21 Low-Stress Paleo Dinners You Can Make in One Pan

This article was originally published by our friends at PaleoHacks.

Looking for some low-stress weeknight dinners with lots of leftovers? These easy one-pot Paleo dinners will help you stay on track with your diet and simplify the cooking process.

After a long day at the office, the last thing anyone wants to do is turn on the oven, start the stovetop, pull out the mixing bowls, and wipe down the cutting board. Not only is it a lot of prep work, but it’s a lot of cleanup, too!

For those busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to devote to thinking up another quick Paleo way to use the ingredients in your fridge, it’s best to have a bunch of one-pot meals on hand. They’re quick, no-mess, and cleanup is a snap!

Plus, you don’t have to bother trying to ensure your veggie saute, cauliflower rice, and oven-roasted meat finish cooking at exactly the same time.

Why not take a load off and plan your next Monday through Friday with some of these paleo-friendly one-pot meals? Whether it’s a skillet, a Dutch oven, a roasting pan, or a wok, all you need to do is throw in the ingredients and let heat do the rest. You’ll have more time to take a walk, hit the gym, or even just sit outside now that the sunlight is lingering!

Because chicken is so versatile, many of these recipes use chicken breasts, thighs, or even a whole chicken as the foundation of the meal. To give you a little more variety, we included beef, lamb, duck, pork, and shrimp recipes, as well.

Need something with a little room for variety? The cauliflower egg fried rice would be delicious with whatever meat you have on hand – or you can leave it vegetarian. We also love sharing our own Paleo Jerky Nachos dish, so you can feel like you’re having your favorite pub appetizer for dinner – without the guilt.

So break out your pan of choice and pick your next weeknight dish with caution. Once you find out how easy it is to stay Paleo during the busy work week, it’ll be hard to go back to all that chopping and cleaning over the weekend!

Paleo Jerky Nachos

Main_Image_2_Paleo_NachosCraving bar food? With sweet potato chips filling in for tortillas, this easy nacho dish is baked with Paleo cheese and topped with tomatoes and avocados for a healthy take on a pub classic.

Recipe: Paleo Jerky Nachos

Thai Sweet & Sour Stir-Fry with Shrimp

sweet-sour-shrimp-stir-fryNow that spring is officially here, it’s the perfect time to create this warm – yet light – stir fry otherwise known as Pad Priew Wan Goong. It’s really easy to prep, and it comes together in about 15 minutes flat!

Recipe: Thai Sweet & Sour Stir-Fry with Shrimp

Cajun Chicken Dinner

one_pan_cajun_chicken_dinnerMix up your own Cajun powder with paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, and other seasonings to suit your spiciness level perfectly in this quick and easy chicken thigh dinner.

Recipe: Cajun Chicken Dinner

Easy Weeknight Lemon Chicken

Lemon-Chicken-Skillet-One-Skillet-DinnerIf you have chicken breasts in your refrigerator, chances are you have the ingredients to make this easy after-work dinner! You can also easily replace the broccoli with mushrooms, or just use both for an added veggie bonus.

Recipe: Easy Weeknight Lemon Chicken

Salt & Pepper Shrimp

Salt-Pepper-ShrimpThis recipe is just as easy as it sounds. With only five ingredients – including the salt and pepper – and a few minutes, you’ll have a delicious mixture that’s perfect as a salad or veggie topper, or all on its own.

Recipe: Salt & Pepper Shrimp

Paleo Chicken Tikka Masala

Paleo-Chicken-Tikka-MasalaThough originally intended for the slow cooker, this blogger promises that two hours in the tagine is just as good. Serve over cauliflower rice for the ultimate Indian cuisine gone Paleo!

Recipe: Paleo Chicken Tikka Masala

Beef Tagine

Beef-TagineWhether you make this hearty stew in a traditional tagine or a regular old soup pot, the results are superb. Get this going as soon as you walk through the door to have a slow-simmered meal that doesn’t actually need to cook all day.

Recipe: Beef Tagine

Simple Roast Chicken with Fall Vegetables

whole-roasted-chickenNot much can beat a juicy whole roasted chicken. Try cooking it with turnips, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or rutabagas for an all-around warm flavor. The pesto on the side is optional – but it certainly doesn’t hurt!

