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Comforting One-Pot Dishes You Can Easily Whip Up for Your Weekday Dinners

by Jett Saw. |

Being an adult can be hard when you have to manage a full-time career or degree and still worry about your weekday dinners. You get off work in the evening with only 3 hours to spare before you hit the hay – how are you even supposed to fit in time to cook?

But we know take outs are not very healthy (and not pocket friendly at all!), and you tend to get tired of it at some point…


Then comes our hero solution, which is cooking one-pot dishes!


One-pot dishes are effortless and nutritious meals that require minimal cleaning up (as you have only got one pot to wash!) and do not require any obscure ingredients. These one-pot dishes can be cooked on the stove with a pot, or with a rice-cooker/multi-cooker, so there is basically no excuses for you not to make them.


Here are some one-pot dishes ideas for your weekday dinners, or even enough for you to bring to lunch the next day:


1. Claypot Chicken Rice

Source: New Malaysia Kitchen


The Claypot Chicken Rice is a fuss-free and filling dinner that encompasses mushroom and chicken flavours. Traditionally, this dish is cooked over a charcoal stove – but for convenience, we will stick to using a rice-cooker. This is the perfect dish for someone who does not normally cook and has very few seasonings at home.


All you have to do is to prepare the ingredients (this comprises of chopping, slicing and pouring of sauces) and then let the rice cooker do most of the work.


Preparation time : 10 minutes Cook time : 35 minutes

Grab the recipe HERE.



2. Aglio Olio with Shrimp

Source: Savoury Tooth


Aglio Olio comprises of two main ingredients, garlic (Aglio) and Olive Oil (Olio). This is a simple pasta recipe with parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, all cooked in one pot! You can cook this to switch up the day-to-day Asian routine.


If you can take the heat, you may use dried chilli flakes or chili padi to jazz up the spice. I love this dish, as it is profoundly strong in garlic aroma. Personally, I would add some shrimp to the Aglio Olio to give it a little twist in the favour department.


Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes

Find the recipe HERE.



Alternatively, if you are not a fan of Aglio Olio, you can always opt for whipping up a tomato based pasta with that cheeky spice that we Malaysians love, in the form of Pasta Arrabbiata.

Source: Marks & Spencer Malaysia


Marks and Spencer recently launched their “Truly Italian” range that provides the pre-made Arrabbiata sauce that can help you prepare this pasta without going through the hassle of making your sauce from scratch. If you are not a fan of prawns (or if your budget does not allow), you can always opt for other options like Tuna or a vegetarian option of Mushroom Arrabbiata that will still be tasty and yet budget friendly.


Preparation Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time : 10 Minutes

Find the full recipe here.



3. Chicken Stew

Source: Recipetineats


Stews are one of the easiest one-pot dishes to make. Chicken stews are absolutely filling and can pack a variety of ingredients, making them an incredibly nutritious dish.

This recipe uses boneless chicken thigh fillets, a variety of vegetables and potatoes, swimming and simmering in a rich stew sauce. This dish is loaded with nutrients and only takes under an hour to make.

Serve with bread to soak up every bit of goodness!

Tip: You can freeze extra portions of this dish in an airtight container for up to a month!


Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 50 minutes

Grab the full recipe HERE.



4. One-Pot Tomato Rice

Source: Teczape


The One-Pot Tomato Rice recipe is something I frequently make in throughout my university days as it requires only a rice cooker! I would make this dish on a regular basis because the rice cooker cooks independently - this meant no watching the pot, no standing around – flip a switch and it is on its way.


The most basic tomato rice recipe only calls for rice, tomatoes and some seasoning but as the chef, you may add as many ingredients as you wish. Place all the ingredients in the rice cooker pot, add some water, and voila - dinner is served!


Preparation time : 10 minutes Cook time : 35 minutes

Find the full recipe HERE.



5. Chicken ABC Soup

Source: Cook with Olivia


Now this last dish, I hold close to heart (#comfortfood) as this was what I ate growing up. I love ABC soup because it contains meat, vegetables and carbohydrates altogether in one-pot of wholesome goodness.


A typical Chinese ABC soup contains meat (chicken or pork), corn, onions, carrots, tomatoes and potatoes. Nonetheless, this is a dish where every family has their own “special recipe” as the recipe is flexible. Hence, as the chef, you can add an assortment of ingredients to create your own “secret recipe”.


Just like most soups, not much needs to be done in terms of cooking - all you have to do is throw all the ingredients in a pot, and let it simmer through. Although the cooking time is longer than the others, it's a great


Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Find the full recipe HERE.


That is all, folks! I hope these one-pot dishes inspire you to cook for yourself (and your loved ones too) despite your very busy schedule. There is practically no need to go out and buy yourself lots of fancy equipments or ingredients to prepare these dishes, so you can start as soon as possible. Wishing you all the best in your kitchen adventures!


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