Best rice cooker for healthy grain and vegetable dishes
Rice and other grains are quite popular among people around the world. And why not, one can eat these in numerous ways by combining with different ingredients. Moreover, they are rich in nutrients and easy to cook. Let us look at these 3 grains that are everyone’s favorites and learn about the best way to cook them with vegetables:
This is hands down the most enjoyed staple among people of all age groups. It is rich in carbs and tastes great. The healthiest variety of rice is parboiled aged rice because it is rich in nutrients. It is best to avoid so-called ‘enriched’ or GMO varieties because they are heavily processed and full of starch. Brown rice is a term for rice grains that still have their bran layers. They are considered healthier than white rice due to the higher fiber content.
These are among the healthiest whole grains, are naturally gluten-free, and packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Oats are rich in antioxidants and soluble fibers that aid digestion and nutrient absorption; and lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. The best variety are whole oats, and the processed varieties like instant oatmeal are best to avoid.
Millet is an ancient grain perhaps best known as an ingredient in birdseed. It is incredibly nutritious and is a great source of magnesium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, B vitamins and fiber. It is also naturally gluten-free, and reduces inflammation, lowers blood triglycerides, and improves blood sugar control.
The best way to cook whole grains with vegetables
These three grains, like many others, are the healthiest when whole and can be enjoyed with a variety of vegetables. To cook these in the healthiest way, one must choose the best rice and grains cooker.
The cooking pots made from metals or ceramics can potentially render them unhealthy and nutrition deficient. This is because such materials are reactive, so they leach while cooking and contaminate grains. Also, the harsh near infrared heat radiating from them destroys most nutrients. This ordeal causes even the healthiest grains to lose nutritional value, natural taste, and aroma.
Therefore, it is better to choose a healthier material for your rice and grains cooker. MEC’s primary clay pots are perfect for this job. They are made from lab tested primary clay and are naturally non-toxic, so nothing leaches into your grains while cooking.
Also, MEC’s clay radiates unique far infrared heat that cooks your grains gently by penetrating deep into each grain and cooking them thoroughly and evenly. These pots are breathable and let any excess water evaporate causing the grains to cook perfectly moist and fluffy.
Combining these with different vegetables is easy when cooking in MEC. Because MEC cooks food from inside out, you can cook vegetables and grains together in one pot so none of them turns out uncooked or overcooked. Just put in all the ingredients at once in MEC pot, add proportionate amount of water, cover, and let cook on low heat until fully done. Considering that water releases from the vegetables, you can add a little less water than you would if you were cooking rice alone.
You can keep checking for doneness in between and turn the stove off right before the dish is fully done. Your food keeps cooking by taking heat from the pot – because MEC pots retain far infrared heat and stay warm for hours after cooking. This is also quite helpful in keeping your food warm for a long time as you do not have to re-heat food every time you serve.
By following this method of cooking your rice and vegetables in an MEC rice cooker, you may try different recipes like grain salad with vegetables, spring vegetable grain bowl, rice with lentils – one pot wholesome meals and so on. All your dishes will cook highly nutritious and delicious with MEC’s pure clay rice cooker.
Interested in cooking your whole grains with veggies in MEC’s healthy rice and grains cooker? Head over to our online store and order a clay pot today.
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