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Glorious One-Pot Meals and Cooking Tender Meat

Reader message:  At an event you came to in Boulder I bought your book. Sometimes when I use this method (esp. with pork or beef) the meat is tough.  Like it is either cooked too long or then not long enough.  One recipe the Adobo Pork, for example.  So I just added extra broth and then put in oven at 325 for another hour or so to see if it gets tender.  What do you suggest to fix this? ~Annie W., Boulder, CO

Honey and Spice Pork recipe
Honey and Spice Pork Glorious One-Pot Meal

Hi Annie, Thanks for writing!

From the sound of it, you could be having one of two issues:

1) You could be using too large of a piece of meat.

Try making the recipe with thawed meat cut into cubes or chunks instead of one large piece. You might find that you prefer a saucier recipe for these meats, like the Honey and Spice Pork, or you could make any recipe a little saucier by adding 1/4 cup of water or broth to the original recipe;

or 2) Your oven temperature is off.

If your oven temperature is off by even a little bit, or your oven is not fully pre-heated to 450 F before you put the full pot inside, the method will not work perfectly. There’s more about oven temp and Glorious One-Pot Meals here.

Thanks for writing and Happy cooking!

Get all your Glorious One-Pot Meal questions answered and more at a Glorious One-Pot Meals cooking class! I don’t teach as frequently as I once did, but the next class will be at Compleat Lifestyles in Centennial, Colorado, on November 13, 2014. Contact them directly for information and to register.

Can Glorious One-Pot Meal Recipes Work with the Paleo Diet?

Reader question: We eat Paleo in our home, so no grains, but I am always looking for healthy, yummy and easy ways to get proteins and veggies prepared. I am wondering if your recipes will still “work” if I omit the grains portion of the recipes (rice, couscous, etc), or will that alter everything and mess it up? Thank you!   ~Katiehealthy dinner recipes dutch oven

Hi Katie. If you know only one thing about Glorious One-Pot Meals and the patented infusion cooking method, it should be that every single item in every single recipe is substitutable and/or omitable! And, yes, that includes the grains.

As I often mention in my cooking classes, Glorious One-Pot Meals allow you to tailor each recipe according to what your family eats, what’s in season, or simply what you have in the house. If there’s something you you don’t have or don’t like, simply swap it out!

When you choose to omit grains from a recipe, be sure to also leave out the liquid that is solely included to hydrate the grains. In place of grains in a recipe, you might consider substituting sweet potatoes, cauliflower, or squash for a similarly satisfying eating experience.

Additionally, you should pay close attention to when the aroma wafts from the oven, as your GOPMs will likely be ready sooner than indicated in the cookbook.