one pot meal

Two Peas is Closing
Click here to visit our final product sale. Click here to visit our FAQ page regarding the closing of Two Peas.

Posted 4/9/2014 by Maureen C in NSBR Board
 

Maureen C
BucketHead

PeaNut 12,009
March 2001
Posts: 563
Layouts: 0
Loc: illinois

Posted: 4/9/2014 9:13:11 PM
My parents are getting older and we are in need of simple recipes. We are thinking one pan plus ingredients. Something quick and easy for 2 people. Do you have any recipes that would work?
TIA

valincal
True North Strong and Free

PeaNut 227,939
October 2005
Posts: 14,480
Layouts: 5
Loc: Southern Alberta

Posted: 4/9/2014 9:40:34 PM
Sausage and peppers
Shrimp and broccoli or sugar snap peas

Maybe they can get a few spice blends to have on hand to make seasoning their meals more efficient.






newlywoods03
Blessed Beyond Measure

PeaNut 243,613
January 2006
Posts: 16,995
Layouts: 78
Loc: By the sea shore...

Posted: 4/9/2014 9:42:58 PM
I just made this tonight and my boys devoured it. It was super easy to make too!

One pot enchilada pasta





Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God!




~SuburbanMom~
Wannabe FNPea!

PeaNut 82,318
April 2003
Posts: 10,228
Layouts: 35
Loc: In my garden

Posted: 4/9/2014 9:55:14 PM
I saute onion and garlic, cumin and spices then add pieces of chicken, sauté until cooked then add chopped stewed tomatoes and sauce. Then add collard greens, let simmer for 30 minutes, serve over rice.



cmpeter
PEAceful Pea

PeaNut 14,521
April 2001
Posts: 37,572
Layouts: 31
Loc: Washington State

Posted: 4/9/2014 9:59:27 PM
Frittas as great...eggs, potatoes, cheese and whatever veggies you have on hand.


Cindi

mirabelleswalker
My president has 6-pack abs.

PeaNut 175,521
November 2004
Posts: 11,718
Layouts: 14
Loc: Here today, gone to Morocco.

Posted: 4/9/2014 11:35:08 PM
There are tons of great one pot cookbooks. I have a WW one that I really like.


Uploaded with iPhone client

Legacy Girl
PeaFixture

PeaNut 299,733
February 2007
Posts: 3,761
Layouts: 5

Posted: 4/9/2014 11:52:01 PM
BF's Italian Beef is my favorite one-pot recipe.

My DD and DH absolutely LOVE this recipe, and could eat it every couple of weeks. It's easy on the budget, too.

Taco Style Lentils and Rice
3/4 cup dry lentils
3/4 cup dry brown rice
4 cups water
4 beef bouillon cubes or 4 t. bouillon granules
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
Directions
In a 2-quart saucepan bring the water to a boil. As the water is heating, add the oil, lentils, rice, bouillon, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, and garlic powder. Bring the whole thing to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Place a lid on the lentils and allow the mixture to simmer for about 45 to 50 minutes. The water should be mostly absorbed.

* If you are having a busy day and don't have time to cook this on the stove, it can cook in the crock pot on low for about 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 hours instead. Recipe doubles well for larger groups or multiple meals.

Number of Servings: 6

Nutritional Info
Fat: 5.5g Protein: 7.6g
Carbohydrates: 28.8g Calories: 168.8


And here's one more ~ yum!

Swiss Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (split into 8 pieces)
8 square slices Swiss cheese
1 can Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup (undiluted)
1/4 C sour cream
1/4 C white wine
1 C Herb-seasoned Pepperidge Farm Stuffing mix (comes in a bag)
1/4 C butter, melted

Arrange chicken in lightly greased 9 X 13 pan. Top with cheese slices.
Combine soup, sour cream and wine, and spoon it over the chicken.
Sprinkle stuffing mix over all. (I then press the stuffing down a little bit to ensure it gets enough moisture while baking.)
Drizzle butter over all. Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake @ 350 for 45-60 min, removing the foil for the last 5-10 min.
Serves 8

FYI: I generally make this dish w/ just 3 whole chicken breasts and keep all other ingredient amounts the same. That way, we don't have too much chicken for our little family, and we get to have extra stuffing/sauce! Also, if you prefer a more moist stuffing, you can pour about 1/4 C milk OR chicken broth on it after the butter.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


lucyg819
pearl-clutching nitpicker

PeaNut 201,774
April 2005
Posts: 16,721
Layouts: 15
Loc: gone to chemo with BethAnne

Posted: 4/10/2014 12:18:49 AM
I make chili in the electric skillet with ground beef and rice ... no beans. It truly is a quick, easy, one-pot main course, and tastes great. I can find the recipe if you want it.


