Simplify your life with recipes from Gina Homolka’s new cookbook that trim prep time and dish duties.  
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Credit: Caitlin Bensel

Life is busy! Between balancing work, keeping up with kids and their homework, and making time for ourselves, it’s a wonder any of us have time to even think about dinner. And yet, it’s so important to feed our families meals that are not just healthy but tasty, too. As much as I enjoy cooking, I absolutely hate the cleanup, especially tackling dirty pots and pans. I develop and test recipes all day, almost every day, and then I cook dinner on top of that, so those dishes stack up quickly.

When it comes to weeknight meals, I’m always looking for a streamlined way to get dinner on the table. Quicker cleanup means more time for family or—get ready for this crazy idea—for yourself. That’s where one-dish meals come in. The “less is more” strategy of one-pot cooking means you end up with fantastic dinners, such as these sheet pan mini meatloaves or my one-skillet Fiesta Chicken and Carrot Rice, with hardly any fuss at all. My picky kids are huge fans of these comforting recipes, and now that I’ve given them a one-pan makeover, they’re an extra-big hit with me, too.

Credit: Caitlin Bensel

View the recipe: Petite Meatloaf Dinner

Credit: Caitlin Bensel

Find more recipes like this in Skinnytaste One and Done. Featuring 140 easy-to-follow recipes, this new cookbook helps you get dinner on the table without creating a lot of extra work for yourself. Organized by cooking vessel (from skillets, sheet pans, and Dutch ovens to slow cookers, Instant Pots, and air fryers), each chapter is packed with tips to make cooking easier, healthier, and—the best part—headache-free.

Gina Homolka is the founder of and @skinnytaste.