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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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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

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

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Chocolate Cake

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

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Mac and Cheese

Less prep time, same amazing gooey goodness.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Because: flu season.

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Honey Glazed Upside Down Apple Cake

We'll take two slices, please. 

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Steel Cut Oats

A breakfast of champions in under 30 minutes.

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Quinoa (or any grain)

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

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

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Pumpkin and Baby Spinach Risotto

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

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