4.       Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, or cilantro.

One Pot Chicken and Rice

Preparation time:5 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
1.5lb. chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
2 cups marinara sauce
1 cup long grain rice or brown rice
15oz. can crushed tomatoes, with juices
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup mozzarella, torn into pieces


1.       Heat the oven to 375F.
2.       Combine the marinara sauce, rice, tomatoes, and basil in a baking dish.
3.       Slice the chicken breast into chunks and season with salt and pepper.
4.       Arrange the chicken onto rice. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and pop in the oven.
5.       Bake the chicken for 35-40 minutes.
6.       Remove the chicken from the oven and top with mozzarella cheese.
7.       Broil the chicken for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
8.       Serve while still hot with some fresh salad.

More One Pot Meal Recipes

Beef Stroganoff
Chili Mac Supper
Sloppy Joes 
Chicken Curry
Chicken Picatta
General Tso Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken
Pork Fried Rice
Sweet and Sour Pork
Franks and Beans
Garlic Sauce Pasta
Red Beans and Rice
Beef Stew
Ham and Macaroni Chowder
Tortellini and Peas
Beef and Broccoli

Try these one sheet pan recipes as well.

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