Tuesday, January 11, 2011

One Pot Dinner

After my Dreamfields Pasta experiment and deeming this brand of pasta WLS-friendly and Reactive-Hypoglycemia-safe, I'm excited to share my first pasta recipe that I don't need to add a disclaimer about moderation or excess carbs or "white stuff."

One Pot Dinner

I bought a new cookbook at one of those bargain book stores where they have millions of books piled up on tables everywhere. Make Life Easier - Easy Slow Cooker Recipes. It's a tiny little book that's jammed with so many delicious sounding recipes! All recipes are for the slow cooker, but can easily be adapted to stovetop cooking (like I did with this recipe). This One Pot Meal (page 33) was one of the first that caught my eye. I made a few adjustments for my own tastes and of course, used Dreamfields elbow macaroni instead of traditional pasta.

It turned out pretty delicious and I highly recommend this one for the whole family. The original recipe calls for a sprinkling of cheddar cheese on top of each serving, but I skipped that part since I don't like cheese to muddle up my stuff (gasp! cheese lovers are in shock right now!)

One Pot Dinner Recipe

1.5 pounds lean ground beef
1 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt
1 32-ounce carton beef broth
2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes
1.5 cup great northern white beans (from my freezer stash)
1 large onion
1 pound carrots - sliced
1 cup Dreamfields elbow macaroni, cooked & drained

In a large stock pot, brown the ground beef with seasoned salt and onion. Drain excess fat and rinse with water (this is a trick I learned from Wendy's - that's how they prepare the beef for their chili, rinsed in water after browning). Return beef to pot and add beef broth and carrot slices. Allow this to cook for about 10 minutes until carrots begin to cook and get softer. In another pot, cook the pasta according to the directions on the box, except undercook the pasta by about 2 minutes (cooking will finish in the dinner pot). Add the diced tomatoes and beans along with pasta. Stir and let simmer for 10-15 minutes until everything is blended, cooked soft and ready for the tummy.

I served mine with fresh cracked pepper. But you can add the original recommendation of shredded cheddar cheese if you prefer.

One Pot Dinner



  1. There are some people who claim that the dreamfield pasta is another "false low carb" product out there...

  2. Hala - I'm fully aware of the reports on the pasta. I did my own test (visit the link in the first sentence) and the way my body reacts to Dreamfields is obviously different than what happened with the guy in the link you sent. For my own body, I'm satisfied that it's a safe food to eat in moderation and that's what I do. When I get a hankering for pasta, this is the brand I choose.


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