Reader question: Hi. Im enjoying Glorious One Pot Meals, but I don’t eat most grains. I’m having trouble figuring out how to alter the liquid when I omit things like rice or quinoa. Do you have any suggestions? Thx! ~Daniel, California
Hi Daniel. Any Glorious One-Pot Meal Recipe can be made exactly the way you want it to be. If you are omitting the pasta or dry grains such as rice or quinoa from a recipe, you also omit the extra liquid listed as that is only needed to hydrate the dry goods. So, if you omit the 1 cup of rice from a recipe, you would also omit the 1 cup of water or broth (or possibly coconut milk) from your ingredients list.
You can double-check the amount of liquid in a recipe that is solely to hydrate the grains by consulting the Common Measurements chart beginning on page 9 in the Glorious One-Pot Meals cookbook.
Depending on the recipe, it may call for small amounts of other liquids such as soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, or orange juice, but those are meant to enhance the flavors and not to hydrate the grain.
Reader question: I was looking for chicken recipes and I happened on one that used a Dutch oven, and further searching for recipes for Dutch ovens brought me to your book. How can I adjust your recipes so they can be made without grains or pasta? ~B.
Hi B. Thanks for writing with your great question. In fact, any Glorious One-Pot Meal can be made with or without grains or pasta. The beauty of this cooking method is that your meal can be any way you want it to be because every ingredient is every Glorious One-Pot Meal is substitutable or omit-able.
What I mean is that you can substitute any protein for any protein, any veggie for any veggie, or any carb for any other carb. If you don’t want to include grains/pasta in a recipe, then by all means just leave them out.
Remember, though, if you are looking at a GOPM recipe that includes grains or pasta (what I refer to as “dry goods”), any you are going to leave them out, you will no longer need the liquid in the recipe that is just there to hydrate those dry goods, so leave that out, too.
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! ~Katie
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.