Vegetables are a healthy, simple food that can be cooked in many different ways. Everybody has their own favorite technique and recipe. However, there are many different methods of cooking vegetables used widely around the world. Each country has a traditional recipe adapted specific to its culture and climate. But what about the new, less traditional cooking methods? These unusual recipes for cooking home-grown produce will change the way you feel about your built in dishwasher.

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Dishwasher cooking

Although dishwasher cooking may sound crazy, it’s actually easy, healthy and lots of fun. You don’t even need a top rated dishwasher or a new model. Moreover, this cooking method is economic and environmentally friendly. All you need is a portable or built in dishwasher, preferably an energy-efficient model. Cooking home-grown produce with hot steam and water released by the machine while it washes dirty dishes can also save you time. An eco cycle uses approximately 15 liters of water, a normal cycle about 25 and washing the dishes in the sink wastes more than 50 liters. If you do seven washes per week using a top rated dishwasher, you can save more than $100.  Before you get started, make sure you use vacuum packed cooking bags or hermetically sealed glass containers so the food doesn’t come in contact with the dirty water or detergent.

Recipes

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Baby marrows (zucchine/courgette) with radish leaves
Ingredients
Leaves from a small bunch of radishes
2 small baby marrows
1 tbspn curry powder
1 small onion
Olive oil, extravirgin
Salt and pepper

Instructions:

Start by chopping the radish leaves and the onion. Slice the baby marrows into sticks and place them with the other ingredients into a sealed glass or a vacuum-pack bag. Make sure it is closed and place it in the dishwasher so it cannot move during the cycle. Select a normal wash of about 60° and at the end of the cycle take out the marrows and serve them with brown rice and olive oil.

Radicchio treviso

Ingredients
1 radicchio treviso
1 clove of garlic
A dash of balsamic vinegar
Olive oil, extravirgin
Salt and pepper

Instructions:

Wash the radicchio, dry it and cut it into 4 pieces. Place it in a sealed glass container or vacuum-pack cooking bag. Add the olive oil, salt, pepper and unpeeled clove. Seal the container and place it in the dishwasher so it doesn’t move. Run a normal cycle at 60/65°. After the cycle ends, serve it seasoned with balsamic vinegar.

Steamed pea pods

Ingredients
1/2 Kg of whole pea pods (with peas)
1/2 an onion
Olive oil, extravirgin
Salt and pepper

Instructions:

This unusual recipe is great if you want crunchy, tasty peas. You can even finish the peas off in a hot frying pan and blend the pods. Start by washing the pods without opening them. Place them in a sealed glass container or in a vacuum-pack cooking bag along with the rest of ingredients. Run a normal cycle and after it ends serve with grated cheese or breadcrumbs.

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