Big pot meals....anyone got recipes?

  • DesireIron

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    Jan 02, 2012 3:20 PM GMT
    I like to cook a big batch of something and have it for several meals so I dont have to cook every meal.

    I'm looking of new receipes. Anybody have a recipe to share?

    Here's one from me. I make a batch of this and it's enough for my lunches for a week.

    Tomato Veggie Chicken Soup

    4 cans cream of tomato soup (I eat organic so all ingredients are organic. I use Amy's organic soup)

    2 cans of diced tomatoes with garlic and basil (It's the basil I like in this. Basil and tomatoes go so well together)

    Coarsely chopped veggies: carrots, onions, celery, bell peppers, broccoli
    (I lightly steam the veggies for 2 to 3 minutes before adding them to the soup.)

    Cook 4 to 6 skinless breasts of chicken. Cube the cooked chicken and add to soup.


    I just combine all this in a big mixing bowl.

    I portion it out into individual containers so I can just grab one in the morning to take to work.

    I like to have a slice or two of bread made with rosemary with the soup, too.
  • LJay

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    Jan 02, 2012 5:51 PM GMT
    Chili and cornbread is a favorite of mine in this category.

    Also pot roast with loads and loads of vegetables.
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:01 PM GMT
    DesireIron, please marry me.... haha, or at least feed me
  • mybud

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    Jan 02, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    An ounce of Mary Jane
    One brownie mix
    Eggs
    Oil
    Follow directions on box...add pot...350 fo 30 minutes...Yo friends will brag on yo ass fo days.....
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    For Christmas, I did a pork roast in the crock pot -with apples and onions in the bottom.

    Made a spice rub for the meat and seared it in a hot pan. Then braised it in the crock post with apple cider as the liquid.

    It was amazing.

    Turn leftovers into pulled pork BBQ sandwiches by pulling the meat and throwing it back in the crock pot with some of the reserved cooking liquid and your favorite BBQ sauce.


    On NYE - I made a big turkey. Yesterday I made a big batch of leftover Turkey soup. Delicious.

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    Jan 02, 2012 7:11 PM GMT
    Japanese Curry Rice with Chicken. Very simple to make and the curry is available in any supper market in Asia food isle. Here is a link to the brand carried in my area:

    http://www.sbfoods.co.jp/eng/saucemix.html

    1 pk of the curry,
    1 med onion chopped
    2 lg carrots cut in rings
    1 lg potato cut in cubes
    2 large chicken breast cut in cubes
    1 1/2 cups of water

    -Brown the chicken, set aside
    -Cook the onions till translucent
    -Add the chicken, carrots and potatoes and water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 mins.
    -Add the curry and simmer for about 10 more mins, stir as the curry dissolves.

    Serve over rice.

    I have made it with all sorts of other vegetables, should you not want so much starch. Broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and green beans have all worked will. Always use fresh vegetables, not frozen. Also, we tend to like it runnier then the directions on the packet. So we add a 1/2 a cup more liquid then it calls for. You could also use chicken stock instead of water, but it is flavorful enough with the water. Note, the mild and medium Japanese curry are not that hot. So if you like spicy definitely get the hot.

    Also have lots of other recipes for quick large pot meals. Will post as I have time.
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    Jan 02, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
    LOL. Just saw the 3-pot crockpot unit at Costco. So now you don't have to choose just one thing!

    I dunno... maybe it's for big parties or something.

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  • dancedancekj

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    Jan 02, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    Mexican Spiced Black Beans (since I don't know if I can technically call it Frijoles Negro)

    3 cups dried black beans
    1 tin of canned chipotle peppers in adobo
    1 cup canned diced tomatoes
    1 clove garlic
    1/2 a yellow or white onion, cubed
    1 tsp oregano
    1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    1 tsp salt

    I usually cook only the beans first, then add all the spices and salt in the second time so it gets nice and thick. Serve over rice with a wedge of lime.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Jan 02, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    I like to saute' a (big) bunch of onions, peppers and mushrooms. Then stir in at least 2 pounds of spinach. When the spinach wilts then add some feta cheese and add more olive oil until it gets to the a nice consistency.

    Stir into an equal amount of pasta. I like this cold or warmed up. I eat it for days.
  • nanidesukedo

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    Jan 02, 2012 7:42 PM GMT
    God, with my schedule, I live off my crockpot and massive batch cooking...Here are two simple recipes I do a lot:


    Rotisserie style/baked chicken:

    2 large sweet potatos or regular baking potatos (or one of each)
    1 Large vidalia Onion
    Any extra veggies you like (broccoli, carrots, whatever)
    1 - 1.5 table spoons of olive oil
    As much garlic as you like
    Italian seasoning
    Salt and pepper as you like
    1.5-2lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast

    Mix the salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil together
    Slice, or large chop your potatos, onions, and veggies and put them in the bottom of your crock pot
    Put about one half of the olive oil/seasoning mixture on and toss to coat
    Take your chicken and rub with remaining olive oil mixture
    Add some italian seasoning
    Put chicken on top of veggies
    Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to crockpot.
    Cook on low for 5-7 hours with top on.

    Frijoles:
    Any dried beans you like. Feel free to be creative. Mix, match...I like a combo on kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans.
    I use about 3 cups dry.

