Back when I was making this on Saturday nights, at Christmas time, my friends would present me with oddly shaped, wrapped gifts, with the admonishment of "Don't put this under the tree, put it in the freezer!" Of course, it was meat, so we could all continue to enjoy the sharing of a wonderful meal and great conversation. Making memories is the best dessert ever.
By Polly Levesque from Cedar Springs, MI
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One Pot Meals Make Clean Up Easy. To save time in the kitchen, prepare one pot meals. This cuts down on time spent washing and putting away of your dishes.
I have a recipe that is a fast great meal. It is called five decker meal. You get a big 2 quart pot. On the bottom of the pot you layer good quality bacon, then on the next layer you put a layer of seasoned meatballs, the next layer you put cut up and peeled potatoes, and then a layer of cut up onions.
Brown ground beef in skillet; drain off fat. Put beef in crock pot. Brown bacon and onions; drain off fat. Add bacon, onions, and remaining ingredients to crock pot.
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When we had a family of 7 with regular visits from friends I thought nothing of using 5 saucepans to prepare a meal but now it is just my husband and myself I resent washing up all those pots. Has anyone got any good one pot recipes suitable for two oldies? We like to include meat or poultry and veggies.
I make Beef stew, Chicken Soup, Pea Soup. All three are one pot with as much vegetables and meat galore.
This is so very good. I got it from a Family Circle or Woman's Day magazine. The brackets are what I used and both my husband and I loved it. I also added turnip and someone else suggested you could throw in parsnips. Very, very tasty!
Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Veggies
1/4 honey (or corn syrup)
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard (or cranberry mustard)
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 Tbsp. curry powder (or a bit less)
2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. salt
4 chicken legs, skin removed
1 1/2 pound small red potatoes, scrubbed and halved (or regular potatoes, peeled, cut into chunks)- 3 or 4 potatoes
1 pound carrots, cut into thirds, halved lengthwise if thick. 4 or 5 carrots
3 medium onions cut into wedges (can be omitted)
Heat oven to 425*. Line baking sheet with foil. Coat with non stick spray
Mix first 7 ingredients in a small bowl. Put chicken and veggies onto baking sheet. Spoon on the spice mixture.
Bake at 425* for 25 minutes or so until chicken is done and vegetables are tender
I often prepare our meat (chicken, chops, steaks, burgers) on the grill - even in colder weather. And I've become VERY partial to making baked potatoes or sweet potatoes in the microwave. Canned vegetables warm up nicely in the microwave, although I still prefer to boil fresh or frozen veggies. Still, it's the only pan I use. When making rice or pasta, make enough for a couple of nights and warm up in the microwave for the next meal. And of course, the slow cooker is a great option for at least one meal per week. Try cooking a turkey breast in the slow cooker - just put it in there wit NO liquid; season w/poultry seasoning - it tastes like rotisserie! Or put the turkey in the pot with a cup or two of long cooking rice, a can of cream of whatever (your favorite) soup and a can or 2 (depending on how much rice) of water. You can also add your favorite veggie to this dish. It comes out wonderful.
I make a hamburger stew that is quick and easy. My family loves it. When I was a kid, it was a recipe that my Dad would make when my Mom was away training as a lab tech. This recipe has been in my life for 40 years and it's still a favorite.
Brown some burger
Add, chopped carrots, chopped onion, chopped garlic, handful of frozen corn and peas and a can of sliced mushrooms with liquid.
Add enough water to cover slightly and simmer till vegetables are tender.
Make up some flour and water to thicken stew; add.
Season with salt, pepper, seasoning salt, (I use Hy's) and a tablespoon beef bouillon.
I serve this with mashed potatoes but my family loves it even on toast.
You can freeze leftovers in small containers for a quick lunch or dinner. I like this recipe because anything goes, You can mix and match just about any vegetable you have on hand.
Here's one that's easy and very good. I like to use leftover chicken breast but you could also boil some chicken and cut up or use the canned white meat chicken.
CHICKEN A LA KING
1 sm can mushrooms, drained
1 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 cup cooked chicken
1/4 cup chopped pimientos
Saute mushrooms and green pepper in butter. Blend in flour and seasonings. Stir till smooth. Stir in broth and milk. Add chicken and pimiento. Cook until thickened.
Serve over biscuits or toast. Serves 4
This is a page about one pot chicken and pasta. A nutritious chicken main dish that can be prepared on the stove or in the crockpot.
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Brown meat, in large skillet; drain. Add water, dressing and oregano. Bring to boil. Stir in broccoli and rice; cover.