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Glorious One-Pot Meals: A Revolutionary New Quick and Healthy Approach to Dutch-Oven Cooking Paperback – January 6, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
Not with this book! I've had it for over a month now, and now well over half of my meals are made using it. Most recipes are really good. I say most, because some are really quite bland, but even then it was no worse than many of my former 'quick meals' I use to make. My former baked chicken, rice, and a veggie is right on par with the frozen chicken meal she has, and it doesn't get any worse than that!
What I really love about this cookbook:
- Everything is healthy
- You can cook with frozen vegetables and meats
- It's easy to add a variety of foods you wouldn't normally use
- Vegetables turn out crisp, meats turn out tender
- Rice used in recipes turns out PERFECT and soooo tasty
- Foods don't mix flavors, but end up complimenting each other very very well.
- My Husband now eats second helpings of vegetables. Sometimes he even cleans out the pot.
- some of your food may get a little browned, especially rice. I don't mind it, but I know some people wouldn't like that. If you don't like it, adjust your time.
- You don't need to double up your recipes to use the 5qt. Just take a few minutes off the total cooking time. I cook my meals 3-5 minutes less than she suggests, depending on the ingredients. You'll get a feel for it during your first few attempts.
- Most recipes could use more salt. Usually when she says to sprinkle salt and pepper, I end up using about a tablespoon.
- Many of the recipes call for half of a certain vegetable. Half a pepper, half a zucchini... If its only one vegetable like that in a recipe, I generally put the whole thing in if I know I'm not planning to use it in the future. Better than letting it rot in my fridge, and it seems to have no effect on the quality of the meal.
My Favorite Recipes
- Glorious Macaroni and Cheese (make sure to use a strong flavored cheese)
- Fiesta Steak (sooo flavorful!)
- Honey and Spice Pork (can be a little overpowering for some people)
- Pacific Island Seafood (My husband raved about this one)
- Ed's New England Fish Chowder (DON'T add extra salt)
- Dill Salmon (Used fresh salmon, turned out spectacular)
- Rosemary Chicken (I use more rosemary than recommended)
All in all, this book has saved me not only time, but stopped us from eating out as much which of course saves us money. It's healthy, and it really doesn't hurt that I'm not buying Hamburger Helpless anymore! I actually get excited when I start my grocery list, because I can actually cook these meals. I know that my husband and I are eating so much better now than we were before.
Another note - most recipes call for baking in a 450 degree oven, but my dutch oven (Lodge Color Enameled Cast-Iron 6-Quart Dutch Oven, Island Spice) indicated that it shouldn't be used above 400 degrees. I kept the oven at 400 and kept a close eye to see if I would need to modify the time, but didn't - everything still cooked up perfectly and in the noted time.
This book is the perfect solution for someone like me. I have had this book for a few weeks now and I managed to make most of the vegetarian recipes and let me tell you - this is a miracle book.
The ingredients are easy to find - and the preparation time is minimal and ALL of it can be done in one pot - period.
The recipes are excellent and easy to make - they taste great..
I also appreciated the breakdown of the calories and fat content for each (watch out for some of the fat contents - they can be a little high).
The one thing that was missing were the pictures of the meals. I would have liked to see what the finished product looked like. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful, wonderful book.
One suggestion, I did try making these recipes in a regular glass casserole and the recipes actually do taste much better in a dutch oven. The dutch oven is way more expensive, but is worth it You will send up getting all your money back on the savings you will be making eating in instead of out.
I love the ease of preparation and the flexibility in the recipes. It is nice to put together dinner in just a few minutes, clean up after prep in just a few more and then have about 30 minutes to relax before dinner is ready. I appreciate that the recipes all use healthy foods and not cans of "cream of something" soup or other highly processed ingredients. I have found that many of the recipes (especially those with grains included) serve my husband and me for two nights. The enameled cast-iron dutch oven is a breeze to clean - it is like teflon if you spray it first as recommended.
After hearing Elizabeth speak at one of her book signing parties, I am also eager to branch out from the published recipes and try some one-pot versions of our old time favorite foods. This really is fool-proof cooking if you follow just a few basic guidlines - the right pot at the right temperature for the right amount of time.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to eat delicious, healthy meals with little effort.