LUCYG
northern california

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
--Bertrand Russell



anxiousmom
StuckOnPeas

PeaNut 595,029
September 2013
Posts: 2,938
Layouts: 0
Posted: 4/10/2014 5:18:03 AM
Years ago someone gave me a copy of the original Desperation Dinners cookbook. I stuck it away for a long time but finally pulled it out about a year ago. I found that because the recipes were designed to be made quickly, they also were one pan/pot meals.

Some of them turned out to be really good. One of recipes is a skillet lasagne that is now a family favorite and while only taking about 25 minutes to prepare/get to the table, is surprisingly tasty.

walkerdill
PeaAddict

PeaNut 53,584
October 2002
Posts: 1,081
Layouts: 0
Loc: Spring Hill, Florida

Posted: 4/10/2014 5:51:25 AM
I like this one but I was heavy handed with red pepper flakes and it was too spicy so I would leave them out next time. Chicken lo mein

*rosebud*
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 228,820
October 2005
Posts: 5,597
Layouts: 0

Posted: 4/10/2014 7:07:24 AM
Italian Wonderpot is DELICIOUS! And cheap!

Italian Wonderpot

caroscraps
7 Sweetpeas for me

PeaNut 20,301
August 2001
Posts: 12,471
Layouts: 0
Loc: The PEAch State

Posted: 4/10/2014 7:14:52 AM
I have a go to meal when I need something quick.

Chicken strips, browned in skillet, seasoned with a little salt/ pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 can milk
1 tsp of chicken bouillon

Pour sauce over browned chicken, simmer for about 15 mins and serve over rice or Quinoa.

Quick, easy and tasty.


<>< <>< <><
****************************************************
********************************************









Uploaded with iPhone client

Monklady123
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 475,028
July 2010
Posts: 5,673
Layouts: 0
Loc: Northern VA

Posted: 4/10/2014 7:16:39 AM
My parents are in the same situation, and I'm not living right near them. So I'm always trying to help them come up with ideas. Some of the things they cook:

-- salmons burgers (from frozen -- heated on the stove or in the microwave) with a salad
-- some version of the chicken that someone mentioned in this thread -- onions, garlic, whatever else you want, in a pan with chicken and some liquid -- my mom likes to use canned tomatoes in their juice. Cook till chicken is done. They like this with mashed potatoes. Both of them love mashed potatoes but don't have the hand strength to mash them anymore. I convinced them to buy the boxed instant potatoes. My mother resisted at first but I showed her the one brand (I forget which one it is now) that has one ingredient: "potatoes". lol. Now she's a fan.
-- omelets
-- soups
-- chili
-- several of the "Desperation Dinners" recipes

In the summer they also make salmon salad, using canned salmon. I usually buy them several of the multi-packs from Costco when I'm visiting and they keep that on the shelf.

And one of my dad's favorite meals is good old hot dogs and beans.




anxiousmom
StuckOnPeas

PeaNut 595,029
September 2013
Posts: 2,938
Layouts: 0
Posted: 4/10/2014 7:21:53 AM

I convinced them to buy the boxed instant potatoes. My mother resisted at first but I showed her the one brand (I forget which one it is now) that has one ingredient: "potatoes". lol. Now she's a fan.


Have you tried any of the already mashed potatoes in the refrigerated section? Sometimes when I make a cheaters version of shepherd's pie I use the green one (simply potatoes maybe?) They are actually pretty good and so easy, you just pop them into the microwave. I have bought them a couple of times when they were buy one, get one free and stuck the extra one in the freezer-they freeze just fine.

The bonus is that they don't make a whole lot so a package would be perfect for two older people.

LindaS
PeaAddict

PeaNut 4,089
April 2000
Posts: 1,312
Layouts: 0
Loc: DE

Posted: 4/10/2014 7:43:24 AM
My parents are both in their late 80s. Mom stopped "cooking" a few yrs ago and dad's talent is limited to opening a can of soup and pouring into a pot.

