Sundays are usually lazy, relaxing days for most people. Well, for most people except for mothers. Just like any other day, our job as mothers is never done. And on Sundays, when I am not at work, I have to cook for the family, do the house chores and take care of the kids. Unfortunately, my husband works on Sundays so I am usually home alone with the kids. So, when I am feeling particularly lazy on a Sunday, I would prepare one of my all-in-one meals or one-pot meals or one-dish meals, well, whatever you wanna call it.
A one-dish meal is just that, a meal that encompasses everything so you don’t have to slave over the stove preparing several side dishes. A one-dish meal means convenience, easy, fast and when done my way, it is also healthy, wholesome and delicious, if I may say so myself. So, what is usually included in these all-in-one meals? For it to be a complete meal, it will have to have carbs, vegetables and protein.
For example, today I prepared healthy chicken porridge for my baby and preschooler.
It is healthy as I used brown rice to cook the porridge and for vegetables, I added carrots and for protein, minced chicken. I also added wolfberries for added vitamins and dried scallops for extra taste.
Cooking porridge is rather easy and fast too if you have a slow cooker or crock pot. Here’s how you prepare the porridge for a wholesome, healthy and delicious lunch or dinner:
Easy Chicken and Scallops Porridge Recipe
200g chicken, minced and seasoned with salt and pepper ( or light soy sauce if you prefer)
1 large carrot, sliced thinly or cubed
2 tbsp wolfberries
10 – 15 pcs of dried scallops (small), soaked to soften
2 tbsp diced garlic
2 small slices of fresh Ginger, skinned
1 1/2 cup rice, rinsed
3 cups water
1 cup fresh chicken broth or if unavailable, 1 tbsp dry chicken stock dissolved in 1 cup water
Sea salt to taste ( I didn’t add any since the porridge was good as it is)
1. Place the rice in the crock pot, then add in the rest of the ingredients.
2. Set the crock pot to high and let the porridge cook for at least two hours.
3. Check on it often and stir it to ensure the ingredients are well combined.
4. Best served hot!
That’s it. Easy, simple, healthy and baby loves it! Here are other one-dish meals I sometimes make on Sundays….
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