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Cooking with my new SEED Electric Lunch Box SD-967 (Vacuum Seal Version) plus recipes!


Meet my new kitchen gadget - SEED Electric Lunch Box (shortened to ELB) SD-967 (Vacuum Seal Version)! My older SEED ELB is an SD-937 that looks like below:

Organic millet porridge.

I prefer to use an electric lunch box to cook my little one's daily meals because I like the steam-cook method. I feel that nutrients should be more intact if food is steamed. However, I'll use the gas stove to cook certain dishes that need stir-frying. If I'm making baked dishes, I'll use the oven. For soups and stews with bigger portion, I'll use the slow cooker.

Breakfast on the top tier.

I like the two-tier feature of this electric lunch box. I can steam-cook two dishes at one time. For example, I can cook porridge for my little one's lunch and dinner at the bottom tier and his breakfast on the top tier.

Lunch & dinner at the bottom tier.

Below are dishes that I recently cooked for my toddler.


Creamy Sweet Potato & Apple Oatmeal

Ingredients:
(Serves 2 meals) 

1/2 cup rolled oats, soaked overnight, drained & rinsed
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup water
1 small organic sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 small apple, peeled and chopped

Put everything into the steel container of the electric lunch box. Turn on power and steam-cook for about 30 minutes.


Wild Rice & Red Lentil Stew

Ingredients:
(Serves 2 meals) 

2/3 cup wild rice, soaked overnight, drained & rinsed
3 tablespoons red lentil, soaked overnight, drained & rinsed
About half a fist-size amount of minced pork
A handful chopped English spinach
A handful frozen baby green peas, thawed
A handful chopped young leek
3 cherry tomatoes, halved
Water, enough to cover ingredients

Put everything into the steel container of the electric lunch box. Turn on power and steam-cook for about 45-50 minutes.


Spinach & Pork Wild Rice Stew

Ingredients:
(Serves 2 meals) 

2/3 cup wild rice, soaked overnight, drained & rinsed
About half a fist-size amount of minced pork
A handful chopped Chinese spinach (bayam), blanched with hot water
1 medium dried Shittake mushroom, soaked overnight, washed and cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons wolfberries (goji berries), soaked, drained & rinsed
Water, enough to cover ingredients

Put everything (except spinach) into the steel container of the electric lunch box. Turn on power and steam-cook for about 30 minutes. Add in spinach and cook for another 10 minutes.


Assorted Veggies Soup

Ingredients:
(Serves 2 meals) 

1/2 cup zucchini, cut into cubes
1/2 cup orange sweet potato, cut into cubes
1/2 cup Russet potato, cut into cubes
1/2 cup radish, cut into cubes
1 cup pork broth

Put everything into the steel container of the electric lunch box. Turn on power and steam-cook for about 20 minutes.


Zucchini, Potato, Leek, Pork & Pasta Stew

Ingredients:
(Serves 2 meals) 

About half a fist-size amount of minced pork
1/2 cup zucchini, cut into cubes
1/2 cup Russet potato, cut into cubes 
1/2 cup young leek, cut into slices
1 cup uncooked pasta (I used ORGRAN's safari vegetable pasta) 
Water, enough to cover ingredients

Put everything into the steel container of the electric lunch box. Turn on power and steam-cook for about 30 minutes.


Zucchini, Carrot, Leek, Pork Stew with Safari Pasta

Ingredients:
(Serves 2 meals) 

About half a fist-size amount of minced pork
1/2 cup zucchini, cut into cubes
1/2 cup carrot, cut into cubes 
1/2 cup young leek, cut into slices
1 cup precooked pasta (I used ORGRAN's safari vegetable pasta)
Water, enough to cover ingredients

Put everything (except pasta) into the steel container of the electric lunch box. Turn on power and steam-cook for about 30 minutes. Then, stir in the precooked pasta and cook for another 5 minutes.


