A rice cooker has many options for food it can steam and cook. Other than the different types of rice, a rice cooker can make anything from meat to veggies and breakfast foods. Rice is a great side dish for every meal but here are some other ideas for foods that can be steamed and cooked in your great rice cooker to give your family variety with every mealtime.
Vegetables are the healthiest side one can put on a meal. Here are some ideas for veggies that can be steamed in a rice cooker:
- Asparagus and Eggplant
- Cauliflower and Broccoli
- Corn and Peas
- Spinach and Zucchini
- Cabbage and Green Beans
Most vegetables will take less than 15 minutes to cook all the way through and have a nice healthy steamed flavor with the correct consistency. Meat on the other hand takes longer to cook but is well worth the wait and the flavor. There is four main types of meat that can be cooked in a rice cooker, fish, pork, beef, and chicken. Cooking with fish can be a little tricky as each type of fish needs a different amount of time and flavoring to steam, although well worth it. Beef is also another meat that is difficult to judge. Different types of beef in different sizes must be taken into consideration so the meat is cooked properly and not left raw if the cook does not like it that way. Of course chicken must be cooked completely in order to be edible due to salmonella poisoning.
Who ever thought to make cake in a rice cooker? A cook can make an amazing pineapple upside down cake or a chocolate lava cake right there in the cooker. What an exciting ability! Also, anyone love banana bread? How about Jalapeno bread? There are many options for making different breads and cakes in the rice cooker and with exceptional results.
What about breakfast? Cooking eggs in a rice cooker is an easy and efficient way to make amazing breakfast food in no time at all. Just set everything up, hit start and go get ready for your day while your food is being cooked into a wonderful and healthy breakfast meal.
Even more wonderful than breakfast food, mac and cheese is not something most would consider putting in a rice cooker, but never the less also possible with your high tech rice cooker. Even with fuzzy-logic the A.I. takes into consideration the type of food you are placing into the cooker and makes adjustments based on that. Different types of pasta instead of just rice can be a great side dish for every meal.
Using a rice cooker has so many options now for the family fun night, or sophisticated alone time kind of meal. Take the time to read directions but also be courageous and add a little of this and that to make creative and flavorful meals. You will not regret it!