When someone—your new bae, for example—hits you with the daunting “can you cook?” question, don’t panic. Instead, take a deep breath and familiarize yourself with the canon of single-pot recipes, the secret weapon of home cooks who don’t have to time, energy, or culinary skills to pull off a fancy three-course meal. For the most part, all you need to do is throw a bunch of delicious ingredients in a Crock-Pot or Dutch oven and let the magic happen.

Serving your guests Andrew Zimmern’s beef stew or Gourmet‘s slow-cooker chile con carne with biscuit topping is the ultimate power move. Plus, these recipes are great to have on hand when you want to have a date night with yourself and Netflix—especially since you won’t be left with huge mess in the kitchen.

Unlock your inner chef with these 14 fool-proof single-pot recipes.