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If you’ve been on Pinterest or Instagram in the last few months you have probably seen an influx of dumpling recipes. We’re not sure if it has (everything) to do with the arrival of the dumpling emoji on our phones or if more people are experimenting making these little delights at home. Regardless of the reason, the Test Kitchen wanted to experiment. And they found that using some of our favorite Hamilton Beach appliances can help making steamed pork dumplings at home a breeze.

To make a delicious dumpling, you have to start with a delicious filling. This is where your Hamilton Beach® food processor comes in handy. Using a food processor fitted with the chopping/mixing blade (running), add cabbage, green onions, garlic, jalapeño, ginger, and cilantro through the food shoot until the cabbage is minced.

Steamed Pork Dumplings in a Rice Cooker

Then add pork, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper to the food processor and PULSE a few until the filling combines. You’ll use the paste-like mixture to fill the wonton wrappers.

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Now it’s time to assemble the dumplings. Place one wonton wrapper on a cutting board and add 1 ½ teaspoon of the pork filling into the center of the wrapper.

Steamed Pork Dumplings in a Rice Cooker

Using a little bit of water, wet your finger or a small pastry brush, then moisten the edges of the wrapper.

To form the dumpling, bring all four edges of the wrapper up to form and point then pinch the sides together to secure the filling. They will look like little edible pouches.

Steamed Pork Dumplings in a Rice Cooker

Once the dumplings are made, add water to your rice cooker cooking pot. Place the dumplings (in a single layer) in your rice cooker basket and close the lid. Steam the dumplings for about 30 minutes on the STEAM COOK setting until the pork is fully cooked.

Steamed Pork Dumplings in a Rice Cooker

Serve these dumplings with a delicious homemade dipping sauce or with your favorite chili or hoisin sauce.

Steamed Pork Dumplings in a Rice Cooker

Whether you are serving them alongside your favorite fried rice and ramen noodle soup for a homemade Asian feast or by themselves, these dumplings are flavor-packed pork pockets you’ll want to make over and over again.

Steamed Pork Dumplings in a Rice Cooker

Have leftover filling? Use it to make homemade egg rolls or meatballs later in the week.

 

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  1. Fill rice cooking pot with water to the first line and place in rice cooker.
  2. Using chopping/mixing blade with processor running, add cabbage, green onions, garlic, jalapeno, ginger and cilantro through the food chute until cabbage is minced.
  3. In a large bowl, combine pork, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Add cabbage mixture to pork mixture. Stir together until well blended.
  5. Place 1 wrapper on a cutting board. Add 1 ½ teaspoons pork filling to the center of wrapper.
  6. In small bowl of water, wet ends of a pastry brush and brush ¼-inch around edges of wrapper.
  7. Bring edges up to form a point and pinch sides together. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers. Place in single layer in rice cooker basket
  8. Add basket to rice cooker and close lid.
  9. Steam for 30 minutes or until pork filling is cooked through.
  10. Serve with Dumpling Dipping Sauce.
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Meal prep is all the rage. Making time for meal prep might seem a little intimidating, but with these Test Kitchen tips, it’s easy to turn meal prep from a headache into a habit. Whether you have your #MealPrepSunday routine down or are simply sick of grabbing canned soup or going out to eat on your lunch break, Mediterranean chicken quinoa bowls are a delicious meal you can easily prep for the week ahead.

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The Test Kitchen originally developed mediterranean chicken quinoa bowls as a recipe option for using leftover chicken. We included the bowls in a group of meal planning recipes to make using our slow cooker basic shredded chicken. Instead of portioning the chicken out for three separate dinners during the week, use it to help prep your lunches.

Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl Meal Prep

To make meal prep a breeze, do your cooking over the weekend so your meals are ready and waiting when the busy work week starts.

Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl Meal Prep

Slow cookers and rice cookers are great meal prep tools. We used both to help prepare the chicken quinoa bowls. Over the weekend, make basic shredded chicken in your Hamilton Beach® slow cooker and quinoa (brown rice would also be delicious in these bowls) in your Hamilton Beach® rice cooker.

Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl Meal Prep

Once the chicken and quinoa are cooked, you’re ready to assemble the bowls for the week. We filled five to-go containers (any containers that seal will work), with shredded chicken, quinoa, and a variety of Mediterranean ingredients. Chickpeas, ripe tomatoes, feta cheese, artichokes, cucumbers, and olives add tons of flavor and color to your weekday lunches.

Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl Meal Prep

We topped the bowls with a creamy greek dressing. You can easily whip up a homemade dressing in your Hamilton Beach® single-serve blender (another helpful meal prep tool) or use your favorite store-bought variety. Pour your dressing of choice into mini to-go containers (you can buy them online or at the grocery store). They fit perfectly on top of the other ingredients so you can seal the salad and the dressing in the same container.

Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl Meal Prep

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If you’re celebrating Mardi Gras, you have to put this slow cooker cajun gumbo on your Fat Tuesday menu. Not only is gumbo a staple stew of the bayou, it’s also a classic southern comfort food dish you can serve throughout the winter.

Slow Cooker Gumbo

This recipe is packed with meat, vegetables, and seafood and comes together with the help of you Hamilton Beach® slow cooker and rice cooker.

First, you’ll need to make a roux. The roux will act as a thickening agent and add a rich flavor (and colour) to the gumbo. In a skillet over medium heat, heat oil and add flour to make the roux. Whisking constantly, cook the roux until it turns a chocolate brown color. This should take about 15 minutes.

