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Old 02-28-2017, 01:02 PM   #1
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How many items on a plate?

I recently spent a few days visiting an old friend who is a great cook. She made some delicious meals but I noticed that most of them were one dish meals. In other words - there was one item to eat. As an example one night there was a pasta dish that was pasta tossed with some veggies, sauced and topped with a little parm. I found that I actually ate more at these meals than I might is there were more and varied items on my plate.


So I 'm taking note and making a personal pledge to always have 3 items (or more) at a meal even if it's just a side salad and an extra veg.

How often do you make a one dish meal?

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Old 02-28-2017, 01:08 PM   #2
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I can see where an Italian meal might be a one dish meal when a meat, pasta, and marinara are combined but then usually there will be bread and a salad. The same can be said for soups and stews. It wouldn't be for every meal, would it then? Of late, I'm trying to add more greens to the meal. Tonight will be an exception.
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Old 02-28-2017, 01:12 PM   #3
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I rarely make a meal like that. Even if we're having soup or stew, I make something to go on the side.
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Old 02-28-2017, 02:34 PM   #4
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When we make one pot meals, such as pot roast, there is meat and veges on the plate. Bibimbap, for example, is served in a single bowl, but there are many garnishes to go with it.
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When we make one pot meals, such as pot roast, there is meat and veges on the plate. Bibimbap, for example, is served in a single bowl, but there are many garnishes to go with it.
I don't put potatoes in my pot roast anymore. I never liked them cooked that way growing up, but it never occurred to me to do it differently till someone here mentioned serving pot roast with mashed potatoes. So now I do that
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Old 02-28-2017, 02:56 PM   #6
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I'm one of those three-things-on-a-plate people. Protein++. The "++" used to be potato (or pasta) and a veggie, but more often it's been two veggies. I've even been moving toward four items on the plate, allowing even less space to the protein. I like different colored foods on our plates. Sometimes, though, the plate ends up looking pretty blonde in spite of my best efforts.

Salad, BTW, is always on its own plate. Ideally served before the entree plate, but that usually doesn't happen for "the cook" in this house. I just don't like salad dressing encroaching into my hot foods.
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Old 02-28-2017, 03:44 PM   #7
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I don't put potatoes in my pot roast anymore. I never liked them cooked that way growing up, but it never occurred to me to do it differently till someone here mentioned serving pot roast with mashed potatoes. So now I do that
That may have been me. I make mashed potatoes for pot roast too.
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Old 02-28-2017, 03:44 PM   #8
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The majority of my meals are one dish meal, simply because I need to be fairly frugal with food. So if I say I'm having mashed potatoes for dinner, that's really all I'm having.

But like Janet, I've noticed that when I have two or more items to eat with a main meal, I do tend to eat less. So I am trying to include more sides. It isn't easy for me as it's hard in my kitchen to cook several things simultaneously (sometimes I can't even fit two pans on burners next to each other) and also, I'm the sort of person who can eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and not mind it. I also don't mind eating the same thing two or three days in a row, as long as I like what I'm eating.

All of that really contributes to me overeating and it's something I'm trying to stop by having more variety in my meals.
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Depending on what's for dinner, there could be anywhere from one to four things at a place setting:

Meat, starch, veggie
Pasta with sauce/meat, salad
Chili and cornbread
Stew is a complete meal as is.
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I too am a three or more items to a plate. Along with potatoes and protein with gravy, I like to serve two veggies.

I very seldom serve a dessert, so I want the family to leave the table satisfied. My family was never much for a salad. Yet I would keep pieces of cut up celery or carrots in the fridge for snacking. A daily routine of making sure they were there in the fridge when they got home from school.
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