By Guest Blogger Kara Honegger

What’s better than a quick and delicious meal? A quick and delicious meal you can make using only one pan! Since becoming a mom, I have found that moms need quick, easy, and accessible meals. I decided to try to take on the challenge and put my passion for food to good use. I have been working on a website that I hope will become a go-to place for other moms. In today’s blog, you’ll find a sample of what will be available on my new website. I hope you enjoy these Fall inspired one skillet recipes, and be sure to keep an eye out for the launch of Chef Mama at Home!


One Skillet Maple Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potato Hash

Servings: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

4 Chicken breasts
2-3 Medium Sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 White or yellow onion, diced
4 Slices of Bacon, cut into chunks
4 Tbsp Canola Oil
1/4 Cup Maple syrup
3 Garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Paprika
1/2 Cup All purpose flour

1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper then dredge in flour.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet (oven-safe) over med-high heat and brown chicken on both sides.
3. Remove and set aside.
4. Add bacon to pan and cook 3-4 minutes.
5. Add sweet potatoes, onion, and garlic to bacon. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika and cook 6-8 minutes until golden.
6. In a small bowl, mix together 1 garlic clove, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp of oil. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Put chicken back in pan, coat chicken with sauce and bake at 375ºF for 20-25 minutes or until it reaches 165ºF with an instant read thermometer.
8. Remove from oven and serve!


One Skillet Apple Butter Pork Chops

Servings: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time:25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

3-4 Thick cut pork chops
4 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Vegetable or Canola oil
3 Tbsp Brown sugar
1/2 cup Half & half
2-3 Apples (Granny Smith or Honeycrisp)
1 1/2 cups Apple butter (homemade or store bought)
1/2 tsp Ground red pepper (Optional)

1. Season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper.
2. In a large skillet, melt 2 Tbsp of butter with 2 Tbsp of oil over medium-high heat.
3. Add pork chops, sear, and cook 8-10 minutes.
4. Flip and sear on the other side and continue to cook 8-10 minutes or until they read 145ºF on an instant read thermometer.
5. Remove from pan and set aside.
6. Add remaining butter, melt, and add apples.
7. Cook apples 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8. Add apple butter, brown sugar, and ground red pepper (if using.)
9. Cook 2-3 minutes.
10. Reduce heat to low, add half & half and stir well.
11. Add pork chops back to pan and coat with sauce.
12. Serve with sauce and apples.


Cast Iron S’mores Skillet

Servings: 6-8

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

1 cup Dark brown sugar
3/4 Cup Butter
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking powder
1 Cup Graham cracker crumbs
3/4 Cup All purpose flour
3/4 Cup Old fashioned oats
3 Cups Mini marshmallows
1 Cup Semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease 10″ cast iron skillet.
2. Cream together butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
3. Add salt, baking powder, Graham cracker crumbs, flour, and oats and beat until well combined.
4. Press 2/3 of mixture into bottom of cast iron skillet.
5. Top with 2 cups of mini marshmallows and 3/4 cup of chocolate chips.
6. Crumble remaining mixture on top of marshmallows and chocolate chips.
7. Add remaining marshmallows and chocolate chips.
8. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
9. Serve as is or with ice cream and chocolate syrup!