By Jenny Stauffer

As relaxing as summer is, it is nice to have dinners that we don’t have to think too much about. We all tend to want to get in and out of the kitchen. Here are a few one-dish dinners that will get you in and out of the kitchen this summer. Enjoy!

Sausage and Potato Bake

This is so delicious! The potatoes and the sausage get brown and crispy. This was such a family pleaser I have made it twice in a month! Next time I may double the amount of sausage, as we all gobble it up! Source:

Keep reading for this and other recipes…Ingredients:
1-16 oz. kielbasa or smoked sausage, sliced
5-6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large onions, cubed
Seasoning, to taste, such as season salt
Olive oil to drizzle

Combine the sausage, potatoes, and onions in a lined 9″x13″ baking dish. Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings and drizzle with a little olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees until potatoes are done, about one hour, stirring every 10 minutes or so to keep potatoes from sticking.


Balsamic Roast

My husband recently declared this his favorite roast he has ever had! I love the rub and and searing the meat! This is great to have in the crock pot after a long summer’s day at the pool! Source:

Ingredients: 2 lb top round roast or similar
1 large sweet onion, sliced
**vegetables of choice, if desired (carrots, celery…)
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp white wine (this step is optional)
2 tbsp oil ( I use coconut oil but any oil will work)
**I added a few T of maple syrup in the middle of cooking. It really made a great difference!

Rub (1 tsp each)
Smoked Paprika
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Black Pepper
Season roast on both sides generously with the spices listed above. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Sear each side of the roast for 3-4 minutes. Place sliced onions in the bottom of the crock pot and put the seared meat on top of the onions. Combine the balsamic vinegar and tomato sauce in a bowl and mix well, then pour over the meat in the crock pot. Add water and white wine to the pan and de-glaze it. Pour this mixture in the crock pot as well. Place the lid on, set to low and cook for 6-8 hours. Add vegetables when there is about 2 hours of cooking time left. Shred into chunks and let soak up the juice for another hour or so and serve.

Chicken Salad Balsamic

 This recipe was featured on the Facebook page of a local business, Momsanity. This was so delicious, light, and easy to make. It is a keeper! Source:


3 cups cold cooked chicken
1 cup diced apple
½ cup diced celery
2 green onion, sliced
½ cup chopped walnuts
3 T balsamic vinegar
5 T olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

*I kept all ingredients in bigger chunks.

In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, apple, celery, onion and walnuts. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar and oil and pour over the salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Let rest 10 to 15 minutes, mix again and chill.