Food Steamer For Weight Loss & Healthy Cooking
Last year when I was trying to lose weight, I invested in a food steamer which proved to be quite a boon for me. Steaming food not only quickens the food cooking but is also one of the healthiest and nutritious method of healthy cooking.
My lunch and dinner generally have one cup of sauteed vegetables and this steamer makes the job so easy. It brings variety to my food without much of hard work. Steaming the food saves a lot of nutrients in the cooking process which generally are lost when the water comes in contact but with steamer, food never comes in contact with water. When steamed, the cellular structure of food tissue stays the same.
If you don’t want to add much oil in your diet, then steamer can be one of the best ways to do that. Just steam carrot, broccoli, potatoes, fish, chicken , dumplings etc and then saute the ingredients in a tsp of oil. Believe me, food will taste and look better with just a bit of oil.
For example – I make a simple carrot salad where I steam 2 carrots in the steamer. Mean while, I dice one onion , 1-2 green chilies and 1 tomato. Once the carrots are done, which takes around 10 minutes, I cut them into small cubes and add all the diced ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and add lemon juice. Voila! you have instant carrot salad ready for you which tastes good .
Similarly ! suppose my husband wants to eat Pasta. While pasta is getting boiled I steam carrots, broccoli, few cauliflowers which I would have never bothered to add in my pasta if this steamer was not there. Chop the steamed vegetables and toss them into the pasta gravy. My hubby does crib for adding so many vegetables but with pasta he doesn’t mind.
There are many other ways where you can make use of this steamer and have food which looks fresh, is not overcooked and has maintained its nutrients as well.
In the coming days I will share with you some quick recipes where the steamer has proved to be really convenient.
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