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Tag: Glorious One-Pot Meals

Glorious One-Pot Meals on Stove

Reader question:
Dear Elizabeth, Please help me! I am a happy and retired grandfather, and my wife and I watch our one-year-old grandson every day. One day a week I make dinner for them. I usually make chili, given my limited cooking skills. I have your book, Glorious One Pot Meals, and I want to use it in my daughter’s apartment, but they don’t use their oven, only the stove top. I have a Dutch Oven. Would the recipes in your Glorious One Pot Meals book work on a stove top? What modifications would I need to make? Thank you for this wonderful information! This grandpa thanks you. Most sincerely,
Greg L., Wellesley, MA


Hi Greg!

I’m so excited to receive your email and learn that you will be preparing GOPMs for your grandson! I am a definite fan of intergenerational bonding over food! I raised my own kids on GOPMs and they grew to be adventurous eaters who appreciate many flavors and textures and enjoy trying new foods.
Yes! It is absolutely possible to prepare a GOPM on the stovetop! Here is where I talk about how to do it.
You might also be interested in this post about using a toaster oven to prepare GOPMs, too.
Anytime you have a GOPM question, you might find your answer here on my blog in the GOPM topic, or in the GOPM Q&A page.
Thanks for writing, Grandpa! You rock! Please feel free to respond in the Comments below. Happy cooking!

Will Glorious One-Pot Meals Work in Any Size Dutch Oven?

Reader question: Will the recipes in your cookbook work in a 6qt dutch oven? ~ Deborah P., Brooklyn, NYCast iron Dutch oven

Hi Deborah! Yes, Glorious One-Pot Meals will work in any size cast iron Dutch oven. There is a chart in the front section of the book that will help you to adjust recipes and oven timing to fit whatever size Dutch oven you have.

The most important factors in making successful Glorious One-Pot Meals are 1) to use a cast iron Dutch oven and 2) to ensure that your oven is fully pre-heated to 450 F degrees before putting the pot full of food inside.

Happy cooking!


Cooking with Yogurt in Glorious One-Pot Meals

Reader question: Good evening,  First, I found the one pot meal book yesterday and made my first one today. I was very impressed. I altered one of the recipes and made a mandarin orange chicken thing (fiddling with recipes and directions is sort of a hobby of mine) and it came out very beautifully. I was a little nervous–I am blind and they do not make a fully accessible talking oven thermometer and I therefore can’t get oven temperatures completely right–but it all went well.  I do have a question. One of my favorite cuisines is Indian (from India) and that cuisine uses a lot of yogurt. Sometimes when you cook with yogurt it can curdle. Is that a risk with this infusion technique?  And lastly, are there any sort of rule of thumb when adapting a stovetop recipe to a onepot meal recipe?  Thanks for the cookbook and the great ideas.  ~Rob  H., St. Cloud, MNGlorious One-Pot Meals

Hi Rob. I know Glorious One-Pot Meals is available as a book for the blind and I love hearing from my blind readers who have taken this technique and run with it!

To answer your question about yogurt: I have prepared Indian cuisine in a GOPM using yogurt and have not noticed any curdling. (Check out the Shrimp Masala with Rice recipe on page 78 in the cookbook!)

Perhaps the yogurt doesn’t curdle because the ingredients all cook toward the end when the temperature inside the pot is hot enough and the yogurt doesn’t spend a lot of time lukewarm? Perhaps because the cooking time is so short there is not time for curdling? It’s a mystery but it works.

As for adapting stovetop recipes for using in the Glorious One-Pot Meal technique, I don’t know if I have any “rules of thumb” other than to follow the basic formula that all GOPM recipes use with the same ingredient proportions. Once you have made a few GOPMs, you’ll notice that any combination of ingredients can be used following the same steps.

I hope this answered your questions! Thanks for writing and happy cooking!

How to Adapt When Oven Temperature Fluctuates

Reader question: My stove varies 18 degrees C before it kicks back on after reaching temperature.  Will the recipes still work with this much variation? ~ Kim C.,  Dade City, FloridaGlorious One-Pot Meals cover

Great question, Kim! I wish I had a better answer for you than “I don’t know”.

The goal is to have the oven at exactly 450 degrees F before putting the full pot inside. Perhaps if you boosted the temperature to 460F 5 minutes after putting the pot inside to get the oven back up to temp that might equal 450F?

I wonder if you played around with your oven and an oven thermometer a little bit you could figure out how to make it work.

Let me know if you figure it out!


Dairy-free and Gluten-free Cooking with Glorious One-Pot Meals

Reader question: My Dutch oven is brand new and I bought this cookbook to try cooking with it.  I’m allergic to dairy and gluten. The book is on its way to me, but my Dutch oven is a 5-qt. size.  Does that mean if I double the recipe I should double the cooking time? Thanks. ~ Sandy, ArizonaGlorious One-Pot Meals cover

Hi Sandy. You’ll find in the book on page 12 a “Recipe Adjustment Chart”. This chart tells you how long you can expect to bake Glorious One-Pot Meals in various size pots. A 5-quart pot containing a doubled recipe (i.e., enough food for four adults) will take between 53 and 60 minutes to cook, probably closer to 55 minutes.

You’ll always know when your Glorious One-Pot Meal is ready if you follow your nose (see my previous post).

In terms of being allergic to dairy and gluten, no worries. Very few recipes in the cookbook actually contain dairy or gluten to begin with, and if you find you want to try one that does you can easily swap out the offending ingredients with others that are safe for you. For instance, you’ll find that Ed’s New England Fish Chowder calls for milk but you could easily use almond milk or any other milk substitute instead.

Several recipes in the cookbook call for pasta for which you could use a gluten-free pasta or another grain entirely instead. There are a list of grain options starting on page 8 and many, like quinoa, are gluten-free.

I’ve always loved how one newspaper reviewer put it (I’m paraphrasing): “Glorious One-Pot Meals are like assembling a puzzle where you choose your preferred option from each category (oil, protein, carb, veggies, flavors) and assemble them into the pot in the right order. Every single recipe can turn out exactly the way you want it.”

As I like to say in my presentations, every item in a Glorious One-Pot Meal is substitutable. Every carb can be substituted for any other carb; every protein can be substituted to any other protein; every vegetable can be swapped out for any other vegetable; and you can use any herbs, spices, or other flavorings that you like.

In fact, I don’t necessarily expect my readers to make every recipe just as written. In many ways, the recipes I offer are meant to spark inspiration for your own unique Glorious One-Pot Meals.

Glorious One-Pot Meals is indispensable in my food sensitivities practice because it offers the ultimate flexibility in cooking personalized meals. Glorious One-Pot Meals can be vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, low-carb, low-fat, allergen-free, dairy-free, gluten-free… pretty much anything you may want except for raw.