Monday, December 15, 2014

Staying Healthy with an Electric Cooker

With the insane costs of living, renting and buying, it’s harder to come by a large kitchen with a traditional oven in modern apartments these days (trust me, I've looked). However, you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment or space to cook delicious and healthy meals for yourself and your family. Here is a selection of quick, easy and healthy meals you can make using electric cookers.

Vegetable Soups
Making soup is extremely easy and you can add as many or as few ingredients as you want to create various different results. The thickness of the soup will depend on how much water you add; if you like your soup thick, cut back on the stock. After the ingredients have finished cooking, drain the excess water and blend the contents. You can add extra flavor by adding herbs and spices such as cinnamon, black pepper, cumin and turmeric. These soups will keep you feeling full all day long and are also great winter warmers. Great recipes include: carrots and coriander; potato and link; and spicy lentils.

This delicious Indian lentil dish can be cooked slowly in an electric cooker until the lentils are soft. You can use red or black lentils or a combination of both and add chickpeas, kidneys beans and just about anything else you want. Add plenty of turmeric, garlic, cumin and other spices to give the dish a bit of a kick and finish by adding crème fresh or coconut milk before serving.

Thai Curries
Green and red Thai curries are simple with a cooker. The process for cooking these dishes is similar to that of cooking soups, except that you add coconut milk and leave larger chunks of meat and vegetables (like mange tout and corn). Thai green and red curries with chicken can be prepared in just a few minutes and you can vary the heat of your dish with a teaspoon or two of Thai curry paste.
Whether you mix a few ingredients in a pan on the hob or get a bake going in the over, it’s easy to rustle up something healthy, filling and tasty. All you need are a few flavors that you know work well together.

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