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10 Super Easy Meals You Never Knew You Could Make in Your Rice Cooker

Here's how to really get it to multitask.

The Instant Pot may be all the rage, but there's no need to buy another kitchen gizmo—your rice cooker can do so much more than cook rice. This simple appliance can serve as a soup pot, a skillet, a sauté pan and even a wok. To learn how to make the most out of the device, check out these recipes from The 'I Love My Rice Cooker' Recipe Book ($12,, filled with instructions for creating culinary delicacies alongside simplified versions of classics. Each of the delicious dishes are presented with easy-to-follow instructions so you can whip up meals in less time than you would making similar dishes cooked on the stovetop—and with a lot less cleanup. Simply flip the switch and start making these quick and tasty rice cooker meals.

Taco Tuesday Meatballs

Taco Tuesday Meatballs

Tacos sans the tortillas.

Photo: James Stefiuk

Serves 4

A fresh take on Taco Tuesday, your family will ask for this recipe week after week. Serve this dish with saffron rice or with shredded lettuce, sour cream, cheese, black olives and even fresh avocado slices to complete this tasty meal.

1⁄4 cup panko bread crumbs
1⁄4 cup whole milk
1 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons peeled and finely diced onion
2 tablespoons grated red bell pepper
1 large egg
2 tablespoons finely grated Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, including juice
1⁄2 cup water
1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, for garnish


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