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Tag: Glorious One-Pot Meal recipes

Whole Grain Pasta, Alcohol in Glorious One-Pot Meals

Reader question: Hi Elizabeth, I love your book! I am a teacher and I come home each day to make meals for the family and this has made my life easier, healthier, and very tasty! Thank you! I was wondering two questions: 1) When I put wine in a dish does the alcohol evaporate like it would on the stove? I ask that because I’m cooking for little kids. Also, if you are using a whole grain pasta (fusilli) would that affect the amount of water to add?  ~ David S., Brooklyn, NY

Hi David! I’m so glad that Glorious One-Pot Meals has had such a wonderful impact on your life! I think it’s a great cookbook for teachers, too, and in fact, I have personally given copies to each of my kids’ teachers every year since 2005.  🙂

As for your questions, here’s what I can tell you:

  1. While alcohol won’t evaporate during the cooking process because the food is cooking in a closed vessel, but once you remove the lid a lot of vapor is released and I believe that this is when the alcohol steams off. In my experience, no matter how much alcohol I put into my GOPM while preparing it, it never tastes alcoholic at all when I eat it. This makes me feel comfortable including alcohol at times in GOPM that I make for my family.
  2. Regarding using whole grain fusilli pasta, this can be a little tricky. Each brand of whole grain pasta seems to cook a little differently in GOPMs, which is why I did not include whole grain pasta in the cookbook to begin with. In general, I would suspect for whole grain items to need 1 Tablespoon of additional water or liquid per quart of Dutch oven (i.e., 2 Tbsp. in a 2-quart Dutch oven), but you may need to do a little experimenting with your preferred brand of pasta to get it perfect. I think fusilli is a good choice of pasta shape to try this, too!

I hope this is helpful. Thanks for writing! ~Elizabeth

Dutch Oven Recipes for Camping: Glorious One-Pot Meals

I often receive questions about using the Glorious One-Pot Meal cooking method for camping, so today I thought I’d share a testimonial as to how well Glorious One-Pot Meal recipes work for campers:dutch oven recipes

I found your book at our library when I was looking for Dutch oven recipes.    My husband and I plan to do some camping next summer, and I was wanting some “good food” Dutch oven recipes as opposed to “camping food” recipes. I thought it would take all year to get a few “special” recipes. So far, we’ve tried three recipes (pork and quinoa, mac and cheese, and rosemary salmon), with very good results.    Your recipes are what I was looking for portion-wise, taste-wise, and flexibility-wise. I’ve been putting our old-school cast iron Dutch oven in our camping stove (we have the smallest Big Green Egg), with very good results. I love the “it’s done when the smells release” theory of cooking.

I plan to buy the book when I have to return it to the library, have already recommended it to a friend, and plan to give it (with a 2-quart Dutch oven) to a young friend who’s getting married in a few months.
~Lyndell R., Portland, OR

Popular Glorious One-Pot Meal Recipes

Here’s a note from a Glorious One-Pot Meals reader to share today:

I saw you do a cooking demonstration in a cookware store last month. I am having trouble trying to choose some recipes to get started with the One Pot Meals. My kids are back home from college, living here while they look for jobs, so I am cooking for four now. My family likes everything, so could you give me a few suggestions -like your most popular recipes – that will help me get going? Thanks!! – Cissy K, Englewood, CO

Hi Cissy,

I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble selecting recipes but glad to know you feel there is a large selection in the book (more than 100 recipes!). 🙂

Here are a few recipes that fans have told me are their favorites. I would suggest you look at the ingredients and see if they are flavors that your family likes, and then go from there.

Remember: everything in a GOPM is substitutable. That means that any protein can be substituted for any protein, any carb for any carb, and any veggie for any other veggie. Feel free to mix an match fresh and frozen ingredients within a recipe, and swap out ingredients your family doesn’t like for ones they do.

Honey and Spice Pork (page 97)
Bahamian Chicken (page 118)
Rosemary Chicken (page 150)
African Peanut Butter Stew (page 116)
Chicken Cacciatore (page 122)
Scallops and Sweet Potatoes (page 74)
Thai Curry with Tufu (page 200)
Cajun Fish (page 26)

Be sure you are using a cast iron Dutch oven and that your oven is at the right temp (450F) and I’m sure you’ll enjoy whatever recipe you choose to make!

Check out some of my streaming video recipe demonstrations here and here, too, for more ideas. I like to make the most delicious meals on camera!  🙂

Happy cooking!

PS: You might enjoy a GOPM cooking class on DVD — they are 50% off this month and, along with autographed cookbooks, are available over at the Glorious One-Pot Meals store!