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Tag: one pot meals

Fabulous One-Pot Hula Chicken Video Recipe

I joined one of my favorite home cooks and someone I’m proud to call friend, the lovely Marilee Grossheim of Making Meals Matter, to create an all-new Glorious One-Pot Meals recipe: Fabulous One-Pot Hula Chicken!

We named this recipe after the pineapple and ginger–flavors that evoke a sense of the Hawaiian islands. Sweet dreams of Maui while we’re all cooped up at home!

Pro tip for this recipe: double the amounts of the flavorings (ginger, pineapple, salt & pepper) for more of a pow!

Happy cooking!

Dutch Oven Brands That Work with Glorious One-Pot Meals

Cast iron Dutch ovenReader question: Is the La Crueset the only dutch oven you recommend? ~Jean S., Seattle, WA

Hi Jean,

Thanks for writing! The only requirements for Dutch ovens when making Glorious One-Pot Meals are:

  1. They must be made of cast iron.
  2. They must have a well-fitting lid that does not have any gaps.
  3. They must have a flat bottom.

Both seasoned cast iron and enameled cast iron Dutch ovens work well for Glorious One-Pot Meals, and the brand does not matter.

Looking at my own shelves of cast iron Dutch ovens, I can count five brands that all make perfect Glorious One-Pot Meals.

Happy cooking!

Low-Sodium Recipes for Glorious One-Pot Meals

Reader question: Love the recipes! Am a former culinary instructor who just recently was put on 1500 mg of salt per day. As a result I have been concentrating on your low sodium recipes. After making the Fish with Hong Kong Sauce for the first time since my sodium restrictions, I decided to double check the sodium. This is what I came up with: 1/2 tsp salt-1180 mg,chili paste-110 mg,3tablespoons organic ketchup (Whole Foods)-320. My calculations have this at 1610 (divided by two)-805 mg of sodium. The book shows it as 211 mg. Did I do something wrong? Also, how can I get more of these especially flavorful low sodium recipes. Thank you so much–I think you are a genius!  ~Pat L., St. Louis, MOGlorious One-Pot Meals

Hi Pat! I’m thrilled to hear you are enjoying Glorious One-Pot Meals and thanks for writing!

Before I address your question directly, let me briefly remind you of my nutritional information disclaimer:

All nutritional information here is based upon amounts designated in the recipe presented. Where items such as “pieces of chicken” appear, they are calculated based upon an average 4 oz. serving. All food calculations are derived from The Complete Book of Food Counts by Corinne T. Netzer (Dell Publishing, 2000). Some figures are approximate due to variations in such things as the size of vegetables, amount of oil released when spraying the Dutch oven, etc. Additionally, the figures presented are rounded to the nearest whole numbers to facilitate comprehension.

Glorious One-Pot Meals and its author take no responsibility in insuring the validity of the nutritional breakdowns presented here and offer this information only as a service to readers. Since all Glorious One-Pot Meals can be altered at will, the food counts given may or may not reflect the actual meal created at home.

Now that this formal stuff is out of the way, I have to tell you that your calculations from the actual bottles that you are using in your meals will always be more accurate than the general ones that I came up with more than a decade ago from a book published in 2000. The easiest ways to cut down on sodium in this or most other recipes is to use sea salt instead of table salt (something I always advocate) and to simply add less salt to begin with.

In most of my recipes I list “salt and pepper to taste” for exactly this reason: so that each diner can season his or her own food to their own standards or needs. In my own house, I rarely put that much sea salt into my Glorious One-Pot Meals during cooking and instead place a container of sea salt on the table for each to use as desired. My daughter, for example, likes saltier food than my son does.

You should always take my recipes as “suggestions” rather than gospel, to begin with! I see my role as providing home cooks with the inspiration to put together their own fabulous Glorious One-Pot Meals!

Is the Kindle Edition of Glorious One-Pot Meals Missing Some Information?

Reader question: Hi Elizabeth, I received your book in the kindle edition for Christmas. I am looking forward to trying your recipes and technique, but I had a question/comment. The nutrition information is not included in the digital edition, or if it is I am not seeing it. Is it possible to update the book to include that info? We are watching our calories as well as generally trying to eat healthier and that would be useful information.  Thanks, and hope you are enjoying your holiday! ~Angela M., ChicoGlorious One-Pot Meals cover

Hi Angela, I’m glad to hear that you are planning to try Glorious One-Pot Meals!

The nutrition information for each recipe is included in the print copy of the cookbook; this is the first I’ve heard that it is not included in the Kindle edition. I’m sorry to report that I have no control over the Kindle version as it is released directly from the publisher.

Personally, I am a believer in the nutrition we get from  eating whole foods vs processed foods, which is why GOPMs are made from whole foods, and think the “nutritional information” that accompanies a recipe is pretty worthless when it comes to eating healthily. For instance, the fat content of a recipe may seem high by the numbers, but if the fat is from healthy sources like olive oil or avocado or fish, then it would still be a healthy recipe.

My recipes are designed to use whole foods and be healthy options for dinner, and as long as you use quality ingredients I believe you can be assured of the healthfulness regardless of what you might see in the nutritional counts.

That said, I realize that in this country we’ve been trained to use the nutritional breakdown to assess the value of a meal, and, under duress, I did indeed provide that information for every recipe in the cookbook. You can pick up a print copy of the book for under $15 on Amazon, or for the full price of $17.95 you may order it directly from my site and I will be happy to personally sign it to you.

A heartfelt thank you  to everyone who purchased Glorious One-Pot Meals this holiday season; the cookbook enjoyed the number one spot in the Dutch Oven category on Amazon last month and is often  still in the top 5,000 books purchased on Amazon — pretty amazing for a little book that was first released almost ten years ago in 2005!


Can You Prepare Glorious One-Pot Meals in a Crock Pot?

Reader question: The one-pot holiday meal sounds great! If you had no oven available and were to make this in a crock pot how long would you cook it on high for? Four hours? Thanks!  ~Katee, Calgary, AB, Canada

Holiday in One-Pot recipe

Hi Kate. I do love the Holiday in One Pot recipe Glorious One-Pot Meal, too! In fact, you can even watch a video demonstration of that recipe here. But when it comes to tossing it into a crock pot, that’s a different story because crock pots cook so differently than do Dutch ovens at high heat.

The main differences between the infusion cooking used in a Glorious One-Pot Meal and a the slow cooking in a crock pot are:

1. Glorious One-Pot Meals cook fast and at high heat while crock pots cook slowly at low heat. Even the High option on a crock pot is nowhere near the 450 F degrees needed to cook a Glorious One-Pot Meal in less than one hour.

2. GOPMs are layered and the ingredients maintain their integrity during the cooking process. Crock pot meals are stirred and cooked until the cellular walls of the ingredients have broken down.

3. GOPMs only need water or other liquid when they include dry goods like rice or pasta that need to by hydrated; crock pot cooking requires liquid and results in a stew or stew-like meal.

If you do not have access to an oven to cook your GOPM, you do have other options such as the stovetop method or a toaster oven.

To come back to your question, the answer is: I have no idea how long it would take, how it would turn out, what it would look like, or if it would even work in a crock pot. While I do utilize a crock pot occasionally, I am by no means a crock pot expert because I get bored of the predictable stewy results.

Sorry that I can’t be more helpful, but perhaps others have converted GOPMs into crock pot meals and will leave their experiences in the comments below.