One pot meals

When it comes to cooking I am a one pot girl so on my weekly meal lists are soups, stews, casseroles, anything cooked in the crock pot makes me extremely elated, or sausage and sauerkraut and I’m a happy camper, oh don’t forget make ahead freezer meals, sign me up!  One pot meals are great for light clean up but that’s not my reasoning behind the convenience it offers I like them because I would rather be outside busying myself with another project than stuck in the kitchen cooking or baking, I’ve never been a fan actually, if someone made the food I would happily do the clean up any day.

These are my go to brands for sausage and sauerkraut: Freybe and Kuhne.

It’s a fact that if you are not good at or do not enjoy something it becomes work, that is the way it is with cooking for me, I slave away in the kitchen to make big meals with a lot of prep and having to stand over the dish to cook or preparing celebration meals that by the time everything is on the table and ready to eat I’m exhausted and I don’t feel like socializing or doing the clean up, I’d rather take a nap!  In the end it’s not a positive experience and I dread special occasions because of it. Having found aag cookbooks has made all things kitchen a lot more doable with some easily made dishes.

Danielle Walker has a nice variety of soups as well and they are hearty and healthy! When healing IBD it is best to eat foods that are cooked or already in a state to easily digest so I stick to eating soup often, they are also easy to make and having leftovers is a bonus! The leftover roast chicken soup with roasted vegetables is my all time favourite, it’s the feature picture I have for this post! I make it twice a month, it freezes well and I eat at it for breakfasts or lunches. I eat proteins before 1:00 pm because my liver doesn’t process it very well so, I try to eat vegetarian for supper and snacks at least 4-5 days out of the week if not more.

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Chicken soup – comfort food!

I’m also a fan of the barbecue, even if I have to do prep, make a sauce or dip to go with the meal, for some reason everything tastes better on the bbq! Try these easy recipes for the grill: grilled flank steak, shrimp skewersLemon Parsley Grilled ZucchiniBlackened Salmon with Mango-Avocado Salsa and Grilled Artichokes with Rémoulade dipping sauceA few desserts that are one pot are fabulous! Stovetop to Oven Skillet Cobbler and Grilled Figs with Balsamic Glaze and Goat Cheese.

Soups to make and freeze are chicken, bison, venison and beef stock/broth. I actually drink stock from a mug because it’s so soothing and comforting plus I use it in cooking recipes. When I feel symptoms creeping up or when I have a flu I make stock!  You can find Against All Grain’s chicken stock recipe here. Again, makes life easier so I can spend time in the kitchen doing prep but other days all I need to do is pull all the ingredients together, put it on to cook and voila!

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Enjoy!

~Andrea

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