Sunday, 30 March 2014

Uno Duo Tres Quatro Multi Cooker and a Giveaway



If you've been following along on Instagram you will have noticed my experiments with our new Kambrook Quatro Multi Cooker. The best thing is that you have the chance to win one too!

Over the last few days I've given you a run down on the individual functions. Steaming, Slow Cooking & Saute and Rice Cooking. Today I'm going to share a recipe that combines all four functions!

This is the recipe that inspired me.

This was my first attempt, which was a little heavy on the rice, so here's a modified version.

Cook 2 cups of rice using the Rice Cooker function. 
This time I left it plain, but you could quite easily cook in stock and add a little Mexican Chilli powder to taste.

While your rice is cooking, finely chop 2 celery stalks, 1 large onion, and 2 cloves of garlic

Oh, and roughly chop a handful of mushrooms too.

Grab the rest of your ingredients from the pantry. This time I used smaller tins of beans, hoping it would reduce the overall volume of the dish. I forgot to grab a small tin of corn though :-/

Drain & rinse your beans

Rice is done!
Remove it from the cooker.

In a little oil, Sauté your onion and celery until golden 

While your base veges are cooking, dice 1Kg of chicken thigh meat. This actually produced a little too much chicken mixture. I'm sure 500g would work just as well.

You can also top & tail 2 cups of beans and load them into the steam basket.

Remove your cooked veges from the Multi Cooker and brown your chicken in batches. You may need to add a little more oil before the first batch. 

While your chicken browns feel free to pour your 2 jars of salsa (I use one mild and one medium) into your base vegetable mix

Nice & golden. Add this to your base vege mix

Add your corn to the chicken & base vege mix. . . 

Then realise you were supposed to put it in with your beans. *sigh*

Once all your chicken is browned you can add your mushrooms to the mix too. Switch unit to standby while you do a little mixing.

Stir it all to combine well (you can see I didn't get all the corn out). To recap this mix should contain sautéed onion and celery, browned chicken, two jars of salsa and mushroom.

In the bowl of your multi cooker add half the rice and your bean/corn mix. Stir well to combine

Your cooked rice can be frozen in a zip lock bag, or stored covered in the fridge for use with tomorrow night's dinner.

Pour your chicken mixture on top of the rice, leaving enough room for the steamer basket to go on top

I made a little too much chicken mix

Problem solved. I zapped for a few minutes in the microwave to ensure the chicken was cooked then added it to a wrap with lettuce and sour cream for lunch. Yum!

Back to the recipe - top with grated cheese. You may have to press down your mixture if you want to . . .

pop the steamer basket on top

Cover, flick the switch to 'slow cook' and enjoy the rest of your day, knowing that your dinner is now taking care of itself :-)

6 hours later. . . 

The green beans were *very* lightly steamed. I think if you preferred softer greens you'd be better off using frozen rather than fresh. I like my greens to have some crunch so these were perfect for me.

Ahh - nice and golden.

Cooked all the way through

And served. . .

. . . with greens and sour cream

Voila!

So what do I think of the Kambrook Quatro Multi Cooker as a multi function cooker?
Loving:
  • Multi function, one bowl cooking = less washing up- yay! 
  • Set & forget cooking is brilliant, especially when you are easily distracted. Nothing like burnt rice to ruin your morning
  • Everything there is to love about each of the individual functions
  • Easy clean bowl - even after my recipe reading fail it wiped clean with very little effort
  • Steam while you cook! Multi-tasking at it's best!
  • Perfect size unit for our family
  • Glass (dishwasher safe) lid so you can see how your goodies are going
Loving a little less, but liveable
  • It can be a little tricky to remove the steamer basket when the unit is on the go. Some handles or a special place to hook handles into would be nice.
  • There have been times when I've cooked something in the slow cooker (like Quick Slow Curry) and then wanted to cook rice to serve with it. I realise you can simply empty the pot & cook your rice, or be thoughtful enough to cook your rice first, but I'm lazy like that. It's good to know you can purchase spare parts and a second bowl will set you back $30 (+ P&H). Or you could be organised and use that frozen rice or the leftovers from today's dish.
  • The temperature control knob can only be used with the Sauté function. Some recipes I've found ask for the slow/rice cooker or steamer to be set to low or high. 
  • I'd love to be able to manually engage the 'keep warm' function
Overall
I love my Kambrook Quatro Multi Cooker and can see it getting quite a workout for years to come. It hasn't left my bench since it arrived and I think it's going to stay there for some time. Love love love it and highly recommend it if you are looking for a unit that can handle multiple tasks for you in the kitchen.

Now for the fun part! Thanks to the lovely people at Kambrook, you can win a Quatro Multi Cooker too! Simply follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter widget below to be in with a chance to win!
  • As per Terms & Conditions entrants must be subscribed to Kambrook Australia's Facebook page, and at least one of Loving Lunches' social media or email updates. It is highly recommended that the email address you enter the giveaway with matches the email address/ID you follow with, otherwise your entry can be difficult to verify.
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~J

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches and Kambrook Australia who generously provided a sample and the prize/s for this competition. All opinions expressed are my own, based on personal experience with the product.

