ONE-POT COOKING FOR TWO
Effortless Meals for Your Sheet Pan, Skillet, Slow Cooker, and More
By: Linda Kurniadi
Published: October 29, 2019
Publisher: Rockridge Press
With the boys off to college, the number of people I am regularly feeding is down to three or less. Our daughter is often at practice or school activity and often doesn’t eat with us either. I’m trying to learn how to make our favorite meals with less food and find new meals that are quick to whip up and use fewer dishes for clean-up. This cookbook sounded perfect for what I was looking for.
The author introduces the ideas of One Pot, Two Plates, Three Meals a Day including how to plan ahead to have less waste, which pots, pans, and kitchen tools you should have, and finally kitchen staples that will be used in the recipes. All the recipes in this cookbook can be prepared in one pot with an icon noting the particular type of pot/pan to use. Recipes also may include a label of “Super Quick”, “5-Ingredient”, “Comfort Food”, “Gluten-Free/Vegan/Vegetarian”. Many of the recipes include tips, prep hacks, or swaps.
Recipe categories include Breakfast and Brunch, Soups and Salads, Vegetable Mains, Seafood, Poultry, Meat, and Snacks and Sides. The end of the book includes a measurement conversion, a list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen of fruits and vegetables, and an index of recipes either alphabetical or by cooking pot/pan. The book doesn’t include a photo with each recipe, which is something I prefer. Instead, there is just a photo of a recipe at the beginning of each chapter.
Back in October, I chose to try French Toast Casserole. Even though this is a cookbook for two, I fed it to our family of five while both boys were home during a fall break. This actually would have been too much food for just my husband and me, but adding meat and fruit, this made for a nice family breakfast.
This recipe was super quick to make and extremely easy. I even made it the night before which made breakfast prep the next morning even quicker. Everyone loved this and I will make this recipe again. There was a small portion leftover and I warmed it up the next day and it was just as good.
Some of the other recipes I am anxious to try include Eggplant Parmesan, Lemon and Parsley Fried Fish, Garlic Lime Fish Tacos, Sweet ‘N’ Tangy Shredded Chicken Sandwich, Bruschetta Grilled Chicken, Braised Pork Tacos, Slow Cooker Brisket, and Creamed Corn. As you can imagine this cookbook is full of amazing recipes that are easy to make, include basic and familiar ingredients, and as few as possible dishes to make clean-up as quick as possible.
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