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One Dish Dinners for Busy Fall Evenings

Back to school, back to busy evenings, and back to wondering "what's for dinner?" With the evenings getting shorter, make things easier for yourself with recipes that don't require lots of babysitting,  and can be made in just one dish. Say goodbye to messy kitchens, and say hello to these easy one pot winner dinners!

Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

This sheet pan dinner is full of flavor, and once it's in the oven your work is done. "Usually "stuffed" means complicated and long prep. On the contrary, this recipe was easy and quick. I substituted a bag of frozen veggies and used grated cheddar cheese because I did not have mozzarella. Good weeknight dinner for a busy family!" -- EAM

Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

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Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage

This one dish winner is easy enough for novice cooks! "I am a husband/father and I actually made this dinner. It was super easy and a big hit with my family. My wife also appreciated a break from cooking Sunday dinner. I am pretty happy with myself." -- cfsmitty

Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

This meal is quicker, not to mention tastier than takeout. "After eating out so often lately because of long hours at work, I was craving a home-cooked meal but didn't have the energy for too much prep or clean up. This satisfied all my needs AND I got to relax and enjoy a glass of wine while it was doing the brunt of the "cooking" - no active babysitting of the stovetop necessary. Talk about a winning weeknight meal. ;)" -- LazyFoodieGirl

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Photo by Jennifer Baker

One-Pan Sriracha Chicken and Veggies

One pan + chicken + sriracha = winner dinner. "OMG this is good. The method works exactly as written. I used agave syrup instead of brown sugar and used a bit more Sriracha than written." -- Buckwheat Queen

One-Pan Sriracha Chicken and Veggies

Photo by Paultbush

Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast

This skillet dinner is especially good for quick Sunday dinners. "I will make this again and again! It is key to use chicken breasts with the skin still on. The veggies were to die for! And best yet, it is simple to throw together, without much of a mess. " -- McSnick

Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast

Photo by Kenneth Newbold

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

Zesty chicken with potatoes and Brussels sprouts is one dinner you'll want to add to your recipe rotation. "A delicious one-pan dinner that tastes like you cooked all day but only takes a small amount of hands-on time. Great flavor and easy clean-up!" -- LAMBR

Addictive Asian Beef Slaw (Crack Slaw)

This spicy beef and cabbage stir-fry is made in a skillet, and is a cinch to put together. "My husband and four boys loved it! It's a good,quick,cheap meal for a family on a budget. I got packaged coleslaw and broccoli slaw. We also sprinkled sesame seeds on top. So many textures & colorful. " -- fogarty

Addictive Asian Beef Slaw (Crack Slaw)

Photo by Alli Shircliff

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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at stasty.com.