Sweet Potatoes & Spinach Macaroni Soup

Ingredients:
(Serves 2 meals) 

About half a fist-size amount of minced pork
1/2 cup orange sweet potatoes, cut into cubes
1/2 cup purple sweet potatoes, cut into cubes 
1 cup English spinach, roughly chopped
1 cup uncooked macaroni
Water, enough to cover ingredients

Put everything into the steel container of the electric lunch box. Turn on power and steam-cook for about 40 minutes.


18 comments

  1. Nicw recipe. I also bought one such cooker.

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  2. Hi. Mind to share where did you buy this cooker from? TQVM

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    1. Hi, I bought the orange-colored cooker from Taobao. But if you're in Malaysia, try buying from this page - https://www.facebook.com/littledot0512 - she's a reputable seller. Good luck!

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  3. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipes at my fb group recipes by electric lunch box. You can browse thru my commercial website at www.littledot.biz and my recipe blog homemade-foods-inspiration.blogspot.com . Hope our recipe blog can inspire each other :-)

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    1. Hi Ivy! Yes, I know about littledot.biz and your recipe blog long time ago. I have been a silent reader. :)

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  4. HI Joyce,

    Can I affirm with you that the electric box cooks faster than the slow cooker? noticed u mention taking 30 mins to cook grains.

    I'm undecided between buying a thermal jar and an electric box. thanks~

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    1. It depends on what sort of consistency you want. If you want really soft congee-like texture, slow cooker is the best. For electric lunch box, soak the grains overnight to ensure they are fully cooked within 30-50 minutes. Not sure about thermal pot though.

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  5. Hi Joyce
    Do you give the pasta soaked in the sauce or separate? Just wondering if it can last till dinner. Your 2 meals portion is for brekkie and lunch?
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Pui See,

      I usually serve the pasta and sauce/soup together.

      My working hours are a bit different. So, on working days, I cook my son's meals at 8am, pack at 9am or 9:30am in a good thermal food jar. The 2 meals are for his 12noon (lunch) and 4:30pm (early dinner).

      You might want to adjust your cooking and packing time based on your traveling to work time.

      Thanks!

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  6. Hi Joyce!

    Does the cooker act as a heater too? Is it possible to cook the meal at home (maybe 8am) and bring the cooker out with me for lunch about 1pm? Or is this not advisable?

    Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Merlynn,

      Nope, this ELB doesn't retain heat well. The separate steel containers come with airtight rubber lids. But, I don't think they retain heat up to more than 3 hours.

      I think you have to bring the entire ELB including the plug and put to reheat mode about 10 minutes before your lunch time.

      Hope my explanation helps. :)

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      Joyce

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  7. Hi,

    How much water should I put in order to cook porridge for my baby? Thank you

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    1. Hi there, the amount of water depends on how watery you want the porridge to be.

      For me, I usually cook watery porridge, meaning not gooey and still have see rice grains (but they are soft).

      To get this consistency, I pour in water until all ingredients are covered. I don't have exact measurement for this.

      Thanks.

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  8. Hi, are you still using this electric lunch box to cook? How is the condition now especially the inner plastic parts?? My main concern is how safe is food that is cook/steam in this type of plastic enclosure. It may seem safe but with repeated use of heat, I wonder whether any of the chemical can leech out to the food especially with prolong use. I have been eyeing to buy for sometime but am hesitant due to this issue. Tks for your feedback.

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    1. Hi, yes I'm still using. In my opinion, if you're worried about the plastic issue, I think you shouldn't be buying this. Or you can always Google up SEED manufacturer and ask them directly? Thanks.

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  9. Hi steaming method is good i agree,but i have concern that is the lunch box plastic safe for high temperature?coz plastic in high temperature can cause toxic release....i have one lunch box also,still thinking is that safe for daily cook for my baby.

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    1. Hi Jeslyn, I think best is you check with the manufacturer. Thanks!

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