Get Creative with Your Cooker_ 5 Delicious and Unusual Recipes to Try

Daniel Mwangi
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If you've ever had the idea of making a stew or curry in your cooker, but weren't sure how to go about it, fear not. With just a little bit of prep work, you'll be able to serve up delicious homemade meals that will please even the pickiest eaters in your family. Here are some creative ways to use your cooker:

Roasted Chicken in a Rice Cooker

Roasted Chicken in a Rice Cooker

This recipe is a great way to use up leftover chicken. The lemon and pineapple give it a bit of sweetness, while the pork chops add meatiness. If you don’t have leftovers, you can always start with fresh chicken—it will cook faster than store-bought poultry!


  • 1 cup uncooked rice (white or brown) * 1/2 cup water * 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed through garlic press (about 2 teaspoons) * 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces (12 – 15 pieces total)

Instructions: In large saucepan over medium heat combine all ingredients except chicken; bring to boil then reduce heat to low simmer; cover pan tightly with lid leaving only small vent hole open at top center of lid; cook approximately 45 minutes until chicken is done but not overcooked throughly cooked yet tender enough not dry out when served later on reheat in oven if desired before serving back into original pot along with any juices left behind after cooking process which will thicken up nicely if needed more liquid may need added depending on how much moisture was lost during cooking process itself which happens naturally due too high temperatures being used during first step alone along side other factors such as humidity level outside air conditions etcetera

Lemon-Pineapple Pork Chops

Cooked pork chops are a great option for busy weeknights. They can be cooked in the oven, on the stovetop and even in a slow cooker or pressure cooker!

  • In an electric rice cooker: place your pork chops on top of the rice and then cook until done. This method works best if you have an electric rice cooker—be sure to follow its instructions when cooking with it so that everything comes out nice and juicy!
  • On the stovetop: heat up some oil in a pan over medium-high heat; once hot add your chops to brown them quickly before moving them around so they don't stick together too much while cooking (this step also ensures that no juices fall off). If desired, season with salt & pepper at this point as well since this will help prevent moisture loss during heating process later on down road when placed inside ovens etcetera...

Savory Beef Stew

This savory dish is one of my favorites to make because it’s easy and lasts for a long time. It also has a great balance of flavors, so you don’t need to add too much salt or pepper to make it tasty. The best thing about this recipe is that it can be made in your rice cooker or slow cooker, as well as in an Instant Pot!


  • 2 lbs stewing beef (cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 medium onion diced finely (about 1 cup)
  • 3 carrots diced finely (about 1 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or pressed through garlic press (about 2 tbsp.)
  • 3 potatoes peeled and cubed roughly (about 8 cups total) * 1 cup red wine like Merlot or Pinot Noir – use less if this isn't your thing but adjust according to taste preference!

Curry Lentils and Rice

Curry Lentils and Rice

As well as being a delicious side dish, curry lentils can also be used to make curry rice. It's super easy!

  • Add the lentils to your rice cooker pot. You should have about 2 cups of dry lentil mixture for this recipe.
  • Pour over 1 cup of water (or enough for them all to be submerged). Cook for 30 minutes on high pressure with steam locked lid in place. Fluff up before serving with butter if desired!

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce

You can also make a caramel sauce to drizzle over the top of your pudding. This is simple, and only takes minutes to do. For each cup (250ml) of milk, add 1 tablespoon sugar and bring to the boil until it starts to bubble. Let it bubble for another minute or two until thickened—you’ll need about 3 tablespoons for this recipe.

Once you have your caramel sauce prepared, simply add some chopped nuts or cherries for decoration!

Your cooker's more useful than you thought!

There are so many uses for a rice cooker that you’re probably not even aware of. If you have one, use it! You never know what you might cook up in there. For example, I roasted some chicken breasts and made soup with them the other day—and it was delicious! Another time I cooked some lean ground beef and browned it with onions and garlic before adding mushrooms (which I sautéed) until they were soft enough to mix into everything else. Then I added milk and cheese until everything was smooth again; we ate this meal on top of pasta with fresh tomatoes from our garden—so good! And lastly, there's nothing like baking cakes or cookies straight out of your own oven; no need for store-bought mixes!


If you’re looking for a creative and delicious way to use your new cooker, these recipes are sure to satisfy. From savory dishes that pair well with rice or noodles, to sweet treats like sticky toffee pudding or creamy soups—even baked goods!—we hope you’re excited about what cookers can do for your mealtime plans.

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