Disclaimer: I received a free Tiger rice cooker and soup cup for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
I’m so excited about this post! Not only am I going to be writing about my new cookbook, I’m also reviewing a wonderful product and hosting an amazing giveaway! My latest cookbook, Natural Baby Food: Over 150 Wholesome, Nutritious Recipes For Your Baby and Toddler published by Hatherleigh Press, was released earlier this year. Over the summer, we’ve had a successful “blog tour” where dozens of my amazing blogger friends have reviewed the book and helped spread the word.
I came up with the idea for this cookbook when I had my daughter Sienna. Even though I’m a physician, I felt lost when it was time to start her on solids! Starting solid foods is one of the biggest milestones in your baby’s first year of life and it’s an exciting time for parents. But it can also be confusing and intimidating, and most parents have a lot of questions just like I did. So I decided that I wanted to create a comprehensive resource for parents to turn to where they could get the most pertinent medical and nutritional information, as well as a wide variety of nutritious recipes that would be useful for years to come. The perfect resource for new and experienced parents alike, Natural Baby Food is filled with over 150 delicious, nutritious recipes to please even the pickiest palate!
So when I was given the chance to review a Tiger tacook Rice Cooker, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to test one of the recipes from my book. After all, many of the dishes in my book are made using a steamer. Steaming foods like fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to retain their important nutrients. And one of the most unique features of the Tiger tacook rice cookers is that they have an exclusive “synchro-cooking” function to cook rice and side dishes at the same time while keeping the integrity of the rice flavor. The synchro-cooking is accomplished by using a BPA-free plastic cooking plate, which sits over the rice inner pan. As the rice cooks, the steam rises and it cooks the food in the cooking plate. Then the steam is released from the top so that it doesn’t return to the bottom of the cooker, which helps to retain the integrity of the flavor of the rice. Pretty cool, right?
Although I’ve heard of induction rice cookers, I had never actually tried one. Induction rice cookers differ from traditional rice cookers, in which heat is generated from the bottom of the inner pan by a heating plate. Tiger induction rice cookers use advanced induction heating technology in which the inner pan itself becomes the source that generates the heat. This provides more consistent heat distribution and greater temperature control. It’s also a more efficient use of energy and cooks rice faster and more precisely. The end result? Perfect, fluffy rice in less time!
I tested out the Tiger JKT-S10U Induction Heating Rice Cooker. My first thought when I received it is that I really liked the way it looks- modern and sleek. My next thought was that it looked like it would be complicated to use. Fortunately, I was wrong and I actually found it to be very user friendly. The rice cooker comes with 4 in 1 functions (rice cooking, synchro-cooking, slow cooker, and bread baking) and 11 computerized cooking menu settings, which you can easily scroll through with the touch of a button. You can choose what type of rice you’re using and it will automatically adjust the temperature and cooking time. You can even choose the Quick mode if you’re in a rush. And you’re not just limited to rice. You can use it as a slow cooker, you can make oatmeal, and you can even bake bread!
The inner pan has 8 layers – five layers of metal and three layers of coating including a ceramic coating, which provides even heating. The surface is also nonstick, which is great for cleanup. The pan also has grip handles for easy removal. Anyone who has ever struggled to take a piping hot bowl out of a rice cooker without burning themselves will appreciate this practical feature! Another great feature- the lid of the cooker can be removed entirely and all of the pieces can be disassembled for easy cleanup. I always had a hard time thoroughly washing the lid on my old rice cooker.
I decided to put my new rice cooker to the test and make the Baby Burrito Bowl from my cookbook. Since this dish has both rice and corn, I thought it would be perfect to test out the synchro-cooking mode. I used brown rice, which I put in the inner pot, and fresh corn on the cob, which I placed in the cooking plate. I set the menu to synchro-cooking and a short while later… I had perfectly cooked, fluffy brown rice and juicy, sweet corn! And with minimal effort.
Appropriate for babies 8 months and older who are starting to experiement with finger foods, my Baby Burrito Bowl is a great dish to let your little one practice his pincer grasp. Full of healthful whole grains, protein, complex carbs and healthy fat, this dish packs a nutritional punch! With cumin, cilantro and cheddar cheese, it packs a flavor punch too. This dish is not just for little ones- it can be enjoyed by the whole family as well. And if you like, you can add in some protein like diced tofu or chicken. Remember, it’s crucial to lay the foundation of healthy eating habits from the beginning. Once you start your baby on solids, you have a short but critical window of opportunity to help train their taste buds. By making your own baby food at home, you can use fresh, natural, wholesome ingredients, and teach your baby to appreciate and love the real flavors of food. You can also start developing your little foodie early on by introducing them to a wide variety of flavors, including herbs and spices. Baby food doesn’t have to be bland!
And now, the best part- GIVEAWAY TIME!!! I’m so excited- this is the biggest giveaway I’ve ever done on this site. One lucky reader will win the following:
- A signed copy of my cookbook Natural Baby Food: Over 150 Wholesome, Nutritious Recipes For Your Baby and Toddler
- A Tiger JKT-S10U (5/5 cup) Induction Heating Rice Cooker
- A Tiger 8 ounce Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Soup Cup
The total estimated prize value is $400!
The insulated soup cup is not only good for soup, it’s also an excellent container for transporting homemade baby food! It’s small enough that you can even pack it in your child’s lunchbox and it won’t spill or leak! It’s BPA free, compact and lightweight and will keep your food or beverages hot or cold for hours. It also comes in several adorable colors (pictured here in Berry Purple).
Contest Details: Deadline to enter is September 25th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. Contest open to U.S. residents only (sorry to all my international friends!).
- ½ cup cooked brown rice, warmed
- ¼ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup cooked corn
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- ⅛ teaspoon cumin
- ½ medium Haas avocado, chopped into small pieces
- 2 teaspoons grated mild cheddar cheese
- Mix the rice, beans, corn, cilantro, and cumin together in a bowl. Gently stir in the pieces of avocado. Top with cheese.
- Let your baby enjoy picking up the food with their fingers and feeding themselves. If your baby is not ready for finger foods, transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender and puree with a little water or low sodium stock to desired consistency.
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