Tiny house and spacious kitchen are two phrases that rarely occupy the same sentence. The good news is that you don’t need Julia Child’s workspace to get gourmet results. Thanks to one-pot cooking, all that’s required to make a seriously satisfying meal is a skillet or stockpot, a countertop burner and an easy-to-follow recipe. Here are six of our favorites.
Nothing ushers in a crisp day like a warm bowl of soup. This recipe for nutritious comfort food is chock full of veggies, including immunity-boosting kale to fend off fall colds. With six generous portions, there should be enough leftovers to check dinner and several lunches off your to-do list. Get the recipe at Spoon Full of Flavor.
Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo
Demanding little space and even less pocket change, this skillet dish serves four for under $6 while still packing a major flavor punch. Lemon pepper seasoning and feta cheese transform a simple weeknight meal into a culinary achievement that tastes as impressive as it looks. Try out the recipe at Budget Bytes.
Steamed Mussels with Wine, Garlic and Parsley
Get ready for mussel season with an abbreviated take on the classic moules marinières. This deceptively simple recipe scores extra points for its multitasking ingredients; pour one-and-a-half cups of crisp white wine into the pot, and use the rest to fill your glass. Find out how to make it at Fine Cooking.
If space is in short supply, traditional enchiladas are likely out of the question. Luckily, this one-skillet recipe captures the complexity of their flavor – hearty beans, gooey cheddar and as much spicy enchilada sauce as you can handle – in a no-nonsense stovetop casserole. Check out the recipe at She Likes Food.
Bring a twist to the classic meat and potatoes meal with the help of a simple concoction. Staple ingredients, like beef, Yukon Gold potatoes, carrots and mushrooms go from ordinary to extraordinary in a red wine-and-herb-infused broth. This slow-cooking stew does require nearly three hours in a cast-iron skillet, but it’s worth every minute. Get the full recipe at Food and Wine.
Let’s all agree that there’s always room for dessert, especially when it’s a creamy rice pudding infused with warm cinnamon and fragrant vanilla. A roasted (or microwaved, if your tiny house is oven-free) sweet potato adds a seasonal spin and a boost of vitamins and minerals. Find out how to make the pudding at The Healthy Maven.