Hacks And Recipes For Organic Meal Preparation: Large Stock Pot

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Nothing tastes quite as good as a home-cooked meal you know is healthy and good for your body, fresh out of the large stock pot. We put together 5 life-saving hacks and 5 unique organic stock pot recipes to help you streamline your meal prepping and ensure you are eating the best foods for your body while having variety in your meals.

Benefits and Implementation of Large Stock Pot Organic Meal Preparation

Organic ingredients can be sourced from any local natural or health food store as well as online via Amazon and online grocery outlets. Larger superstores also now stock a range of good quality organic food and condiments. The healthy organic meals included here can be easily cooked in your Dutch oven or large stock pot. Dutch ovens can also be purchased at Amazon, along with great storage containers for freezing food. The tips we share in this article are sure to save you time, money, and energy as you pursue your healthiest lifestyle.

How We Reviewed

This article includes 5 hacks and 5 recipes, beginning with 5 hacks meant to jumpstart your organic meal prep and make sure you are making the most of your meals. We also included our favorite 5 organic recipes you can make in your large stock pot today for a healthy, fresh variety to your meals. These include soups, stews, chili, and even a macaroni and cheese option. We hope you love these new additions to your meal prepping rotation!

What We Reviewed

  • Hack #1: Focus On One Impressive Ingredient
  • Hack #2: Plan to Freeze Extras
  • Hack #3: Create a Master Recipe List
  • Hack #4: Use Meal Prepping Containers for Portion Control and Easy Storage
  • Hack #5: Follow USDA Nutrition Guidelines
  • Recipe #1: Pork Chop Noodle Soup
  • Recipe #2: One Pot Chicken Oven Stew
  • Recipe #3: Easy Vegetarian One Pot Mac and Cheese
  • Recipe #4: Transylvanian Stockpot - Cabbage and Sausage Soup
  • Recipe #5: Hearty Vegan Chili

Hack #1: Focus on One Impressive Ingredient


Potato,Garlic and Union for Impressive Ingredient

How to Implement

If you are getting tired of the same old recipes and prepared food, one way to spruce up your meals is to focus on adding one impressive ingredient to each of them. You do not have to be super fancy with this. Just choose one delicious ingredient you want to make your meal interesting or more flavorful and focus the meal around this ingredient, using other ingredients that bring out its flavor. This could include high-quality cheese, anchovies, olives, herbs, or anything else you love in a good meal!  

Pros

  • Keeps recipes interesting
  • Provides you with countless options for sprucing up old meals
  • Great way to add different nutrients to your meals

Cons

  • May be expensive - though this can be counteracted by careful planning and finding multiple uses for different foods

Hack #2: Plan to Freeze Extras


Fresh Fruits to Freeze Extras

How to Implement

If you plan effectively for your week ahead, you can cook in advance and freeze your favorite food in meal-size portions. Breakfast fruit and vegetable smoothies can be prepared the night before to be processed in the morning for maximum freshness and nutritional benefit. While your dinners can be chopped, cooked, portioned, and frozen in advance to make your nightly meal prep during the week way easier!

Additionally, if you buy vegetables in bulk, they can outlive their sell-by date if they are frozen. Though it may be more convenient to buy frozen vegetables, freezing fresh vegetables tends to retain the most nutrients and taste. Fresh organic meat and fish can also be frozen. Freezing more foods eliminates waste, making sure you save money and get the most out of all your food options.

Pros

  • Time-saving - cook once, eat multiple times
  • Keep delicious favorites on hand

Cons

  • Be mindful of the potential for power failures

Hack #3: Create a Master Recipe List


Create a Master Recipe List

How to Implement

Whether you eat organically or follow a special gluten-free or vegetarian diet, there are unlimited possibilities for food combinations and a world full of recipes to explore. The easiest way to create a Master Recipe List is first decide what ingredients you would like to include and exclude in your new diet and consult the Dietary Guidelines mentioned below. Then, decide on how much time you realistically have each day or week to source ingredients and prepare new meals.

Pros

  • Healthier
  • Maintain excitement and variety in meals
  • Have fun planning

Cons

  • Time-consuming
  • Potentially more expensive than the average food shop
  • Can be overwhelming at first

Hack #4: Use Meal Prepping Containers for Portion Control and Easy Storage


 Use Meal Prepping Containers for Portion Control and Easy Storage

How to Implement

If you want to chop your fruits and vegetables before you need them, you will need to find a way to store them long-term. There are many excellent storage jars and plastic, glass, and collapsible silicon dishes to choose from when considering your storage needs.

Pros

  • Promotes organization
  • Lessens food and recyclable waste      
  • Minimizes prepping and cooking time during the week

Cons

  • Food containers must be purchased separately

Hack #5: Follow USDA Nutrition Guidelines


How to Implement

The US Government's Dietary Guidelines recommend you regularly eat varied green leafy vegetables along with low-fat dairy products, whole wheat grains, oils, fruit, and protein products. It is easy to implement these guidelines with careful planning as encouraged above. The Guidelines also advise you to minimize trans-fats found in margarines and cooking oils and to cut back on both sugar and alcohol.

Pros

  • Easy to understand
  • Promote balanced diet  

Cons

  • Have to work around food allergies and sensitivities


Pork Chop Noodle Soup

Features

This is a filling meal for eight people that is easy to prepare in a large stock pot and a unique twist on the classic noodle soups we know and love. See below for the organic ingredients and steps it takes to make this delicious meal.

