one-pot meals for the busy cook

another_amanda
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I'm concerned about the health of a dear person in my life. When I met him he ate a lot of fast food, like many college students. Now he's mostly living on canned soups and frozen curries, which are an improvement, but I'm sure you can see why I'm concerned. He knows how to cook well enough to follow any recipe and says he rather enjoys it, but all my efforts to get him to cook a healthy meal at least one day of the week have failed. He abhors cleaning up afterward and just won't be bothered if the recipe in question requires a lot of work, has too many ingredients, or requires him to go to the grocery store more than once a week.

Help?

Can anyone recommend a recipe for one-pot meals (or mostly one-pot with maybe rice or mashed potatoes on the side) that is simple, quick, and healthy? I've been searching the internet, but most of what I find lacks either solid protein or vegetables. Anything that can reduce cleanup, like baking in a foil pouch, is also a plus.

No restrictions on type or ethnicity of cuisine, and the foods he don't like are few enough that they aren't worth listing except for spinach. He does need to have meat and doesn't like vegetable protein as a primary protein, but if a vegetarian recipe is good, I can usually add meat to it. He won't be bothered to marinate anything overnight or before work. He has a good assortment of spices and decent kitchen equipment at hand, including a rice cooker with a steamer basket.

Obviously this won't be an instant fix for his culinary life, but I hope that it can get him used to the idea of cooking for himself. If he can get in the habit of using some easy recipes, then moving on to more complicated recipes won't be too tough.

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Jiza
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Re: one-pot meals for the busy cook

We usually cook one-pot meals at home (busy couple we are!) so i can help a lot i think.

- Salad: some boiled pasta (like a handfull is ok), 2 tomatos, some mozzarella, a can of tuna (optional), a french onion (optional), black olives. Just cut mozzarella and the tomatos as desired, add a glup of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt. This one's good because everything it has is nutritious and yummy. You can add some basil too.

- Omelette with "things": cook the mushrooms as you usually do (i slowly fry them with a little olive oil until they're done) and set aside, then beat the eggs, add the cooked mushrooms. Mix them toguether and cook in a pan. You can change the mushrooms for shallots, boiled prawns, cheese or whatever you want to. And it combines quite good with a little rice on the side or in a sandwich with some tomato slices.

- Something my husband makes quite often for lunch: boiled broccoli, boiled potatoes and a can of tuna: mix toguether while hot, add some olive oil and enjoy. This is a fav at home.

- Italian rice (we call it that way but it's not a italian recipe i think xD): in a pan with some olive oil cook some onions until golden. Add some spanish ham cubes (i think spam will work for this too) and toss for 1-2 minutes. Add some spanish chorizo (red sausage) slices cut in quarters (or even smaller), toss for 1-2 minutes. Add some frozen peas and toss until defrost. Add boiled rice (rice from the day before works great for this recipe). Toss until hot. Eat. You can add any veggie or meat you want to, even sausages and shallots and whatever you like.

I hope this helps! :D

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Casseroles could be a good option, many of them you just mix the ingredients together and bake (it can even be stored in the fridge in the pan that it was baked in).

My husband really like enchilada casserole, not traditional but quick and easy. It's just layers of enchilada sauce, tortillas and whatever fillings and/or cheese you like. My stand by is just plain tortillas and sauce with pinto beans, but any type of meat or cheese are good in omnivore versions. If I have vegetables on hand I will usually add them to the mix, or make quick slaw of cabbage, carrots, radish, onion and jalapeno marinated in lemon and salt.

Stews and soups are also a great option, making a big pot requires little to no effort and that is usually what I do for dinner every week.

Lori
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I ordinarily don't recommend cookbooks, but this time I think there is a series your friend might like. It's called "A Man, A Can, A Plan", and there are also two others dealing with grilling and microwaving. The cookbooks and recipes are designed for men like your friend. I gave one to a young man who works with my DH for pretty much the same reasons you list as concerns, and now he's actually cooking decent meals. Not only that but it evidently spiced up his dating life, as he now cooks for various dates. He discovered a man who cooks can be pretty popular with the girls! He loves the cookbook. If you can find a copy, maybe it will help your friend too. The recipes do use a lot of canned and pre-prepped foods, but they aim to stay simple with easy cleanup and the ingredient list is usually pretty short. Once you get him accustomed to a little healthier meal and cooking, then maybe you can work on fine tuning the rest.

