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Baby it’s cold out, time for a one pot meals

Zesty lemon chicken.


One pot meals have been around forever.  With winter lingering and no sign of spring in site, why not prepare easy meals so they can be ready when you arrive home.

I am all about comfort food. It’s time to get the family back to the dinner table to enjoy conversations and feeding the body and souls.

One pot meals tend to be easy, usually delicious after it has been cooking all day.  Many recipes can be geared to be healthy and nutritious. When time is of the essence, the best choice can be a crock pot meal or an instant pot.

There are many websites that offer crock pot ideas and Pinterest has many recipes that they share. Whether it’s a hearty soup or stew they do satisfy the hunger and the soul.

Soups and stews are also great way of using up leftovers in the fridge. Gather up the onions, garlic, carrots, celery and potatoes. These items are inexpensive and great for simple ingredients. Other produce which is great in using crockpots are cabbage, squashes, beets and greens such as kale and spinach.

All you have to do is chop the veggies, and a protein of choice and a broth. Common broths are chicken, beef and vegetable.

Proteins come in many varieties. They can be animal based such as chicken, beef and pork. The beans can be, kidney, chick peas or black beans. Tofu, which doesn’t have much of a flavor but will absorb the flavors it is cooked with.

When it comes to the stock, sometimes adding canned tomatoes will add a richness. They can be diced, crushed or sometimes I prefer roasted tomatoes for a richer flavor.

Depending on the soup, stew or meal that you choose to make, savory seasonings will give them more flavor. These can be oregano, basil, paprika and crushed red pepper to name a few. If you decide on a Mexican dish, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and coriander are great spices to have on hand.

Looking to empty the freezer, grab some frozen peas, corn, chopped spinach. They will also add some heartiness to your meals.

Are you a Costco member? Buy in bulk. Stock up on rice, quinoa, barley, pasta, beans and lentils. Grab some meats so you have ingredients for upcoming meals. Not only will it help save you money in the long run but you will have base ingredients on hand.

Maybe you are a vegetarian or just prefer a meatless meal for a change. Tofu and tempeh are inexpensive and can be great add ins once the dish is cooked. The ideas are endless and you can add them to chili, tacos or soups.

If you are looking to make simple meals on a budget, consider using an instant pot or crock pot for dinner. The dishes are convenient and can be healthy and delicious.

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