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Easy, Breezy One-Pot Meals for Spring!

POSTED March 9, 2021

One of the best things about one-pot meals are the number of dishes you DON’T have to wash! They usually have minimal ingredients, but maximum deliciousness and even if you’re entertaining — clean-up is a breeze! 

Tastiest, Easiest One-Pot Meals 

Some of us have a hard time with KETO because we loves us some pasta. Deprive us and we guarantee there’s a binge in the near future. So when we saw One Pot Shrimp Scampi from Easy and Delish we thought, well we could make it with cauliflower rice or spiralized squash or zoodles. Or we could have it with quinoa. But just look at it with vermicelli. Right? It’s a tasty pescatarian dish, and if you use brown rice pasta – gluten-free!

Yes to the shrimp, but you’d rather have something more exotic? Okay, then try blogger Denice Browning’s One Pot Shrimp in Coconut Sauce. Denice is a professional chef and Brazilian transplant living in Texas. And this rich, diverse cuisine from her home country takes about 30 minutes using simple ingredients. 

Eating Well offers 19 delicious one-pot dinners made with ground beef — from pasta possibilities to hearty soups. For example, the Mexican-inspired lasagna replaces noodles with tortilla strips that become tender ribbons in the cayenne and cumin-spiked sauce. Topped with cheddar and cream cheeses, this lasagna is just as soulful as it’s Italian cousin – and as filling.

Healthy and Habit-Forming

If you’re a fan of veggies, red, green, yellow or orange, take a look at these healthy one-pot meals from Taste of Home. One-Pot Beef and Pepper Stew starts a collection of 44 recipes for healthy and habit-forming meal recipes. You’ll find Chicken and Vegetable Curry Couscous, Cinnamon-Apple Pork Chops, Ginger Chicken and Quinoa Stew and Chili Mac!

This collection of one-pot meals from Spruce Eats is easily equal portions habit-forming and healthy. From the Roasted Chicken with Potatoes or Cauliflower and Sausage Roast, to Pork Chops with Hash Browns and Chicken Pot Pie with Cheese Biscuit Topping. A collection of goodness that rivals multi-pot meals!

No-Fuss Entertaining

We’ve almost arrived full circle to the pre-pandemic days of inviting friends over to break bread, so get ready for the main event with easy but elegant Spiced Lamb Meatball and Swiss Chard Stew. The recipe directs you to brown the homemade meatballs first in your Dutch oven and cook the chard in the same pot before adding the broth and cooking everything through to readiness. You can serve this soup with a dollop of yogurt or light sour cream, say the chefs at Real Simple. And, perhaps a side salad of baby greens.

For a Greek pasta dish made with ground beef and bechamel sauce, keep scrolling for Pastitsio, the Eating Well version made with whole-grain pasta, lean meat and low-fat dairy. And don’t forget the good old-fashioned American goulash with pasta that cooks right in the sauce, in the same pot.

From Hot Honey porkchops with Escarole and White Beans to Chicken Stew with Potatoes and Radishes – a comfort food paprikash —  Epicurious comes through with 67 one-pot meals that are long on flavor and short on prep. Keep scrolling for Salmon and Bok Choy Green Coconut Curry and Za’atar Chicken with Garlicky Yogurt!

Cooking it Up in Crystal Valley

Home chefs who move into the new homes in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley have commented on the open floor plans and convenient kitchen layouts. Neighbors who love nature love the miles of trails for strolling, walking, biking and skating. If you’re looking for a new home in Castle Rock, visit the beautiful models from Richmond American Homes, Kauffman Homes, Century Communities and D.R. Horton – in ranch or two-story models –priced from the $300s. 


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