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Re: one-pot meals for the busy cook

Thank you for the great ideas! The first one sounds especially tasty. I'll have to try it myself too. ^^

another_amanda
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I searched for that cookbook on Amazon and it looks perfect. I think the title might put him off (apart from his cooking habits, he doesn't fit the "type" that this book seems to be aimed at) but if I made recipe cards, I bet he'd like the recipes. Thank you!

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What he needs is a slow cooker. I have a small 1.5 litre one that is ideal for a meal for one or two people. It's similar to this. He can just put whatever meat and veges he thinks might go well together in it in the morning, and it'll be all ready to eat when he gets home. I have a male friend who does this - he's a "hunting, shooting, fishing" type of guy, had to learn to look after himself when he and his wife split up, never uses a recipe, and loves his slow cooker. You can make curries, soups, casseroles, and if you like your greens crisp you can add them to your meal when you get home and turn the thing up to high and wait a few more minutes for it to be ready. Most cuisines have some sort of slow-cooked dishes, so you can experiment quite a lot if you want to.

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another_amanda
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Re: one-pot meals for the busy cook

Another great idea. Are slow cookers safe in households with curious and surprisingly crafty kitties? (I can just imagine a certain cat either learning how to open it or knocking it off the counter.)

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My slow cooker lives with three cats. It's a bit too hot for them to want to touch.

Jiza
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Never heard of slowcookers but they seem a really handy invention o_o
Pity is that i'm sure they cook too hot dishes for summer! :(

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Slow cookers may actually be a good option for summer since they cook food at a low temperature for an expended period of time, and you don't have to be in the kitchen while they are doing their thing. It is really common to set them up to cook a dish before you leave for work, so it will be ready for dinner (many recipes I have seen have 8 hour cook times). Unfortunately I am a bit too anal about leaving things on while I am not home to use one.

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They're also quite economical. You cook the same things in them that you'd normally cook long and slowly in the oven, but you're not heating up a whole oven, just the food, so they use a very small amount of electricity.

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My mother will often toss a hunk of pork in the slow cooker with a jar (or two) of chili verde, she would just top it with some sour cream and eat it with some corn tortillas. Another good Mexican style meat would be chili colorado, just beef and spices slow cooked.

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Re: one-pot meals for the busy cook

- A tasty, super easy slow cooker recipe I use every so often is pork chops and sauerkraut. A pork roast could also be used just as easily.

Simply rinse off your pork, throw it in the slow cooker, dump in a can of sauerkraut, 1/2c. water, black pepper, and some caraway seeds. Turn on low before you leave for work, and it'll be ready for dinner when you get home. Everything can be thrown together the night before and stashed in the fridge until morning. Definitely goes well with mashed potatoes. If you get tired of eating it like this, I've found you can also scrape off the sauerkraut and shred the remaining pork for tacos. Just stuff in your taco shell, and top with whatever you like on your tacos. I like to use sour cream, pico de gallo, lettuce and cheese with this.

- Another good recipe I got from Trader Joe's; Chicken and Salsa Dip. They say to make it in the oven, but it works just fine in a slow cooker. It's just for reheating so it's only going to take an hour or so, if that.

Mix together a tub of fresh salsa, a can of cannellini beans (drained), 8oz. cheese, and already prepared shredded bbq chicken. Turn on low until heated through. I made tortilla wedges to go with it as an appetizer, but you could easily use soft flour or corn tortillas, maybe add some rice, and shredded lettuce and make a good meal out of it. This one could also easily be thrown together ahead of time and stashed in the fridge until he gets home and can pop it into the slow cooker to heat up.

