I definitely failed on my promise from last week of planning out my meals for the week, BUT I am going to give it another try this weekend. Ha, we will see. One of these weeks it will happen!
I did however make a very good purchase last weekend that has help us out immensely this week.
Meet my new rice cooker.
I have always wanted one of these things and heard great things about them, but for whatever reason hadn’t bought one. I had a gift card to Target, so I headed over there this weekend in search of a rice cooker! There were a few options, none of them were very expensive (this one was under $40), and after a few minutes we decided on this one. It’s big (you can cook a ton of rice, I think around 8 cups) and it has a timer, which was key for me.
Sunday night I made the biggest batch of brown rice which came out so yummy and we ate it throughout the week, just adding some vegetables, or whatever we wanted to it. We eat a lot of brown rice, so this was a definitely a great addition for that reason.
I also am going to be setting it before I go to work on some days when I know I will want something for dinner so it can be ready when I get home. Next week I am going to try quinoa! I have some other ideas too on things I can make in it, it’s been fun to try out, including the steaming option for vegetables that it has.
I also have started using it for oatmeal, specifically for the can of steel cut oats that I have that never get cooked because they take too long. Before I go to bed, I put the oats in with the water, set it to brown rice setting and set the timer for when I want them to be done. When I wake up there is fresh oatmeal ready for me!
It was definitely a great purchase for us and a very useful new edition to our needing to cook fast lifestyle. It has already had more use than a lot of the small appliances I have in my kitchen that I have tried out and failed out. This one is so easy to use and easy to clean! A definite win in my book.
What’s your favorite small kitchen appliance?