About a year ago I interviewed the author of Glorious One Pot Meals, Elizabeth Yarnell. But I never did try any of the recipes. Now I’m kicking myself and asking, where has this cookbook BEEN all my life?!
I had a good reason for not trying the recipes, because they all require a cast iron enameled Dutch oven, and I didn’t own one. But when I was at IKEA recently, I picked up a 5 quart Dutch oven for the low price of $59.
I LOVE this cooking method and I LOVE this pot. I’ve been cooking the most delicious healthy dishes in the last few days and it’s just as easy as using a slow cooker but has some unique benefits.
For one, the veggies stay intact and retain their color and integrity. I don’t like smushy, grey veggies and that often happens in a slow cooker. Every night I’ve gotten rave reviews from dinner.
Secondly, I can assemble dinner in the Dutch oven in the morning (similar to a slow cooker) and put it in the oven 45 minutes before dinner. The flavors seem to intermingle and blend together in such a lovely way. The food is so aromatic and best of all, just ONE pot to clean!
And I love that the meat, whole grain, and veggies are all cooked together at once. It makes it so EASY to cook healthfully.
Once you get the ratios and layering aspect down, you can experiment with your own favorite recipes. My ONE caveat with this cookbook is that the recipes have little fat. I find myself adding pats of butter or coconut oil (because fat is very good!) to the top of the food, but that is a very small issue.
You have to look at this cookbook. Here is a Glorious One Pot Meals cookbook review that one of our reviewers wrote.