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One Pot October (Week 1)


Fall foods are my favorite to cook, and more importantly, to eat! This month’s challenge incorporates fall flavors using warm simmering sauces, scrumptious pastas, and soups/stews, all done on an incredibly delicious budget.


This month, we’ve partnered with the blog, Budget Bytes, to bring you a revamp of one of our favorite challenges from earlier this year: One Pot October! Because these recipes are from Budget Bytesthe average cost per serving is only $1.52, which means ANYONE can afford to eat well this October, regardless of your budget!

These one pot meals are insanely easy and the perfect addition to our busy weeks. Because they’re all made in one pot, you will have fewer dishes and less time spent cleaning up! That’s a win in our book.

If you you participated in One Pot April, you will get 20 new recipes to enjoy, but if you are new to Plan to Eat and our challenges, you will receive 40 recipes for the month of October because we’ve included the challenge recipes from April! This means that we’re doubling our typical number of recipes and bringing you one of the biggest and best challenges yet! (Just wait until we reveal the giveaway package!!)

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Without further ado,

The first week of recipes:




45 minutes, $1.24/serving



Greek Turkey and Rice Skillet

35 minutes, $2.49/serving



Italian Wonderpot

25 minutes, $1.04/serving



Spanish Chickpeas and Rice

50 minutes, $1.84/serving



One Pot Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese

45 minutes, $1.70/serving


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Resources and challenge tips:

  • We’ve cultivated a pretty extensive Pinterest Board for One Pot Meals!
  • Get in on the conversation in the One Pot October Facebook group!
  • Remember to make this challenge your own: add your favorite side dishes and customize the recipes for your family.
  • Visit Budget Bytes to find more amazing recipes.
  • Feel creative and spice the recipes however you would like. (If you do something amazing, let us know in the Facebook group!)

Enter to win awesome prizes!

We’ve put together a fun giveaway for this challenge! At the end of the month one lucky winner will receive these fantastic tools that are perfect for one pot meals:

Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 5.5 qt. Dutch Oven
($330 Value)

prizes-potOh my. This pot is beautiful and perfect for one pot meals! If you are familiar with Le Creuset… well, enough said. If you’ve never heard of Le Creuset, you need to stop what you are doing and go to the nearest kitchen store to see them. These heavy cast iron pots are a true joy to cook with.

Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
($120 Value)
prizes-knifeStop struggling with that cheap kitchen knife that you picked up somewhere in college. It’s time for your kitchen to grow up. You’ll not believe what a difference this Wusthof Chef’s Knife will make in your life!

Acacia End Grain Cutting Board
($100 Value)
prizes-cuttingboardWe partnered with Jones Cutting Boards, a small family-run business out of Pennsylvania, to make this special cutting board for the above-mentioned Wusthof knife. These beautiful cutting boards are designed using the self healing end grain of the Acacia wood that will not dull expensive knives.

1 year of Plan to Eat, + 1 year for a friend
($78 Value)
prizes-plantoeatWhether you are new to Plan to Eat and are in a free trial, or if you already use Plan to Eat, you will get 1 year added onto your subscription. In addition, you will receive a gift subscription for one free year that can be given to a friend or family member. Once you are both using Plan to Eat you can share recipes with one another! (here’s how)

Plan to Eat Canvas Shopping Bag
($19 Value)
prizes-bagOur sturdy canvas shopping bag can handle the heaviest of groceries! We evaluated dozens of tote bags before finding just the right one. Not too deep, not too shallow, not too large, not too small… It’s just the right size for a gallon of milk and some fresh produce.

Budget Bytes Book
($12 value)
prizes-bookIf you like the recipes from this challenge, the Budget Bytes book will provide you with 100 more! Whether you are urban or rural, vegan or paleo, Budget Bytes is guaranteed to delight both your palate and your pocketbook.

The Budget Bytes App
($3 value)
prizes-appGet 275+ of your favorite Budget Bytes recipes in an easy to use mobile app (iOS or Android), with adjustable serving sizes, step by step photos, built-in timers, voice instructions, and more!

This $673 prize package will go to one winner!

First, sign up to join One Pot October, then enter to win using this form:


Join us for Plan to Eat’s One Pot October

This 4 week challenge is free to Plan to Eat subscribers, including those in a current free trial, and we would love to see you there!

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