I enjoy cooking and it really relaxes. Unfortunately, I No Cleansing the mess that comes with a lot of cooking. Luckily, a friend introduced me to the concept of one-pot food as a way to reduce that mess. Yes, I said that one-pot meal. If you are not familiar with the concept, you may think that it is impossible, but it is not a fantasy. This is real! And that’s great!
A labor of love vs. love of leisure
I like Baked Zitti a lot. Is this a chicken ragu-based dish that I grew up with on the Nascals of Grilliano, Ill., Taylor Street variety of upscale chains, Magnizo (it publishes its recipe online!), Or the spicy Italian Souss option at Chicago Spicy, The Rosebud. , There is something amazing about this Italian-American staple. I like the taste of it. I like that it is warm again for the survivors. I also like how easy it is to make.
The only thing I don’t like? You guessed it – cleanliness. it’s terrible. There is a pan that I use to cook sausages. Then there are dishes I use to make noodles and mix everything. Then, the pan I use to bake the pasta. And that I am not counting the wood, slatted and unsalted spoons used for cooking or stirring. Oh, and cheese. Good gracious, cheese. So much melt, so ripe, so much pain cleanser. Remember how I said that Zee was the path to least cleanliness resistance? Yeaaaaaaah.
The truth is, many of the meals I cook are like this – tasty but laborious on the back. And while that may be fine, especially if the food is as good as this ziti, sometimes I just want something a little more simple. Sometimes I want something that doesn’t require me to cook a third pot or pans, or a baking dish or plate, or a spoon in my kitchen, you know? Enter one-pot (or one-pan) cooking.
The idea behind one-pot cooking is simple: you get a meal complete with one dish.
Gone are the days when you need to cook your meat with a meat separate from your carbs. These days, we are not afraid to consume our food placed in a bowl, so why should we be afraid to cook our food in a single pot (or on a sheet pan)? I know what you’re thinking: But I always boil my pasta in my pot, or cook my rice in a rice cooker or roast my vegetables in my pan. And if you are thinking this, then you are also dealing with a big mess that you need to deal with. The truth is, you don’t need that trouble.
Still have doubts? I got it. But before you write it down completely, here are some recipes that can be tried to prove that it is possible.
Chili Mac and Cheese
I love chili and I like mac and cheese, so this dish is already a winner in my book. Before considering cooking in a pot, this meal would make me quite giddy – at least a pan, a pot and a slow cooker bowl, to be precise. Unnecessary! With this one-pot Chili Mac ‘n’ Cheese recipe, you can have dinner on the table in a short time, with the least amount of dirt clean.
Chicken and Smoked and Oil Gambala
This one-pot chicken and smoked and oily jambalaya recipe includes veggies, chicken, sausage and rice all cooked together. What else you need?
Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Cheese, you say? Not only is this cheese, creamy one-pot chicken broccoli rice casserole easy to throw together, it is ready in just 30 minutes.
This shortcut version of the classic dish is still monotonous and creamy and delicious – but it uses ground beef and simmers everything in a single pot. It also includes egg noodles, which soak up the taste of stock, beef and onions while cooking. Try this one-pot beef stroganoff recipe for an easy dinner.
Carrot and Potato Soup
Most soups are technically one-pot dishes, but for a change of pace from chicken noodle, chili and beef stew, try this curry carrot and potato soup recipe. It is creamy with coconut milk but if you use veggie stock instead of chicken, it is really vegetarian. (That said, if you have leftover chicken, you can shake it and add it to the pot too!)
This one pot chicken putneska recipe is great when you’re craving pungent, salty flavors (thanks to acidic tomatoes, olives, capers and anchovies); Rice cooks right in a single pan and soaks up all the salty and salty chicken juices.
Paneer Ankilada Rice Peel
Mexican food is good. One of my favorite things about eating at Mexican restaurants is ordering a combination plate dinner with rice and beans. If you are anything like me, you are bound to tie at least one enchilada to your plate. And if I tried to cook at home, I would clean all night. But not with this one-pot cheese Enkilada Rice Skillet recipe. I get all the flavors that I like, easily made in a pot.
This chilaquillas casserole recipe turns eggs and tortilla chips into a dish no different than a savory bread pudding. Use a good shop-bought sauce to make it quicker (and therefore you have fewer dishes), and if you like, add leftover taco meat or sliced chicken to give you an extra protein boost.
Steak and Egg Hash
This easy steak and egg hash recipe can be breakfast, or dinner. It can also take any other vegetables you want to add. Eggs are a nice touch, but it would still be delicious without them. (Also try the kielbasa hash recipe you can see at the top of this page – and use any typeYou like or have to be on hand.)
Instant Pot Spaghetti
As we saw, it is possible to cook one-pot in the stovetop and oven, but if you have an instant pot, it also works well. This one pot instant pot spaghetti recipe has a lot to offer: minimum mess, fast cooking time and only four ingredients if you don’t count water, salt and pepper.
For pantry-friendly one-pot meals, a shukuska recipe is a great choice. At its core, it is a tomato sauce in which cooked eggs are cooked properly – but you can add ground meats, extra veggies and whatever spices you like. Serve with crusty bread or flatbread to filter everything.
Salt Chicken with Bread Salad
One-pot meals with rice and potatoes are not the only carb-accented option. Roasting chicken on a bed of bread cubes is a delicious trick (and a great way to use stale bread without the hassle of making stuffing). You can throw in tomatoes and chopped vegetables and change the seasonings. You can also use chicken breast or thigh instead of completely butterflied bird.
Look, I get it. Sometimes it makes sense to cook things differently. But here’s one thing: When it’s only Tuesday, and you’ve already had a tough start to the week, do you need the extra hassle of extra dishes when you’re eating a meal in a single pot (or pan)? Can you make a cat? The answer is no, you don’t need that extra hassle. So, free your mind and try some adventure. Make a one-pot meal the whole family will enjoy, and keep the mess to a minimum.