It’s that time of year again. Sights of yellow school buses are on the road, while the sound of the animated chatter of children climbing aboard fills the air. Packed lunches and packed book bags, another school year is upon us. If you’re wondering where summer vacation went, you’re not alone. It seems as if this summer went by exceptionally fast; we blinked and summer was over.
Nevertheless, it’s time to get back into to the swing of things whether you are ready or not. If you’re like most parents during the school year, it’s a crazy time. You’re constantly in and out of the car, driving from the school to soccer practice or ballet practice, back and forth between extracurricular activities. When you spend this much time on the road, eating out may seem like your only option to guarantee everyone is on time and fed.
However, that is not always the best case.
According to Business Insider, the average American family spends roughly $7,000 a year on food. Of this $7,000 allotment, $3,000 is spent on eating outside the home. That’s a lot of money spent on food that was probably unsatisfactory in quality and dissatisfying in taste. While you and your family are opting for these unnecessarily expensive options, other families have learned the tricks of the trade: one pot meals.
One pot meals come in many forms: pastas, stews, soups, and much more. They’ve come a long way since your grandmother’s dreaded tuna casserole. In fact, a one pot meal that has lasted the ages, stood the test of time, and is an overall crowd favorite is the beloved macaroni and cheese. Macaroni and cheese is a food that parents and children alike can agree on as a quick and tasty meal option for dinner.
Think of the convenience factor that one pot meals like macaroni and cheese offer. Not only are they quick and easy to make, but one pot meals can be easily cleaned up as well. After all, it was just one pot used in the process! Opting for simple and delicious one pot meals can make dinner on any busy night a breeze and help reconnect the family over a good old fashioned home cooked meal. Here, Copper Chef shares their favorite and famed Macaroni and Cheese recipe that can easily be made in your very own copper pot.
As far as ingredients go, you’ll need 1 pound of pasta elbows, 2 cups of your preferred shredded cheese, 1 US liquid quart of heavy cream, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and 1 cup of water. 5 ingredients, it’s that simple.
To prepare this meal, you will need to place all of your ingredients into your copper pot. Place the lid on the copper pot and let it sit on the stovetop over a low heat. Cook until it’s creamy and the noodles are done. Before you know it, it’ll be time to serve! This recipe makes a total of 4 servings, so adjust accordingly to your family size.
Having a good one pot meal under you belt can help cut down on eating out expenses and increase family time. No longer will you need to have dinner around a steering wheel. Throw on this quick one pot meal, dust off your dining room table, and enjoy.