    5-6 cups water
    Chopped Garlic
    1 large vidalia onion (I'm from the south - these are delicious and cheap here)
    Bag of frozen bell peppers (you can just get 'em fresh, I'm sure)
    1 can of chopped tomatos w/ hot peppers (drained as much as you can)
    1 packet of mexican or spanish rice seasoning

    Just toss everything in the crockpot and put on low for like 6 hours.
    Near the end, if there is still more fluid than you like, crank the sucker up to high and evaporate some of the fluid.
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    Jan 02, 2012 7:42 PM GMT
    I eat like a king at pauper prices with big hearty satisfying tasty all white meat chicken breast meals for only $1.25 each. The trick is to come up with $60 so you can crockpot batch cook a basic chicken stew which you could freeze into about fifty individual meals and eat "as is" or doctor into various meals like burritos, soups, sloppy joes or asian fusion. Base ingredients:

    $25 boneless skinless chicken breast @ 2.29/lb (wait for a sale if need be and fill your freezer)
    $25 various diced root vegetables, whatever's available: yucca, yam, parsnip, onion, carrots, butternut squash, rutabaga, leeks
    $10 various: black beans, brown rice, quinoa, chicken broth, spinach leaves

    Dice (also if you're inclined, brine and pound) chicken breast. Slow cook everything together for several hours and all the root vegetables develop the taste and texture of potatoes, so if you like chicken and potatoes you'll love this. Portion off as individual meals with or without the brown rice or quinoa into freezer bags or Tupperware and freeze. Relatively unspiced, use it as a base as chicken stew, add cumin and chile pepper and put in an Ezekiel wrap and top with plain yogurt and salsa for burritos, add broth to make hearty chicken soup, add with Thai sauce and and unsweetened canned chunk pineapple to asian noodles, spread on a roll hot as a sloppy joe or cold as a chicken salad, add curry for Indian, etc.




  • DesireIron

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    Jan 02, 2012 7:42 PM GMT
    Wow guys! Thanks. ... icon_biggrin.gif

    Im gonna look for a recipe of soup made with cauliflower. Practically cream the cauliflower and then have it some sort of soup. I would like to have more cruciferous veggie in my diet. Plus it would be blander compared to the tomato soup.

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    Jan 02, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    Invest in a crockpot / slowcooker if you don't have one already. They're fairly inexpensive. Get the bigger one that holds about 6 quarts so you'll have plenty of leftovers for the next few days or to freeze.
    I made beef stew in mine yesterday... so simple to do.

    quarter about 6 red potatoes,, don't even have to peel them, just wash good.

    chop up a couple of med size onions

    chop up about 5 or 6 carrots,, not too small a pieces

    1 can of diced tomatoes.

    plus any other veggies etc you may have laying around, corn, peas, whatever, leeks, it's up to you.

    a couple of pounds of stewing meat.. you can brown it beforehand or not.. it really doesn't matter.

    Then mix in a prepacked McCormicks Beef stew mix in about 1.3 cups of water..
    put the lid on the crockpot, turn it on,, and in 8 hrs.. great stew.

    You can use your own spices rather than the McCormicks package if you have them which I do sometimes,, other times I'm lazy.
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    Jan 02, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidLOL. Just saw the 3-pot crockpot unit at Costco. So now you don't have to choose just one thing!

    I dunno... maybe it's for big parties or something.

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    I bought my mom this for Christmas. It's huge. She didn't have anywhere to keep it on her counter and took it back and got a gift card.

    Just an FYI.
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    Jan 02, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    Oh. There is a packet of McCormack's (spelling?)

    White Chicken Chili.

    It's very easy and always a big hit.

    Instead of beef you use chicken (or even turkey).

    White beans replace red beans.

    I use chicken stock.

    I usually have to take this to pot lucks at work. People go crazy for it.


    I usually take white sour cream and white cheddar cheese to serve with it. It's an all white theme. lol
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    Jan 02, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    onaquest said
    mindgarden saidLOL. Just saw the 3-pot crockpot unit at Costco. So now you don't have to choose just one thing!

    I dunno... maybe it's for big parties or something.

    ukHEhbBN_C0bW3DVxIc6mTH57SIgFtLdJ0nrote6


    I bought my mom this for Christmas. It's huge. She didn't have anywhere to keep it on her counter and took it back and got a gift card.

    Just an FYI.


    Yeah, I looked at it for a minute and thought, maybe if I had the bunk room full of men working on the farm for a week. Right. First, work on getting the bunk room full of men, then come back and buy this thing.

    Actually, I had the place full of teenagers (relatives & friends) one harvest season... I could have used two of those.
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    Jan 02, 2012 10:00 PM GMT
    Then one I bought is the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget slow cooker because it has clasps on the side which hold the lid on if you want to take it with you in the car to a potluck or whatever. Plus it alsohas a temperature probe you can stick in a roast or chicken, then you set the "done" temperature and it shuts off when it's reached that temperature .. Wasn't hugely expensive.. $48 at Lowes. They have another one without the probe but still with the clasps for about $10 less.
    Next I"m gonna make a big huge batch of chili in it.
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    Jan 02, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    I in fact have an old Mormon Pioneer cook book with lots of one pot meals in it.
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    Jan 03, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    defrost several boneless skinless chicken breasts
    and cut into bite sized pieces
    start heating a teakettle of water

    cut 2 onion and 2 carrots into bite size pieces
    heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a soup pot
    saute the vegetables in the soup pot until the onion becomes translucent
    toss in the chicken breast pieces and sautee until the surface is no longer pink
    mince 1 clove garlic, add that to the pot and saute another minute
    add 1/2 pound lentils
    1 quart hot or boiling water from the teakettle
    1 can (14oz) diced tomatoes
    cover and bring to a boil
    put 1 pkg (10oz) frozen spinach on the counter to defrost
    simmer 45 minutes
    add the thawed spinach
    stir in a tablespoon lemon juice and some grated lemon peel