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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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Sometimes the simplest-seeming cookbooks yield the most surprising revelations, as in nutritionist Yarnell's guide to one-pot cooking. Yarnell's signature infusion method, cooking in a dutch oven at a very hot temperature renders layered vegetables, starches and proteins like tandoori salmon and kale with butternut squash over basmati rice, into a surprisingly well-textured, hearty meal. (It's also foolproof: when you smell the aroma of dinner, you're three minutes from the end of the cooking time.) Dishes like citrus ginger chicken with root vegetables; penne puttanesca; and fiesta steak are simple choices for busy weeknight dinners. The real genius, of course, is the single pot—Yarnell's all-inclusive meals don't require the usual juggling of oven times to coordinate complementary dishes, and cleanup is simplified even further by a preliminary canola oil spritz on the pot. Her emphasis on whole foods, abundant servings of vegetables, moderate amounts of protein and the incorporation of whole grains like amaranth and quinoa justifies her health claims. Yarnell also guides readers in creating their own custom versions of the one-pot meal, even offering a one-pot meal weekly grocery list. (Dec.)
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“When I hear ‘crisp vegetables, tender meats, incredible flavor, ONE pot, and ready in less than thirty minutes,’ I say COUNT ME IN! That’s my Quick Fix mantra! Who doesn’t cherish strategies that deliver wholesome, family-friendly meals in just minutes? All in one pot, which makes for easy cleanup. Glorious One-Pot Meals offers tons of variety, from the fabulously ordinary to the incredibly extraordinary. Fish dishes range from Very, Very Mild Fish to Honey-Chili Trout and Pistachio Halibut (with lavender!). Elizabeth tempts you with All-American Pot Roast and Corned Beef and Cabbage and then wows you with Amaranth Chili. Ready to move beyond Simply Chicken and Chicken Marsala? Then try the African Peanut Butter Stew. Or leap from Glorious Macaroni and Cheese to Aloo Gobi (a flavor-packed, Indian feast). If you’ve got a pot, you’ve got a meal. There’s truly something for everyone.
—Robin Miller, host of Food Network’s “Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller”
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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.
The recipes include herbs and spices, but I have found that if I season each layer as I build the contents of the pot, the food is tastier. Still Yarnell's recipes provide joyful, healthful eating. Today's lunch was Aloo Gobbi and it made the equivalent of four frozen rice bowls at a fraction of the expense. And for anyone with limited time and/or energy, this cookbook is a blessing. I'm very happy that I can prepare wonderful meals even though I have very limited energy.
Incidentally, alll recipes are for 2 people, but Yarnell provides instructions for using the technique for more than 2. And she specifies the kind of enamel covered cast iron pot to use, and they can be pricey.
The recipes are very healthy and full of vegetables, with some carbs, but would be easy to adjust for Atkins. So you eat balanced and healthy, mostly vegetables with some protein. I do find some of the recipes a bit bland and have started doubling the spices/flavorings to make them more to our tastes. Overall, highly recommended, especially if you're trying to incorporate more vegetables into your life, and want to eat healthy. We are happy to have the pot and the cookbook in our lives.