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Pilaf, basmati, jasmine, brown: If this is the only diversity your rice cooker has known, it’s definitely time to spice things up. Here, ten foods you never knew you could make in this nifty little appliance.

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Rice cooker fritatta

Omelets and Frittatas

Forget the stirring and flipping: Just set the cooker to “steam” and pour in beaten eggs plus your favorite toppings. Fourteen minutes later, a fluffy omelet awaits.

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steamed vegetables made in a rice cooker

Steamed Vegetables

Anything from cabbage to broccoli to green beans. (Use this handy chart see how long each one cooks.)

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rice cooker chocolate cake

Chocolate Cake

Set it. Forget it. Ice it. Eat it.

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rice cooker mac and cheese recipe

Mac and Cheese

Less prep time, same amazing gooey goodness.

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Chicken Noodle Soup made in a rice cooker

Chicken Noodle Soup

Because: flu season.

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upside down apple cake made in a rice cooker

Honey Glazed Upside Down Apple Cake

We'll take two slices, please. 

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Steel cut oats cooked in a rice maker

Steel Cut Oats

A breakfast of champions in under 30 minutes.

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Quinoa in the Rice Cooker

Quinoa (or any grain)

Quinoa and tomatoes: the fancy lady’s rice and beans.

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Rice cooker black bean chili


You know, for when you’re using your slow-cooker for other purposes.

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Pumpkin Baby Spinach Risotto Rice Cooker recipe

Pumpkin and Baby Spinach Risotto

OK, so risotto is technically rice. But sue us: We love risotto.

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