Home Recipes 14 Lazy Rice Cooker Recipes that’s Also Healthy

14 Lazy Rice Cooker Recipes that’s Also Healthy

Your rice cooker can cook more than just rice. Check out what it's capable of here:

Rice cookers are probably the one item you can definitely find in every Malaysian kitchen, and for good reason too! It helps us achieve perfectly fluffy hot rice with almost zero effort and in no time at all!

Here’s a not-so-secret fact, your rice cooker is actually a kitchen ninja, and can handle way more than just rice! Instead of wasting its abilities, why not test out all that you can do with your humble little rice cooker?

Here are some rice cooker recipes to unleash the power within your little machine:

1. Rice Cooker Veggie Biryani 

Source: cookingandme.com

Source: cookingandme.com

Jam-packed with fragrant spices  as well as veggies, this meal will satisfy any biryani craving you may have. The recipe actually requires you to prepare some of the ingredients in a separate pan, but you can actually do everything in your rice cooker. Just turn it on and you can saute the spices in the rice cooker itself. Then continue on as per recipe. Get recipe here.

2. Rice Cooker Chicken Curry 

Source: cooktime24.com

Source: cooktime24.com

This recipe has only 3 simple steps, starting from sauteeing your onions and garlic in the rice cooking along with some curry powder, then in with the rest of the ingredients, close the lid and hit cook. Once your rice cookers beeps that it’s done, it’s ready! However, recipe calls for a package of jambalaya mix, which you’ll have to make ahead. We found a great recipe for the jambalaya mix here (basically just mixing together dry ingredients), and you can get the recipe for the chicken curry here.

3. Rice Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Source: jeanetteshealthyliving.com

Source: jeanetteshealthyliving.com

Breakfast from the rice cooker! And not just any regular breakfast, this here is some fancy premium oatmeal you only get from a luxurious B&B in an English countryside. The cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg gives it a delightful whiff of fragrance, while diced apples give it a sweet and delicious bite. Spinkle on some nuts, dried fruit or other toppings of your choice for an easy, nutritious breakfast. Full recipe here.

4. Rice Cooker Quinoa Pilaf with Mushrooms 

Source: blog.williams-sonoma.com

Source: blog.williams-sonoma.com

This quinoa pilaf is colourful, fluffy and full of flavour. It’s also super easy to put together, although it requires a bit of chopping. We suggest topping off with some chopped nuts for some crunch at the end. Get recipe here.

5. Rice Cooker Frittata

Source: justbento.com

Source: justbento.com

What makes this dish so wonderful is its versatility. Don’t like red peppers? Substitute it with cherry tomatoes! Love onions? Add more of that! All you need is your choice of chopped veggies, saute them in the rice cooker (instead of the pan, as suggested by recipe), and continue as per recipe. You’ll get a beautiful round frittata that’ll feed the entire family and more! Recipe here.

6. Rice Cooker Dhal 

Source: vegetariantimes.com

Source: vegetariantimes.com

This dhal is made from chopped carrots, onions, garlic, as well as the quintessential cumin, turmeric and yellow split peas (dhal), then cooked for many hours in the rice cooker until soft and flavourful. Goes great with some steamed cauliflower or naan. Get recipe here.

7. Rice Cooker Steamed Tofu & Asparagus

Source: cookinghawaiianstyle.com

Source: cookinghawaiianstyle.com

Requiring minimal work, this dish is done in 30 minutes but tastes and smells fantastic thanks to the garlic, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil used in the cooking process. All you have to do is toss everything into the rice cooker, and hit cook! For the meat lovers, you can always add in some marinated chicken breast cubes as well as some fresh shiitake mushrooms! Recipe here.

8. Rice Cooker Ginger Soy Fish 

Source: youtube.com

Source: youtube.com

For a yummy weeknight dinner, get some fish fillets, marinade with soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, spring onion and place into your steamer basket (or one of those steamer plates you can get at Daiso) and steam it on top of your whole grain rice. Video recipe here.

9. Rice Cooker “Stir-Fried” Cabbage

Source: teczcape.blogspot.com

Source: teczcape.blogspot.com

This rice cooker cabbage is a fuss-free way of adding some greens to your meal, but still have them taste great. All you’ll need are some shallots, garlic, a tiny bit of oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Recipe here.

10. Rice Cooker Chicken & Daikon Soup 

Source: noobcook.com

Source: noobcook.com

Ever felt like eating grandma’s signature soup that’s been boiled for 20 hours? Well, this recipe dishes it up in 3 hours with a prep time of only 10 minutes! Talk about easy! Spare 10 minutes in the morning throwing everything into the rice cooker and setting it to cook for 3 hours, then keep warm till you get home to a welcoming bowl of hot soup. Recipe here.

11. Rice Cooker Steamed Salmon Fillets with Brown Rice 

Source: finedininglover.com

Source: finedininglover.com

Yet another recipe for a simple weeknight dinner calling for only a rice cooker (you’ll need a steamer basket as well). You’ll be cooking both the marinated salmon and the rice at the same time and meal’s done in 30 minutes! Get recipe here.

12. Rice Cooker Ginger Chicken & Rice

Source: foodandwine.com

Source: foodandwine.com

Chicken, ginger, baby spinach and coconut milk all come together with rice to make this superb dish that’s good for both weekdays and weekends. Customise it to your liking by adding fresh shiitake mushrooms, broccoli, chopped carrots or any other veggies of your choice.

13. Rice Cooker Balsamic Dijon Chicken with Farro & Mushrooms

Source: cleaneatingmag.com

Source: cleaneatingmag.com

This makes flavourful meal with a delicate bite to it, all done in one appliance. In case you were wondering, farro is a type of wheat that’s nutty and chewy that cooks slowly in the rice cooker. However, if you can’t get your hands on farro, regular wholegrain rice would probably work in this recipe too, except we’d skip the stirring for 3 minutes part. Get recipe here.

14. Rice Cooker Vegetable Stew 

Source: chow.com

Source: chow.com

With sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, kidney beans as well as plenty of tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper and broccoli, this is a very filling stew that’s great for a cold rainy night in. Get recipe here.

_____

Love what you’re reading? Click subscribe to get more updates and a FREE e-book filled with recipes, plus tips on fitness, health, and life!

 

A writer with a penchant for alliteration, Jolene is also a seaweed and green tea junkie in a love/hate relationship with working out. She likes reading everything, from cereal boxes to tombstone inscriptions, and trying to find meaning behind the words.

NO COMMENTS

Share a Thought