How The Dash Mini Rice Cooker Helped Me Avoid Takeout
Hi! My name is Izzy and I work at Dash. I confess, I’m actually a pretty lazy cook. I try to eat healthy on a daily basis, but I definitely could improve. I make a lot of pasta!
This past January I decided to really try and be better about cooking for myself. Since I’m not an advanced chef by any means, I decided to pick a Dash product that I knew would make cooking easy and healthy. I picked the Dash Mini Rice Cooker for three reasons. I wanted a product that was super easy to use and would fit easily in my teensy-tiny NYC kitchen. I also like the keep-warm function, which keeps your food warm after the cooking cycle.
I was skeptical about my abilities to avoid Seamless and cook for myself. Using the Dash Mini Rice Cooker turned out to be the perfect solution. As I mentioned, I am super lazy. Like, order-1-Starbucks-latte-and-a-scone-from-Postmates level of lazy. This product was meant for me. I could turn it on, put whatever ingredients I wanted in the little pot, and wait for the magic to happen. The only part I paid attention to was the measuring cup, which conveniently is meant especially for this appliance.
After two weeks, I had only ordered from Seamless three times! All three times I was also with friends so I shouldn’t even count them.
Here are two of my favorite recipes made with the Dash Mini Rice Cooker (both of these were taken from the included manual, which I referenced frequently, but you can switch it up and experiment on your own!)
Macaroni & Cheese With Broccoli (okay fine, I didn’t use any broccoli because I didn’t have any! I had a salad on the side though!)
1 cup uncooked macaroni pasta
¾ cup chicken stock
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup milk
½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ cup part skim mozzarella cheese
½ tbsp butter
½ cup cooked broccoli florets (optional - see!)
salt and pepper, to taste
Put the pasta, chicken stock, milk, and salt in the Rice Cooker and stir. Cover with Lid and turn on the Rice Cooker.
Cook until all the liquid is absorbed. As soon as it’s is absorbed, carefully remove the Lid and add the cheese, butter, and stir well.
Close the lid and cook until the cycle is complete. Add broccoli florets. Or don’t and make yourself a side salad!
Cilantro Lime Rice
1 tsp olive oil
¼ cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
¾ cup long grain jasmine rice
1¼ cup water
⅛ tsp sea salt
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
⅛ cup cilantro, chopped
Add olive oil and chopped onion to Rice Cooker, then switch on. When onion begins to soften, add the garlic, rice, water and salt. Cook until all the water is absorbed. Fluff rice with a fork.
Stir in lime juice and cilantro and serve immediately.
P.S. I actually added grilled tofu to this for extra protein and it was really good!