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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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                                    Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                    The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                    The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                    It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                    If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                    One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                    Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                    In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                    Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                    The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                    Stress

                                    If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                    Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                    We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                    While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                    Eating close to bedtime

                                    Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                    Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                    Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                    Medical conditions

                                    In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                    The vicious sleep cycle

                                    The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                    Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                    You get a bad night’s sleep
                                    –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                    –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                    –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                      You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                      How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                      To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                      1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                      What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                      Here are a few suggestions:

                                      • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                      • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                      • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                      • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                      • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                      2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                      What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                      • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                      • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                      • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                      • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                      3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                      Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                      Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                      Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                      Sleep better form now on

                                      Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                      I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                      As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                      Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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