All in One Pot

December 26, 2022 | Christine Hradek

slow cooker pork roast

As I thought about our theme of comfort food favorites, I struggled to pick just one thing. I even asked my mom what she thought I should write about. She would know, right? She suggested anything that involves mashed potatoes and she’s probably right on target there 🙂 . However, as I thought about it more, my go to foods when I’m feeling run down and just need a good meal are one-pot meals.

I love soups and stews, one-pan sauté dishes and stir-fry of all kinds. These are typically meals with multiple food groups that all cook together. You’re left with a balanced meal, minimal dishes, and for me, leftovers! A bonus benefit of this type of cooking is that it is often flexible and can be adjusted to suit what you have in your kitchen that needs to be used. This time of year, the leftovers from gatherings can get ahead of me, so it is good to have a use-up recipe where I can swap out different proteins, veggies or grains to make a meal.

Spend Smart. Eat Smart. has a lot of recipes like this. Check out our one-pot recipe category for a lot of inspiration. Here are some of my favorites:

I hope you are enjoying some comfy time for fun and relaxation as we head toward the new year!

Christine Hradek

Christine Hradek is a State Nutrition Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She coordinates ISU’s programs which help families with low income make healthy choices with limited food budgets. Christine loves helping families learn to prepare healthy foods, have fun in the kitchen and save money. In her spare time, Christine enjoys cooking, entertaining and cheering on her favorite college football teams with her family and friends.

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