I have a rice cooker.
Considering the minuscule size of my kitchen, this may come as a surprise. I try to avoid crowding my bulging cupboards with single-use appliances. Now, don't get me wrong; I was absolutely ogling a cherry pitter at Williams Sonoma the other day. I just don't have the space.
But the rice cooker is so nice. It makes rice perfectly, absolutely perfectly, every single time. I can't mess it up. I love that thing. And I read recently that you can also make quinoa in your rice cooker.
I can hear you now, "Come again? You can make quinoa in a rice cooker? But isn't that for cooking rice?"
Yes, my friends. I'm taking a single-use appliance and making it multi-purpose. That'll show my small kitchen who's boss!
Rice Cooker Quinoa
1 cup quinoa
2 cups liquid (I like the flavor added by vegetable or chicken broth, but you can certainly use water.)
Combine quinoa and liquid in your rice cooker. Turn it on. Walk away. Put your feet up. Read a book. In about 30 minutes, your rice cooker will shut off, and the quinoa will be cooked to perfection. Don't forget to fluff it with a fork before serving. (Which I forgot to do before taking this photo. Sigh.)