Who else steams veggies almost daily? As a health-conscious eater, this oil-free method of cooking is definitely my go-to, especially when I’m cooking for baby Roen. Our favourite meal together is steamed broccoli! We eat it just about every day.
This obsession with vegetables means I unfortunately end up washing my steaming pots multiple times a day! I’ve been given the opportunity to try out the new Panasonic 3 in 1 Steam Oven and so far it’s cutting down the cook time of many of our favourite dishes, but the best part for me is that I don’t have to wash so many pots and pans! Also, because of the steam oven’s upper heater and microwave-heated grill tray, you don’t have to flip food to cook it on both sides. I’m thinking every ‘microwave’ should have a steam function!!!
It’s also very convenient to pop a tray of vegetables in the steam oven (which also serves as a grill and a microwave) and not have to dirty a pot. It cooks everything from asparagus to cauliflower (and even banana bread apparently …I haven’t tried this yet!!) with its high-density turbo steam that keeps flavours intact.
The Panasonic 3 in 1 Steam Oven is also totally user-friendly. Just set the weight of your food and hit one of the 23 auto-cooking programs. For my cauli recipe below, for example, you’d just hit Auto Steam 1, enter the rough weight of your veg and start. Or you could just hit the ‘steam’ button and then enter how long you’d like to steam for. It’s also smaller than our old microwave (smaller the better!!) and more environmentally-friendly with LED lighting.
The Panasonic 3 in 1 Steam Oven retails at $699.99 and is available at select retailers nationwide and via Panasonic’s eStore. For more information about how the new Panasonic 3 in 1 Steam Oven is changing the way Canadians are cooking, visit Panasonickitchen.ca/steam.
Thank you so much to Panasonic for sponsoring this post!!
Steamed Cauliflower Hummus Plate with Lemon Turmeric Cream Sauce
Does this dish look fancy? It took less than 15 minutes to make (minus the cashew soaking time)! You won’t believe how easy it was to make, especially with the new Panasonic 3 in 1 Steam Oven, which cooks veggies to perfection. Inspired by a cauliflower dish at one of my favourite Mediterranean restaurants, this healthy, saucy, protein-packed entree is perfect for a dinner party or a meal for one. If you’re cooking for more than one, add extra cauliflower to your shopping list, but the amount of sauce the recipe calls for is probably enough for at least three servings. Hope you LOVE it!!!
For the cauliflower:
¾ c. hummus
3 tbsp pistachios (coarsely chopped)
3 tbsp parsley (chopped)
For the lemon turmeric cream sauce:
½ c. soaked cashews*
¼ c. + 2 tbsp water
¾ tsp turmeric
1 clove garlic
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp black pepper
Zest from ½ lemon
Juice from 1 lemon
*If using a high-powered blender, no need to soak! If not, soak cashews for minimum five hours or 1.5 hours using boiling hot water.
- Start by making your sauce: simply combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (you’ll have extra – it’ll keep in the fridge for at least five days).
- Steam your cauliflower using the Panasonic 3 in 1 Steam Oven – just put the cauliflower on the steam tray, hit Auto Steam 1, enter the weight of your veg (anywhere around 300g should be perfect) and hit start. You could also just hit ‘steam’ and then enter the desired cooking time (8-10 minutes worked for me).
- To plate the dish, add a generous amount of hummus to a plate, top with steamed cauliflower and finish with lemon turmeric cream sauce, chopped pistachios, parsley and black pepper. Enjoy!!!