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One Pot Meals

June 19, 2017

 

For high school seniors the idea of leaving home is exciting, scary, and full of surprises. One surprise that seems just plain crazy to think about; we have to cook for ourselves. Every night. Some may have a food plan in college for a year or two, but most will end their overly expensive, not as good as mom’s, food plan after that. So what is the easiest and best way to cook when you don’t know how? One-Pot Meals. The benefits? You always have leftovers for the rest of the week or to freeze. Only one pot and utensils to clean! What a dream! With loads of soups and bakes, One Pot Meals are the perfect go to for people right out of high school. There is a great variety of One-Pot Meals online. Many one pot meals includes loads of vegetables and protein, perfect for keeping healthy while away from home. For soups, it is great to leave them cooking on low when you’re busy all day and you come home to a great meal! Chili is a great thing to make in college because bulk dried beans are cheap and only require a few hours/ overnight to sprout and be ready to cook. One Pot Pasta Meals are another great way to save money when you buy bulk bags of pasta, and eating whole grain will give you more dietary fiber. My personal favorite one pot meal is simple, tasty Mac n’ Cheese. Any kind of small noodles work for this dish, and all you need is milk, salt, pepper, and cheese. I like it best when I add broccoli, onions,and chili flakes in the bake also. Here’s a great 6 person recipe to keep:

Ingredients:
4 cups whole milk
¾ whole grain pasta noodles
8 ounces cheddar cheese shredded
3 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded - optional
2 ounces cream cheese - optional
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion diced
4 cups of broccoli chopped
Salt
Pepper
Chili Flakes or Cayenne Pepper

Directions:
Milk and Macaroni in a saucepan, then bring the milk to a boil over medium heat. Stir frequently until the macaroni is cooked. Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients.  

 

By Katie Butterfield

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