24 July 2009

One Pot

When you are feeling a little sluggish, or are in a hurry, or just don't want to spend any more time cleaning up than you have to it is nice to have a go to meal that you can cook and serve in one pot! Here are some of our favorite one pot wonders.

Noodles and tomatoes

* 2 cups prepared pasta (I prefer egg noodles or elbows)
* 1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (you can use whole tomatoes as well and just moosh them up)
* 2-3 tablespoons butter
* salt
* pepper

1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions and drain well.
2. While the pasta is draining, melt the butter in the pasta pot.
3. Add the pasta back to the pot, mix well.
4. Add the crushed tomatoes, mix well and serve.

1 corned beef brisket about 2-3 lbs.
1 lg. cabbage
6 to 8 carrots
6 to 8 potatoes
boiling onions
3-4 Parsnips
Dash of salt and pepper

1. Put corned beef in large pot. Fill with water 1/2 way to cover beef and boil for one to three hours depending on size of brisket.
2. Slice cabbage into quarters and put also in pot and boil for 35 minutes.
3. Add carrots and potatoes and cook for another 35 minutes on medium flame.
4. You can also add boiling onions or parsnips if you like at the last step.

Shannon's red Chili
4-5 slices bacon
1 pound ground beef
2 hot sausages (removed from casing)
1 medium onion
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 jalapeno
1 package sliced mushrooms
1 large canned diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 garlic clove
1 tbps. butter
2 beef bouillon cubes dissolved in boiling water
1 tbps. chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp cilantro
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
hot sauce to taste

1. Brown onions and garlic in butter over medium/medium high heat.
2. Add bacon and cook until crisp.
3. Add ground beef and sausage and brown
4. dice and add mushrooms.
5. dice and add red, green, and jalapeno peppers.
6. Add diced tomatoes and lower heat to medium.
7. Add chicken stock and tomato paste.
8. Spice to taste and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes over medium heat.
9. Serve with sour cream/ jalapenos/ cheese on top.

Chicken Soup

4 cups chicken stock
1 can chicken or 1 chicken breast, 1 full leg of chicken, or equivalent.
2 stalks celery
1/2 cup broccoli stalk
2 carrots
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup peas
salt and pepper
1. Soften garlic and onion in butter pot over medium heat.
2. Add chicken stock to pot and increase temp to medium high.
3. Add diced cooked or canned chicken, diced broccoli and celery. Cook for twenty minutes.
4. Add carrots and spices. Cook for five more minutes.
5. Add peas. If cook for three minutes then serve.
I am not a noodle girl but you could certainly add in the second step if you like...

Brownie Cookies
For the undecided crowd!
Brownie batter
Cookie dough
Pam Cooking Spray or butter
1. Add brownie batter to coated cooking pan.
2. Drop cookie dough drops into brownie batter.
3. Bake per brownie directions adding five minutes or so if needed.


jan said...

Hmmm, are there multi-pot dinners? Don't tell my family.

Shannon said...

You wouldn't think so living in this house! The secret is safe with me!

Uncivil said...

Oh no....I haven't eat yet....starving....and this looks so good!!!!!!!

C said...

Oh my goodness! Okay, I'm on my way over to your house for dinner! ;)