Your summer plans are likely jam packed with parties, vacations, outdoor workouts and rooftop happy hours, which leaves you with less time to meal prep. And really, do you want to spend your Sunday slaving away in your kitchen when it’s so darn beautiful outside? We didn’t think so.
Of course, you’ve still got to eat—and there’s a ton of summer produce to enjoy. The solution? Cook up some recipes that can be made using just one pot or pan.
Here are six summer recipes packed with healthy summer ingredients that won’t leave you with a ton of clean-up.
Paleo Taco Salad
What’s better than taco night? A taco night without the extra calories and mess. Just chop, cook and serve up the healthy take on this signature Mexican dish. Don’t be surprised if your friends start inviting themselves over whenever they find out that you’re making this meal.
What you’ll need: 1 lb lean ground beef (chicken, or turkey), 1 large onion, 2 large bell peppers, 2 zucchinis, 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies, taco seasoning, 3 cups baby kale and greens mix or other salad.
Recipe: Sweet C’s Designs
One Pot Zucchini Pasta
Is there anything better than a recipe that takes advantage of yummy summer produce and fulfills that pasta craving all at the same time? Treat yourself to a bowl of zucchini pasta that has all of the flavor without all of the carbs. Not to mention, you can make this dish with just six ingredients.
What you’ll need: 2 pounds zucchini, 1 pint cherry tomatoes, 1 large red onion, 4 garlic cloves, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup fresh basil.
Recipe: Making Thyme for Health
Sesame Orange Ginger Chickpea Stir Fry
Don’t worry: We won’t tell your favorite Chinese takeout joint that you’re cheating on them with this recipe. It’s a super quick meal to make post-workout, and packed with the fiber and protein that your body needs to refuel.
What you’ll need: 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, 2 Tbsp honey (or agave nectar), 2 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce, 1 tsp freshly grated ginger, 1 Tbsp cornstarch, zest of 1 orange, 1 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil, 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, 1/2 red onion, coarsely chopped, 3 garlic cloves, 1 large red bell pepper, 8 oz fresh green beans.
Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen
Roast Chicken and Summer Veggies
Even novice cooks will be able to nail this delicious summer recipe that’s packed with seasonal veggies and done in just 15 minutes! Feel free to change up the ingredients to include the latest offerings from your local fruit stand.
What you’ll need: 2 medium chicken breasts, 1 cup bell pepper, ½ onion, 1 cup broccoli florets, ½ cup tomatoes, 2 Tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 tsp italian seasoning
Recipe: Gimmie Delicious
Spicy Thai Noodles
You don’t need a wok to whip up an authentic tasting Thai meal. In fact, you can combine all your favorite summer veggies with zucchini noodles and just the right blend of spices to make this vitamin-rich dish all in the same pan.
What you’ll need: 4 medium zucchini, 6 ounces mushrooms, 2 small carrots, 2 large eggs, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/3 cup lite soy sauce, 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 Tbsp sriracha, 3 cloves garlic, 1/2 inch knob ginger, 1/4 cup cilantro, 4 green onions.
Recipe: Domestic Superhero
Found: a recipe that takes the guesswork out of balancing your meal. The ingredients create a perfect balance of protein, vegetables and grains, plus it’s packed with nutrients from the zucchinis, bell peppers and artichokes.
What you’ll need: 1 lb chicken, 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 4 garlic cloves, ½ cup fresh basil, ½ lemon, 1 onion, 2 zucchini, 1 red bell pepper, 2 cups chicken stock, 1 can diced tomatoes, 2 Tbsp tomato paste, 1 cup quinoa, 1 can artichoke hearts, 1 cup cherry tomatoes, 1 cup feta cheese.
Recipe: Live and Diet