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One-Pan Wonders and One Pot April


When I started looking for the recipes for One Pot April I began by creating an enormous list of one pan recipes that I found on the internet.  I was amazed by how many recipes I found! Recipes like these have become popular and I think I know why: they are incredibly easy and family friendly — two things every family needs!

While I really enjoy the creativity of crafting the perfect meal plan and quality time in my kitchen, One Pot April has taught me to love the “toss-in and cook” method to these meals. They are a true time saver, and have really helped me this season.

In my quest to find the best recipes for One Pot April, I ran across several recipe books. More than several, actually. I found TONS of one pot recipe books. The possibilities are endless with this theme and that is exciting! Beyond One Pot April there are so many resources available for you to continue making healthy and delicious one pot recipes.


This week, I get the honor of sharing the book from our Week 3 recipes with you! One-Pan Wonders from America’s Test Kitchen. This book might just have it all as far as one pot meals go: amazing variety, gorgeous (and tasty!) recipes, and tons of tips and tricks for making one pan meals. The 140+ recipes included in this book can be made on a sheet pan, in a dutch oven, skillet, roasting pan, casserole dish, or your slow cooker. You could make one pan meals for EVERY meal and never have the same thing twice using this cook book.

America’s Test Kitchen has done an extraordinary job culling the recipes for this book. I can’t share these details better than they can, so here’s a little blurb they wrote about One Pan Wonders:

“To reduce hands-on time, we cut out excess steps where we could, and discovered new ways to bring old favorites to the table. Take our Modern Beef Pot Pie: Where once you had to roll out a pie crust, we top off our meaty filling with slices of Parmesan-crusted bread (it doesn’t hurt that it’s a visual stunner to boot). Or check out our Easy Baked Mac and Cheese: We make passing up the blue box painless, with pasta that cooks right in its sauce and uses pantry standbys to produce a supremely cheesy treat right in a casserole dish.”

If you’re interested in buying this book, but first want to learn more, take a look at this website. This link shares ALL of the recipes in the book, so you know what you are getting ahead of time. ATK has been gracious to let us share 4 of their recipes in the One Pot April Week 3 menu. This is a great way to get started with these recipes and it will only leave you wanting more.



One Pot April has begun it’s third week, but it’s not too late to join us! Throughout the month of April, Plan to Eat will be sharing 20 recipes from a variety of cookbooks and bloggers that are super-easy to make using a single pot or sheet pan. Throw all your ingredients into one pan, one pot, or in the oven and you’re done. And it’s not too late to join!

Here’s how it works:

(If you don’t see the above video, click here to watch it)

Join us For One Pot April!

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Join our Facebook group to find friends, discuss tips and tricks and share recipes with other Plan to Eat users. This group is very active and we would love for you to be a part of it.

The Menu

4 of this week’s recipes come from One-Pan Wonders and the 5th comes from one of our favorite blogs, Carlsbad Cravings. Here’s the lineup for the first week’s menu:

(if you are participating in One Pot April, all of these recipes are available to you directly in your Plan to Eat account)

pork tamale pie

Pork Tamale Pie

Provided by One-Pan Wonders

So easy. Throw everything in your crockpot, cook for 6 hours, and dinner is served!


Halibut with Red Potatoes, Corn, and Andouille

Provided by One-Pan Wonders

This is such an easy and delicious weeknight dinner! It can be made in about half an hour and requires very little prep.

pulled chicken

Sweet and Tangy Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
with Carolina-Style Coleslaw

Provided by One-Pan Wonders

Once all of the ingredients are seared in the pot, simply throw it in the oven and in a few hours, you’ll have a delicious and hearty meal that the whole family will love.


Chorizo, Corn, Tomato Tostadas with Lime Crema

Provided by One-Pan Wonders

This Italian Chicken Tortellini Skillet is an en easy meal made completely in one pot — loaded with roasted red peppers, spinach, tomatoes, herbs and cheese!

thai peanut

Thai Peanut Coconut Chicken

provided by Carlsbad Cravings

This easy sweet potato dinner can be made using a sheet pan and bakes in a little over 1 hour.

Join us!

All of these simple recipes and many more are waiting for you in your Plan to Eat account when you join us for One Pot April. We’d love to see you there.

Join One Pot April!

A few extra goodies…

winnings-week3Grace your bookshelves with your own copy of One-Pan Wonders. We have one to give away!

Everyone who joins One Pot April by friending One Pot April in your Plan to Eat account will be entered into a weekly giveaway with an $86 prize package. The third week’s drawing will happen on April 22nd. The winner will be contacted via email and will receive:

  1. ($39) 1 free year of Plan to Eat
  2. ($19) a Plan to Eat canvas shopping bag
  3. ($28) a copy of the book One-Pan Wonders

Join One Pot April to Be Entered To Win!

The Giveaway Fine Print

By participating in the One Pot April you are entering and agree to the following Terms & Conditions:

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Open to residents of the U.S. 18+ (we apologize to those of you outside the US!)
  • Opening date: 4/01/2017 3:00 pm MST
  • Ending date: 04/22/2017 8:00 pm MST
  • Giveaway sponsored by Plan to Eat, Inc. All rights reserved. 411 N Railroad Ave, Loveland, Colorado 80537
  • 1 winner will win all of the prizes of the giveaway: ($39) 1 free year of Plan to Eat, ($19) a Plan to Eat canvas shopping bag, ($28) a copy of the book One-Pan Wonders
  • The winner will receive all of these items, mailed together, through US Mail.
  • 1 winner will be chosen at random from all of accounts that are linked through a friendship to the One Pot April Plan to Eat account.
  • Plan to Eat will contact the winner via email.


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