Five one-pot recipes for when you’ve run out of spoons
There’s nothing worse than being on your last spoon of energy and knowing you still have a meal to make. If you’re feeling like you can hack something a little more substantial than toast or biscuits, we’ve got five one-pot meals to see you through.
There’s a reason the book’s called Chicken Soup for the Soul, not…baked potatoes or something. This recipe even calls for you to make too much so you can freeze some for eating later, which is ideal if you need some comfort spoons when energy levels hit the floor.
Sounds kind of weird, but is actually delicious. This recipe takes about 15 minutes to make, and you’re left with a nutritionally well-rounded, vegan meal that’s high in protein and carbs, so you’ll be left feeling way fuller for longer.
This one does require a slow cooker, but it’s worth it in the end for that sweet, buttery, herby chicken. Slow cookers are great for “dump” meals – if you know your energy is running out, dump your chicken and veg in, turn it on, and come back a few hours later to a delicious meal.
Curries are brilliant comfort food and so easy to make in batches and in advance. Vegetarian? Load up on chickpeas. Love meat? Fling in chicken, goat or whatever your meat of choice is. It doesn’t have to be traditional. Make a base and go from there.
Lentils are a bit of a superfood when it comes to low-energy cuisine: they’re absolutely full of protein, iron, and loads of other vitamins and minerals, all while being a pretty good source of fibre on top of that. If you’ve got a slow cooker you can make a filling, nutritious stew that’ll more or less cook itself without much supervision.