Whether you're off the grid, in a pinch for time, or want to do as few dishes as possible, you've come to the right place.
One-pot meals can be a quick, hassle-free solution to making a delicious meal for any number of people.
There's a reason that a one-pot meal is the national dish of the Caribbean island Grenada, after all.
Keep reading to get 7 one-pot meal ideas to cook tonight.
Things to Consider with One-Pot Meals
When you cook everything in one pot, things are going to get hot and stay hot.
So, it's important to use a pot or a pan that has a thick bottom so that your food and the dishware doesn't get burned.
This essential ceramic cookware should do the trick.
Honestly, you can really turn any meal into a one-pot meal if you have enough know-how.
If you're cooking meat, the meat should always be cooked first. You typically don't cook it all the way if you're going to add rice or pasta because it will all finish at the same time.
Rather, you want it to start to brown on the edges.
If you're a vegetarian or vegan, you can find vegetable sausage, tofu, or other meat alternatives if you want to mimic a recipe. Otherwise, you may opt for extra veggies.
Either way, you'll want to brown your meat or substitute, then your veggies on top, and finally add your water or stock to create your pasta, rice, or soup medley.
With these basics, you're ready to consider some of these delicious one-pot meals!
We're going to start it off by mentioning soup rather than a specific recipe.
You can make a delicious soup by browning meat, sauteeing veggies and potatoes, and then adding water on top.
As it cooks, the water will soak up the goodness from the other food and will create a delicious broth.
Then you can salt and pepper to taste, add in any noodles or dumplings, and enjoy!
This is a great way to use any vegetables that are starting to look a little bit past their prime.
2. Pesto Pasta
Does anyone else feel like pesto is a great addition to any meal, any time of year?
Maybe we're over the top, but that's how we feel.
What's great about making a one-pot pesto pasta is that you can find pre-made pesto at the grocery store, eliminating your need to collect all the ingredients and blend it up yourself.
Even better, you can add pesto you don't use for dinner to your morning eggs and toast.
For pesto pasta, opt for unique noodles such as farfalle, linguine, or penne to give it a special feel.
If you're looking for gluten-free options, you can get brown rice pasta, chickpea pasta, or quinoa pasta.
3. Chicken Teriyaki
Teriyaki is a popular Japanese dish. It's really easy to make, however, without ever learning directly from Asian culture.
While browning your chicken, make your teriyaki sauce. You'll need soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, and spices like ginger and garlic. There are many variations with online recipes, so you can play with it and experiment.
Then, you'll add your sauce to the chicken, add the rice to sautee for a minute or two, and finally add the water and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, turn the heat down and let your rice simmer as usual. Don't forget to let it sit for five minutes after it's done cooking to let it thicken up!
4. Buddha Bowl
If you keep up with cooking trends, you probably have heard of a buddha bowl.
The idea of a buddha bowl is similar to that of a one-pot meal: keep everything in one dish.
Its history allegedly comes from the Buddha walking through towns with only a bowl. Locals would give him offerings of whatever food they had, resulting in a mix of a lot of items.
For your buddha bowl, you can cook a base of your favorite grain (i.e. brown rice or quinoa). Then, add raw and roasted vegetables of your choice.
Finally, top off your smorgasbord with seeds of choice as well as a dressing.
An example of a delicious buddha bowl includes brown rice, broccoli, boiled eggs, greens, and avocados. Top it with goddess dressing and sesame seeds and you're good to go.
This one-bowl meal requires one pot for boiling the eggs, then sauteing the broccoli or vegetables, and finally topping it off with your grain of choice.
Chili is a feel-good, comfort food.
You can find beautiful traditional or vegan chilis online. It uses a base of diced tomatoes, green chiles, and beans such as black, kidney, and red beans.
You can add variation to your chili by incorporating different onions, chilis, seasonings, and toppings to keep this go-to meal creative every time.
6. Amped Up Breakfast Scramble
We had to add a breakfast item to the menu.
You can make an egg or tofu scramble easily to start your day off right.
Cook the eggs or tofu 3/4 of the way and then add in veggies like garlic, onions, and peppers.
Eat it in a bowl with a side of toast or wrap it up into a tortilla for a burrito.
7. Mushroom Ramen
No, ramen isn't only for low-income or college students, and it certainly doesn't have to be microwaved.
The best mushrooms to use for this recipe are baby portabellas as they are flavorful and hold shape better than softer mushrooms.
Sautee up your mushrooms, add some vegetable broth and add ramen noodles once it's boiling.
Turn off the heat once the noodles are cooked and then you can stir in spinach and coconut milk. This will make it thicker and provide a little more texture.
Now that you have some one-pot meals to get you thinking, get to cooking! Grab a few items at the grocery store or use what you already have.
If you are keen on the idea of some of these ideas, try out different recipes from online until you settle on something you like. Or you can wing it and make your own, now that you know the basics!
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