As many of you know, I am going through my very first and hopefully last kitchen renovation. I do not have a sink, oven, or counter tops at the moment. As such, I am truly finding alternative ways to cook and eat easy, healthy and delicious food.
Well, I’m happy to report that last night was a success in my non-existent kitchen!
Lately I have been getting pretty good with using the rice cooker for more than just cooking rice. I made homemade garlic olive oil sauce, mixed with parsley, Parmesan cheese, and Kielbasa. Very simple and very tasty.
Now before you think: “How can I make that?” or “That seems wayyy too fancy — garlic olive oil sauce?? Whattt Nisa???” I am going to tell you: It’s affordable and easy — trust me.
Here’s the fast and easy rice cooker recipe I made last night:
Pour water into your rice cooker. Let it heat up till small bubbles form.
Then, add in your pasta. If you are using spaghetti, break it in half to fit.
While the pasta is cooking, make your sauce:
Chop up about 3 cloves of garlic and place in a bowl.
Add in about 1/4 cup olive oil and sea salt (to taste).
When pasta is almost done cooking, drain your pasta. You don’t want it to be fully cooked before your drain, since it will keep cooking once the Kielbasa and sauce are added.
Once water is drained, add the garlic olive oil sauce you made, some Parmesan cheese and Kielbasa. Allow to warm and cook together for about 10 min. (Note: Kielbasa — or any smoked meat — is generally already cooked upon purchase, so no worries about having under-done meat.)
Having a non-existent kitchen is hard. Using limited space can be hard. But whether your kitchen is under construction or you’re living in a dorm room or another small space, get creative and you can still create great dishes!
What are some of your favorite cooked-in-a-rice-cooker experiments? I’d love to hear about them.
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