As I’m sure you can imagine, I love my vegetables. It can be hard to get your veg at breakfast and at the moment, with the days drawing in, the scarves coming out and the leaves on the ground, I don’t really fancy avocado on toast or a green smoothie for breakfast. Hot porridge oats are making a welcome return to my breakfast table and are an easy way to get that first portion of veg for the day: in carrot cake oatmeal. It’s amazing how porridge can really taste of carrot cake! The ginger, cinnamon and other spices. The warm, plump raisins, the carrots. Healthy bliss.
I made this warming, gently spiced oatmeal in a REDMOND Multicooker, but you can easily make it on the stove top. The benefit of the multicooker is that you can chuck all of the ingredients in the night before and set it to be cooked in the morning. When it has stopped cooking it, the gadget will even keep it warm until you’re ready to tuck in – for up to five hours should you be really disorganised!
- 150g (approx 2 medium) raw carrots, finely grated or whizzed in a mini chopper until fine.
- 80g (1 cup) porridge oats
- 125ml (½ cup) coconut milk
- 180ml (¾ cup) milk (nut, cows whatever you prefer)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon chopped pecans (to garnish)
- Combine all ingredients (except the nuts) in a saucepan and heat, stirring, over a low heat for 8-10 minutes or until thick. Serve with the chopped pecans sprinkled on top.
- Combine all ingredients (except the nuts) in the bowl of the multicooker. Set to cooking mode Oatmeal for 10 minutes. Top with the nuts and enjoy!
REDMOND recently sent me their Multicooker RMC-M4502 to try out. I don’t often accept gadgets to try, but I was intrigued by just what such a bit of kit could do. And it can do a lot! It can bake, steam, fry, boil, stew, ‘slow’ cook… all made easy through 35 preset functions.
It takes a little while to figure out which buttons to use, but the instruction manual makes it pretty clear, though has rather small writing, and after using it once or twice it all became more obvious. It comes with a recipe book with an impressive 100 recipes, but for my first trial of it I went for a version of Katie at Feeding Boys and a Firefighter’s veggie meatball and chickpea stew. It was so easy: chop veg, place into machine, turn on. Seriously that easy. And delicious.
I think the best way to describe the multicooker is like a fast slow cooker, but so much more. It makes stews in 40 minutes that taste like they’ve been stewing all day. My husband and I work full time, so we’ve chopped the veg the night before and then set the machine to cook for when we get home from work. The machine will then keep it warm automatically for when we’re ready to eat. It has a 3D heating system, which means that it simultaneously cooks on the bottom, sides and top, so is very quick and Redmond says it saves minerals and vitamins in the food.
In it you can cook meat, fish, vegetables, oatmeal, soup and pasta. You can also use it to deep fry, make yogurt, cheese and bake desserts. Other ideas are french fries/chips, souffles, fondues, hot pots, curries, bake bread, cakes, steamed puddings, doughnuts. It really does make an impressive array of dishes, plus it’s really quiet, compact and looks good, too.
This would have been perfect when I was living on the boat. It’s small but takes the place of other gadgets like a breadmaker, slow cooker, pressure cooker etc… We’ve just bought a new house that needs a complete kitchen refit – I’m sure I’ll be using it plenty during that time.
Here are some more ideas for what you can make in the multicooker:
Becca at Amuse your Bouche’s Cheesy Mexican Potatoes
Helen at Fuss Free Flavours’s Mustard, Chicken Thigh and Potato Casserole
Katie from Feeding Boys and a Firefighter’s Veggie Meatball and Chickpea Stew
Jac at TinnedTomatoes’s Smoked Vegetable Stew
Emily at A Mummy Too’s Multicooker Fatless Apple Cake
Disclosure: I was sent the multicooker by REDMOND to try and they paid me to create a recipe using it. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.