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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Simple One Pot Recipes for Busy People

 Life seems to be growing increasingly demanding as the era pushes onwards. Work expectations are at an all-time high (both from employees’ perspectives and from employers’ perspectives), parenting standards are higher than they’ve ever been, relationships and health and personal development are all also becoming heavier burdens to bear. Sometimes we need to seek out simpler alternatives. The following will explore some easy one-pot recipes that can help ease at least one weight in your life.

What Is A One-Pot Meal?

 A one-pot recipe is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a meal that requires only one pot when cooking, meaning there’s only one thing to babysit and only one bigger dish to clean when the meal is over. Typically, one-pot recipes involve throwing all the ingredients into one big pot and letting it simmer on the stove. Lately, as the simplification trend has begun combatting the absurd busyness of modernity, one-pot meals have become quite popular. No longer do you need fifteen different dishes to create a great meal (and, you know, make companies money because now they can sell you fifteen dishes instead of one). 

One-Pot Taco Pasta

 Taco pasta is one of those meals that, once you introduce it to your family, will become a staple. This one-pot meal involves ground beef, tomato sauce, beef broth, taco seasoning, rosemary, and pasta. The beef goes in first, cooks till brown, and then all the other ingredients are added. You can sprinkle it with cheese at the end if that suits your fancy.

Pot Roast

 Believe it or not, you can cook a pot roast in one pot on your stovetop. Seek out a hefty boneless chuck pot roast that will fit in your pot with the lid on, onions, carrots, garlic cloves, potatoes, a little bit of olive oil, a dry red wine, and some beef broth. You’re also going to want to really emphasize the herbs and spices. Kosher salt, black pepper, dried thyme, and fresh rosemary (which is super good for you) add the flavor. You can mix some cornstarch with the juices when the meal is finished to make your own gravy.

Brunswick Stew

 This classic meal is a southern favorite and, though it has a lot of ingredients, it’s an easy meal to prepare and makes great use of any leftovers you might have. You’ll need butter, onion, garlic, diced potatoes, baby lima beans, corn kernels, chicken stock, diced tomatoes, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chopped cooked chicken thighs, shredded cooked pork shoulder (or pulled pork or jackfruit vegan pulled “pork”, and your spices and herbs: salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. You might want to include some coleslaw or cornbread when serving.

 The above recipes should open your mind to the unlimited possibilities when it comes to cooking with a single pot. You can do this on the stove, in a Dutch oven, or in a slow cooker, or speed things up with an instant pot. Just be wary of using any products coated in Teflon or constructed out of aluminum, as both Teflon and aluminum flakes are absorbed by your food and cause serious health problems (it’s been linked to Alzheimer’s and other chronic illnesses).

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