Easy Mashed Potatoes in VitaClay: Slave Over a Hot Stove No More!

Easy Mashed Potatoes in VitaClay: Slave Over a Hot Stove No More!

Suitable for VitaClay Models VF7700, VM7900 Are you determined to make everyone’s favorite mashed potatoes for your holiday meal, but you’re dreading all of the work it entails? The steaming, the mashing, and the stirring; how do you keep it warm until it’s time to serve? Well if it isn’t already...
Fast Mediterranean-Inspired Succotash

Fast Mediterranean-Inspired Succotash

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† We replaced the southern traditional ingredients of lima beans, corn and onion with kalamata olives, cannellini beans and bell peppers giving this American dish more of a Mediterranean feel. Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 cups broth 1 cup zucchini, chopped 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped ¬Ĺ ¬†cup kal...
Easy, Healthy Tartar Sauce for Every Fish‚ÄĒUsing Homemade Yogurt!

Easy, Healthy Tartar Sauce for Every Fish‚ÄĒUsing Homemade Yogurt!

I love to eat fish. It‚Äôs healthy, light and delicious. It‚Äôs also usually easy and quick. There‚Äôs nothing like a good tartar sauce though. Something about that tangy, rich sauce goes so well with just about any fish and counteracts any ‚Äúfishy‚ÄĚ taste. I recently realized that the store-bought tarta...

Make Sour Cream or Crème Fraiche in Your Clay Pot

Make Sour Cream or Crème Fraiche in Your Clay Pot

            There is something really satisfying about sour cream. It is filling and creamy and delicious, and just adds depth and flavor to anything it touches. Crème fraiche is a little less common, but similar in texture and consistency, so it can add an unexpected tang to dishes that would us...
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Coconut Pecan Sweet Potato Recipe for Vitaclay

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Coconut Pecan Sweet Potato Recipe for Vitaclay

Sweet potatoes are a great source of starch and carbohydrates. This vegetarian slow cooker recipe gives you ample time to multitask while this dish prepares itself in your Vitaclay unit. This slow cooker recipe serves 12 but if your party is smaller, change the amount of recipes accordingly. We h...
Kick that Can to the Curb and Make Your Own Enchilada Sauce!

Kick that Can to the Curb and Make Your Own Enchilada Sauce!

    I’m all about making my own food at home whether it’s American, Thai, Japanese or Mexican. You just never know what they’re putting in that food at restaurants. I can spend less money on higher quality ingredients when I make meals at home. There are times when eating out can’t be avoided, o...

Make Home-Made Gravy, Slow-Simmered in Clay

Make Home-Made Gravy, Slow-Simmered in Clay

Suitable VitaClay models: VS7600, VF7700, VM7900 Make delicious, homemade gravy slow-simmered in clay for your big holiday meal! Mmmm, gravy. It’s good in and on so many dishes: mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, biscuits…the list goes on and on. It adds a meaty, creamy goodness to anything it to...
Slow Cooked VitaClay Refried Beans for Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday!

Slow Cooked VitaClay Refried Beans for Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday!

Suitable for VitaClay Models VM7900 and VF7700 series. Refried beans are great: they’re creamy and smooth, and they’re beans! So they’re full of fiber and nutrition. Refried beans taste great and go really well with chips, in addition to salsa or queso sauce, or in a 7 layer dip! Better yet, they...
Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Barbecue Sauce Recipe

I hope all of you remember all the rating and raving about making your own sauces, because here it is ladies and gentlemen: your very own home made BBQ sauce! Ingredients 1 tablespoon bacon grease, walnut or coconut oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 3 tablespoons minced garlic 3 tablespoons hone...

Steamed Egg for Upset Tummies

Steamed Egg for Upset Tummies

            I lived in China for a few years, and while I was there I learned a few tricks that are widely known there but that I had never heard of before. I’ve also found that virtually no one here knows these tips. One such trick is when you have a sinus or tension headache (especially one at ...
Make Hummus from Scratch with VitaClay!

Make Hummus from Scratch with VitaClay!

Suitable for all VitaClay Models. If using Stock Pot (VM7800 series) please monitor liquid levels and evaporation while cooking.  Hummus is a delicious middle-eastern dip made from garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas) and is a great dip for bread, crackers, chips or veggies. As such, it is a gr...
Lacto-Fermented Salsa in Clay (Pineapple, Corn, Mango or Peach options!)

Lacto-Fermented Salsa in Clay (Pineapple, Corn, Mango or Peach options!)

This recipe does not involve cooking, but the clay pot is great for the fermentation process, so any VitaClay pot is suitable.  Fresh salsa is possibly the best thing ever. Have you ever made your own salsa? Sure, it’s easy and affordable to just buy a jar of salsa at the store. But seriously. Ha...

Fermented Sweet & Sour Sauce: Tangy Zing with Probiotics!

Fermented Sweet & Sour Sauce: Tangy Zing with Probiotics!