I bought them a 3qt crockpot, dad buys the groceries, and I make up some freezer meals for them once a month. I usually use 4 to 6 different recipes and since most are written to serve 4 to 6 people I can get up to 16 meals that way. I write the name of the meal, length of cooking time and any extras that need to be added, like potatoes, on 1qt freezer bags and freeze.

That might be a thought for your parents.


kckckc
StuckOnPeas

PeaNut 19,061
July 2001
Posts: 2,650
Layouts: 0

Posted: 4/10/2014 8:00:46 AM
I like this recipe that I found years ago on an Uncle Ben's rice box.

Southwest Chicken and Rice




scrappin jen
PeaAddict

PeaNut 111,615
October 2003
Posts: 1,644
Layouts: 0

Posted: 4/10/2014 8:00:54 AM
This is a great idea for my folks too. Thanks for posting I'll be watching this thread. My mom loves to make beef stroganoff and stir fry. Need to expand her recipes list

Maureen C
BucketHead

PeaNut 12,009
March 2001
Posts: 563
Layouts: 0
Loc: illinois

Posted: 4/10/2014 8:28:10 AM
Thanks so much girls. This is just what I was looking for.

Monklady123
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 475,028
July 2010
Posts: 5,673
Layouts: 0
Loc: Northern VA

Posted: 4/10/2014 8:37:07 AM

Have you tried any of the already mashed potatoes in the refrigerated section?

I told my mom about those but she actually prefers the boxed ones because she can make up just a very small amount. With the already-mashed packages she had to open the whole thing. And she says freezing mashed potatoes makes them taste "funny". lol. I have no idea if that's true because I've never tried freezing them. But if she thinks it does then she won't do it.

Some good ideas in this thread.



AnonPeaName
PeaAddict

PeaNut 570,169
October 2012
Posts: 1,212
Layouts: 0

Posted: 4/10/2014 12:17:35 PM
These sounds great, thanks. Legacy Girl I'm trying the Taco Lentils tonight since I have all ingredients.

jenettycakes76
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 268,853
July 2006
Posts: 6,855
Layouts: 19
Loc: Ca Girl!

Posted: 4/10/2014 2:05:15 PM
Lucyg - I'd love the recipe if possible. Thanks


Uploaded with iPhone client

APeaCalledLiz
Don't lose your.... OOOOhh look a Bunny!

PeaNut 46,489
August 2002
Posts: 5,845
Layouts: 71
Loc: Maine

Posted: 4/10/2014 2:20:40 PM
kielbasa beans and rice
ingredients:
1/2 kielbasa sausage(could use chicken sausage as well)
one box Zataran's Dirty Rice
one can black beans

make rice as per instructions on box, cook half way add kielbasa cut up into smallish bite sized pieces and can of beans drained. I add a small can of diced tomatoes as well.
Serve with a garden salad.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



lucyg819
pearl-clutching nitpicker

PeaNut 201,774
April 2005
Posts: 16,721
Layouts: 15
Loc: gone to chemo with BethAnne

Posted: 4/11/2014 1:34:09 AM
Jenettycakes, sorry, just saw this. I'll post it in the morning.


LUCYG
northern california

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
--Bertrand Russell



lovetodigi
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 257,022
April 2006
Posts: 8,640
Layouts: 5
Loc: USA

Posted: 4/11/2014 7:38:12 AM
One idea would be for you to package up some crockpot meals and freeze them. Then they could take them out of the freezer and put them in the fridge the night before. Then all they would need to do is put the ingredients into the crockpot and turn it on. Hours later they have their meal. There are a lot of soups and stews that would work and be a healthy meal too. They would just need to add bread and a salad if they wanted more.





Sony a77
Sony 18-70mm F3.5/5.6, Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6,
Sony 50mm 1.8, Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 AF Macro AF
Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 AF Zoom with Macro
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2012)
Photoshop CS6 & PSE 11
Lightroom 4

Layce
An Amusing Little Riesling

PeaNut 76,343
March 2003
Posts: 5,807
Layouts: 16
Loc: Past tense.

Posted: 4/11/2014 8:44:26 AM
You know, some of these so-called one-pot meals posted above are really rather complicated! I am guessing OP wants *simple* one-pot meals.

Actually if it's simple enough, it doesn't have to be just one pot which can come out like military mess hall meals

You can get a nice deli rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, several bags of pre-cut veggies like broccoli and cauliflower, baby carrots, etc., from the produce dept, and some boxes of Rice-A-Roni in various flavors (garlic chicken, long grain and wild rice, etc.). So all they'd have to cook is the veggies in the microwave and the rice in a pot. And they could probably get 2 meals out of that, right there.