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Re: one-pot meals for the busy cook

While we're talking about slow cookers, Maki's curry recipe (found here: http://www.justhungry.com/japanese-beef-curry ) is very easy to change into a slow cooker recipe. Most chilis and soups also come out nicely in a slow cooker.

Arthur3030
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I think your friend should start with some very small steps in the right direction--just really simple dishes that he's likely to make when tired, hungry, or lazy.

Idea #1
Have him read about freezing white rice right here on this blog. If he makes a big pot of rice on a Sunday and freezes portions, fresh hot rice will always be only 3 minutes away. And the only thing to clean up when you heat frozen rice is the bowl you eat (and heat) it in.

Have him keep canned or frozen vegetables and greens on hand. A common dish in Japan is chopped fresh greens mixed in hot white rice. It's very good. It's very simple. (and it's quite good even with canned or frozen greens) White rice with green peas is another Japanese favorite.
Frozen fish fillets are always on sale in the supermarkets. Buy a bunch when they're on sale. Put a fillet on crinkled foil under the broiler for a few minutes each side, mix it in with the greens and white rice for a very nice dish. Add a dash of bottled teriyaki sauce to the fish while broiling.

Idea #2
He could also learn to make "mixed rice" (takikami gohan). White rice is cooked with various ingredients mixed in with the water and uncooked rice. It all cooks together. There are recipes for many versions of this on the internet and youtube. Add vegetables and proteins (fish, chicken, tofu) for really healthy dinners. Takikami gohan can be a very versatile dish. Pretty much anything he likes can be cooked right in with the rice. One pot. One bowl. One spoon or set of chopsticks.

Idea #3
Japanese noodle dishes (soba and udon) are quick, inexpensive and tasty without a lot of preparation or cleaning. Try kake udon. (This means udon in broth.) He can also use any big box of dried wide wheat noodles at an asian market and they'll always be on hand.) Add shrimp or eggs or fried tofu or kamaboko for protein and add vegetables too.

The advantage of Japanese cooking is that it requires fewer pantry items than most others. Dashi, mirin, and Japanese soy sauce are the only essential ingredients. He doesn't have to get a ton of herbs or spices or other stuff just to make a simple dinner.

Good luck :)

Pat
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I totally agree! Many Japanese food recipes I come across require just a few ingredients. Since I'm not Japanese, at first the foods seemed plain and lack a certain dimension/seasoning. But that's because I'm accustomed to strongly seasoned food, and now I grew to love and enjoy the simplicity of it. My go-to dishes when I'm lazy or in a rush are:
1) hot/cold soba/udon with fried tofu pouches (these can be stored in freezer) and wakame seaweed (these come dried so they keep in the cupboard)
2) steamed rice with raw egg and soy sauce, topped with natto and chopped green onions served with seaweed.
3) mabo tofu with ground pork/beef, served with steamed rice and cooked broccoli. I buy the House brand packaged mabo sauce.

I think these are quick, easy, filling, and have a little carb, protein, and veggies.

Arthur3030
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Pat,
All three of those are favorites of mine, too. Where I live, it's easy to find raw pasteurized eggs so that there are no worries at all about raw eggs on rice. (Yet, I still normally put unpasteurized raw quail eggs on natto and rice.)

There are some great Japanese pages on the various ratios of dashi, mirin and shoyu used for different types of dishes. The real key, I think, is that Japanese cooking is a tiny bit more about the ingredients and a tiny bit less about the spices--which makes it hard, of course, when you don't have the freshest of stuff.

(oops. In my first post, should have been "takikomi gohan" rather than "takikami".)

Oh, and finally, I make real dashi with Kelp and Katsuobushi on extremely rare occasions, but instant dashi usually suffices--in most Japanese homes as well.

