We love One Pot meals. It takes little effort and at the end of a busy day, little effort in the kitchen is what we need. There is no fuss of many pots and pans on the stove which means minimal clean up. Prep time too is usually short. And because the ingredients go into the pot often all at once, you can expect incredible flavour awaiting you come meal time. It is simple, nutritious and delicious .. with not much effort.
The cookbook ‘From The Kitchens Of Martha Stewart Living : One Pot’ caught our eye with its easy promising recipes that we had to try. There are over 120+ easy meals that you can make from your skillet, slow cooker, stockpot and more. Here is what we cooked from the cookbook.
Spiced Chicken Stew with Carrots
I have recently started to use a lot of cumin for home cooking. It gives a whole new dimension in flavour and works really well with chicken. This recipe naturally caught my eye with the spices it called for. As I did not have the 4 hours of time to use the slow cooker, I used my sauté pan for this one pot dish.
In order to attain the beautiful brown for the chicken, first pan-fry the seasoned chicken pieces with skin on and set aside. Then in the same pan add the ingredients, place chicken on top, cover and cook. Finally sprinkle garnishes and Serve! Yes, it is that easy and also delicious! I adapted the recipe and added coriander, cranberries and a little here and there.
8 bone-in chicken thighs
Salt and freshly ground pepper (to season chicken)
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
3 carrots, sliced in halve length wise and cut into 1 inch lengths
2 garlic cloves, thinly slices
4 garlic cloves, whole to throw into the stew (for those who like extra garlic)
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon freshly ground cumin (toast and grind)
1 teaspoon freshly ground coriander seeds (toast and grind)
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Pan fry seasoned chicken pieces in olive oil. Set aside.
In the same pan, add carrots, garlic, cinnamon stick, ground cumin to the pan.
Place chicken pieces on top and add 1 tablespoon water.
Cover the pan and cook on medium heat for 20-30mins. Add more water if not enough.
15 mins before turning off the heat, add the raisins and cranberries on top.
To serve, sprinkle some freshly ground cumin, black pepper and toasted almond slices.
Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and serve.
Poached Cod with Tomatoes
Everyday cooking can be quite a hassle when we run out of ideas on what to prepare on a daily basis. It’ll be quite a bore if we end up preparing the same old dishes day-in and day-out. Thank goodness for Martha Stewart’s One Pot recipe book, it has given me loads of simple and easy dish ideas and I’ve flagged out almost 80% of the recipes to try out *smile*
This is one of the many recipes that I wanted to try. I have prepared cod in Teriyaki sauce and Miso paste but have yet to poach it. It was a refreshing change. Besides it’s just as simple to prepare without the need to use pre-made sauces which makes it a healthier choice.
The ingredients needed for this dish is rather simple, though I didn’t follow the recipe to the T the end result still tasted good. Without being overpowered by the strong flavour of Teriyaki and Miso, the cod’s natural sweetness stands out prominently in this dish.
All it takes is just to sauté onions till fragrant then add chicken stock and vegetables, bring the stock to a boil add in the cod and simmer for 10mins. Add tomatoes last before serving and it’s all done! Can’t be any simpler!
Spicy Zucchini Frittata
This is another really simple dish that caught my eye immediately. So easy to put together, great one dish meal that include vegetables, protein and a whole load full of flavour!
Cook The Cookbook, A New Column
Being avid readers and always on the hunt for new cookbooks for our kitchen shelf, we are introducing this new regular column ‘Cook The Cookbook’. We appreciate the time, effort and creativity required to put a cookbook together and usually have a few on the bedside for our nightly literature. We try not to go to bed with empty stomachs as such. Every now and then we will have giveaways of the cookbook featured so stay tuned!
We have an exclusive copy of One Pot to giveaway. All you have to do is fill up the form below for us to draw your name. Be sure to leave us your email for us to get in touch with you. Good luck!
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