We all know that eating out can be unhealthy but most of the time, we’re too exhausted after work to cook. Hence, most of us will choose to have our dinner outside. In this article, we prepared four extremely easy dinner recipes that you can make at home, all with a single pot or pan! Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also easy to clean up. Doesn’t it sound enticing?
1. Simple “ABC” Soup
The first and maybe the most well known easy dinner recipe and nope, we’re not adding apple and beetroot to our soup, although there is carrot inside. Here, ABC refers to the Vitamin A, B, and C present in this soup. Of course, these are not the only nutrients! The Ikan Bilis powder and white anchovy powder added contains omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and protein. Protein helps to build and repair tissues in the body while Omega-3 fatty acids have been associated with many health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease. Calcium, on the other hand, is essential for bone development.
- 1 potato
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 carrot
- 2 chicken drumsticks
- 1⁄2 corn
- 2 1⁄2 litres water
- 1 tsp of ikan bilis powder or white anchovy powder
- Optional: anchovies (1 tsp)
- Cut all vegetables into chunks or slices, according to your preference. Optionally, remove the skin of the drumstick.
- Put all ingredients into a pot of boiling water. Then, let it simmer at low heat for 2-3 hours or for a minimum of 1.5 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Rice Cooker Teriyaki Shrimp Rice
For some of us, cooking fried rice in a wok might lead to a kitchen disaster, which is why we have come up with a simple way of making delicious flavored rice with just the rice cooker. No fire is needed here. The shrimp powder added provides an added depth and flavor to your food. What’s more, it is a great source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 promotes better blood circulation and gives you a stronger immune system.
- If your shrimp is frozen, thaw it first by placing it in a colander and running cool water over it until thawed (this only takes a few minutes).
- Finely dice the onion and place it in the bottom of the rice cooker along with the frozen peas. Add the uncooked rice, minced garlic, grated ginger and Shrimp Powder. Stir these ingredients together.
- Add the shrimp to the top of the rice mixture, then pour in 2 cups water. Close the lid and set the cooker to the “white rice” setting.
- Once the rice cooker finishes its cooking cycle, let it rest for an additional 5-10 minutes on the keep warm cycle before opening the lid. While waiting, stir together the soy sauce and brown sugar.
- Finally, open the lid and pour the soy sauce mixture over the contents in the rice cooker. Use a rice paddle to gently fold the sauce into the rice. Serve hot, with sriracha or sliced green onions if desired.
3. Bacon & Spinach Pasta with Parmesan
Pasta is one of the easiest dishes to make, and this one-pot pasta makes life even easier. We added chicken broth and ikan bilis powder to this dish for more nutrients and better taste. Ikan Bilis powder contained omega-3 fatty acids, which promote brain and heart health. They contain protein, calcium, iodine, selenium, and many other nutrients too.
- Cut the bacon across the strips into one-inch pieces. Sauté the bacon in a large skillet until it is brown and crispy (no extra fat needed). Remove the browned bacon to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Carefully pour the fat off into a separate bowl, leaving about one tablespoon in the deep saucepan.
- While the bacon cooks, dice the onion. Once the bacon is removed and the fat is drained from the deep saucepan, add the diced onions and sauté until they are soft and transparent. Allow the moisture from the onions to dissolve some of the browned bits off of the bottom of the deep saucepan.
- Add two cups of chicken broth and Ikan Bilis Powder.
- Once boiled, add the uncooked pasta, place a lid on top, and let the saucepan come to a boil over high heat. Once it reaches a boil, give it a quick stir, turn the heat down to low, and let simmer for 10 minutes with the lid in place. Give it a stir to loosen the pasta from the bottom every few minutes or so, replacing the lid quickly each time. After 10 minutes the pasta should be tender and most of the broth absorbed. There should be a little bit of thick, saucy broth remaining.
- Add the fresh spinach and stir until it has wilted into the pasta. Turn off the heat, add the cooked bacon back, sprinkle the Parmesan over top, stir to combine, and then serve.
4. Egg Drop Soup
This is a dish that you can make with a single pot. All you need to do is to bring the chicken stock to a boil and slowly add the other ingredients in. Here, we added white anchovy, which adds freshness to the soup. It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and protein which are important for brain and bone development.
- Mix cornstarch with water. Stir well to break up all of the cornstarch clumps.
- Bring the chicken stock to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Just as the chicken stock starts to boil, add White Anchovy Powder, white pepper, and soy sauce. Stir to combine the ingredients and dissolve the salt.
- Give the cornstarch mixture a stir, then pour it into the soup. Stir to combine. The soup will start to thicken quickly. (optional step)
- Pour the eggs into the soup in a steady flow. Immediately swirl the soup using a pair of chopsticks.
- Add diced tomato to the soup.
- Top with scallions before serving.
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