Economical one-pot-wonder family meals
9 Jul 2020 LIFESTYLE
By: Natasha Archary
We’re sure you couldn’t be happier that restaurants and takeout options are back on the table. Let’s be honest, the past 3 months have been uncomfortably restricting on the small pleasures of life. However, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is still steadily climbing, and you might not be ready to step into a restaurant or order out yet.
And that’s understandable. It’s normal to feel uneasy about safety standards at present. That said, how does one then ensure a healthy, hearty meal is ready for the family at the end of a busy day?
Everything but the kitchen sink
The weather calls for it, doesn’t it? A comforting, hot stew, casserole, or delectable roast. Not only are we aiming to feed the entire family, but we’d love all the deliciousness without all the unnecessary washing up thank you very much.
Which is why we love one-pot meals. Filling, fast and flavorful food that is easy to whip up and satisfying. We’re sure every home-cook has a few family favorite recipes in their arsenal. The go-to hunger buster meals that you know without a doubt that everyone in the household will devour, happily.
It’s often the most inexpensive meals that are the real crowd-pleasers. And when you have a house full of guests and need to whip up some impressive food without breaking the bank, a one-pot wonder meal is it.
Store cupboard staples
Keeping non-perishable items in the kitchen is not only cost-efficient but it makes sense at this time when we’re trying to minimize trips to the store (link). Dry pasta, maize meal, canned veggies, rice, lentils can all be stored for months and converted into yummy volumes of food.
When it comes to one-pot meals, the key is to choose ingredients that will add volume, pack on the flavor, and not need too much supervision. If you can invest in a slow-cooker, it pretty much does everything for you.
Take cues from cooking channels
While in lockdown, many South Africans took social media by storm with their impressive cooking skills. Showcasing their hidden talent for cuisine and taking our cues from the myriad cooking channels that took up most of our time.
Celebrity chefs like Nigella, Jamie Oliver, Siba Mtongana, and many others all have incredible ideas for fast, low-cost, delicious one-pot meals that will work for most families.
With many countries coveting signature one-pot dishes, like mac and cheese (USA), stroganoff (Russia), good old-fashioned English roast, the South African potjie must rank as ours.
For inspiration check out Eat Out’s 20 Winter one-pot stews
What are your favorite one-pot meal ideas? Share with us by tagging @KayaFM95dot using the hashtag #KayaOnline