Recipe: Simple Roast Chicken with Fall Vegetables

Keto Egg Fried Rice

keto-egg-fried-riceWith cauliflower rice, prawns (or shrimp), and lightly toasted almonds, this powerfully flavorful one-skillet meal comes together easily in under an hour.

Recipe: Keto Egg Fried Rice

Hot Skillet Pizza

hot-skillet-pizzaThis highly versatile pizza is made from a tapioca flour crust, a homemade tomato sauce, and lots of freshly chopped veggies. Regardless of whatever else you choose to add as a topping, this amazing one skillet pizza will come together in an hour or less.

Recipe: Hot Skillet Pizza

Chicken Curry with Zucchini Noodles

Chicken-Curry-with-Zucchini-NoodlesThis colorful and healthy one-pot meal will impress everyone at your dinner table. With carrots, peppers, lots of spices, and even a dash of homemade bone broth (that is, if you have it), you’ll nourish your entire family while they rave about how hard you must have worked.

Recipe: Chicken Curry with Zucchini Noodles

Braised Lamb with Caramelized Onions and Rosemary

Braised-LambWith only a handful of ingredients to speak of, this easy lamb chop recipe involves minimal prep. Serve alongside a fresh salad to help balance the savory meatiness of this dish!

Recipe: Braised Lamb with Caramelized Onions and Rosemary

One Pot Turmeric Chicken with Vegetables

turmeric-chickenMade with shallots, fennel, and lots of healing turmeric, this roasted dish centers around a whole chicken cut into 8 pieces, so everyone at the table gets to have their favorite cut!

Recipe: One Pot Turmeric Chicken with Vegetables

Asparagus Beef Stir-Fry

Asparagus-Beef-Stir-FryThe obvious alternative to beef-and-broccoli, this easy 30-minute recipe is a great way to use a skirt or flank steak. Topped with toasted sesame seeds and scallions, it beats mushy Chinese takeout any day!

Recipe: Asparagus Beef Stir-Fry

Pork Chops with Cranberry Apple Compote

pork-chops-cranberry-compoteWith a homemade dry rub for the pork chops and the compote finished right in the pork drippings, this quick and easy meal is perfect for those nights you come home already hungry.

Recipe: Pork Chops with Cranberry Apple Compote

Easy Chili Faux Mac Skillet

Chili-Faux-MacPaleo’s answer to the decadent chili mac, this 40-minute recipe is made with cauliflower and zucchini for an extra dose of veggies. Try topping it with Paleo-friendly sour cream!

Recipe: Easy Chili Faux Mac Skillet

Crispy Chicken with Fig and Shallot Compote

Crispy-Chicken-Fig-CompoteThis sweet compote cooks right in the browned bits from the chicken thighs, creating the ultimate sweet-salty dish in a pinch!

Recipe: Crispy Chicken with Fig and Shallot Compote

Roasted Lamb Saddle Steaks with Butternut Squash and Red Onions


Roast the squash and onions by themselves for the first few minutes of this one-roasting-dish meal before adding herb-rubbed lamb steaks. The result? Juicy meat that bastes the softened vegetables into a cohesive and delicious meal.

Recipe: Roasted Lamb Saddle Steaks with Butternut Squash and Red Onions

Pakistani Kima Beef Curry

kima-beefDon’t let the exotic name of this dish fool you – it’s basically a mild ground beef with tomato curry that even your kids will love. Add green beans, cauliflower, or sweet potatoes to the mix for more color and extra nutrients!

Recipe: Pakistani Kima Beef Curry

Garlic Rosemary Roast Beef & Veggies

Roast-BeefIt doesn’t have to be a holiday to serve up roast beef for dinner! While you’ll definitely need to plan ahead to prep your grass-fed roast overnight, the day-of part is rather easy: just stick it in the oven, set a timer, and go about your evening as usual!

Recipe: Garlic Rosemary Roast Beef & Veggies

One-Pan Salmon Dinner for Two

One-Pan-Salmon-Dinner-for-Two744bLooking for a quick, healthy dish for you and your sweetie? This one-pan salmon dinner is a nutritional powerhouse with the omega-3-rich salmon, sustaining complex carbohydrate sweet potatoes, and carrots—a great source of beta-carotene in addition to the sweet potatoes.

Recipe: One-Pan Salmon Dinner for Two


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