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A meal from a rice cooker

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What to eat when you are bored of the cafeteria food?  Or the cafeteria food is too salty and taste nasty?  But you don't have time and money to go out and eat.

Here is what I do.  I live in a student residence where there is no kitchen!  So we are forced to get every meal from the cafeteria.  I'm going to have kidney failure because they add so much salt to the food they serve :P.  Luckily I bought a rice cooker.  Its a life saver!  I make rice, noodles, all kinds of food in it!  I'll teach you how to do it (its reeeaaally simple).

Make use of what you have.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Students are poor (like me).  These ingredients are all very cheap!  *all are in Canadian Dollars*

1/2 cup of rice (1/2 cup is good for one person)
[a whole bag was less than $5]

a fist size of ground beef (or as much as you like, you can put whatever kind of meat, but grounded ones are easier to cook)
[it says $2.28/bl, but I got this portion of meat for around $0.50]

1 or 2 eggs (I put 1 eggs this time)
[$1.XX per 6 eggs]

some salt
[Less than $2 for the whole thing]

some soy sauce
[free, from eating sushi]

some sesame oil
[from my instant noodle package]

or any kind of sauce you like

Step 2: Defrost meat

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We only have a shared fridge in the lounge, but people steal from it, so it is safer to have my own fridge.  However, it is so small.  When I buy meat, I separate them into fist sized and store it in zip lock bags and freeze it.

Now, wait for it to defrost.  Do something else while waiting.
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If you like Spanish Rice, try this. I use (which you could make smaller or freeze leftovers) 2.5cups rice, 1 large (14+oz) can diced tomato/green chili, 1 can of chicken with broth in it (or I diced large chicken breast raw is perfect), 1 can of corn, 1 can of green/wax beans (I use fresh when available), seasoning (garlic powder, cumin, a little salt, black pepper, crushed red peppers, onion powder (walmart or family dollar or 99cents only stores have these for so cheap or "Hispanic" markets too) and 2.5 cups of water. NOTE: do not drain corn or diced tomato or chicken, pour right in!!! Put in rice cooker, press start and you are done when it beeps! (hopefully I included everything) You can also make chicken fried rice: rice, chicken, peas, carrots, egg, season!

avisdillon.22 days ago

I use chicken broth instead of water, add some onions and garlic, parsley and chives and have a delicious side dish. You could also add chicken to the pot before cooking. If it is in small pieces, there is no problem with it being undercooked when the rice cooker kicks off.

dominic.cardelli.165 made it!1 month ago

mmm YUM super delicious! Great idea. Many thanks sent your way.

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dmac0851 month ago
Rice cookers are becoming my favorite kitchen appliance. I have made this recipe or bariations of it several times with great success.
The manufacturer supplies many types of recipes aside from rice on their website so I would bet they would not do so if it would cause "contamination" issues with their product.
Great instructions, well explained & friendly, like in a friend's kitchen :-) Thank you!
fruitninja8 months ago

It's
lovely but not in rice cookers, in multicookers for example Redmond 4502 it is
warmer, faster and better. Also it can remember your recepie!

I'm pretty sure eggs and meat is a pretty bad idea. Why? Simple. You are putting bad bacteria in the rice cooker. You have now probably contain-mated the rice cooker for life!!!!
Cook the eggs germs die

If you cook eggs in a pan, do you contaminate the Pan?
knappcho1 year ago

ok , i just bought a rice cooker last week , and i live in the student residence , and i was wondering what else i can cook except noodles , can u give me some advice? and i dont have much money and wanna live a cheaper and health live

I cook 3 cups white rice, 3 cups lentils, 1 cup barley or buckwheat and one cup peas. The rice and lentils will make a complete protein. I add the barley, buckwheat and peas for variety.
With lentils you need to sort through them. You need to do this with beans too though. You'll get stones in them if u don't. Nice thing about lentils over beans is u don't have to soak the lentils. With beans you have to soak them over night. That's why I don't use beans. I'm very lazzzzzzy.
viviluk (author)  knappcho9 months ago

Unfortunately I only cook noodles and rice in it. However, you can put different kinds of vegetables and meat. I love to put mushrooms, broccoli, and thinly sliced beef (beef is safer than pork or chicken). What do you like to eat? Put those in!

Gerry Zurek 5 months ago
How do you get an image added on this threads? I see the add image button. But I can't get it to add images with it. Btw, I have an iphone 4.
Gerry Zurek 5 months ago
How do you get an image added on this threads? I see the add image button. But I can't get it to add images with it. Btw, I have an iphone 4.
knappcho1 year ago

so , then ?

hInstance2 years ago
I mixed a drained can of corn kernels & baby peas with the meat in the bag then mixed the whole lot up with the rice before setting the cooker to cook again. Not too bad. Otherwise you could simply eat celery or raw carrots afterwards.
kgreason3 years ago
Its definitely helpful and gives me a lot of ideas. I especially like the bit with the barley tea, completely unrelated but delightful and informative =) Unfortunately I have only a rice cooker and its a bit different than the ones everyone else seems to have (mine has the rice bowl completely separate from the heating element and main water bowl, more of a steamer) so Im a little worried about cooking time. Ill figure it out tho. Thanks for the helpful instructable. =D
snipir3 years ago
Totally going to try this at some point :P Thanks!
d1ndian3 years ago
great work, making our hard student life easy
Totysheep5 years ago
You shouldn't wash rice anymore. For a very long time now rice has been parboiled, enriched and sometimes flavored. If you wash it, it might become mooshi and tasteless real fast.
Unless you're eating organically grown rice then you have to wash the rice, your suppose to wash it to remove pesticides and chemicals/powders used to make it whiter. Parboiled rice? that's instant rice. In the US, you don't have to wash the rice because we don't use chemical/powder whiteners, and the FDA considers the pesticides safe. Additionally, rice is a starch, and it has a starchy build up, so getting rid of that makes it flakier. I believe for tradition sake, even in the US, you should wash the rice. We're to easy to throw away tradition, have your kids wash the rice, think about all your problems being the starch, etc....it's not going to kill you, it'll probably make you stronger. Also, fortification/enrichment is BS, just load the rice with goodness and love and you'll get all the enrichment you need.
Yeah, I wash my rice too but I live in the US. But I definitely want to try this recipe! :)
The reason why they say to wash it is to get rid of the "flour" that's built up from the milling process, which, when cooked, gets very sticky and makes the rice hard to remove. The water is supposed to be clear when you cook rice, optimally.
If you're buying white-man rice, sure.
viviluk (author)  Totysheep5 years ago
 thats what i heard too, i try to wash just a bit nowadays, cuz the instruction said so...
 You could chop some spinach or cabbage finely and add it when you add the ground meat. It should steam enough to be tasty.

Or you could put spoonfuls of the rice/meat mixture on  lettuce leaves and roll them up. Make a dipping sauce out of soy sauce and vinegar!
The Korean way to do it is to put it onto lettuce leaves and add gochujang for a kicker.
nathb10284 years ago
Wow didn't know you could cook meat in a rice cooker.
sassy8girl4 years ago
that actually looks pretty nice that teabag i have never seen anything like it
I wish I had thought of this when I was a college student! Good job~
reminds me of my first apartment when i was fourteen and pregnant. u have to do what you need to survive
Thank you for helping me to keep the faith in people.
Belmondo8834 years ago
look super!:)
What I do, is chop up some onions then freeze them in a plastic bag and then when im ready to cook something throw a couple in my rice cooker and it works very well for me.
doomsdayltd4 years ago
you know what you can make it vegetarian if you substitute the meat for tvp :)
A bit of cut up chicken (skinless) mixed with the rice as it is cooking would be nice also. Add some peas and a dash of curry powder and chilies and Presto! Chicken and rice curry! (Use chicken broth from a can for added flavor) Or you could substitute unsweetened coconut milk for some of the water and have a whole different dish especially if you add a bit of Thai curry paste). If you had a way to saute some onions first and add to both dishes , that would be even better. You could also mix your rice with half a can of black beans and chopped ham (or sausage) with some coriander, cumin, a bit of hot sauce and a shot of Worcestershire sauce for black beans and rice.
hInstance4 years ago
I know the feeling. My first fridge is the same size as this and I ran out of room frequently. I have now graduated to a larger one and my small one is now a food cupboard.
ExpatCucina5 years ago
This looks delicious! Can I quote it with the instructables on my blog? www.expatcucina.com?
viviluk (author)  ExpatCucina5 years ago
 Ya sure!  Btw, I love your blog, might try to make some in the summer :)
that looks quite unappetizing. haha
viviluk (author)  flyingkites1235 years ago
 oh well, its definitely better than my cafeteria food
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