We all have those nights where making dinner feels like the most impossible task in the world. The day has already been long and hard, and the thought of chopping, dicing, cooking and cleaning it all up is unbearable. Sure, a crock-pot meal would have been nice, but it’s too late for that now, and fast food or pizza just doesn’t feel substantial. What do you do?
The answer lies in an unlikely place – your rice cooker. While we always thought rice cookers were just for cooking rice, these ten recipes proved us wrong. Some work well as a side dish, dessert or appetizer, but others can be an entire meal. Best of all, you can finally use your rice cooker to its fullest potential. Bon appetit!
1. Cheesy Jalapeño Bread.
Actually, any type of bread cooks well in a rice cooker. Just pour in the batter and cook on the rice setting for about an hour. However, if cheese and jalapeños sound like your thing, you can find the recipe here.
2. Macaroni and Cheese.
This is some of the cheesiest and most delicious mac and cheese we have ever seen – the Food Network has the secrets here.
3. Chocolate Cake.
This might be the world’s easiest chocolate cake. The directions are here.
This is a frittata that will turn out perfect every time. Whisk eggs, add a dash of milk and pour into your rice cooker. Add spinach, peppers, tomatoes, cheese and anything else your heart desires, then cook on the regular rice setting. When you can stick a fork in and it comes out clean, it’s ready to eat.
5. A Giant Pancake.
Imagine the looks on your family’s faces when they see this! Simply pour regular pancake batter in your rice cooker and wait about 45 minutes. You can see the recipe in action here.
Soak oats overnight, then pop them in your rice cooker for 30 minutes for a healthy start to the day.
7. Homemade Hummus.
What’s better than homemade hummus? Rice cookers take some of the work out of creating this delicious dish, and will have your chickpeas ready for smashing in just 30 minutes. Check out the rest of the recipe here.
8. Cheesecake … no, seriously.
Cheesecake is a dessert that intimidates a lot of amateur bakers, but this technique is fool-proof. You can watch Youtuber Mikyung prepare it here.
Any starch cooks well in a rice cooker, and potatoes only take about 30 minutes on the normal setting. Season them any way you like and enjoy.
Via: Tip Hero