Slow cooking healthy summer dishes is the in thing these days as these light and healthy foods digest easily and cool down your gut. Do you know what is the best slow cooker for healthy summer dishes? In this article, you will learn about why the MEC pot is the best slow cooker and 3 light and nutritious dishes you can cook in this pot.
Why MEC, and not a conventional pot, is right for slow cooking
There are so many pots available in the market that claim to make your slow cooking healthier and more convenient. The basic thing that differentiates among these is the raw material they are made from. Food is a biochemical entity and while cooking, with heat acting as a catalyst, it may react to the raw materials of the cooking pot.
Conventional pots are typically made from metals, their alloys or secondary or tertiary clay mixed with additives and chemicals (like ceramics). While many of these look great in terms of design and usability, they all lack one thing that makes them unfit for healthy cooking – a non-toxic raw material.
Metals are innately reactive and may leach toxic ions during cooking. Even if you are using a metal cookware coated with some other less reactive material, you are running the risk of metals leaching through cracks or dents that often form during use.
Ceramics and other clay cookware that use substandard quality clay and mix them with additives, chemicals and glazes, are no different. They sure look colorful and shiny but contaminate your food.
To make matters worse, all these materials radiate harsh near infrared heat. Ever tried touching a conventional cooking pot during cooking? It burns your finger and leaves a scar. These do the same to the food tissues. As a result, most nutrients are destroyed.
This is where MEC comes to the rescue by overcoming all these issues and offering additional healthy features. Keep reading to learn more.
Why MEC is best for slow cooking?
MEC stands for Miriams Earthen Cookware – a pioneering US-based brand that offers pots and pans made from lab tested primary clay. They do not use additives, glazes or chemicals to the clay and take every measure to make sure the pot turns out as pure and healthy as the raw material.
Primary clay is the purest quality of clay and is free from impurities. It is naturally inert which makes it 100% non-toxic. MEC doesn’t add or remove anything from the clay, so it passes on all its health benefits to the pots.
MEC cooks with unique far infrared heat that penetrates deep into food and cooks gently while preserving even the most delicate nutrients like flavonoids. As a result, the ingredients retain their natural color and flavor after cooking. This article explains a plethora of features and benefits their cookware offers that make slow cooking easy and healthy.
Healthy Summer Cooking Ideas for cooking in MEC:
1. Lemon Chicken:
Season 6 chicken thighs with sea salt and pepper, and then cook with garlic and a few teaspoons of oil. Once chicken is half-done, add sliced zucchini and summer squash. Then add de-seeded lemon slices, first cut in quarters and then cut in half horizontally. Add oregano and cook until chicken and vegetables are done. Serve with rice or sourdough bread.
2. Mexican Rice with Jalapeno Pinto Beans
This rice is a wonderful complement to chicken or fish tacos, and pinto beans seasoned with onion, garlic, and jalapeno. Read full recipe here.
3. Spicy Cilantro LimeChicken
You may cook chicken with smashed or chopped garlic, cumin, and coriander. After 10-15 minutes, add sliced peppers, onions and jalapeno or other hot chili. Once chicken is half-cooked, add salt, pepper, lime juice. Just before serving, stir in freshly chopped cilantro. Serve in warm tortillas or other flatbread of choice. Toppings could include avocado, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.
Once you have your MEC pot and a bunch of healthy summer foods, the sky is the limit to your imagination. Interested in cooking summer dishes in a healthy and convenient way with MEC’s best slow cooker? Head over to our online store and order a pot today.