We love eating out of bowls. In fact, the pretty plates in the glass cabinet rarely get used. So I have a constant, personal challenge to find creative ways to make one-pot meals that are easily transferred to a bowl. Fortunately, wintertime is the perfect time to pull out the slow cooker and let it do the work to create deliciousness from all of the homegrown produce, preserved at the peak of summertime freshness, for just this opportunity.
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There were two criteria to win top honors:
- Top-notch, complex flavor
- One bowl – and I’m full and satisfied
Here are the 4 one-pot meals that won top honors this winter at Tenth Acre Farm. For all of these I make as many batches as I can fit in the slow cooker at one time, and freeze some for later. We’ve been eating these out of the freezer all week.
1. Tortilla-Less Chicken Soup
This soup was just like the real [corn-tortilla] thing. Except without the tortilla part, the dish is centered on high quality chicken, vegetables, and that rich Mexican flavor. A dab of sour cream and you’re good to go. This dish used our homegrown onions, carrots, garlic, peppers and tomatoes.
2. Jalapeno Sweet Potato Chowder
Refreshingly different, yet smooth and mild enough for picky eaters. This is the one that I frequently bring to potluck dinners because it’s so easy to like. A dab of sour cream is a bonus! It uses our homegrown sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, and peppers.
3. Texas Chili
The first time I made this one it was a little spicier than I expected. Sour cream is my Windex – add it and the spice will mellow. (You’ve seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, right?) Homegrown onions, garlic, peppers, and tomatoes all make an appearance.
Did you know that Texas style chili doesn’t have any beans? I never did understand all of the differences between styles, but now that we make this one on a regular basis – I won’t forget Texas!
I’m impressed with the complex flavors in this thick chili, coming from the strong coffee and dark [gluten free] beer. Get the recipe here.
4. Sweet Potato, Kale, and Chorizo Soup
A hearty meal with sweet and spicy notes that dance on the taste buds. I was determined to use our homegrown sweet potatoes and kale together in a soup. I based my creation off of this Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup. She uses spinach, I used kale. She uses half white potatoes and half sweet potatoes, I used all sweet.
What one-pot meals have you relied on this winter?
This post was shared at Tasty Tuesday.