7-Day Healthy Skillet Dinner Plan

by Danielle Omar, MS, RD

January is here in full force. It’s cold outside, the days are shorter, and everything feels a bit rushed. My taste buds are changing as well. My usual salad-based dinners are not as appealing and I’m craving dishes that bring warmth and comfort.

As I’ve been adding more soup, stews, and chili to the dinner menu, I’m noticing a few sideways stares from the family. Um, mom, are we having chili again?

Once I hear this I know it’s time to bring out the skillet. A skillet dinner is a one-pan meal that contains all the food groups, all in one place. Mine are usually a play on chili, but with less liquid and more stuff. I usually include a protein, a few types of veggies, and always a grain or bean (or sometimes both).

One-post skillet dinners are not only easy, they are quick to whip up, and require little skill. First things first, you must have yourself a good skillet. I recommend a good cast iron skillet. They are inexpensive and last forever. Once you get the hang of using one, it will be your go-to kitchen pal.

This roundup contains a few favorite skillet-friendly (and family friendly) dinner meals for those nights when you need a quick, no fuss option:



Chungah’s Damn Delicious meals never disappoint. And this //damndelicious.net/2015/03/30/one-pot-shrimp-parmesan-pasta/">Parmesan shrimp pasta is no exception. I love this flavor combination!



Erin’s //www.wellplated.com/mushroom-chicken-and-quinoa-recipe/">mushroom, chicken and quinoa skillet dinner is the perfect combination. Warm, cozy, and delicious.



Chelsea’s skillet //www.chelseasmessyapron.com/one-skillet-cheesy-tuna-pasta/">pasta with tuna updates a classic comfort food dish…and makes it so much better!



This //www.bonappetit.com/recipe/pan-roasted-chicken-with-harissa-chickpeas">pan-roasted chicken and chickpea dish is loaded with spicy flavor and filling fiber!



Cassie’s //backtoherroots.com/2015/02/24/creamy-taco-macaroni-skillet/">creamy taco and macaroni skillet takes the “chili mac” to a whole new level. This dish will please even the pickiest palate!



My //healthyaperture.com/blog/post/maple-sweet-potato-hash-with-fried-eggs-kale">sweet potato hash with fried egg is a great way to enjoy breakfast for dinner!



My //foodconfidence.com/2015/03/12/christmas-lima-bean-saute-with-basmati-rice/">Christmas lima beans and rice is comfort food at its best––and it tastes even better the next day!


I’ve got a couple other recipes I just couldn’t leave out! Prepare them for lunch, or mix it up with some of the other recipes. Bon appetite!


Ella’s //naturallyella.com/turmeric-cauliflower-egg-skillet/">cauliflower and egg skillet packs a healthy punch of flavor and fun. Eggs are an easy add-on to most any dish, and a go-to at my house.


MJs’ spicy and flavorful //www.mjandhungryman.com/shrimp-and-sausage-jambalaya/">shrimp and sausage jambalaya packs a flavorful punch of spice!