I loathe ready-made meals. They may be convenient but urgh, they taste awful. Even with so much choice, I get knots in my stomach at the prospect of eating one but now microwaving something in 3 minutes may not result in your stomach contorting with Lékué’s Microwave Steam Case* from Lakeland.
It’s a soft, shallow case made of silicone that sends the old TV dinner concept into a 360 spin by perfectly steam cooking unadulterated and healthy meals whilst locking in nutrients and flavour. Spiralise some vegetables, add a fillet of salmon (other fishes are available), season and if you prefer, add some spices or throw in some pesto, then cook in the microwave for 3 minutes. Salmon comes out cooked to perfection and juicy thanks to heat generating steam from cooking the food. Meat like chicken takes 2 minutes but it must be pre-cooked first.
The silicone container is very compact, measuring at 24cm x 12cm x 5cm and can fit comfortably in a drawer unlike the inconvenience of a bulky steamer. It is dishwasher safe, oven safe and freezer safe too. What’s more it cuts out the use of pots and pans as all the ingredients can be thrown in together and cooked at once – even eaten straight from it if you’re really lazy. You know what this means, don’t you? Less washing up! Speaking of washing, food just slides off the container thanks to being cooked in its own juices so it’s really easy to clean afterwards.
The steam case is so handy in Ramadan when I’ve needed something quick and filling at 10pm but it would also serve its purpose brilliantly after a gym session or when you’ve come home late. It’s quicker than ordering in a take-away as well. I would actually like to take this to work especially as Lakeland sells hand-held spiralisers like this one. Steaming vegetable noodles has cut out the need for rice so I’m cutting down on the carbs without realising. Trust me when I tell you that you need this and that you will use this.
The Lékué Microwave Steam Case is available from Lakeland for £14.97. A deeper version is also available.