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Tag: Recipes

How Many Veggies In a Glorious One-Pot Meal?

Reader question: Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for your talk last week at the over 50 summit. I’m a BLE eater and just purchased yr cookbook. We eat a lot of veggies. Can we double the veggies in yr recipes and expect a good outcome? Thx so much. ~ Mary V.

Hi Mary!

I’m thrilled to learn that you enjoyed my masterclass on the weight-loss inflammation connection and have purchased Glorious One-Pot Meals! It will become an invaluable tool to use for following the Bright Line Eating plan as every single ingredient in every single recipe can be substituted or omitted without a hitch.

To answer your specific question: YES! Of course you can double or triple the amount of veggies in a meal, or even make a 100% vegetable recipe! You’ll even find an entire Vegetarian section in the cookbook to give you some inspiration, but every recipe could easily contain more vegetables and less or no meat or grains. Once you understand the technique, you’ll make very GOPM exactly the way you want it to be, with whatever ingredients and flavors you choose to include.

The only time to pay a bit more attention is when you want to include grains like rice or quinoa, pasta, or other dry goods. Then you’ll want to be sure to check with the Common Measurements section in the front of the book to determine exactly how much liquid you need to hydrate that dry good.

There are lots of video demonstrations on this website and on my YouTube channels to help you along the way.  🙂

Happy cooking! ~Elizabeth

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!

Spicy To You May Be Bland to Me

Why is it that when you serve the very same meal to three different people you might get three different responses?

I’ll never forget the evening I tested a new Glorious One-Pot Meal recipe at a family gathering. “It needs a little more spice,” my aunt confided at the table. “I would go heavier on the oregano.”

“No!” my mother (her twin sister) insisted. “It’s too spicy already! There are too many herbs.The flavors are too confusing.”

I looked at the other family members licking their plates. “What did you think?”

The husbands thought the meal had been appropriately seasoned.

Lesson: you can’t please all the people all the time.

As it happens, taste is a complex interaction between taste buds and olfactory receptors. Some people are more sensitive to taste and smell, while others are less so. Head injuries and viral infections can rob some of their sense of smell, sending them running for chile peppers to get some sensation to call “taste” on their tongue.

My philosophy is to try to hit the middle ground with my recipes and offer people the option to add more or less spice, according to their personal preferences.

Glorious One-Pot Meals on TV Today!

I just returned from shooting two live television appearances this morning — whew! What a whirlwind. And so much fun!

Farmhouse Pasta Glorious One-Pot Meal
Farmhouse Pasta Glorious One-Pot Meal

I debuted two never-before-demonstrated recipes from the new GOPM cookbook: Farmhouse Pasta (video) and Feta Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes. At the moment of this posting, I do not see the Colorado & Company video up yet, but it would be worth checking back for it as it will take me a while to edit and post these videos and the recipes on my GOPM site.