Oh, sauces! Sauces are key to a lot of dishes. Especially exotic ones. If you have a favorite Thai, Indian, Chinese, or any other exotic dish, it’s probably the sauce that makes it special. Because think about it: the main part is just the same stuff we always eat: chicken, beef, rice, noodles, w...
Yummy Candied Carrot Side‚ÄĒQuick and Easy in Clay!

Yummy Candied Carrot Side‚ÄĒQuick and Easy in Clay!

Candied carrots are sweet and buttery‚ÄĒlots of vitamins and bright color to add to your main dish. And just different enough to keep everybody guessing. Candied carrots are a great addition to a potluck or just a quick, delicious side to pork chops. Best of all, carrots contain a lot of vitamins s...
Quick, Exotic, Easy Snacks: Southeast Asian Tea Eggs

Quick, Exotic, Easy Snacks: Southeast Asian Tea Eggs

When I lived in China for a couple of years, one of my favorite things was small neighborhood restaurants and markets. Little snack stands dotted every city block, and one of my favorite snacks was tea leaf eggs.  Found almost anywhere, simmering away in a pot full of black liquid, the  dark-col...

Creamy Artichoke-Parmesan Dip

Creamy Artichoke-Parmesan Dip

Native to the Mediterranean, artichokes are popular vegetables in certain countries, especially France. Although artichokes are available year-round in most markets, prime season is from March to May. For this recipe it is perfectly fine to use processed marinated artichoke hearts. Ingredients fo...
Hot Spinach Cheese Dip--Delicious and Healthy in Clay!

Hot Spinach Cheese Dip--Delicious and Healthy in Clay!

Suitable VitaClay Models: VS7600, VF7700, VM7900 Who doesn't love dip? This hot, cheesy dip is great for tortilla chips, pita bread or crackers. It's also filling and healthy, so it's great to have on hand for snacks at home or to take to a pot luck or serve at a game-watching party. The kids wil...
Garlicky Creamed Mushrooms, Quick and Easy in Clay!

Garlicky Creamed Mushrooms, Quick and Easy in Clay!

Suitable for any VitaClay model on the lowest setting (warm or low).  I have always loved mushrooms. They add a flavor, a depth, an earthiness to every dish they touch. And they're filling! I've eaten (delicious) "mushroom burgers" as a substitute for meat, so I know they are great for satiety, a...

Make Your Own Pizza Sauce in Minutes: Save Time and Money!

Make Your Own Pizza Sauce in Minutes: Save Time and Money!

Who doesn't love a good pizza?Most of us grew up in busy households, and maybe once a week (maybe more) our parents would decide it was pizza night. Who needs to cook when $6 pizzas are just a phone call away? Ah, memories.And those pizzas were delicious: Soft, chewy crusts, thick cheese and amaz...
Sweet Potato Lentils with Chard: Cooked to Perfection in Clay!

Sweet Potato Lentils with Chard: Cooked to Perfection in Clay!

I love sweet potatoes, but it can get old just eating them the same old way every time (usually baked with butter, coconut oil, real salt and  cinnamon). So here's a great curried sweet potato recipe to mix it up on those "lighter" nights. It can even be served as a side dish to a bigger meal (ho...
Make Your Own Alfredo Sauce: Quick, Easy and Delicious in VitaClay

Make Your Own Alfredo Sauce: Quick, Easy and Delicious in VitaClay

I love to be able to make quick, easy meals at home. The problem with this is the time and effort usually required to make everything from scratch. The way around this, of course, is to buy something pre-made, like, say a jar of spaghetti sauce or Alfredo sauce. This makes things easier, but I do...

Meaty American Red Sauce, Served up Hot in Clay!

Meaty American Red Sauce, Served up Hot in Clay!

Making red sauces from scratch can be a time-consuming and daunting task, but not with VitaClay! No more slaving over a hot stove or heating up the house for hours on end, only to end up with a burned, sticky mess at the bottom of the  pot, and maybe even a burney-tasting red sauce. VitaClay cook...
In VitaClay: The Best Baked Beans You've Ever Tasted!

In VitaClay: The Best Baked Beans You've Ever Tasted!

Baked beans are a great weekend food: they pair well with game-day food such as hot dogs, hamburgers, roasts or anything on the grill. Baked beans contribute a sweet, smoky, spicy tang that is irresistible--everyone loves them! The great thing is that they're beans, so while a little sweet (espec...
Slow-Cooked Hummus Recipe for a Healthy Family

Slow-Cooked Hummus Recipe for a Healthy Family

Did you know you can take less than 2.5 hours to prepare hummus? It’s just a matter of finding the best dried chick peas and all the ingredients to make cooking easy. Armed with your VitaClay slow cooker, you are set to prepare hummus and have your friends over for dinner. Just follow these tips ...

Saturday Short-Cuts: Alternative to ReFried Beans: Mashed Pinto Beans!

Saturday Short-Cuts: Alternative to ReFried Beans: Mashed Pinto Beans!

*This recipe is suitable for any VitaClay model, but if using the stock pot (7800) or yogurt maker (7600) model, use additional liquid and check liquid levels half-way through, stir and add liquid if needed. Re-fried beans are delicious: a great side to tacos, burritos, enchiladas or other Mexic...

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