I am all about quick and easy meals at the moment. With a five month old things need to be fast so I can spend my time with her and meeting her needs. So for me the best kind of cooking is the one pot meal. Less dishes, less mess, and so delicious!
A couple of examples. The stir fry – what an amazing meal – jam packed with heaps of vegetables and protein and lots of flavour. And the best thing about it is you can change it up so easily depending on the meat you use or the veggies. Add udon noodles for something different (or use another pot -I know so bad of me to make rice). And the sauce options – well it’s endless, teriyaki, pad thai, peanut sauce, sweet and sour the list goes on and on. One of my favourite things to do as well is add nuts to give it a bit of crunch and different texture.
Easiest way to make a good stir fry, is to get a good pan, and heat it up so it’s nice and hot add a tablespoon of whichever oil you are choosing to use (I like to use Olive Oil or Avocado oil) and brown off your meat. Once you have sealed your meat, add the vegetables to cook in the juices, and they can start to soak up some of the flavour from your meat. Once everything is mostly cooked add your sauce choice and let the meal simmer for a bit on the stove so everything blends nicely together. Finally add your noddles and once they are cooked (which doesn’t take long -maybe five minutes) you are ready to serve up and eat. Delicious!
Another one pot meal I love is a ‘Broccoli, Bacon, and Kumara Salad’. So delicious. Take one kumara and cute it up into cubes. Put this in a pan with the tiniest bit of olive oil and into the oven for 10 minutes (at 180). While this is started to cook, chop up your broccoli and pull out some bacon (5-6 rashers depending on how many you are cooking for and how much you love bacon!) Once the kumara has been in for about 10 minutes pull out the pan and add your broccoli and then cover with the bacon rashers. Back into the oven for 15-20 minutes until everything is roasted up. I like to throw it on grill at the end to crisp up the bacon a bit more. Serve with fresh tomatoes and feta. No need for a dressing it is chock full of flavour already! You can vary this recipe by using different vegetables try it with some roasted capsicum or add spinach for a more leafy green experience. Roasted kale is also a great addition. Stick with what’s in season if you can and even better if you can pull it from your garden. Enjoy your meals and see if you can come up with any other one pot meals that are quick and easy and chock full of flavour that the whole family will love!