Stir fry is a healthy one pot meal option.
Who isn’t busy at this time of year? But just because you’re busy, don’t fall into the trap of eating out each night. Save money and live more healthfully by cooking simple, one pot meals. There are one pot meals for anyone’s taste and few require anything but basic cooking skills.
Stews are the classic one pot meal. They are hearty, easy to make, and (depending upon the size of your family) last for several meals. If you don’t like eating the same thing twice, just freeze the leftovers for a quick meal weeks later. Try Beef Bourguignon, the classic of all classic stews, Catfish Stew, Lamb Stew, or Irish Beef and Beer Stew.
Soup is just as easy (sometimes easier!) to make as stew, but generally they are a bit lighter. Soup keeps well in the refrigerator for up to three days – or portion out leftovers and freeze them for a quick meal anytime. Try Southern Cabbage Soup, Country Italian Bread Soup, Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup, or Chicken Vegetable Soup. All have in-season ingredients.
Usually, pasta requires at least two pots: One for boiling the pasta and another for cooking other ingredients. Then everything is tossed together in a bowl. But sometimes you can use just one pot – a great time saver. Try Bowtie and Tuna Salad – so simple, even a child can make it! Creamy Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles can also be made in an ordinary pot. Just dump everything in and cook it over low heat until cooked through.
Stir frys offer the ultimate in convenience. Once you know the basics, you can often create a meal from whatever is on hand, and do it in 20 minutes or less! To get started, try Stir-Fried Broccoli Chicken with Cashews or Pepper Steak.
Roasts needn’t be dry and flavorless. In fact, they are quite tender and flavorful. And because you’re throwing everything into one roasting pan, it saves time. Leftovers can be frozen or reused in other meals. Try Coffee Pot Roast, Crock Pot Beef Roast, or Crock Pot Chicken.
Chili always feels terrific on a cold winter’s night and makes it easy to feed a crowd (or fill your freezer with easy meals for the future). Try Turkey Chili or Crock Pot Chili. The latter can be made in a pot on the stove, too. Just cook it at low temperature until done.
Another healthy and easy one pot meal is stuffed vegetables. Two of the most popular are stuffed bell peppers and stuffed squash. Try Stuffed Delicata Squash for Two; you can use this same recipe for any type of winter squash. We also have three different recipes for stuffed bell peppers, Stuffed Peppers 1, Stuffed Peppers 2, and Stuffed vegetables from the Provence region.
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