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17 Rice Cooker Recipes That Will Make You Throw Away Your Other Cookware

17 Rice Cooker Recipes That Will Make You Throw Away Your Other Cookware

Rice cookers, ingenious kitchen wonders can save you both time and burnt rice. Using the right ratio of water to rice, these creative steamers cook perfect rice- every time, saving you the hassle of burnt pots and scorched rice. But why on earth would you buy an appliance that just cooks one thing?

The secret is out: rice cookers aren’t just for cooking rice! You can make a variety of dishes in one single pot, eliminating a kitchen mess of pots and pans and even the need for a stove. Traveling? Take a rice cooker! College bound? Invest in a rice cooker! Check out these 17 rice cooker recipes that aren’t rice. You may consider throwing out the rest of your cookware!

Dishes you can create in a rice cooker

Rice cookers come with different functions[1]- rice cooking, steaming, sauté, simmer, slow cook, soups and even cake functions. Make sure your rice cooker has the applicable function before you try the recipe, and always open the top away from you, so you won’t get burned by the steam.

Rice Cooker Breakfasts

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Start off your morning with these tasty delights:

The Perfect Omelet by Aroma Test Kitchen

    A breakfast omelet is a beautiful thing, as you can choose exactly what ingredients to add. Like bacon? Throw in some bacon and cheese, tomato & onion. Add a dash of turmeric for health and fresh chopped jalapenos for a spicy kick. Mix and match- add what ever you like! Cooking an omelet in a rice cooker keeps the temperature even. When you are done, just flip it out onto your plate! Aah- the perfect omelet!

    Steel Cut Oats by Taste Spotting

      For a truly healthy start, try some Steel Cut Oats, a simple recipe, taking only 25 minutes. You can upgrade this dish with the addition of fruits, nuts & berries of your choice. Blueberry & walnut oats, anyone?

      No Fuss Banana Bread by Wide Island View

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        Banana bread can be eaten as a breakfast, snack or even a dessert! Coat the inside of the rice cooker pot with vegetable oil or vegetable spray so the banana bread won’t stick. Add blueberries and walnuts, or even cinnamon for extra flavor.

        Rice Cooker Pancakes by I am a Food Blog

          This Japanese inspired dish is almost like the southern-styled strawberry shortcake, but you can top it with anything, like these fresh blackberries! This cake sized pot-pancake is large enough to share with your friends, so grab some extra forks!

          Rice Cooker Side Dishes

          Pull Apart Pizza Bread by Taste Made

            Such an easy dish! This recipe creatively uses tinned biscuits along with pizza topping favorites to make a yummy pizza bread.

            Pomegranate & Quinoa Salad by The Hedonista

              Quinoa, a nutritious grain, can be cooked just like rice in your rice cooker, and added to cold dishes, used as a side or topped with a protein for a meal.

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              Macaroni & Cheese by Happy Slip

                Every college kid’s dream, this easy recipe takes approximately 20-25 minutes and the aroma will have your neighbors knocking on your door to try it!

                Scalloped Potatoes by Koala Munchies

                  Though the directions of this recipe require you to cook the butter garlic and onion in a skillet first, if you don’t have a stove, you can cook it in your rice cooker on the sauté option (if your model has one).

                  Rice Cooker Dinners

                  Yellow Split Pea Dal by Vegetarian Times

                    One meal in one pot, start to finish. Again use the sauté option on your rice cooker at the beginning of the recipe as instructed.

                    Chicken Noodle Soup by XO Jane

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                      Hearty and healthy, this soup will warm you on a chilly day. Add noodles towards the end of this recipe so they won’t go mushy.

                      Rice Cooker Black Bean Chili by Cooking with Your Kids

                        This dish is a great way to get the kids involved in cooking. You can sauté the onions & garlic straight in your rice cooker if you prefer, and let the kids choose the toppings like cheese, sour cream and chives. Maybe even some nachos?

                        Balsamic Dijon Chicken with Faro Mushrooms by Clean Eating Mag

                          Another healthy rice-cooker meal, this recipe requires some preparation and takes a little over an hour. You have to marinate the chicken in the refrigerator before cooking. However, it’s a one pot meal, so if you have the time & the refrigerator, this tasty dish is for you!

                          Jumbo Stuffed Cabbage by Taste Made

                            This is an entire meal-meat, veggies & rice-all made inside a head of cabbage! When it’s done, flip in onto your plate and chow down.

                            Rice Cooker Desserts

                            Poached Pomegranate Spiced Pears by Jeanette’s Healthy Living

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                              This dish takes a little under an hour to cook, but for more flavor, you can marinate the pears overnight first.

                              Easy Cheesecake by Washoku Guide

                                A classy, smooth cheesecake recipe. Make sure to spray cooking spray inside your rice cooker before you begin for easy removal. You can top it with berries and compote or even drizzle chocolate across the top. Best eaten chilled.

                                Lemon Ricotta Pancake by Taste Made

                                  Bake a cake to impress- in a rice cooker! This recipe uses a pancake mix you can purchase in the store and milk & ricotta cheese, but comes out smoother than an oven-made one!

                                  Rice Cooker Apple Cake by Washoku Guide

                                    Though you will be cooking the apples in a skillet first, the cake is made in the rice cooker. Check your rice cooker to make sure it has a cake function before doing this recipe. Don’t have apples? No problem, you can substitute them with pears or even peaches.

                                    Now chuck out that old cookware, grab your rice cooker and create a feast fit for a king with these handy rice cooker recipes!

                                    Reference

                                    [1] aroma housewares: Rice Cookers 101

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                                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                    1. Work on the small tasks.

                                    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                    2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                    3. Upgrade yourself

                                    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                    4. Talk to a friend.

                                    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                    7. Read a book (or blog).

                                    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                    8. Have a quick nap.

                                    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                    9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                    10. Find some competition.

                                    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                    11. Go exercise.

                                    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                    12. Take a good break.

                                    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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