We often see comments and questions saying that people have never used their steaming trays/ varoma, or asking how they can use their whole machine more.
Hi! It’s Sarah here…
Would you believe I had never ‘steamed’ anything until I got a Thermomix!! And now it is one of my favourite methods to cooking vegetables, proteins and even desserts.
Using the steaming trays is a great way to use all of your machine, avoid using your stove top or microwave, to bulk out any meal with extra veg to serve more people and a great way to have a complete meal, cooked all at the same time! Steaming your food locks in the vitamins and minerals making our meals more nutritious and healthy.
A few tips for Steaming success: –
You do need to have the temp high enough, the time long enough and enough liquid ingredient in the bowl to generate enough steam to cook food in the steaming trays.
Following recipes is a good way to get to know what your machine needs, so is consulting your user manuals and cookbooks.
When placing food in the steaming trays you need to ensure that steam can still flow through.If they are too crowded, you will end up with uneven cooking. Turning or rearranging food halfway is sometimes required as well.
Below is a list of my favourite Skinnymixer recipes using the steaming trays.
All the flavour of a traditional Paella but quicker and healthier! The dish can be finished off in a frying pan to achieve the socarrat which traditionalists believe is the secret to a great paella – although, I think this is pretty amazing as it is!!
This delicious dish can be made vegetarian and low carb.
A fantastic way to bring the flavours of Spain to your dinner table.
This is a really versatile bolognese style sauce, full of hidden vegetables.
Using a kilo of mince it is a large enough dish to use in meals like lasagne (perfect topped with the Healthy Carbonara sauce from The Healthy Mix) or served over zoodles for a lower carb option than traditional spaghetti.
This recipe is perfect for batch cooking and filling your freezer stash for weeks !
This popular blog recipe made it into the Top 10 list for the last three years running! We’ve added vegetables into the recipe to make it a complete meal recipe in The Healthy Mix III.
Using the steaming tray to cook the pork that is just then finished off in the oven, BBQ or air fryer to finish off the crackle means a really moist roast with a beautiful crunchy crackle and the apple sauce is delicious too.
When I told my kids we were having meatloaf, they groaned and said in unison ‘Noooo, not meatloaf!!!!’ so I was a little apprehensive serving this up. But we do have a policy of trying dishes before refusal so they both tentatively had a taste and next thing I knew, their plates were empty and they were looking for more!!!
I blame too much Youtube for them thinking that meatloaf wasn’t something they were going to like, but really glad they were impressed and have even asked for it again many times.