If you thought that your coffee maker and grinder was just for making perfectly brewed coffee, think again.
Coffee makers can be used as perfect little steaming machines for preparing nutritious, low-fat entree’s and side items. If this seems too good to be true, read on and you will most probably be surprised. If you are single, on a budget and want to lose some weight, a coffee maker with grinder can serve you very well.
The first thing you need to realize is how versatile the grinder in your coffee maker is, especially if you have a high-quality coffee maker. Most people never think about how much pressure and power it takes to grind those hard little coffee beans and, subsequently, never consider what else can be done with them.
1. Grind Your Stale Bread Into Breadcrumbs
If you’re trying to lose weight, you should not be consuming white bread. Rather, you should be purchasing bread made from whole wheat and other healthy whole grains. Don’t throw away the ends of those healthy breads. Keep them, dry them in the oven a little, break them into pieces and grind them in your coffee grinder. You can keep the bread crumbs in your kitchen cupboard in an air-tight container just like regular breadcrumbs. Now you have a healthier alternative for making meatballs, panko chicken and everything else you would use breadcrumbs for.
2. Boil Your Eggs
Your coffee maker with built-in grinderccan even boil your eggs for you. This one is simple enough and takes the least amount of prep. Simply pour a coffee pot full of water into the water reservoir. You’re going to have to decide how many eggs you can put in your coffee maker’s pot. However, it’s recommended that you don’t cook more than three at one time. This will give the eggs enough hot water to cook without having to share it with the other eggs. It makes them cook faster.
Place the eggs in the empty coffee pot and put it back in it’s base. Turn on the coffee maker and leave. Yes, leave. It will take about fifteen minutes or so for your eggs to cook, depending on how hot your coffee maker gets. The eggs will have to sit in the hot water long enough to cook to your liking.
3. Poach Your Salmon and Other Fish
Salmon is one of the healthiest forms of fish you can eat for high quality protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids. The nutrients found in salmon and other foods also keep you in a great mood, providing you with positive energy for your workouts and weight-loss motivation.
You can cut the salmon into pieces and season it to your liking. Then place it in the coffee pot and place it back on the warmer. Put enough water in the coffee pot just so it covers the fish without filling the coffee pot. Turn on the coffee maker and let it prepare your salmon for you. It should take about five to seven minutes for the hot water to cover the salmon in the pot. Let it sit until the salmon turns opaque and flaky. Carefully pour out the water in the coffee pot, being careful not to wash away too much of the seasoning. Remove the salmon, transfer to a plate and enjoy!
4. Cook Some Oatmeal
We all know about the lasting energy and other health benefits a steaming bowl of oatmeal can provide you with. Oatmeal is one of the healthiest gluten-free whole grains available that you can eat on a regular basis and you can make it quickly with your coffee maker.
For a single serving of oatmeal, use about one cup of water and pour it into the water reservoir. Put about half a cup of oatmeal into the clean coffee pot. If you want to use milk in your oatmeal, wait until after they are done to add that. If you are using instant oats, then they should be ready in about five minutes.
Turn on the coffee maker and let all the hot water enter into the pot so the oatmeal can soak and cook. If you are using old-fashioned oats, it will need to sit for about ten minutes, sometimes longer to get them to where you want them to be. Pour out the oatmeal into a bowl and add what you would like to it.
5. Grind Some Healthy Spices
There are plenty of spices and herbs that can be used to help your body rid some of those unwanted pounds you might be carrying. One particular spice that comes to mind is fenugreek seed. This is an Indian spice that is available all year round. You can find them at Indian specialty stores and others that carry healthy and all-natural foods.
When fenugreek seed is dried and ground up, it can be used as a seasoning in soups, sauces and whatever else you like. It has been shown in studies that consuming fenugreek seed regularly can help speed up the metabolism and control the appetite.
6. Steam Your Vegetables
Vegetables like broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, carrots and others can be steamed to perfection in your coffee maker with grinder. This time, you’ll be using your filter basket for cooking. Clean the vegetables you plan on steaming in the sink. Do not use filter paper; just clean out the filter basket. Place your clean vegetables in the filter basket and close it. Fill up your coffee pot with water and pour that into the water reservoir.
Measuring the water first will keep it from overflowing once the coffee pot is full. Turn on the coffee maker and let the hot water steam your vegetables. Depending on how firm or soft you want them, you might have to check on them once in a while. If you feel like they are done, turn the coffee maker off immediately. If you need to pour out the hot water and do it again to make your vegetables softer, you can. When your vegetables have been steamed to perfection, pour them out onto a plate and season them before eating.
So, There Are Some Weight-Loss Foods You Can Prepare in Your Coffee Maker
If you have a creative side, you can probably think of more things you can cook with your coffee maker with grinder. Use your imagination, but be careful.