How to cook meats for summer dishes in a healthy way: In an MEC clay pot
Including meat in your diet has many health benefits – it is good for skin, boosts the immune system, provides energy, and improves iron absorption in the body. It aids in the production of hemoglobin and is a rich source of protein and other essential amino acids.
It is also a rich source of protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, sodium, and zinc. Meat also may contain various vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, A, E, D, and various fatty acids.
As per USDA’s Food Data Central report, meat can be a good source of water and energy, thereby might help you stay hydrated and moving. This makes it a must for your summer dishes. Because of the fat content in meats, it is important to balance having meat on some days with enjoying meat-free dishes on other days.
If you want to cook meat dishes this summer at home, you must be thinking about the healthiest way to do so. Getting organic and unprocessed ingredients for your meat dish is a great first start but an even more important factor is – how you cook it. Is there a way to cook it in a 100% non-toxic pot with the least amount of oil and all the nutrients intact? Luckily, there is. And no, it does not require more time or leave your meat undercooked just because you are using less oil. Keep reading to find out how.
Cooking meats for summer dishes in a healthier way – the need for the right cooking pot
Cooking meat in a conventional pot poses many challenges for your health. Conventional cooking pots are made from metals or ceramics. Metals are innately reactive, and ceramics are laden with chemicals containing metal oxides among other toxic substances. Cooking your meat in such pots leaches and contaminates your food with toxins from the raw material.
Secondly, the harsh heat from these materials destroys most, if not all, nutrients. And your meat loses its natural taste and aroma. This is where many turn to bottled sauces and marinades to add moisture, flavor and aroma. But many of these contain high levels of sodium, sugar, and chemical preservatives.
Another challenge with cooking meats in conventional cookware is that, you might need to use a lot of oil to cook it well which poses another health hazard. The oil breaks into trans-fat when heated. And we know how bad trans-fat is for the heart.
Lastly, to preserve flavors, you might need to cook some larger meats by roasting slowly, which consumes a lot of time and energy. And many cooks may drop the idea for this reason alone, especially in the summer.
Fortunately, there is a cooking pot that overcomes all these issues and provides additional healthy features that makes cooking meat easy and convenient. Keep reading to learn more.
MEC’s pure clay pot – perfect for cooking meats healthily
Miriams Earthen Cookware (MEC) is a pioneering US-based company that makes pots and pans from lab tested primary clay. They do not add anything or modify clay in any way which ensures the pots are as pure and healthy as the raw material.
Pure clay is naturally non-toxic and inert so there is no risk of leaching. It radiates far infrared heat that cooks meat from inside out – thoroughly and evenly. Even the most delicate nutrients are preserved in the process because of this gentle heat. And you can cook with little no oil – because MEC pots are naturally non-stick.
Furthermore, you can replace the amount of oil with water in your recipe while cooking. And if you want, you could add your healthy oil on top toward the end of cooking. It doesn’t break down into trans-fat. The whole process takes place at low heat and consumes much less time – quick and convenient.
For example, here is how you can braise in an MEC pot:
Add ¼ cup water to the pot, 1 tsp. healthy cooking oil (cold pressed pure oils are the healthiest), add the seasoned meat, add vegetables and spices if desired, layer with onions on the top, cover and cook until done on medium-low heat. Open the lid, add salt, and finishing spices such as thyme and cilantro. Continue to cook on medium-low for 5-7 minutes. Turn off the stove. Let the dish rest on the stovetop or on the counter atop cotton towel, for 10 minutes to allow the flavors of the dish to “come together”.
This is just one example of how easy it gets with MEC. And the meats cooked in MEC tastes amazing:
“The taste of braised meat is exceptional! The meat turns out flavorful and the food cooks faster.”– Miriam Kattumuri
You can also make summer salads with some meat, or or light lemon chicken with asparagus, and so on.
Intrigued? Head over to our online store and order a clay pot for cooking meat in a healthy way for your next summer dish. Here are a few meat recipes from MEC to make things more interesting: