Between my kids’ extracurricular activities and my own hectic schedule, getting dinner on the table isn’t always the most seamless activity, even for a Chef. Sometimes, the last thing I want to do when I get home from work is spend time cooking a full meal and cleaning up afterward. To make life easier during the week, I cook meals that are quick to make and only take one pan or one pot. Plus, these recipes are not only tried and true standbys, but kid-approved, too!
Though it’s one of my favorite dishes, a standard risotto typically takes between 40 minutes to an hour and requires constant stirring and attention. This version, made with an instant pressure cooker (such as an Instant Pot), cooks in just 6 minutes and only uses one pot. Yes – you read that right, 6 minute cook time and minimal clean up!
Cover sweet potatoes in our POD & BEAN® Sweet & Spicy Cocoa Rub and rest them on a bed of roasted kale and hearty kielbasa. Top off the dish with POD & BEAN® Green Chili Hot Sauce and you have a sheet pan dinner that’s packed with flavor and color. Plus, it features a unique protein to get out of that chicken or beef slump that happens from time to time.
Comfort food doesn’t have to sit in a crock pot all day to be hearty and delicious – just try our InstaPot Broccoli Cheddar Soup. In under 45 minutes, you can serve a vegetable-heavy, filling soup that is perfect for a cold January night.
Chicken and potatoes is a classic dinner, but my favorite part of this recipe is how easy the clean-up is. Using just one sheet pan covered in foil and two large plastic storage bags, the only thing to wash when you’re done are your utensils. It’s that easy – one pan, no bowls and 45 minutes in the oven.
My weeknight meals certainly have some trends – an Instant Pot and comfort food classics. This recipe for a typically slow-cooking meal is no different. Cocoa is especially good in chili, as it raises the flavor profile of each and every vegetable and spice included in the mix, so try this one out when you’re in the mood for a robust dinner that takes minimal effort.