Pros

  • Filling
  • Good family meal
  • Easy to freeze

Cons

  • Long cooking time

Organic Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pork chops (including bone)
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of pork or chicken broth
  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 cup of pasta
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 3/4 carrots
  • 3 stalks of celery (optional)
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme/basil
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  • Heat oil in large
    stock pot or Dutch oven
  • Brown pork chops for about 4 minutes on both sides, then put to one side
  • Add broths and vegetables to the pot - bring to a simmer
  • Add water, herbs, spices, and salt
  • Mix well
  • Reintroduce the pork and reduce heat
  • Cook for 90 minutes
  • Remove the pork chops
  • Add pasta and simmer until cooked
  • Discard bones and add the meat to the soup
  • Taste before serving
  • Enjoy!


One Pot Chicken Oven Stew

Features

This classic recipe serves 4 and is easy to prepare with organic ingredients together in one large stock pot. See below for organic ingredients and steps to make this delicious meal.

Pros

  • Quick and easy to prepare
  • Filling
  • Nutritious
  • Good family meal
  • Easy to freeze

Cons

  • None found

Organic Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2.5 pounds of chicken tenders, diced
  • 2.5 cups of vegetable/chicken stock  
  • 16 oz carrots, fresh or frozen
  • 5-6 large potatoes, chopped into chunks
  • 2 cups of broccoli, fresh or frozen
  • 2 teaspoons of dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons of dried sage
  • 1.5 bags of egg/rice noodles
  • Fresh chopped herbs to taste 

Method

  • Heat oil in an oven-safe large stock pot or Dutch oven and fry garlic for 2 minutes
  • Add the diced chicken to brown for ten minutes
  • Add broth and vegetables and stir well
  • Cook for 45 minutes on the stove or in the oven at 475 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Prepare noodles and serve together
  • Enjoy!


Easy Vegetarian One Large Stockpot Mac and Cheese

Features

Do you love macaroni and cheese as much as we do? Check out this simple to make, yet organic and delicious, meal for four to six people! See below for organic ingredients and steps to take to make this delicious meal

Pros

  • Quick and easy to make
  • Healthy macaroni and cheese option

Cons

  • Pay attention to high fat content in some ingredients

Organic Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 cups of pasta shells
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Grated cheese for sprinkling

Method

  • Place all ingredients in a large stock pot and stir until cooked
  • Melt cheese in broiler
  • Serve in small dishes with the melted cheese


Transylvanian Stock Pot - Cabbage and Sausage Soup


Features

This is an ideal recipe for those on a Paleo or gluten-free diet and is great for cold weather or soothing illnesses. See below for the organic ingredients and steps necessary to make this delicious meal!

Pros

  • Easy
  • Nutritious
  • Easy to freeze and store

Cons

  • Takes up to 90 minutes to prepare and cook

Organic Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of olive/grapeseed oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 cabbage
  • 1.5 pounds of ground turkey or Italian turkey sausage
  • 3 strips of bacon, chopped
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 28 ounce can of tinned tomatoes      
  • 2 liters of chicken broth (homemade/low sodium)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick  

Method

  • Heat oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven and fry onions until translucent
  • Add bacon and cook for 3 minutes before adding the garlic and sausage
  • Brown sausage on one side
  • Add herbs, tomatoes, and broth
  • Turn up the heat until boil
  • Once boiling, add the chopped cabbage
  • Cover and simmer at low heat for 45-60 minutes
  • Serve and enjoy!


Large Stockpot Hearty Vegan Chili

Features

This hearty recipe is perfect for serving 6-8 people with food allergies, sensitivities, or preference for a vegan lifestyle. Perfect for cold weather and get-togethers during the holidays, this meal will satisfy all kinds of eaters. See below for the organic ingredients and steps to take to make this delicious meal!

Pros

  • Vegan
  • Can also be cooked in a slow cooker
  • Easy to freeze and store

Cons

  • Long cooking time
  • Requires many ingredients - this can be a pro if you are looking to experiment with other recipes

Organic Ingredients

  • 1 cup TVP (texturized vegetable protein)
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onions, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 finely diced pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 14-ounce can tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • ½ cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cup wheat berries (pre-cooked) or raw root vegetable
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • ½  Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro or parsley

Method

  • Rehydrate the TVP by pouring vegetable broth over it in a bowl and let it soak for 10 minutes. Drain off excess water
  • Heat the oil and saute vegetables for 4-5 minutes in the pot
  • Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes
  • Reduce heat and add tomatoes, sauce, wheat berries or potatoes, and seasonings.
  • Cook for 30 minutes
  • Add TVP, cover, and cook on low heat (Alternative: Slow cooker for 6-8 hours)
  • Garnish with grated cheese, sour cream, cilantro, or avocado
  • Serve and enjoy!

The Verdict

Cooking in a large stock pot is a great food hack that not many people seem to know about. It saves time, energy, money, cleaning, and cooking time. Cooking meals in a stock pot offers a healthy economical solution to time-crunched weeknights, lack of nutritious homemade meals, and the uncertainty of deciding what to eat when you get home each day. Preparing these meals is a great way to improve your health and eat well knowing you are using top-quality organic ingredients with no harmful chemical additives while also having time to enjoy your life.

Regardless of the large stock pot hacks and recipes you try, we hope you found some ways to improve your meal prep and eating process more with the information we have shared. What are you waiting for? Get started prepping your organic large stock pot meals today!

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