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Easy Weeknight Skillet Meals


Why You Need A Cast Iron Skillet

Do you have one kitchen tool that you just can’t stop buying? It may be cookbooks (guilty), teapots, or wooden spoons (soooo totally guilty), but there always seems to be that one thing that you just can’t have enough of. Wooden spoons and cookbooks aside, my “thing” is cast iron skillets.

You should see my husband’s face the days I come home with a new skillet in tow – it might be a brand new purchase, a garage sale treasure find, or someone’s unwanted stray left on my doorstep, but his face is always the same. “Do we NEED another skillet?”, he asks.

Yes, my Sun and Stars, we most obviously do.

So when Sam’s Club contacted me about trying out their new Emeril Lagasse 12″ Preseasoned Cast Iron Skillet, of course there was no way I could say no! I am also super excited to be giving one away to one of you, my dear readers, so make sure you read the whole post to find out how to enter! And let me tell you – I am impressed with this skillet! It is a hefty piece of equipment, and I LOVE the addition of the removable silicone grips! The skillet AND the grips are heat-safe up to 450F! No more searching for lost oven mitts. It cooks and bakes like a charm, too!



Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Cast Iron Skillets

  1. Cast Iron is SO sturdy!  They can take some serious abuse. They won’t break, they won’t scratch, and even if you break every cardinal rule in how to take care of them, you can almost always bring them back to their beautiful, shiny, glory!
  2. Cast Iron has even heat distribution! When you are cooking on the stovetop, having the heat evenly distributed across your pan is super important. No one likes a pork chop that’s burnt on the right and raw on the left.
  3. Cast Iron can take the heat! Not only can you use them on the stovetop, but they are also fantastic in the oven, on the grill, or in a campfire. Try that with your Teflon. Or…don’t…
  4. Cast Iron are non-stick! When seasoned properly, you can cook pretty much anything on these, and it won’t stick!
  5. Cast Iron are super versatile! You can cook pretty much anything in cast iron – you can beautifully sear a steak, fry some chicken, or bake cinnamon rolls. There isn’t much it can’t do.

If Cast Iron seems super intimidating to you, I highly recommend you check out my post “Cast Iron 101 – How to Care for & Maintain Cast Iron ” – It will seriously tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about caring for your cast iron!


Easy Weeknight Skillet Meal Recipes

Try these easy weeknight skillet meals in your cast iron pan!

Skillet Pesto Chicken and Veggies   Skillet Pesto Chicken and Vegetables 


South Asian Spiced Shakushka with Bell Pepper and Spinach







Chicken Fajita Pasta Skillet 








Whole Roasted Mexican Chicken with Vegetables







Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese











Easy Skillet Mac & Cheese













Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Herbs










One Skillet Tuscan Chicken 






And now on to the fun part!

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Make dinner easier with this awesome selection of easy and delicious cast iron skillet meals! Perfect for any night of the week.

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    September 1, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    My favorite thing to make is tortillas. We actually only bought a cast iron skillet because we heard it was better for making tortillas.

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    Kimberly G
    September 1, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    I like frying eggs and potatoes.

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    Monica Cateron
    September 1, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    I’m crossing my fingers!!!!! Would be a lovely wedding gift to myself !!!

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    September 1, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    I love to cook meat in my CI and cornbread.

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    Deb crowley
    September 1, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    Haven’t had a cast iron skillet for years! Great for pancakes!

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    Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats
    September 1, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Skillet cornbread!

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    Rachel Verzani
    September 1, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    I have never had a cast iron skillet! But all of these recipes look yummy

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    Kristin Mallett
    September 1, 2017 at 11:47 PM

    My favorite has to be all sorts of eggs, mainly because that’s the only thing I’ve cooked in a cast iron skillet. But I would love to do more!!

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    September 2, 2017 at 1:05 AM

    I only have one cast iron skillet, so I think I need more, right?! I love making Indian food in it!

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    Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids
    September 2, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    I love using my skillet for browning meats and then finishing them off in the oven.

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    Deb Nash
    September 2, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    I have never tried a cast iron skillet! That probably means I need one, right?

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    September 2, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Cast iron is the best!

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    Sara Zielinski
    September 2, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    We like to use the skillet for browing meat.

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    September 3, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    I’ve never used nor have a cast iron skillet. Maybe it’s time to try?

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    carol clark
    September 4, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    i like making cornbread in mine

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    kelly tupick
    September 7, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    I love to use it to sear of my steaks and then finish them off in oven.

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    Christine Labelle
    September 7, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    I love using it for a big breakfast. Home fries, ham, and eggs.

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    Jeanne Coulombe
    September 7, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    My favorite thing to make is lobster mac and cheese.

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    Nancy Loring
    September 7, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    We love cooking fried potatoes and bacon and eggs in our cast iron skillet that we use at camp. It makes a regular breakfast taste so much better.

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