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1 Pan Meals to Avoid Burnout

We've all been there, staring into the endless abyss that is the dirty dishes… paralyzed by the thought of cooking even as our stomachs beg for sustenance. 1 pan meals are a perfect way to make budget-friendly meals in a short amount of time with very little cleanup. These are low stress and super-hard to mess up, and come out tasting good.

Start with the prep. Good thing is a lot of this is already ready to go, just need to throw things together in the pan (in the right order). For those with a little more time and energy you can slice & dice fresh veggies for your meal. Set everything out you will need and measure out the portions according to the following guide.

  • 1-handful of your Protein Source (Lean Meat, or meat substitute)

  • 2 handfuls of colorful veggies, sliced and diced.

  • 1 thumb tip of cooking fat (oil, butter, grease, etc…)

  • ½ cup of water

  • Whatever Seasoning blend you like.

  • Pan & Lid and a stirring utensil

Put in your cooking fat and preheat the pan at medium-high. When your pan is heated and the cooking fat is melted (but not smoking) put in your veggies. Saute’ your veggies in the pan, stirring & flipping occasionally on medium-high until they are starting to browned and become aromatic. Splash with ¼ cup of water (or cooking wine for extra pizzazz!) and stir to deglaze the pan.

Once the veggies are ready, toss in your protein and the other ¼ cup of water. Stir and cover the pan. Stir occasionally to keep stuff from sticking. If it begins to stick, add a splash of water and stir. If the Protein was frozen it will take about 5-6 minutes usually to heat thoroughly, and if thawed it’ll take half that time to cook.

There are tons of options at this point. You can stuff this in a wrap or get fancy and eat it with a salad. Cook some rice or potatoes if you need some extra fuel for the day. Toss in some salsa and stuff it in a taco. Add some pasta sauce and drop it on a serving of your favorite pasta. The only limitation is your imagination (and lets be real, budget & time constraints).

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