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Another book recommendation is "Good food: 101 One-pot Dishes" http://www.amazon.co.uk/101-One-pot-Dishes-Tried-tested/dp/0563522917/re...
Most of the recipes are quite fast to prepare, a few more complex, and a few really need two pots :P, but is one of the cookbooks I really use. One of my favourite recipes is the "curry in a hurry".

suriKatka
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I have just one hotplate now, (side effect of being foreign student living at dormitory), so I'm basically living on one pot dishes. My favourite invention so far has been "random soup". I'm in Japan, so as flavourings, I use dashi/soy sauce/mirin/sake/sesame seed oil mix, but you can use normal instant stock (I'm sure you can even get some quite healthy) and favourite herbs and spices (rosemary, basil, marjoram, nutmeg.. whatever with nice strong taste), olive oil or butter and just put in the things you have by your hand - potatoes, carrots, broccoli.. you can even use those frozen mixes, who doesn't love corn and peas? (actually you could stir these with onions first and add water on top. As long as you have heavy bottomed pot, you can use the same for stirring and cooking, otherwise I reccomend frying pan or just don't bother and put everything into boiling water) And of course, meat if you like, eggs are also good choice.. It's really random, but if you know how to use spices and combine, it's always delicious :) Add some leftover rice or tiny pasta to make it more filling.. or eat it with bread.

Super fast one pot is pasta with pesto (italian olive oil+herbs+garlic+nuts seasoning, there are many varieties) it sells in jars and after opening it keeps quite long refrigerated, as long as you use clean spoon and cover the top with olive oil after use. You can always add some olives, cheese, tuna or veggies to make it a bit more variable and yummy :)

Jyllaby
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The idea of 'wrapped in a foil package' made me think of a particularly french way of cooking - namely, en papillote (in paper). If he buys a roll of parchment paper, he can wrap and bake just about any kind of food in it.

Take some kind of raw meat. add herbs/seasonings. Add some kind of vegetable (frozen is fine). Wrap the whole thing in parchment paper so it's tightly enclosed.

Start baking a potato. About halfway through that, pop the parcel on a baking sheet and into the oven. Half an hour later, complete, tasty, juicy and healthy meal!

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jyllaby how funny! I just now saw this post and was reading through the replies to see if anyone had suggested cooking en papillote; that was my first thought for a one-dish easy clear up type of meal where the options are endless and which usually is centered around a piece of meat, fowl or fish. I've done loads of them and was just about to reference it and... there was your reply! great minds, eh? :-)

I use foil outside the parchment paper - mostly prevents leaks, creates a somewhat better steam seal, easier to crimp up, and heats faster or seems to. Put packets on tray, pop into the oven OR toaster oven depending on their number and size.

another_amanda, if you'd like some specifics, do a websearch on "en papillote" *with* the quotation marks. One of the beauties of this style of cooking is that really, it's just a matter of cutting the ingredients so they're cooked to your taste at the same time. The added liquid can be water, broth, olive oil, lemon, wine, even beer. And another selling point: one can prepare, cook and eat it from the paper, then toss/recycle as you please -- total minimal washing up!

enjoy, and best wishes for your friend -- he has an excellent friend in you.

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I will also suggest a slow cooker. I couldn't live without it at uni! It's a God send! I would also say get him a slow cooker recipe book with it. Its amazing what you can do with those things! Steam puddings and all sorts.

Most of the things I cook are one pot I guess, just trying to think...

Oh my pasta dish, everyone at uni seems to like that.

Chop up an onion and some garlic, along with any veg you want in it, I like mushrooms. Add the onions a beef stock cube to a pan until they're just turning. Then add the mince and brown it off. Then some mixed italian herbs or herbs de provence, paprika and seasoning. I use quite a bit of herbs and paprika as I like an intense flavour haha! Then add a large dollop of tomato puree then give it a stir and then tinned tomatoes (chopped or peeled doesn't matter as long as you break down the peeled ones!) and stir it all around again. Then this is the bit that everyone goes eh? at. Add some baked beans. That's right baked beans from a tin. It bulks it out (for me as meat is expensieve for a student) and makes it taste yummy. Just keep stirring every now and again until it all heats through and is bubbling and scrummy. Near the end I sometimes add sun dried tomatos for something a lil extra. I also add olives to it as well at times, all depending on my mood and how much effort I want to put in! To be honest, I rarely even bother with veg with it, bad I know!

