It’s hard to look through any cook-book or recipe blog these days without someone singing the praises of a one-pot meal, and for good reason! After a long day at work, who wants to tackle an unsurmountable mountain of dishes? Last night’s pasta bake dish is my Everest and now I’ve learned my lesson- ditch them!
There’s a foolproof method for mastering a one-pot dish: fry your spices, then your onion, or garlic, or other veg, add your moisture, add your meat and simmer. Voila! It works for a variety of recipes; stews, chillis, curries, pasta sauces. You name it. It saves time during and after cooking, and I actually think it tastes much better when you cook everything together. You really allow time for the food to soak up all of the flavour. Here’s my favourite one-pot dish, a low-fat, high taste chilli con (or non!) carne.
You’ll need to own a big, deep and sturdy non-stick frying pan, and they can be expensive, but they’re totally worth it, I promise you.
Cumin seeds (or powder)
One medium-sized onion
Three cloves of garlic.
Three large, vine-ripened tomatoes
250g Beef mince (or quorn)
One Oxo Cube
1tsp granulated sugar
One tsp of balsamic vinegar
1tsp of chilli flakes (or more if you like it hot!)
1: Fry the cumin, paprika and oregano in a splash of olive oil until fragrant
2: Add the onion (cubed) and garlic, and fry for a couple of minutes.
3: Add the mince and Oxo cube and fry until browned.
4: Add your tomatoes (chopped) with the sugar, vinegar and chilli. If the mixture is too dry, add a splash of water.
5: Leave to simmer.
6: If you’re feeling particularly luxurious, a cube of dark chocolate will really bring out some rich flavours, and you can also add kidney beans (or other beans) for bulk.
There you have it, a delicious, low-fat meal, and you’ve only used one pan!