When the weather gets hot, the last thing we want to do is turn on the oven. Still, we have to eat and though raw food is delicious, sometimes we want something cooked and warm. That’s when the stovetop looks mighty inviting. Still, it’s too hot to stand over four hot burners either. Well, there’s no need to pull out every pot and pan in that beautiful 10-piece cookware set we got for Christmas. Plus, who wants to wash all those pans and dishes? Not us. It’s summer and we’re supposed to have fun. All we need to make a delicious and satisfying dinner is one pan – the skillet. No other piece of cookware is as versatile as the skillet. We can make mac and cheese, scrambles, vegan omelets and frittatas, and paella.

Of course, Chinese food can be made with just one pan. We can even make pizza and desserts in a skillet. For more ideas and recipes, see Complete Dinners You Can Make in a Skillet. Then forget about the oven and try these 10 awesome veggie skillet dinners instead.


1. Sloppy Lentils

Sloppy Lentils [Vegan]

These Sloppy Lentils are saucy, hearty and amazing. This is how you make comfort food that’s quick and easy and it only takes one pan. Serve on buns for a fun summer dinner.

2. Easy Cajun Jambalaya

Easy Cajun Jambalaya [Vegan]

Loaded with tomatoes, celery, onion, Cajun seasoning, paprika, thyme, sweet peppers and jalapeños, this Cajun Jambalaya is a perfect one pot meal. Vegan sausages add heartiness and umami to the dish.

3. Tofu Piccata

Tofu Piccata [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Tofu Piccata is a vegan version of the classic Italian dish. The crispy tofu is cooked in a delicious sauce of vegan butter, white wine, garlic, lemon and capers.

4. Scrambled Tofu Fried Rice

Scrambled Tofu Fried Rice [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This is a quick and easy Scrambled Tofu Fried Rice that tastes great and will keep you full for hours. The combination of spicy, sweet and salty flavors combines into a fabulous flavored dish that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner!


5. Chickpea Omelets With Mushrooms, Greens and Vegan Swiss

Recipe: Chickpea Flour Omelette With Spinach, Onion, Bell Peppers

Breakfast for dinner is always a favorite and this one can all be made with just one skillet. These Chickpea Omelets with Mushrooms, Greens and Vegan Swiss can be customized with whatever filling you like for a perfect summer dish.

6. Pan-Fried Tofu Steaks With Coriander Cream and Asparagus Spears

Pan-Fried Tofu Steaks With Coriander Cream and Asparagus Spears [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

These spicy Pan-Fried Tofu Steaks, tangy herb dressing and fresh, crunchy greens combine to create a delicious meal – in less than 30 minutes and all in one pan.


7. Artichoke and Spinach Risotto With Lemon Cashew Cream

Artichoke and Spinach Risotto With Lemon Cashew Cream [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Everyone’s favorite spinach and artichoke dip gets turned into an elegant dinner. This Artichoke and Spinach Risotto has a lemon cashew cream that makes it extra rich, super creamy and delicious.

8. Campfire Paella Primavera



Paella is a classic one-pot dish. This Campfire Paella Primavera is a hearty rice casserole filled with vegan chorizo and vegetables. Don’t worry, you can make it indoors as well.

9. Shiitake Asparagus Stir Fry With Toasted Cashews and Wasabi Avocado Cream

Shiitake Asparagus Stir Fry With Toasted Cashews and Wasabi Avocado Cream [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Shiitake Asparagus Stir Fry combines so many favorite flavors and it can be varied in endless ways, with different kinds of vegetables. Toasted cashews add texture while the wasabi avocado cream adds luxurious heat.

10. Chickpea Spinach Stew With Lentils and Quinoa

Chickpea Spinach Stew With Lentils and Quinoa [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Chickpea Spinach Stew with Lentils and Quinoa is a one-pot meal that will keep you satisfied all day. It’s packed with flavor and nutrients for the perfect summer meal.

When you can make incredible dishes like these and never turn on the oven, your summer will be easy and delicious.

Lead image source: Campfire Paella Primavera