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Budget-Friendly One-Pot Wonders

Forget the pang of multiple pots and pans, and keep it simple and delicious with these one-pot wonders. Not sure about where to start? Here are some of our yummy one-pot meals. (Cleaning up afterwards will be a breeze, too!) 

One pot chicken dinner

Serves 4 | Cooking time 40 minutes  


1 kg chicken drumsticks & thighs
carrots, halved and peeled (keep the skins)
beetroots, quartered
thyme sprigs
garlic cloves, sliced
1 tsp paprika
1 cup white wine


1. Brown chicken pieces in some olive oil. Add carrots, beetroots, thyme, garlic and paprika. Fry on low for 10 minutes.
2. Add wine. Place the lid on the pot, leaving it open a crack. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the veggies are tender and the chicken is cooked. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Serve over couscous with a green salad.

Recipe & styling: Amerae Vercueil
Photography: Samantha Pinto/


One-pot Mediterranean chicken with couscous

Serves 4 | Cooking time 20 minutes 

Mediterranean chicken with couscous



4 large chicken breasts
2 tbsp za’atar or dukkah spice
2–4 tbsp olive oil
1 cup pitted green olives
Handful dried apricots
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup couscous
2–3 wheels feta cheese, chopped to serve
Chives, chopped to serve



1. Coat the chicken in the spice.
2. Preheat a pan with oil on a high heat, then add the chicken. Allow to brown for 3 minutes on each side. Add the green olives, apricots and season.
3. Prepare the stock, add it into the pan with the couscous. Cover the pan with a lid and allow to simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to stand for 3 minutes to steam. Serve with feta and fresh chives.

Recipe & styling: Amerae Vercueil
Photography: Andreas Eiselen //


Lamb potjie with roosterkoek

Serves 4 | Cooking time 2hr 10 minutes | Proofing time 1hr 20 minutes

lamb potjie



For the lamb potjie
1 kg lamb neck, cubed
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika
¼ cup flour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup red wine
1 cube beef stock
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
thyme sprigs
bay leaves
½ bulb garlic, cloves intact
350g baby onions, peeled
225g baby carrots
celery stalks, chopped
250g mushrooms, halved

For the roosterkoek
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
10g packet instant dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup lukewarm water

For the green harissa
green peppers, deseeded and quartered
green chillies
garlic clove, chopped
1 cup fresh coriander
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
½ cup olive oil
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp red-wine vinegar
1 tbsp sugar or honey



For the potjie
1. Season the lamb with ground coriander, cumin and paprika, then dust each piece in flour until well coated.
2. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat and brown the lamb in batches, until golden all over.
3. Transfer all the lamb and juices to a heated potjie pot and add the red wine, stock cube, soy sauce, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaves, garlic and enough boiling water to just cover the meat.
4. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for at least 1 hour or until the lamb is tender.
5. Add the onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms, and cook for a further 30 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.

For the roosterkoek
1. Mix together the flour and salt in a bowl. Mix yeast, sugar and water in a separate bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes.
2. Add the yeast mixture to the flour and mix until combined. Knead for 5 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and allow to proof in a warm place for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes. Divide the dough into 8 balls. Place the dough balls on an oiled baking tray and allow to rise again for about 20 minutes.
4. Place the dough balls between an oiled braai grid and cook them over low coals for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are all cooked through.

For the green harissa
1. Preheat the oven grill.
2. Place the peppers, cut-side down, and the chillies on a baking tray and pierce a few holes in the chillies so that they don’t explode. Grill until blackened and blistered. Remove from the oven, wrap in foil and set aside for 10 minutes.
3. Peel the peppers and chillies, then remove the seeds from the chillies. Place the peeled peppers, chillies and remaining ingredients in a blender and blend to form a paste.
4. Drizzle each serving of potjie with green harissa and serve with roosterkoek on the side.

Quick tip: Cut down on prep time by using store-bought  bread dough for your roosterkoek, available at most supermarkets.

Recipe & Styling: Marizka Du Toit
Photography: Jurie Senekal


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