5 Healthy One-Pan Dinners From Chef Ellie Krieger
All for one and one for all.
Celebrity cook Ellie Krieger marries healthy cooking with the simplicity of one-pan dinners. We'll share five of her easy-to-make dishes that don't leave a pile of cleanup behind them.
By Doug Crichton
Ellie Krieger hosts and produces "Ellie's Real Good Food" on Public Television. She is a registered dietitian, has authored five cookbooks, writes a column for The Washington Post, and creates IGTV and Facebook food videos.
"Life can be so chaotic with everyone running in different directions, so who has the time or energy for a fussy meal and a sink full of dirty dishes? I know I don't!" says Ellie Krieger, a James Beard Award-winning cooking-show host and cookbook author. "But I do want delicious, healthy meals for me and my family, and I know most other people do, too." That's the idea behind her new cookbook, "Whole in One: Complete, Healthy Meals in a Single Pot, Sheet Pan, or Skillet." Here, she shares five of her favorites with us.
Ellie says... "This vegetable-bowl recipe turns a sheet pan of simply roasted potatoes and zucchini into a boldly flavorful plant-powered meal with hardly any effort. White beans and toasted pine nuts bring the protein."
Ellie says... "When I first made this soup, I was eager to see how my loyal taste-tester family (Thom and Bella) reacted. I expected them to be wowed by its deliciously different topping, but they scarfed down the entire soup, unadorned, before I even had a chance to tell them there was a topping. That confirmed this soup is plenty flavorful on its own. But trust me when I tell you the topping takes it to another level."
Ellie says... "I'm not sure if much sheet-pan cooking is done in the South of France, but classic Niçoise ('in the style of Nice') flavors of olives, herbs, tomatoes, vegetables, and seafood combine beautifully on one pan for a healthy and sumptuous meal. A key shortcut here is to buy prepared olive tapenade. Serve this with a crusty baguette, if you'd like, just as they'd do in France."
Ellie says... "If you tend to get bored with your healthy eating routine, stick with me. There is a world of healthy flavor to explore. This West African-inspired meal is case in point: It's a fragrant, satisfying combination of familiar ingredients used in an excitingly different way."
Ellie says... "A sprinkle of crushed fennel seeds and black peppercorns give lean pork chops a compelling sausage-like flavor that marries beautifully with a sauté of onion, apple, sweet potatoes, and hearty kale. I recommend using either curly or Tuscan (lacinato) kale; its springy texture and volume work best here. All in all, this will be on the table in less than 45 minutes."
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This article originally appeared in the December/January 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.
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