One-Pot Enchilada Bowls
Last week, I told you about the key to making one-pan dinners. Today, I’m turning to one-pot wonders.
One-pot dinners are all the rage right now. People are loving the idea of putting everything in one pot and letting it simmer and cook together. I’ve seen all kinds of spaghettis, chilis, stews and rice dishes. There’s even a one-pot chow mein over at Produce for Kids that I really love.
The key to a one-pot dinner is making sure that you have the right amount of liquid to cook your starch. You don’t want to end up with dry uncooked noodles or rice, that’s for sure.
When I’m trying to figure out the amount of liquid to add, I err on the side of too much rather than not enough. The worst case scenario with too much liquid is that you need to drain some off in a strainer. Not enough liquid can result in burnt or undercooked food. Or both.
What I usually start with when making a one-pot dinner are the following ratios:
For pasta, you need about 4 cups of liquid for 1 pound of noodles.
For rice, you can use the standard amount of liquid we think of for cooking rice. That is, twice as much liquid as rice. If I’m putting a lot of vegetables in the pot as well, I put less liquid because the vegetables are going to release some. For today’s One-Pot Enchilada Bowls, for instance, I used 2 cups of rice and 3 1/2 cups of water.
These Enchilada Bowls are breeze to make. You sauté some veggies and then add some seasonings. Mix in the rice and water, bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. While the rice is cooking, you get together your favorite Mexican toppings. I’ve gone with tomatoes, cilantro and Greek yogurt. But you could add black olives and green onions. Some chopped avocado. Whatever you like.
Then you mix some shredded Cheddar cheese, corn and black beans into the rice. Scoop that into bowls and drizzle with enchilada sauce. Then add your toppings and EAT!
Why is my recipe over at the Produce for Kids site? For the past few years, Produce for Kids and I have been working together to come up with family-friendly healthy recipes. I develop new recipes for them and photograph those and a whole bunch more. This fall, we’ve teamed up again with another round of healthy recipes to share with you. This is one of them. You can see all of my Produce for Kids recipes here.
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