Now that summer’s much-awaited arrival has finally happened, although Spring doesn’t seem to want to relinquish control, you definitely don’t want to waste one single minute slaving over a hot stove in your kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the summer day. One-Pot-Meals are an excellent way to keep you out of the kitchen as much as possible so that you can be in the action too. They are great for holidays, get-togethers, or just everyday meals.


One of the easiest things in the world to cook are one-pot-meals and the many reasons why make these a great get out of the kitchen go to. Why? Here are a few reasons.

  • Convenient – One-Pot-Meals are convenient because they typically take less than 15 or 20 minutes in prep-time, and once you have everything in the pot you can leave it to cook and walk away. Just remember to check-in on it occasionally.
  • Fewer Dishes to Clean – Because you’re only using one pot to cook your entire meal there is very little clean up, decide to use environmentally conscious paper plates and there is even less to clean.
  • Environmentally Conscious – One-Pot Meals are actually environmentally conscious in several ways believe it or not. You use less water to clean up with, less energy to cook with, less energy to heat the water you clean-up with, and fewer overall materials are needed for the cooking process in general when it comes to pots, pans, and utensils.
  • Tasty – Long gone are the days of mushy, bland, crockpot cooking. Crockpots have come a long way since your mother or grandmother’s version; providing you with a much larger menu selection to choose from. Generations of cooks have improved not only the quality and functionality of these categories of kitchen appliances, the recipe ideas that have evolved with these functionalities are delicious, varied, and always easy.
  • Easy – How much easier can it get without eating frozen or pre-prepared dinners; defrost, chop, season, brown, and then let it do its thing.
  • Versatile – One-Pot-Meals can be made in an assortment of ways crockpot, slow cooker, on top of the stove, in the oven, on the grill or fire it. Making them not only the easiest way to feed your family while staying out of the kitchen, but also the most versatile recipes you’ll ever use.
  • Portable – Because the entire meal is in one pot, it is very portable for those potluck and family party occasions. Great news to have with the 4th of July quickly approaching.

And, if you’re one of those cooks who has a pot or pan for every dish you make, but not enough room to store them consider storing those items you don’t regularly use in your mini storage. This will create more room for cooking, less dust build-up, and a more appealing aesthetic. Once you discover just how delicious and easy crockpot and slow cooker recipes are you may just want to store all of your other pots and pans to keep them from gathering dust. For those that may not already have a storage unit, give Otter Creek Village Mini Storage a call and let one of our knowledgeable associates help you find just the right unit to fit your personal needs.