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A Dutch oven is great for quick one pot meals
An entire meal in one pot
My Dutch oven has to be the best money I ever spent. I can cook an entire meal in one pot in a short amount of time. I think it even beats a traditional slow cooker in certain areas. The vegetables seem to maintain more of their integrity and individual flavors. If you decide to invest in a Dutch oven, I suggest getting one with a ceramic coating since they are easier to clean. The recipe for my latest Dutch oven meal is below.
- 2 zucchini, cut into thick chunks
- 1/2 large onion, cut into rough chunks
- 2 generous handfuls baby carrots
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into halves
- 1 package Good Seasons Italian Dressing and Recipe Mix
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- About a teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut two zucchini and 1/2 a large onion into rough chunks and place in a Dutch oven. Add a couple of handfuls of baby carrots. Try to cut ingredients into sizes that will allow for relatively equal cooking times.
- Sprinkle 1/2 of the Italian dressing packet onto the vegetables and drizzle with just enough olive oil to slightly coat the vegetables.
- Cut two boneless, skinless chicken breasts in halves. Season with remainder of the Italian dressing packet and a little salt and pepper. Place chicken on top of the vegetables and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through.
Feel free to experiment
This "recipe" is very versatile. I put this type of meal together frequently and we never seem to get tired of it. You can use any combination of root vegetables that you like. I have used potatoes, yams, onion, leeks, carrots, turnips, parsnips, and even brussel sprouts. If I am in a Tex-Mex mood I will season with things like cumin and chili powder. I also love thyme, Italian seasoning, and even curry. I do tend to stick with chicken for the protein, I think beef would tend to be a little tough and I don't tend to cook with fish since we do not live in an area where you get good fresh seafood.
The Dutch oven technique in this recipe is inspired by Elizabeth Yarnell's book "Glorious One Pot Meals". The method could not be more simple or versatile.
© 2015 Vicki Holder