There are a zillion reasons to love One Pots. Easy to prepare, even easier to clean up, and seriously hard to get wrong, a One Pot meal is our go-to for flavorful, functional food at its coziest best.
More than just the genius of convenience, One Pots work magic for your body too. Around the world, eating warm food is considered one of the best things you can do for your health. In Chinese medicine, warm food moves energy in the body. In Ayurveda, they can help balance you out. Science tells us that the very process of cooking makes food easier to digest. Add spice to this mix turns your food into superfood, boosting nutrients, increasing absorption, and improving overall gut health.
The possibilities for One Pots are endless, but the formula is simple: A decent pot (now’s the time to break out a Dutch Oven), a few tablespoons of Golden Butter, and whatever combination of grains, vegetables, and meat you please. Make them as basic or as lavish as you please. Start your meat or hearty veg in Golden Butter over medium heat, toss in grains (we love a combination of rice and split mung beans), add anything else you’d like: cover the whole lot with stock or water; pop on the lid and leave it on low heat or in the oven at 170 degrees. Go off and do the many things you need to do. Check on it when you feel like it. After a few hours, trust there will be a pot of nutritious, flavorful goodness waiting for you.
How will you know it’s done?
The Countertop Golden Rule: It’s ready if you can eat it with a bowl and a spoon.
Top 5 Spices for One Pots:
Cumin: The Body’s BFF
The whole world loves cumin for its digestion-friendly ways. Packed with vitamins and minerals from A to zinc (and especially rich in copper, iron, and calcium), it increases enzyme production, helps fortify bones, and boost production of healthy red blood cells. The antibacterial spice acts as a super tenderizer when used in a marinade, rub, or stew.
Black Pepper: The Workhorse
A superhero in plain sight, black pepper is a staple on every kitchen countertop and table. Packed with manganese and Vitamin K, pepper stimulates the taste buds to get hydrochloric acid going, revving up digestion. It’s a megasource for powerful antioxidant piperine, which stops free radicals in their tracks.
Turmeric: The Superstar
Cancer-fighter, heart-helper, immunity booster, and digestive aid: Is there anything that turmeric doesn’t do? It’s one and only edible source of star antioxidant curcumin, and one of the best spices for overall health, wellness, and vitality. Pair it with a pinch of black pepper to up the bioavailability of nutrients.
Cardamom: The Super Soother
Cardamom is the go-to spice for making unhappy guts happy again. Loaded with naturally occurring minerals calcium, iron, potassium, Vitamin C, it is also one of the most concentrated sources of calming magnesium around. It warms the body, improving blood circulation and detoxification, and is believed to have anti-depressant properties, too.
Asafoetida: The Extra Chill
Since the Roman Empire, asafoetida has been used to help with digestive issues, respiratory conditions, anxiety, cramps, and restlessness. Powered dried sap of ferula plant roots (they’re in the carrot family), its nutritive combination of calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, and B Vitamins is as essential to wellness today as ever. More than just a flavor bomb, the antioxidant spice is a powerful antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory.