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8 Quick And Healthy Rice Cooker Recipes No Busy People Should Miss

8 Quick And Healthy Rice Cooker Recipes No Busy People Should Miss

Why use a rice cooker?

Simple & Save Time

Rice cookers are not limited to cooking just rice, there is almost no limit to the types of food you can prepare using this versatile device – everything from pancakes to mac and cheese! On top of its diversity, when it comes to cooking, a rice cooker is simple, efficient, and time-saving. You don’t need to bother too much about food prep either – the cooker does most of the work for you!

Better for your health

A majority of recipes you can make using a rice cooker require the addition of nothing other than water, negating the need for fatty oils (although you can use some oil if you need to). Try to think of a rice cooker as a type of smoothie maker – they both allow you to combine a wide array of vegetables and other foods, and they require little to no effort on your part. All in all, rice cookers are awesome and the easiest way to maintain a healthy, balanced diet.

We will be sharing 8 healthy rice cooker recipes below so you can get started straight away.

1. Macaroni Cheese

This dish contains vitamin A and lots of protein and fiber. Cooking time approx. 30 minutes.

Macaroni Cheese

    What you’ll need:

    • 2 cups of macaroni (or any pasta of your choice)
    • 1-2 cups of grated cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
    • 1 cup of whole milk (skimmed milk might not work as well)
    • 5 cups of chicken stock
    • Optional – 1 teaspoon of salt

    To prepare:

    Place the macaroni and chicken stock inside the rice cooker and cook at a moderate heat for 15 minutes. Then add the milk and cheese, stir, and cook for another 20 minutes. Since every rice cooker is slightly different, check the mixture after 30 minutes of cooking.

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    2. Frittata with Summer Vegetables

    Cooking a frittata in a rice cooker is simple and adding any veg of your choosing to the dish ensures a highly nutritious meal. Cooking time approx. 10 minutes.

    Frittata with Summer Vegetables

      What you’ll need:

      • 6 eggs
      • 2 tablespoons of grated cheese
      • Salt and pepper
      • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

      For the veg (or veg of your choosing):

      • 1 whole garlic clove, peeled
      • 1 red or yellow pepper, diced
      • 1 small potato
      • 1 small zucchini
      • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
      • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

      To prepare:

      Depending on your choice of veg, you may need to heat them up gently in a frying pan before adding to the rice cooker, but if you chop them up into very small pieces they won’t take long to cook. Also, add the whole garlic clove to the pan to give the veg some flavor, but discard the entire clove after the veg is cooked.

      Place the tablespoon of olive oil inside the rice cooker bowl, add the eggs, cheese and salt/pepper. Beat the mixture then add the veg. Place the bowl inside the cooker and heat it as normal.

      The frittata can be kept in the fridge for up to three days so you can snack on a slice whenever you’re too busy to cook.

      3. Chicken Chili

      Okay, this isn’t the healthiest rice cooker recipe in the world, but it is delicious and full of protein. Plus it shouldn’t take longer than 20-30 minutes to prepare and cook.

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      Chicken Chili

        What you’ll need:

        • 1 pound ground chicken
        • 1 can black beans
        • 1 can kidney beans
        • 1 tablespoon chili powder
        • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
        • 1 cup tomato sauce
        • Half packet of chili seasoning
        • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
        • Salt and pepper to taste

        To prepare:

        Place the raw chicken inside the rice cooker and heat until cooked throughout. Drain the excess fat, then add everything else. Cook on a full cycle and you’re done!

        4. Jambalaya

        A Cajun dish consisting of fresh vegetables – full of vitamins and nutrition. It takes up to 100 minutes to prepare and cook but it’s worth the wait.

        Jambalaya_on_plate

          What you’ll need:

          • 2lb smoked Cajun sausage
          • 2 cups of brown rice
          • 5 tablespoons of garlic, chopped
          • 1 onion, chopped
          • 1 bell pepper, chopped (any color)
          • 1 teaspoon Cajun spice
          • 3 cups of chicken stock

          To prepare:

          Add the rice and chicken stock to the rice cooker and cook as normal.

          Gently heat the sausage in a skillet until some of the fat is removed. Place sausages on a paper towel; remove fat from skillet and place onions and peppers inside skillet. Heat until browned and then add everything to the rice cooker. Allow to simmer for 100 minutes approx.

          5. Boiled Eggs

          We mentioned earlier that rice cookers are perfect for boiling eggs (technically they are steamed, but the end result is the same). They are cooked in a similar way to a conventional saucepan, except that you don’t need to pay much attention to them – the cooker does it all for you.

