Friday, October 07, 2016

Fantastical Feature: 101 One-Dish Dinners

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One-dish is a winning formula for today's busy families. In 101 One-Dish Dinners, Andrea Chesman shows off the versatility of Dutch ovens, skillets, and casserole pans. Classic baked dishes like ham and potato gratin, chicken potpie, and vegetable lasagne go head-to-head with diverse stovetop suppers like jambalaya, seafood paella, and pad Thai. For those looking for something a little lighter but still filling, there are plenty of meal-in-a-bowl salads and timeless soups. Serve up a nourishing meal tonight with little fuss and fewer dishes! - via Netgalley

There was no hesitation for me to request a copy of this cookbook on Netgalley. I was so happy when it was gifted my way. I love one pot/one dish/one skillet meals. Basically, any meal that is going to mean less dishes for me is going to be high up on my favorites list! I picked out 5 recipes to make from the book to incorporate in my already planned out monthly meal plan. I decided upon Beef Stew, Ham & Potato Gratin, Chicken Tetrazzini, Minestrone alla Genovese, and Sausage and Kale with Garlic Roasted Potatoes. There were a million other recipes I wanted to try, but these were the ones that really spoke to me. I love the format of this cookbook. It's super colorful and easy to read. What I really love is that the ingredients list is on the right and the directions are on the left. I never really realized that that was a format that was easier for me to read, but it is!

I got around to making all but the Ham & Potato Gratin (which I am so bummed about because it had gruyere in it!) Somehow the pictures of the Beef Stew did not make it, but I do have pictures of the other three recipes that were all keepers. The Beef Stew had the option for turnips or rutabagas which we have never tried, so we did turnips. I'm not sure how I felt about them, but the kids didn't seem to mind at all. It was still a fantastic, traditional-style beef stew.

The Chicken Tetrazzini was the first recipe up and I chose it because I have my mom-in-law's recipe and I literally butcher hers every single time. So I am basically on a quest to find something that even comes close to hers and this definitely was it. I really loved the addition of green beans in it. It will definitely be one we will make again.

Next up is the Sausage and Kale with Garlic Roasted Potatoes - literally no bad words in that title! This was my favorite of the 4 made and I have made it again two more times already (which is completely unheard of for me). Mason also really loved this one and mooched when I had leftovers for lunch - all three times :)

And last, the Minestrone alla Genovese which is Genoa's version of minestrone - what makes it stand apart? You add pesto at the very end! Another win for all of us. Plus it had kale, pasta, and more beans. I made a lot of kale and bean recipes!

101 One-Dish Dinners gets 4 Utensils from me! There is a great variety of recipes and they are all relatively easy to make and there is little clean up afterwards!
You can find 101 One-Dish Dinners on Amazon

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