The Pure Plate: One Dish Wonder & Rib-sticking Soup or Stew

September 24th, 2012 at 8:08 am

Welcome to week three of The Pure Plate meal planning series! In case you’ve missed the past two weeks, catch up on all the fun here:

  • Week One: Introduction to The Pure Plate and the meal structures
  • Week Two: A guide to building the entree salad

This week is all about two of my favorite meal structures as we head into winter: the One Dish Wonder and the Rib-sticking Soup or Stew. Both are hearty, filling, nutritious, freezer-friendly, kid-approved, and really hard to mess up!

When you make the One Dish Wonder (or add extra liquid to turn it into the Rib-sticking Soup or Stew), you’re packing protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and lots of flavor into one cooking vessel…which makes doing dishes a breeze. There really is no perfect recipe for “skillet meals” as I often call them, as they can take on whatever vibe you want.

Included in this week’s *FREE* printable is a handy flavor guide (pictured above) to help you construct your One Dish Wonder (or soup/stew) from scratch using your favorite ingredients. Whether you’re a meat-eater or vegan, everyone can enjoy a one pot meal.

Download THE ONE DISH WONDER GUIDE right now! In addition to the flavor guide, it also provides step by step instructions for creating a One Dish Wonder and how to transform that wonder into a rib-sticking soup or stew.

I make One Dish Wonders more than once a week, often two or three times in the cooler months. If I’ve had a busy day and don’t feel like making a protein and a salad and another vegetable side dish, I just take a quick inventory of what’s in my fridge and pantry to pull together a tasty and belly-filling meal in less than 30 minutes (often less than 15).

I think you’ll love the flavor guide included in this week’s printable. But if you’re looking for more concrete recipes to follow, here are a few one pot meals that pack in some great nutrition:

Does your family have a favorite One Dish Wonder that you make again and again? I’d love to hear some of your ideas. Share in the comments.


  1. Hi,
    I’ve been following you for a few months and just wanted to say thank you for all you put out there, especially this pure plate information.

    I know how much work it takes to do this sort of thing and I am grateful for your efforts and and using your tips and recipes.
    I’ve been working hard to change my eating habits, not eating grains and dairy and my health as improved though very slowly.
    Have a lovely day,

  2. Hallie. Tonight I made your roasted squash and white bean skillet with your lemon poppy seed balls for dessert. Both were big hits. Thank you for making such healthy, delicious, and easy weeknight meals that p,ease the whole family.
    Also, thrilled to have just received your new cookie cookbook in the mail today. Cannot wait to test run all the awesome recipes.

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