Serve with pasta :D

My mum also has a dish called the courgette dish which is amazing! She made it up one day on holiday as the farmer broke the water pipe whilst ploughing or something, so we were without water. Then he gave us a load of veg (including courgettes) and voila the recipe was born!

Courgettes
Tomato puree (can even use bolognese sauce if you like instead or with it)
Small bit of water
Mozzerella
Cheddar
red onion
mixed herbs
paprika
garlic
Salt and Pepper for seasoning

1. Take the courgettes and peel most of the green off and chop the ends off. Then cut into slices, not too thin.
2. Then dice the onion
3. Put the onion and courgettes into a frying pan at a medium heat with the herbs, paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Toss and cook for about 5 minutes or until they are just turning.
4. Put onion and courgettes into slow cooker along with the tomato puree and mix around.
5. Then put the cheddar and mozzerella on top
6. Put the slow cooker on a low heat and put on the lid.

We're all mega meat eaters (except my sister) but everyone enjoys this!

Hope they kinda help :D I have waffled haha!

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Kevin
Re: one-pot meals for the busy cook
Aleria wrote:

While we're talking about slow cookers, Maki's curry recipe (found here: http://www.justhungry.com/japanese-beef-curry ) is very easy to change into a slow cooker recipe. Most chilis and soups also come out nicely in a slow cooker.

How exactly would you convert it for a slow cooker?

Henni A
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Here in the Netherlands a common one-pan meal is “stamppot”, mashed potatoes with vegetables. You find a potato masher in every Dutch household. Originally developed to use only one fireplace to save energy, but also saves dishes. Really easy to prepare. You need potatoes and vegetables about 1:1, depending on the kind of vegetables. They can be cooked together, but some types of vegetables may be added later if they need shorter cooking time than the potatoes. Add meat or something for the nice extra taste, in some cases that will need a separate preparation, but a sausage can just be warmed up in the big pot. If the stamppot is too dry, one can add some water, milk, cream, crème fraiche or butter. If you don't overdo with fat, this is a healthy meal.

Popular combinations:

Potatoes + apple + sausage
Potatoes + green cabbage + smoked sausage
Potatoes + spinach + feta cheese and pine nut
Potatoes + sauerkraut and pineapple + fried sausage
Potatoes + carrots and onions + meat ball
Potatoes + bell pepper, corn, pineapple + chicken
Potatoes + chicory + salmon
Potatoes + string beans + beef
Potatoes + raw endive + bacon
Potatoes + leek + cashews and melt cheese

Henni A
Re: one-pot meals for the busy cook

Here in the Netherlands a common one-pan meal is “stamppot”, mashed potatoes with vegetables. You find a potato masher in every Dutch household. Originally developed to use only one fireplace to save energy, but also saves dishes. Really easy to prepare. You need potatoes and vegetables about 1:1, depending on the kind of vegetables. They can be cooked together, but some types of vegetables may be added later if they need shorter cooking time than the potatoes. Add meat or something for the nice extra taste, in some cases that will need a separate preparation, but a sausage can just be warmed up in the big pot. If the stamppot is too dry, one can add some water, milk, cream, crème fraiche or butter. If you don't overdo with fat, this is a healthy meal.

Popular combinations:

Potatoes + apple + sausage
Potatoes + green cabbage + smoked sausage
Potatoes + spinach + feta cheese and pine nut
Potatoes + sauerkraut and pineapple + fried sausage
Potatoes + carrots and onions + meat ball
Potatoes + bell pepper, corn, pineapple + chicken
Potatoes + chicory + salmon
Potatoes + string beans + beef
Potatoes + raw endive + bacon
Potatoes + leek + cashews and melt cheese

