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Houston Life & One Pot Meals

14718817_1389990854347476_5789472041346763099_nI was excited to join Houston’s newest TV show, Houston Life, to share the story behind The Nutrition Mom and to share ideas for One Pot Meals.

Have you heard of Houston Life? It’s Houston’s version of the Today Show. It is filmed at a studio/storefront located in the Galleria next to Nordstrom.  Shoppers can actually stop and watch the show as it is being filmed live. I love that concept.

I was asked to come in and talk about One Pot Meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  So, what does One Pot actually mean? It means you add all ingredients to one pot (or skillet or casserole dish) and you are done! They are easy to cook and easy to clean. Yay!

First up is breakfast.   The one dish we are using here is a casserole dish.  This would be so delicious for a weekday breakfast or a weekend brunch.  I mean with Baby Bellas and Parmesan – you can’t go wrong!

useBaked Eggs with Mushrooms and Parmesan

Prep/Cook Time: 15 min., 2 servings

Estimated Cost: Under $9 ($4.50 per serving)

Ingredients:
1 lb of Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced

4 eggs

olive or avocado oil
grated Parmesan to taste

salt and pepper to taste

Optional: Sprinkle of parsley for a garnish

Equipment:
One casserole dish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400.

Place sliced mushrooms in casserole dish and season with sea salt and pepper.  Top lightly with oil and toss.

Break eggs over the mushrooms.

Bake eggs for approximately 10 minutes for firm whites and partly-soft yolks.

Remove from oven and season eggs with salt and pepper and sprinkle all with Parmesan and parsley.

For lunch we are using our skillet.  Ever had Feta and Shrimp together? Mark this one down, it’s a winner!

use3Feta Shrimp Skillet

Prep/Cook Time: 30 min., 4 servings

Estimated Cost: Under $16 ($4 per serving)

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive or avocado oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp salt

1 – 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

1/4 cup white cooking wine

1 lb uncooked medium wild caught shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Equipment:
One large skillet

Directions:

Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and seasonings; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes and wine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5-7 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.

Add shrimp and parsley; cook 5-6 minutes or until shrimp turns pink, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; sprinkle with feta. Cover skillet and let stand until cheese softens. Serve warm.

And lastly for dinner, we are using our stock pot. This is a meatless stew, but you won’t miss the meat.  Smoky Black Beans – need I say more?

use1Smoky Spicy Black Bean Stew

Prep/Cook Time: 30 min., 4 servings

Estimated Cost: Under $15 ($3.75 per serving)

Ingredients:

2 tsp olive or avocado oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 – 15-ounce cans black beans, drained

1 – 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 & 1/2 cups vegetable broth

1 cup sliced roasted red pepper

1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (will use 1-2 minced peppers & 3-5 Tbsp sauce – depending on spice preference)

1 tsp cumin

1 Tbsp thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

1 avocado (optional)

Equipment:
One stock pot or large sauce pan

Directions:

Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until tender.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add fresh avocado before serving.

 

I hope you enjoy these ideas.  I wanted to offer up something a little different, so I created combinations you might not often try.  I hope your taste-buds enjoy the variety and I hope you enjoy the ease of One Pot Meals. Comment below and let me know what you think of the recipes and if you have any favorite One Pot recipes to share with us.  Do you want to learn more about Clean Eating Choices and how to get your family on board? Click here to learn more about our Clean Eating Made Easy online course.

 

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