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How to Cook Quinoa in a Rice Cooker

Quinoa is such a useful food to have in your pantry. It’s healthy and contains a complete profile of amino acids. It’s actually a seed, not a grain, so provides fantastic energy. The benefits of quinoa are vast!

Quinoa is rich in protein, iron, fiber, lysine, magnesium and vitamin B2.

You can use quinoa as a healthy, higher protein substitute for rice or as a gluten-free substitute for cous cous. Quinoa is a great addition to your salads as well as thrown into vegetable soups. You can also treat it similar to oats and make a porridge with it.

Here’s How to Cook Quinoa in a Rice Cooker:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2.5 cups water

Method:

  • Place the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse it under running water, rinsing thoroughly.
  • Use the white rice setting.
  • Don’t leave your quinoa in the rice cooker on warm mode. Remove your quinoa immediately to prevent a mushy texture.
  • You can also experiment by cooking your quinoa with a vegetable or chicken stock cube to add extra flavour. I like these ones because they’re low sodium and vegan.

 

How to Make Oats in a Rice Cooker

Starting the day with a healthy, filling breakfast is essential to get through the day with energy and without hunger pangs. Oatmeal is one of the BEST foods you can have in the mornings to achieve this. I bet you didn’t know that you could cook oats in a rice cooker?

Sure, oatmeal isn’t a difficult meal to cook. But there’s nothing worse than soggy microwaved oats or preservative-filled quick cook packets.  With a rice cooker you can use steel-cut oats or thick cut rolled oats which are healthier than processed oats.

Cooking your porridge in a rice cooker is also a really effective way of feeding large groups of hungry people. If you’ve got a large rice cooker, whipping up a big batch of oatmeal for breakfast has never been easier. Most rice cookers today have a porridge mode so it really couldn’t be easier.

You can even set your oats on a delayed timer before you head to bed so you can fresh hot oats ready for your breakfast in the morning!

Here’s how to make oats in a rice cooker:

Ingredients:

  • 1 part oatmeal
  • 3 parts water
  • Pinch of salt (essential for cooking porridge)
  • A dash of cinnamon (you could also use vanilla)

Method:

Add all the ingredients to your rice cooker. Whether you use a standard cup measure (250mls) or the one provided with your rice cooker, it doesn’t matter so long as the ratio is 1:3 oats to water.

Set your rice cooker to porridge mode and walk away! In about 45 minutes you’ll have a perfect batch of oatmeal ready and waiting for you. Just add a splash of milk and your desired toppings. We like to serve ours with coconut sugar sprinkled across the top.