Slow Cooker Gumbo

When the roux is finished, add celery, peppers, and onions to the skillet and cook for a couple of minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, then transfer to the slow cooker crock.

Slow Cooker Gumbo

Add chicken broth, tomatoes, creole seasoning, chicken, sausage, and okra to the slow cooker crock. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 ½ to 4 hours or LOW for 6 ½ to 7 hours. At the end of the cooking cycle, stir in shrimp and cook until they are just cooked through (about 20 minutes).

Slow Cooker Gumbo

While the gumbo cooks, use your Hamilton Beach® rice cooker to make white rice. You can serve the gumbo over rice or use an ice cream scoop and serve with a “dollop” of rice on top and some fresh herbs for a nice presentation.

Slow Cooker Gumbo

The flavours in this gumbo will transport you to Bourbon Street for the night. The andouille sausage adds a cajun kick while the okra and fresh shrimp speak to classic New Orleans cuisine. All this stew needs is a dash of Louisiana hot sauce and a piece of crispy French bread. Cheers to Carnival.

Slow Cooker Gumbo

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  1. In a medium skillet over medium, heat oil and add flour to make a roux. Whisking constantly, cook roux until it turns a chocolate brown color. Lower heat as necessary to keep from burning. This will take about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in celery, green pepper and onion. Cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to slow cooker crock.
  3. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, Creole seasoning, chicken, sausage and okra to slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 ½ to 4 hours or LOW for 6 ½ to 7 hours. Stir in shrimp. Cook just until shrimp is cooked through.
  5. Serve over rice.
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I’m a big fan of both pulled pork and macaroni and cheese. While these dishes are savory delights all by themselves, put them together to make a flavour-bomb that is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Rice cooker mac & cheese

Not only is this pulled pork mac and cheese delicious, it’s incredibly easy to make thanks to a little bit of meal planning. Make slow cooker pulled pork over the weekend and plan to toss in a little (or a lot) of pork into homemade mac and cheese during the week.

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

To save on time, make macaroni and cheese in the rice cooker. If you haven’t tried making macaroni and cheese this way, I highly recommend it. The rice cooker does all the work for you (after a long day, the less work the better) and it cooks in under 20 minutes. The kids will barely get in the door before this meal is on it’s way to the table.

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

Once the mac and cheese is ready, stir in the pre-made pulled pork. We dressed our pulled pork mac and cheese up a bit, portioning it out into single-servings for the dinner table.

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

We added about a cup and a half of the macaroni and cheese to mini cast iron skillets. We topped each skillet with a little more pork and a heaping handful of shredded cheddar cheese (jack or any cheese with a little heat would be great on this too). Bake the skillets until the cheese is melted, then you’re ready to serve.

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

We topped our skillets with a little green onion, but adding a dash of your favourite hot sauce or BBQ sauce into the mix wouldn’t hurt one bit. Whether mac and cheese is your go-to comfort food or you want to think outside the BBQ sandwich box this summer, you’ll find excuses to serve this simple skillet year-round.

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  1. Prepare Rice Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
  2. Heat oven to 350°
  3. In a small saucepan over medium, heat 1 ½ cups shredded pork. Stir into the macaroni and cheese.
  4. Place 1 1/2 cups macaroni and cheese mixture in a 3 ½-inch cast iron skillet or individual casserole dish. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerator remaining macaroni and cheese in an airtight container for later use.
  5. Top each skillet with ¼ cup pork and 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar.
  6. Bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle each skillet with sliced green onion before serving, if desired.
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While we are Team Slow Cooker here at Hamilton Beach, even we admit that sometimes slow cooked food isn’t the brightest and most instagrammable (that’s a word now, right?). But slow cooker mango chicken is both colourful and vibrant as well as delicious.

This slow cooker recipe is full of crisp vegetables, garden-fresh herbs, and ripe fruit – all ingredients that remind you of summer.

In a slow cooker crock, combine tomatoes, coconut milk, lime zest, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger, brown sugar, crushed red pepper, salt, turmeric, black pepper and cilantro. You KNOW this is going to be packed with flavour. Then add chicken thighs and onions and coat them in the sauce. Before covering the slow cooker, add strips of red bell pepper, mango cubes, and fresh cilantro on top. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 3 ½ hours or LOW for 6 to 7 hours.

Once the chicken thighs are completely cooked, remove them from the crock and cut it into bite-sized chunks, then add back to the crock. Stir in a little more cilantro and it’s ready to serve. We served this zesty chicken over rice and topped it with more fresh mango and a little thai basil. The semi-sweet rice soaks up the delicious, slow-cooked sauce while the fresh mango adds a pop of colour and cool bite atop the steaming chicken and rice.

Whether you’re hoping to use up all those fresh herbs in your summer garden or want to serve something that’s picture-perfect to impress the family, this slow cooker mango chicken fits the bill. And the best part? They’ll never guess it cooked from start to finish in your slow cooker.

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  1. In a slow cooker crock, combine tomatoes, coconut milk, lime zest, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger, brown sugar, crushed red pepper, salt, turmeric, black pepper and ½ cup chopped cilantro. Add chicken thighs and onion. Turn to coat with sauce mixture.
  2. Top chicken mixture with mango, red pepper and cilantro.
  3. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or LOW for 6 to 7 hours or until chicken is tender and cooked through.
  4. Remove chicken to a cutting board and cut into bite-size chunks. Add back to crock.
  5. Stir in remaining ½ cup chopped cilantro. Garnish with chopped mango and sliced Thai basil, if desired. Serve with Coconut Rice.
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