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Apr 10, 2014 04:41 PM

You bought your first Le Creuset pot...

... it's 90 degrees outside, and you're trying to eat healthy and keep carbs to a minimum for health reasons.

What is the first thing you'd cook to break in your new pot?

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  1. Simmer up some chick peas for a big batch of hummus and the others can play their part in a grain salad. Warm cooking, cool eating!

    Otherwise, braise up a chuck roast with some beef stock, rubbed with italian herbs for Italian beef sandwiches. The extras freeze amazingly well too .

    And enjoy the new Le Creuset, it will be a joy for years to come.

    1. poach a chicken with lemon and herbs for a cold chicken salad

      vichyssoise (too carby?)


      curried creamy cauliflower soup-good hot or cold

      1. Pork Country ribs and a mess o greens..Just brown the seasoned ribs in a bit of oil and throw in as many greens(collards, mustard, dandelion etc) as you can fit. No liquid is needed as the greens release a lot of moisture. Simmer for a couple of hours.

        1. Beans. They provide protein and complex carbs. Plus you can cook a whole batch and freeze the rest so you only have 1 hot cooking day.

          4 Replies
          1. re: pdxgastro

            I was thinking this too, especially about the "only 1 hot cooking day" part. The 90 degrees outside thing is kind of throwing me to be honest - I love my dutch ovens and cook in them all the time but not so much in that kind of heat.

            1. re: ratgirlagogo

              Yeah it was the temp that got me. I immediately thought SHORT RIBS! then thought about turning on my oven for hours in 90 degree heat and then eating a steaming hot meal… ugh

              1. re: foodieX2

                Yeah, you definitely want a stovetop meal. Deep fry or stovetop braise?

                1. re: biondanonima

                  I think a good cold soup you do with a hand blender. No need to turn on the stove at all!