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Three Times

When I put a fancy pants rice cooker on my wedding registry, some people thought it was silly.  Why would anyone need a $150 rice cooker (this is the smaller sized one; they have bigger, pricier ones too) when you can cook rice in a pot on the stove?

Zojirushi Rice Cooker
Valid question for sure.  And the truth is, there is no real reason except that it makes cooking rice (and other grains) easier.  It’s not quicker but there’s no risk of anything burning or sticking to the bottom of the pot.  You press a button, it sings “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and that’s all you have to do.

I have a lot of kitchen appliances that I never use.  Ahem, Breville juicer, I’m talking to you!  But aside from my food processor, I’d say the rice cooker gets the most use.  I used it not once, not twice, but three times today!

For dinner, I made Lentil and Couscous Salad (although I used millet instead of couscous).  Stuck the lentils in the rice cooker and went to the grocery store.  When I came back, they were done.  Same with the millet.  Went downstairs to do some laundry and the rice cooker took care of everything itself.  Yes, it would have been faster to cook both things on the stove at the same time, but then I would have had to attend to them and couldn’t do other things.  And I probably would have burned something.

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The Lentil and Couscous Salad was good.  I omitted the extra olive oil because I didn’t think it needed it.  The arugula didn’t get 100% coated with the dressing, but it was still good.  This will be good to take to work for lunch, I think.

The third time I used the rice cooker?  That was for muffins.  I love making muffins on Sunday nights. (Who am I?  Seriously.)  I made these Strawberry Banana Quinoa Muffins.  I changed up the ingredients a little bit.  I just couldn’t make muffins for breakfast that have 2 cups of sugar in them (although, in hindsight, the recipe made a lot more muffins that I expected; I got 19 of out the batter.).  So, I halved the brown sugar, used Stevia for the white sugar and used 1/2 white ww flour and 1/2 all-purpose flour.  Oh, and I used a different flavor of Chobani.  Even though I already had dessert, I had to have a little one.  Just to make sure they were good!  I mean, you can make muffins (or anything for that matter) and not taste them, right?  Success!

strawberry_banana_bran_muffin

Truth be told, I was feeling a little sorry for myself today.  It was absolutely gorgeous out – 80 degrees and sunny – and Jason had to go to work.  I’m used to him working on the weekends and, for the most part, it just is what it is, but on really nice days like this, I get a little mopey because I can’t spend time with my husband.  On the flip side, I did get a lot of things done.  Seriously, a lot:

• cleaned off four tables (I realize this doesn’t sound like much, but it took effort and the house looks substantially cleaner.  Plus, I cleaned both bathrooms yesterday.  I’m working on my ever present goal of keeping the house cleaner, although Jason thinks we should have the goal of hiring a cleaning service instead.  I don’t disagree.)
• Got a pedicure.  My post half-marathon feet were in dire need.  I got purple polish.  You know, to cover up the fact that two of my toenails are purple already.
• Did Day 40 of the LiveFIt Trainer (shoulders) including the cardio portion
• Took Murphy on a walk

murphy
• Did a million loads of laundry
• Went to the grocery store
• Made the aforementioned lentil and couscous salad and muffins
• cooked a spaghetti squash for a meal for later in the week

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