Congratulations to #459, Erin. She’s our winner in the Zojirushi Rice Cooker Giveaway!!!! I shared the beginning of my Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker review , last week. I hope you’ll read through it and learn all the features of this extraordinary kitchen tool. Today, I want to share more delicious ideas and [...]
Congratulations to #459, Erin.
She’s our winner in the Zojirushi Rice Cooker Giveaway!!!!
I shared the beginning of my Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker review , last week. I hope you’ll read through it and learn all the features of this extraordinary kitchen tool. Today, I want to share more delicious ideas and recipes with you, plus give you a chance to win one of these fabulous appliances for your own kitchen!
First of all, I have to know — does your whole family wake up at the same time, every morning? Ours definitely does not. We have early risers who pop right up the moment they’re awake, those who are definitely not morning people and the ones in between. Which category do you think I fit into? – lol-
A hot breakfast can be a challenge when everyone is wandering out to the kitchen at different times. Either everyone has to make individual breakfasts or someone is going to be eating it cold. Who would have thought that my Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker would solve this dilemma?!!! I was very excited at the idea of cooking grains with it and while I definitely want to branch out and try some of the ancient grains we hear so much about, now, i.e. quinoa, kamut, amaranth, I went with what I had on hand – rolled oats – and the results were marvelous. It was SIMPLE! I put all the ingredients in the Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker, turned it on and walked away. When the oatmeal was done, the cooker immediately switched to Keep Warm and whenever my blurry-eyed children decided they were ready for breakfast, it was warm and ready.
Rice Cooker Oatmeal
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup dried blueberries
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- water up to the porridge line (approx. 4 cups)
I used the included measuring cup to measure the oats and blueberries into the cooker pan, and then added the spices right on top.
Next, I added water to the PORRIDGE (thick) line. (I do not like soupy oatmeal.)
Place the cooker pan back into the appliance and hit the MENU button until the arrow rotates around to the porridge setting.
Depress the START button and walk away. The rice cooker will alert you when breakfast is done!
My perfectly cooked oatmeal cooked for a little over an hour ( I was able to get in my devotional time and start some laundry!) and then the rice cooker immediately switched over to the Keep Warm cycle, allowing those who were already up to have breakfast right away, while keeping the oatmeal fresh, warm and delicious for those who got up nearly 45 minutes later. Woohoo! No trying to reheat thick, gloppy leftover oatmeal. No matter when they arose, everyone had a hot, delicious breakfast.
I served up this wonderful hot cereal with brown sugar and chopped pecans. It was delish and a marvelous way to start the day!
I won’t take the time to go through the entire recipe, this evening, but I want you to know I also used my rice cooker, tonight to make a family favorite for dinner — Lentil Rice Casserole. I used the GABA Brown Rice setting and my husband has declared that texturally, this version is far superior to our original recipe. I made the whole dish in one pan and didn’t even need to heat up the oven. At suppertime, we enjoyed a delicous, nutritious meal and had the simplest clean-up ever! Win! Win!
Clearly, I’m not finished, yet! I am having so much fun exploring the myriad ways to use this appliance and finding recipes that are perfect to cook in it. And you can find fabulous recipe suggestions on their site. But, for tonight, I want to share something even more exciting! Zojirushi has generously agreed to award a Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker, to one very fortunate Busy-at-Home reader, as the prize in a fabulous giveaway!
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These are two rice cooker cookbooks, I own, that may be great resources for you and your family.….
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It’s Day 3 of the Eat from Your Pantry Challenge and I decided to try a new recipe. We eat quite a bit of chicken and I am always looking for a new way to fix it. This turned out to be delicious and as tasty as anything we’ve eaten in a Chinese restaurant. I [...]
It’s Day 3 of the Eat from Your Pantry Challenge and I decided to try a new recipe. We eat quite a bit of chicken and I am always looking for a new way to fix it. This turned out to be delicious and as tasty as anything we’ve eaten in a Chinese restaurant. I served it with whole-grain brown rice and peas.
Spicy Chinese Chicken
- 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 Tbls olive oil
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp crushed red pepper (We like spicy. You can adjust the heat by adding less.)
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 Tbls red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup water
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Brown the chicken pieces and then set them aside in a heat-proof dish.
In the same skillet, mix all remaining ingredients. Heat to a boil.
Once sauce is boiling, add browned chicken pieces to sauce and reduce heat to a bubbling simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over rice.
Delicious and simple! This one’s a keeper.
Most of you know by now that we moved a little over a month ago. Of course all the essentials have long been unpacked, but there are still boxes in my loft (and I mean dozens of boxes) filled with books. These include my cookbook collection. Yesterday afternoon, I cracked one open and was excited [...]
Most of you know by now that we moved a little over a month ago. Of course all the essentials have long been unpacked, but there are still boxes in my loft (and I mean dozens of boxes) filled with books. These include my cookbook collection. Yesterday afternoon, I cracked one open and was excited to see it was the one that had been housing all my favorite recipes. I pulled one out from my Sue Gregg collection and it immediately fell open to an oft-used page — Lentil Rice Casserole. I’m excited to share this with you because:
- I made it for supper last night and I want more , right now!
- It is a great frugal recipe for a hearty family meal.
- It is the perfect addition to a Christmas gift basket.
Let’s start with the recipe and then I’ll show you how to package this for a heart-warming and delicious gift.
Lentil Rice Casserole
Yield: 6 servings
- 1/2 c. brown rice
- 3/4 c. lentils, red or green, both work great
- 1 tsp. thyme
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. basil
- 1/4 c. dried onion flakes
- 3 chicken bouillon cubes
- 1 Tbl. Spike Seasoning , (This is the one change I make to the original recipe. I buy Spike locally, but you can order it online, as well. )
- 3 c. water
- 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese, optional
- fat free sour cream, optional
- chopped tomatoes, optional
Mix lentils, rice, onion flakes, all seasonings and water in a 2 or 3 qt baking dish that has a lid. If your dish doesn’t have a lid, you will need foil to seal it tightly, when baking.
Bake in 300° oven for 2 hours or until lentils are tender and water is absorbed.
Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and place back in oven for 5 minutes to allow cheese to melt.
We serve this with fat-free sour cream and chopped tomatoes as toppings, but it is delicious plain, too. It also makes an excellent burrito filling.Serve this with steamed broccoli or a side salad and a wonderful, warm piece of crusty bread and it is a satisfying, comfort food meal. Yum!
Using Lentils and Rice in a Christmas Gift Basket
I was so excited when I realized that all the dry ingredients for this delicious meal perfectly fill a one-pint canning jar. I mixed the beans, rice, seasonings (crush the bouillon) and onion flakes and then added them to my canning jar. Next, I cut a quick circle from a scrap of fabric and centered that over the top of the jar lid. Adding the screw band to the lid gathered the fabric just enough to make a pretty presentation. You could add a bow or a raffia tie and attach the tag. Now just make a gift tag that includes how to use your mix and the recipe, so they can make it on their own again, later.
Enjoy a budget-friendly and hearty meal with your family. Then surprise the people you love with this thoughtful meal- in-a-jar, as a part of a Christmas gift basket.