20 Quick and Easy One-Dish Dinners

Sometimes riding takes priority over cooking, but with these meals you can easily juggle both.

Quick and easy one-dish dinners will open up your schedule and leave you with more riding time in the evenings. Journal photo

As an equestrian, there is nothing more enjoyable than riding and spending time with your favorite horse. Anything that takes away from that time with your horse is clearly a chore and inconvenient, including cooking dinner and having to clean up the mess you made while cooking dinner.

The time you would spend in the kitchen could be better spent schooling or loving on your horse, so you end up eating the rest of that hamburger you saved from lunch or throwing that “healthy” frozen meal into the microwave. No more. You don’t have to sacrifice time with your horse to have delicious dinners. The recipes below are extremely simple to both make and clean up after, and by using holistic, fresh ingredients they are much healthier than fast or freezer food.

1. Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin

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Pop this beauty into the oven, set a timer, and go hang out with your horse for 30 minutes while it roasts.

2. Balsamic Shrimp and Summer Vegetables

This super tasty dish would be perfect on Fridays for those who observe Lent.

3. Kickin’ Steak Chili


This chili is a cross between Mexican and comfort food that will warm you to your soul after a chilly, evening spring ride.

4. Garlic-Parmesan Chicken Tenders and Green Beans with Fresh Grape Tomatoes


Every kid (and adult) loves chicken tenders. Throw in some green beans and tomatoes, and you have a well rounded, quick dinner for the whole family.

5. Spicy Pork Chops and Rice


Not only is this dish delicious and easy to make, it won’t break your bank either!

6. Chicken Cacciatore


With a total time of only 30 minutes spent on this “fancy” dish, there is not a single reason not to give it a try.

7. Zucchini Mushroom Pasta


You can never go wrong with pasta!

8. Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Asparagus


Lemon and chicken go together like a horse and carriage, making this simple dish perfect for any hard-working equestrian.

9. Roasted Sausage and Veggies


This is the type of dish that tastes great all week. Think about it; spend around 40 minutes one night making an easy dinner, and the rest of the week you can ride until dark because reheating takes no time at all.

10. Pesto Salmon, Artichoke and Potato Bake


So much flavor in one dish. This is definitely a must try!

11. Chicken Marsala


Chicken marsala is the kind of dish that impresses any dinner guest, and this recipe keeps the mess minimal.

12. Steak and Veggies


Is there anything better than steak and veggies?

13. Teriyaki Chicken with Vegetables


An easy dish with an Asian flare, this is a great choice  any night of the week.

14. Balsamic Chicken and Veggies


The balsamic glaze for this dish ups the mess factor a bit, but sticks with one pan and simple ingredients. The extra cleanup is definitely worth it!

15. Chicken Fajitas


Chicken, bell peppers and onions on one pan will make Taco Tuesday a breeze.

16. Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp Pasta


There is a common misconception that pasta and real butter are bad for you, but in moderation there is nothing wrong with consuming either. Plus, they’re both ridiculously delicious.

17. Ranch Chicken Veggie Bake


Protein, veggie and starch all in one dish. This meal has everything an equestrian needs to fuel up with no wasted time.

18. Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet


This yummy dish answers the question, “Where’s the beef?”

19. Shrimp “Boil”


Give this a try when your inner Cajun is screaming for some great food but you don’t have the time for a full on boil.

20. Southwestern Chicken Alfredo


One pot that marries Italian and Southwestern flavors to create one excellent dinner.

BONUS: Strawberry Cheesecake Crescent Ring


What’s dinner without dessert? Though this tasty treat isn’t necessarily healthy, it’s very easy to make and only takes one pan!


With these 20 recipes, you’ll no longer need to sacrifice delicious food for extra riding time again.

Happy riding and dining!