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It’s getting nicer outside and the last thing that I want to do is spend a lot of time inside. The days are longer and I would rather be outdoors than inside cooking these days. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of – what I like to call – lazy cooking. The easier, the better. I’m all about “set it and forget it” mode. I make a lot of crock pot recipes or throw a protein on my indoor grill and a side in the oven. But I realized that I could make everything on one pan and be done!
I’ve seen a lot of one pan meals circulating across social media. Most one pan meals that I’ve seen consist of a lean protein and lots of colorful veggies. We eat with our eyes first, so these meals are all around satisfying. I recently made my first one pan meal. Can you believe I’ve been cooking with multiple dishes up until now? Making a meal on one baking sheet was so easy and so tasty, too!
I like cooking. I find it relaxing. It’s why my blog is mainly food focused, after all. But some nights, I just don’t have it in me. That’s why I’m thankful to have One Pan & Done now in my arsenal of cookbooks. Upon receiving this book, I flagged so many recipes! The first recipe that I couldn’t wait to make was this jerk chicken dish. It was so quick and easy to make, and the perfect mix of sweet and savory flavors.
- 1 tbsp. dried thyme
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. allspice
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 2 bell peppers, cut into strips
- 1/2 fresh pineapple, cubed
- 1/2 onion, cut into chunks
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
- Preheat oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with foil and non-stick cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, mix together the thyme, sugar, allspice, garlic powder, salt, cayenne, and pepper. This will be your jerk seasoning.
- Toss the bell peppers, pineapple, and onion with olive oil. Spread them out on the baking sheet.
- Rub each side of the chicken with the jerk seasoning. Place the chicken among the veggies.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. Flip the chicken halfway through cooking.
- Remove pan from oven once chicken is cooked through and veggies are slightly charred.
- Serve chicken and veggies hot from the oven with a side of rice, if desired.
The next time that I make this dish, I might add a little more cayenne to it. I might even add some fresh hot peppers to the mix of bell peppers. It didn’t have as much of a kick as I wanted it to, but it was still pretty flavorful. The veggies and the pineapple, however, were perfect! I loved the char on everything and how the sweetness of the pineapple balanced out the dish.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking, but want a delicious, wholesome meal (and some helpful kitchen tips, as well), this is the cookbook for you. There are plenty of one pan recipe ideas from breakfast to dessert. I love that I can throw all of my ingredients on a pan, shut the oven door, and be done!
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