Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
While tagines are sometimes referred to “the original slow cookers,” there is an electric terra cotta clay-pot slow cooker on the market. The VitaClay Smart Multicooker has a Zisha clay lining (made of the same clay used for Chinese tea pots and clay cooking vessels for more than 2,000 years). Its double lid encourages steam production, which allows food to cook in its own moisture and preserve nutrients, minerals and vitamins without added fats. The VitaClay also comes with a cookbook that includes recipes such as Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons and Moroccan Fish Tagine with Aromatic Spices.
Preparing meals now doesn’t take me any longer than when I was eating lots of processed food, refined sugars, and animal products. Slow food doesn’t have to be a full-time gig. You don’t have to hire a personal chef or quit your day job... these five tools cut down prep time and/or bump up the quality of the daily staples in my kitchen. And you don’t have to be vegan, vegetarian, or experimenting with raw food cuisine, as I have, to enjoy the results.
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“Unlike the nonstick metal bowls of most other rice cookers, the VitaClay’s 6-cup removable cooking bowl is made from clay. It is dishwasher- and microwave-friendly and the smooth surface is naturally nonstick.
The cooker has various settings for white, brown and sweet (sushi) rice. Making rice is as easy as dumping the ingredients in the bowl and pushing a button...
The finished product was excellent. It also has a slew of sophisticated settings to make your slow cooking easier, including options for braising, porridge and soups. A timer also allows the cooker to be set to start automatically, then stop cooking and keep the food warm.”
“Helping set vitaclay apart from other slow cookers and rice cookers is its natural liner made of unglazed clay. This is said to enhance the flavor and texture of food, as well as retain juices and nutrients; also it is free of the metals and chemicals typically found in glazes and non-stick coatings.”
Know you should feed your family healthy, whole, home-cooked meals, but crunched for time and on a tight budget?
Cooking nutritious, amazing meals for your family does not have to take all day or break the bank! Using simple, nutrient-filled ingredients, you can create gourmet meals for your family with only minutes of preparation time.
VitaClay Chef is the latest innovation in ancient nutrition!
Our removable clay pot insert is all natural and free of aluminum, Teflon, heavy metals and non-stick coatings. The organic clay steams food to perfection: preserving nutrients and flavors without added oils and fats.
It’s fully electronic, so you can set it and forget it! Fill the pot with ingredients and then go have fun, because the chef is in the kitchen taking care of dinner!
Pre-programmed with automatic settings for brown and white rice, soups and stews, this cooker functions as both a rice cooker and a slow cooker.
Better yet: it slow cooks quickly--a traditional slow cooker recipe for 8 hours on the low setting only takes 2 hours in VitaClay, fully cooked with improved texture! From oatmeal to quinoa, pasta to beans: VitaClay is your one-pot source for cooking just about any meal.
Clean-up is simple: the clay has natural non-stick properties, and is dishwasher and microwave safe. Pre-set options allow you to program a start time, so your meal is fresh and hot when you are ready to eat. From start to finish, VitaClay makes your life easier. Don’t eat out--save money and your waistline: eat healthy with VitaClay every day!
Here’s an idea for an incredibly easy, quick and healthy one-pot meal with VitaClay:
Rinse rice and place in clay pot with liquid. Set VitaClay to “brown rice” setting and allow to cook for 30 minutes. Just before it’s finished, open the pot and add the salmon fillets.
Close the lid and allow to finish the cycle. Let the rice “rest” on warm for 10-20 minutes after the cooking cycle is complete.Open the pot and mix the fish with the rice: the marinade adds flavor to the rice, and the fish is a delicious, filling complement. Feel free to remove the attractive clay pot and serve as-is, or with a veggie side dish for a quick, healthy, delicious whole food meal. Serves 4.