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          Eggs are one of the richest sources of protein in the world and you can fit lots of them inside normal rice cookers. Once cooked, they will keep for days so you can have them with a salad for lunch or as a quick snack at breakfast. Prep and cooking time is usually 20-30 minutes but you can easily boil 12 eggs at a time.

          Boiled Eggs

            What you’ll need:

            • 12 large free-range eggs
            • 2 cups of water
            • Optional – whole-grain bread

            To prepare:

            Place water in rice cooker and place eggs in steamer basket. Turn cooker on and wait 20 minutes. Done!

            6. Rice Cooker Cod

            Cod is rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamins B6 and D, not to mention it’s an excellent source of protein. This dish takes no longer than 20 minutes to prepare and cook.

            Rice Cooker Cod

              What you’ll need:

              • 3 medium pieces of cod, or fish of your choice
              • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
              • 1 cup of white or brown rice
              • 1 cup of chicken stock or water
              • Diced vegetables of your choice

              To prepare:

              Add rice and veg to the cooker and cook as normal.

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              While rice is cooking, season fish and place on the steam rack that comes with your rice cooker three minutes before the rice is finished cooking (adjust depending on the size of your fillets). If you don’t have a rack just use the steamer, but ensure the fish is covered to prevent oils from leaking out. Done!

              7. Quinoa Succotash

              Quinoa contains lots of vitamin B and protein, is high in fiber, and when combined with the veg in this recipe, you get an immense amount of nutrition and flavor. Total time needed approx. 20 minutes, depending on your rice cooker.

              Quinoa Succotash

                What you’ll need:

                • 1 can of peas and/or carrots
                • 1 cup rinsed quinoa
                • 1 can sweetcorn
                • 1 can chicken broth
                • 1 can sliced black olives
                • Half a cup of water
                • 2 tablespoons of tomato bouillon

                To prepare:

                Add the quinoa, bouillon, water, and broth to the rice cooker and cook as normal. Mix the vegetables in a separate dish and heat in the microwave for two minutes. When both dishes are complete, mix and enjoy!

                8. Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal

                This recipe might surprise you since it’s not something most of us would think of adding to a rice cooker, but it’s surprisingly easy to do. Furthermore, this is arguably one of the healthiest recipes you’re ever likely to eat!

                Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal

                  What you’ll need:

                  • Half a cup of rolled oats
                  • 1 cup of water
                  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
                  • Half a banana, sliced

                  For the topping:

                  • Half a banana, sliced
                  • 2 tablespoons of almond milk
                  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs
                  • 2 teaspoons flax seed
                  • 2 tablespoon dried cranberries
                  • 1 tablespoon organic honey

                  To prepare:

                  Add oats, water, cinnamon, and half banana to rice cooker. Stir and select a quick cook (quick rice setting is fine). Once cooked, give another stir to mix the ingredients completely, then transfer to a bowl. Add all of the other ingredients, stir and enjoy!

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                  Last Updated on October 15, 2019

                  How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                  How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                  What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                  To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                  All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                  There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                  With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                  What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these 13 tips are essential:

                  1. Think Big

                    From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                    “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                    There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                    Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                    Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                    Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                    Instead be ambitious.

                    2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It

                      From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                      “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                      This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                      Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                      If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                      Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                      Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                      Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                      3. Learn How to Balance Life

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                        From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                        “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                        All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                        If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                        However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                        If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                        In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                        To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                        4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure

                          From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                          “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                          There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                          Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                          His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                          He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                          Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                          Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                          If you find it difficult to fight your fear of failure, here’s a guide for you: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It Step-By-Step)

                          5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed

                            From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                            “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                            This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                            It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

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                            If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

                            Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                            6. Be a Person of Action

                              From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                              “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                              Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                              Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                              When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                              You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                              All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                              Applying this to you?

                              Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                              7. Cultivate Positive Relationships

                                From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                This is key to good leadership.

                                It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas

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                                  From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                  “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                  It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                  Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                  If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                  9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed

                                    From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                    “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                    Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                    It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                    Keep dreaming!

                                    10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

                                      From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                      “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                      Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                      Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                      If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                      However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                      11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On

                                        From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                        “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                        It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                        When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

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                                        Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                        If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                        This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It

                                        12. Be Willing to Work Hard

                                          From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                          “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                          You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                          Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                          True success comes from work.

                                          You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                          Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                          13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition

                                            From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                            “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                            In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                            If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                            It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                            Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                            Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this: How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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