$10 Family Meal Challenge #5: One-Skillet Meals

a whole meal can be made in a skillet.

a whole meal can be made in a skillet.

One skillet meals can be very budget-friendly, especially when planned-overs are used. However, you may find it difficult to find a recipe that fits.  Here are some tips and tricks that may give you skillet meal ideas and avoid a trip to the grocer.

 

One skillet meals are simple to prepare and take only 5 or 6  ingredients.

One skillet meals are simple to prepare and take only 5 or 6 ingredients.

The experienced cooks can change a recipe to fit the food in their pantry.  But, what if you are just starting to cook, or stuck in a cycle of six or 7 items for meals? Here are some suggestions to help you broaden your skills or choices.

  1. The Greater Boston Food Bank has a huge database of recipes. But, what may interest you is being able to click on several foods you have in your pantry and they will find a recipe that uses those ingredients. It’s called the click ‘n cook  recipe data base
  2. If you feel adventuresome:
  • pour 4C water and 1 1/2 T Better than Bouillon into a sauce pan bring to a boil and simmer.and set aside.
  • Then, cut up 2 different veggies, dice a favorite meat, and saute them in a shallow skillet.
  • Next add the water with the bouillon, and simmer until veggies are tender crisp and the meat is cooked
  • boil your favorite pasta, drain water  and add it to the skillet. Simmer until thick or add cornstarch dissolved in water to thicken the skillet meal.

3. Put another way, the skillet meal has 5 parts

  • Sauteed or canned/drained vegetables.
  • Some type of protein like  fish, beef,  poultry, tofu, beans & rice.
  • A filler  like pasta, potatoes, rice, 
  • A sauce to bind everything together. You can use a thickened gravy, cream, cheese, canned sauce, or a homemade sauce you made in one of our cook-in’s.
  • More spices to achieve the flavor you want

4. Or you could find a recipe but you do not need one. That’s why we posted this blog.