Silver
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I have two cats and two 60 lb. dogs - when we make soup in the crockpot, we put it on the back of the stove or otherwise stuffed back from the edge, so dogs can't reach it, on a cookie sheet so it's level and any over-flow is caught. If it's left on High cats stay away from the heat, especially since it's on the stove and cats get used to that being waaaay too hot! But on Low the cats get curious - simply take a sheet of foil and surround the crockpot, slightly crinkling it in such a way the cats can't approach without stepping on something really noisy. Doesn't take much foil, you can even cut it into wide strips and just 'litter' the area - that makes it easier for me to re-use it since I'm always dead certain the cut pieces are not to contact food! Just be certain the peices are too wide for any enterprising animal to try eating - our prob is the dogs, I've never seen a cat eat foil. If you're worried, though, just use flat-ish pieces that are wider than your cats mouth by a good few inches - my cats can't even eat meat that wide!

BeeLee
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I don't get home till dinner time and I have a little one to feed. So I need quick One dish meals..... My favorite is Veggie Couscous w/fish(orChicken).. Leftovers work great for this.
Just boil frozen or fresh Veggies of your choice w/ extra water. when the veggies are almost done add the Couscous and set aside. Heat up your protein add and your done.. (if your protein isn't cooked yet you could start with it in the pot, then add the water, veggies, then couscous). We are all about spices here so I like to throw in Curry, Cumin, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, etc...(anything in the spice rack really) also really good to add hot sauce to spice it up a little.
It's a Lite but filling and healthy meal.

anon.
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one of my favorite one-pot-meals: the vegan orange-banana-carrot curry (taken from the "ox kochbuch vol.2" a vegetarian/vegan cookbook with focus on easy-to-make recipes, unfortunately only in german.)
you need:
1-2 banana(s)
4-6 carrots
1 big onion
orange juice
ginger
curmin
curry
coco flakes
cashew nuts (optional)

you have to:
Peel and chop onion into dices.
Peel and chop carrots and banana into thick slices.
Put a little oil in the pot, fry onion and carrots for a short time.
Add orange juice to the pot until the stuff inside is covered.
Add banana, coco flakes, curmin, curry and ginger (and nuts). I usually use a teaspoon full of each spice, but this really depends on how hot you want it.
Let cook on low heat until carrots are soft.
Serve with rice.

Note that the measurments are fitted for a tiny girl stomage, a hungry guy may double the amount. If you cook to much you can keep it in the freezer for the next day. The ingredients are cheap (even the spices are much cheaper in asian grocery stores), expect for the cashew nuts.

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Re: one-pot meals for the busy cook

I'm assuming that's coconut flakes? And shredded coconut would do instead?

anon.
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Sorry, I could'nt find a proper translation for "Kokosflocken". But yes, basically it's dried, shredded coconut.

sheree.
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idea 1: theres a book series called 4 ingredients, it has excellent shortcut recipes and are mostly one pot type recipes. they have few directions and cover everything from breakfast to desert with 4 or less ingredients

idea 2: my brocoli salad - my hubby is a vegephobic and its the only way i can get him to eat brocoli
head of brocoli cut up - boil it until you can just poke your fork through the stalk ( you still want it crunchy)
onion sliced up
mix together
half a cup of white vinegar
a good dash of lemon juice - can be the bottle stuff
salt and pepper
tablespoon of garlic and as much chilli as you like
chuck it over the brocoli and onion........yummo
ive done this with cauliflour as well but could work with most anything

idea 3: boil up! its a kiwi thing
in a bit pot with a lid (ajar) or a slow cooker:
pork chops fill the water up until it just covers the chops - fat and all put a good dash of salt
cook on low until chops look cooked - you may need to add water if the water boils away too much
put peeled whole potatoes and sweet potoes (you may have to cut them up a little) in the pot put lid completely down
cook for about another hour or until potatoes are cooked but are still whole
put cabbage leaves on top put lid down again - till they are cooked
and your done
a mans meal tastes even better the next day!

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Isn't the green stuff supposed to be puha? I've only ever had it once, it was done with corned beef instead of pork and was actually nicer than I expected.

I should warn people that the "boil up" is traditionally made with very fatty meat and is not exactly diet food. I think it's a sort of descendant of the way the Maori used to cook food in boiling thermal pools.

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