Multicooker makes healthy meals quick and easy

Healthy eating has never been easier, or faster.

A multicooker makes cooking a healthy meal accessible and affordable, and takes less time and energy than shopping for not-so-healthy fast food or throwing a frozen pizza in the oven. Roast a chicken in 30 minutes, cook whole grains rich in nutrients like wild rice or barley in 20 minutes, make a bean or lentil stew, chowder or chili in the same 20 minutes – this kitchen wonder is truly a meal changer that can help support healthy eating in the most convenient, quickest, and most delicious way.

What is a multicooker?

Kind of a slow pressure cooker hybrid, the multicooker is a multi-functional phenomenon which is also a rice cooker, steamer, Dutch oven, baker, yogurt maker and more. Versatile and easy to use, it is a great replacement for other cooking equipment, like a slow cooker or rice machine, which frees up space on the counter and cupboards and frees up time during cleaning – a single pot instead of multiple pots and pans.

This device, like a pressure cooker, heats the liquid inside a tight seal, which creates pressure inside the pot as the liquid boils and turns to vapor. As the pressure increases, the temperature rises. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes for the pot to come under pressure. At this point, cooking begins at a rate approximately 70% lower than standard cooking methods. Some dishes require a slow release of pressure after food is cooked.

Health benefits

Because a multicooker uses very little liquid, reaches a temperature of no more than 250 F, and cooks very quickly, it preserves more nutrients than many other cooking methods. Cooking of any kind will result in the loss of some nutrients, such as water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C, thiamine, and folate, but this is minimized in foods exposed to the least liquid at the lowest temperature during cooking. shorter period of time. Research also shows that the availability of other nutrients (like lycopene in tomatoes and other carotenoids in vegetables like carrots, spinach, and broccoli) is actually increasing. This is because cooking helps break down cell walls so that they release nutrients and phytochemicals.

With a multicooker, a meal can be prepared with a potpourri of healthy ingredients from the freezer, refrigerator, and pantry.
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Cooking can be stressful. Time, energy, and motivation are common barriers to getting a healthy meal on the table. Preparing meals with a multicooker can help. A meal can be made with a potpourri of healthy ingredients from the freezer, refrigerator and pantry. Whole grains and healthy legumes – dry or canned – go great with fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables and lean protein like chicken or fish.

With a multicooker, nutrients are retained and flavors and colors are more vivid. Even when you just have time to open a few boxes and bags of frozen vegetables, your meal can be just as healthy and satisfying. Once the ingredients are in the pot and it’s ready, that’s it. Come back when it’s done and serve a healthy meal.

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