Category Archives: Kitchen Tools

Rice Cooker: A Health Nut’s Best Friend

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Do you know what a rice cooker is? It’s like a slow cooker for rice – in other words – it does the cooking for you!!! Once you have one, you will wonder how you ever survived without one. You can significantly up your nutrition game with this simple appliance as it takes away all of the difficulty of cooking whole grains.

As a creature of habit, I make out my grocery list once a week by coming up with menus for each night’s dinner. Brown rice as a side dish required scheduling – I could only cook it on a day when I knew that I could hang around the kitchen. As I like to walk the dog in the late afternoon after work, this was a big problem. I can’t say how many times the rice would come out a little funky because I had to turn off the flame when a child needed to be picked up somewhere.

Now that I have treated myself to a rice cooker, brown rice is a no-brainer. I just measure, rinse, add water, set the timer, and I am a free woman! And, rice actually tastes like it does when you get it from the Chinese restaurant – light and fluffy as opposed to the mushy stuff I usually ended up with no matter what I tried.

With a rice cooker, you will feel like you have your own servant. One night recently, I made a chicken recipe in the slow cooker and had the rice cooker cooking the brown rice. Dinner was truly cooking itself!

The rice cooker cooks more than just rice. The other morning I realized that someone had eaten the last of the leftover brown rice I had been planning on taking for my lunch. I quick popped some quinoa in the rice cooker before my shower. By the time I was ready to leave for work, I not only had quinoa for my lunch, but now I had leftover quinoa for breakfast for the rest of the week! The rice cooker has also played a big role in my new-found love of amaranth porridge – I no longer have to stand and stir until the porridge is cooked through.

So, I highly recommend that you add a rice cooker to that birthday list that already has an immersion blender on it. The right tools go a long way toward helping you to be a happy health nut!

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Immersion Blender: Why You Need One

2013-12-24 13.46.26When is your next birthday? I have just the thing for the top of your list – an immersion blender!  Mine has become my new favorite kitchen toy.  I actually have had mine for a while, using it every now and then when a soup recipe called for a partial puree.  However, I have just learned of a new trick which has me in totally in love with this little device.

I got the trick from reading “Clean Food” by Terry Walters (a cookbook that I highly recommend!)  What she taught me is that you can use an immersion blender to do the chopping for you when whisking salad dressing!  This allows you to make fresh salad dressing, filled only with wholesome ingredients that you choose, within a matter of minutes.  You will never need to buy bottled salad dressing, filled with mystery ingredients, again.

I kid you not – I can make the following dressing in eight minutes – tops:

For those of you with digestive issues, this little trick may allow you to start enjoying salads again.  The immersion blender completely emulsifies things like garlic and shallots.  Although these tend not to be so IBS-friendly, you may find that if the blender liquifies them, they may be easier for your digestive system.

My immersion blender came in a set with a handy chopper (Cuisinart CSB-79 Smart Stick), but you can also buy it as a stand-alone (Cuisinart CSB-75 Smart Stick).

Little kids are not the only ones who like to play with toys.  Be a happy health nut and have fun in the kitchen!

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