Why not make a list of simple meals like that, with a shopping list to go with.. make their life a little easier.

Good luck! DH and I are looking at these kinds of options for his parents in the near future ...

lucyg819
pearl-clutching nitpicker

PeaNut 201,774
April 2005
Posts: 16,721
Layouts: 15
Loc: gone to chemo with BethAnne

Posted: 4/11/2014 11:45:36 AM
Here is my chili rice recipe. Don't be scared off by the soy sauce. You don't taste it, it just gives the finished product a nice, rich flavor.

1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped (I use crushed garlic in a jar)
1 - 16oz can diced tomatoes
1 generous cup uncooked white rice
2 cups water
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp chili powder or to taste
shredded cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef in large skillet with onions and garlic. Drain off any excess fat (I use 96/4 ground beef from Trader Joe's and there isn't any extra to drain). Add remaining ingredients except cheese and mix well. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Add more water during cooking if needed, or leave the lid off toward the end if you need to reduce the liquid. Serve topped with shredded cheddar.

Sometimes I leave out the white rice and most of the water, let it simmer for a bit, then add a package of frozen pre-cooked brown rice from Trader Joe's and just heat through before serving.



LUCYG
northern california

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
--Bertrand Russell



lucyg819
pearl-clutching nitpicker

PeaNut 201,774
April 2005
Posts: 16,721
Layouts: 15
Loc: gone to chemo with BethAnne

Posted: 4/11/2014 11:52:31 AM
Another thing I do when I want simple and tasty and filling and relatively healthy ... I chop veggies from the fridge (zucchini, mushrooms, green onion, bell pepper come to mind) and saute for a few minutes, then pour in some beaten eggs and scramble the whole thing. Stir in shredded cheese (a little or a lot) for the last minute or so. Oh, it's also CHEAP.

That only works if they don't object to eating eggs for dinner.


LUCYG
northern california

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
--Bertrand Russell



anxiousmom
StuckOnPeas

PeaNut 595,029
September 2013
Posts: 2,938
Layouts: 0
Posted: 4/11/2014 11:54:53 AM

Another thing I do when I want simple and tasty and filling and relatively healthy ... I chop veggies from the fridge (zucchini, mushrooms, green onion, bell pepper come to mind) and saute for a few minutes, then pour in some beaten eggs and scramble the whole thing. Stir in shredded cheese (a little or a lot) for the last minute or so. Oh, it's also CHEAP.


Lucy, I do almost the same thing, except that I stir it into pasta (like linguine) with a bit of olive oil, and instead of chedder cheese, mix parm cheese.

Easy as can be, relatively healthy and fairly quick.

Kelpea
Owner of "best tacky invitation" thread EVER

PeaNut 176,832
November 2004
Posts: 14,039
Layouts: 2
Loc: Stalking Dave Gahan

Posted: 4/11/2014 1:46:32 PM
I'm really bummed. I think I'm the only Pea who didn't do BF's Italian beef justice; when I made it, it just didn't have any flavor.

Scratching my head to figure out what I did wrong. Meh, I'll give it a shot again sometime.

How about "shrimp and grits?" That would be yummy!



Maureen C
BucketHead

PeaNut 12,009
March 2001
Posts: 563
Layouts: 0
Loc: illinois

Posted: 4/15/2014 9:23:59 AM
This is one of the best dishes ever and very easy and one pot

Skillet Ziti

Serves 6





1 tbsp olive oil

6 cloves garlic, minced

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

½ tsp salt

Ground pepper to taste

1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes

3 cups water

12 oz ziti (3 ¾ cups)

½ cup heavy cream

½ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

¼ cup fresh basil leaves, minced

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese



Combine oil, garlic, pepper flakes, and ½ tsp salt in large nonstick skillet and sauté over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute.



Add crushed tomatoes, water and ziti. Cover and cook, stirring often and adjusting heat as needed to maintain vigorous simmer, until ziti is almost tender about 15 minutes.



Stir in cream, parmesan and basil. Top off with Mozzarella cheese let sit for 5 minutes and serve.
Show/Hide Icons . Show/Hide Signatures
Hide
{{ title }}
{{ icon }}
{{ body }}
{{ footer }}