51 comments:

  1. when you have a family of 6, there is nothing better than the quick and easy cooking option, this looks perfect for healthy and filling family meals.

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  2. Perfect for those busy days where everything gets on top of you. So easy to set this up to cook and dinner is sorted!
    I'd be in heaven with a Quatro Multi Cooker!

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  3. The Kambrook Quatro Multi Cooker would be a life saver. Time to pull out the recipe books.

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  4. What a great looker is The Kambrook Quatro Multi Cooker and a surefire way to invents amazing family meals

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  5. Love the versatility - and love the fact that I can start in the morning and go to work knowing that dinner's ready when I get home...

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  6. sounds great for me and my 4 kids at meals time as its always busy and the dinner table is where the love is.

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  7. I am always on the lookout for appliances that can make my life easier; this is a great one that I would love to own

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  8. I want to try and cook something using a multi cooker!!

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  9. Cant wait to try these recipes using the Kambrook multicooker. Another great product that will save me time and money. Thanks

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  10. Sounds like a cooking genie and a clean up genie. It would be a magic way to cook

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  11. Multi cooker makes cooking much easier and keeps kitchen tidier!

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  12. Anything that saves me dishes is a good thing!

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  13. this woud be a godsend for me my hubby works nights and leaves at 5pm each night I don't want to eat at that time so this would solve the issue

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  14. This looks great for someone who hates all the washing up involved with cooking

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  15. Loving the ease of using the kambrook multi cooker even better is I don't use every item in my kitchen to cook one meal!!

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  16. The Kambrook multi cooker looks great, it would give me the inspiration to try new dishes and my husband would love it so it would be a double bonus.

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  17. Kambrook multi cooker will help me manage my time better. It safe time in washing up, I can multi tasking while cooking, and produce healthy meals for my family. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  18. What an amazing prize! It would definitely make a difference to my life. Thanks for the chance =)

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  19. there is so much you can cook in one of these cookers...and your pics explain so much more that can be done..thx

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  20. This would be very handy for busy families.

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  21. Looks fabulous! I'd love to get rid of my old rice cooker, steamer and slow-cooker and replace with this snazzy Kambrook appliance which does everything!

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  22. Mm that Mexican chicken looks soo good! Would love to be able to use this awesome Kambrook appliance to make it, especially with the cooler winter coming up!

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  23. This would be awesome in my kitchen! Thank you Kambrook and thank you Loving Lunches!

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  24. Your pictures to explain your recipe are amazing. I love your blog

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  25. Wow that looks delicious! I'd love to recreate it myself if I win.

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  26. love a good casserole, thanks for the comp

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  27. Less bulky appliances in the cupboard and set and forget. Both right sound fabulous.

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  28. Less bulky appliances in the cupboard and set and forget. Both right sound fabulous.

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  29. Lovely blog. Yummy recipe. Fabulous prize. Thanks!

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  30. Life is so much simpler when everything goes in one pot.... and it tastes so much better when it's cooked for hours :)

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  31. A perfect cooking appliance for the busy Mum who can then cook a healthy hearty meal for the family

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  32. I have Kambrook Quattro Multi Cooker envy!

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  33. Being a working mum and having hungry mouths to feed this is so simple even hubby could manage it!

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  34. There is nothing more comforting than coming home to a crockpot casserole for dinner in the winter. The recipe provided above surely looks tasty, I look forward to giving it a try!

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  35. This would be fantastic for our family! After school we have music lessons, sport etc for the kids, and dinner ends up late or flung together any old how.

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  36. That looks amazing- with the cold weather around I think my family would Realy enjoy this!

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  37. Nothing nicer than coming home to a prepared meal after a long day!

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  38. It would be such a satisfing feeling coming in from work and finding the Kambrook Quatro Multi Cooker has dinner waiting for me!

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  39. You had me at "dinner is taken care of". And only one dirty dish/appliance to clean up!!

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  40. Anything that reduces time spent washing up has to be a good thing.

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  41. Any appliance that reduces time spent washing up has to be a good thing. Thanks for offering this great prize!

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  42. This would be a great addition to the worryingly small number of kitchen appliances!

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  43. It would be awesome to win one of these for when I move into my new house. I can set it up whilst we're painting!

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  44. I don't care what anyone says, life is meant to be easy with these wonderful products.

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  45. What a great and easy way to put dinner on the table with minimum washing up. Win!

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  46. I actually don't have any kind of slow cooking equipment (unless you count a pot and a slow oven!) so I'd love to have a play with something like this.

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  47. I'd love to have a multi cooker like this,could make healthy foods to suit my diet for lowering my cholesterol

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