This morning I weighed 173.1 lbs, body fat 17.3%—undoubtedly the “173” theme is coincidental. So I am close to my 170 goal, and returning to one-pot meals (450ºF for 45.0 minutes—another numeric coincidence) hasn’t seemed to hurt. I realized that these GOPM are really grub in another guise, and I approach them the same way by answering two questions: what’s the starch? and what’s the protein? I go for 2/3 serving/meal for the first, and 3-4 oz/meal for the second.
Lately I’ve favored my Staub 3.5-qt round cocotte (mine is in lemon), from which I get 3 meals. (At the link the capacity is given as 4 qts, but 3.5 qts is accurate—well, 3.5 to the bottom of the ridge just under the top; 4 qt if you fill to the absolute brim.)
I don’t worry about the fat—I trim it from meat and add 2 tsp oil to the dish (for the three meals). I fill the pot with vegetables—always some onion and garlic and celery (now that I know the trick of chopping the entire bunch when I get it, drying the pieces, and storing in the fridge ready to go), and always the prime consideration is which leafy greens to include.
My breakfast cereal has now settled at 2 Tbsp each of oat bran, rolled oats, chia seed, and hulled hemp seed, along with the 1/2 tsp of turmeric. I pour 1 cup boiling water (from the pot I bring to boil to make my morning cup of tea) over that, and it takes only a couple of minutes to thicken on the heat. Then I stir in homemade pepper sauce and top with an egg, cooked over easy in 1/2 pat butter. Top that with Bac’Uns and you have a tasty breakfast that will stick with you.
Pacific Dover sole
pepper, crushed red pepper
peeled and chopped lemon
thinly sliced fennel
asparagus cut into pieces
slivered dried tomatoes
conundrum: chopped green cabbage? or green beans?
Maybe I’ll put a sliced tomato in there somewhere: on top of the cabbage, if I use it, or perhaps atop the lemon-and-caper layer.
One nice thing about GOPM meals: no penalty for improvisation, so long as you cover the basics. Eggplant is also a possibility in this one, as are mushrooms. I’ll just see how the layers go…