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Dave Worth
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Rice cooker and steamer


Looking for some ideas. 10 year old rice cooker bit the dust so went looking for a new one. I prefer the rice cooker to boiling it on the stove...never messes up and it's very easy. Something I can put on while I prep the rest of the meal and it cuts out a step.

Now (which is new to me) rice cooker/food steamer combos are popular and cheap. So I bought an Aroma model that cooks up to 20 cups at a time for less than $40.

My thought is this might be a good way to eat healthy, quick, hot meals during the week. My wife and I go to the park after work to run/walk for exercise. Takes us about an hour start to finish. So I would love to find some simple combinations I can throw in and have it ready when I come home.

Anyone have experience with this? I know I can do chicken breasts and rice to be simple. Can I do more? The stipulation is it all has to go in together...no adding vegetables halfway through. I know the problem is a lot of stuff would overcook using this process.

I know I could do some faux jambalaya type stuff. Rice, trinity, sausage/chicken and seasonings. Not great jambalaya, but something quick and easy during the week that is better than plain rice.

I would love to hear any experiences you have. I bought it to make rice, but would love to expand it a bit more. Thanks.







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CITWTT
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re: Rice cooker and steamer


Why would you steaam a chicken breast? Did it do something wrong to you?





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Rohan2Reed
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sounds like in this case "quick and easy" will very likely be synonymous with "bland and terrible"





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Gris Gris
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I've never steamed in mine, though I think it has that option. Can't think of a meat I would put in it. I supposed I could steam broccoli or some other vegetable in it, but I can do that in the microwave pretty quickly and get a better result than on the stovetop with just a sprinkle of water over it. Same with asparagus, cauliflower...





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CITWTT
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I have an old school rice maker. It is essentially a double boiler that vents steam into the upper portion , and it is simple as hell to use as there is no measuring needed to get rice done correctly every time.





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Dave Worth
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Collierville (via Destrehan)
Member since Dec 2003
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re: Rice cooker and steamer



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sounds like in this case "quick and easy" will very likely be synonymous with "bland and terrible"


Maybe...but here's an example of a quick and easy recipe from their website:


Jambalaya

Prep: 10 min. Total: 40 min. Yield: Serves 4.

1 lb. spicy smoked sausage
1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 1/2 cups rice
4 cups chicken broth
1 4-oz. can diced green chilies
2 tbsp. Creole seasoning

Cut the smoked sausage in half, lengthwise, then into 1/4" half circles. Add all ingredients to the inner pot and mix well. Place inner pot in the rice cooker and close the lid. Press White Rice/Cook. The rice cooker will automatically switch to "Keep-Warm" mode once the meal is ready.



Now I'm not saying that's going to be the best meal in the world or that it's even Jambalaya. Substitute out the sausage and shrimp (I would think the shrimp would overcook) for chicken and you have a fairly healthy meal...especially if you use brown rice.

On weekends I love to cook...and I mean real cooking. During the week I normally eat something like a sandwich, frozen food/leftovers or salads. For an easy meal, I've made rice in a cooker and then dropped in Cream of Mushroom Soup with ground chicken. It's a hot meal that takes almost no effort. That's all I'm looking for...something simple that can cook while we're at the park and be ready when we get home.

If the food tastes like crap, then it will just be exclusively a rice cooker.






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