By Vanessa Greaves
August 25, 2015

No, it's not a microwave or toaster oven. Sure, they're useful, but you should really check out what a simple rice cooker can make in the (relative) comfort of your dorm room.

1) Easy Rice Cooker Mac 'n Cheese

Dig into a cheesy bowl while you binge on that show you love. (What term paper?)

Easy Rice Cooker Mac 'n Cheese
Photo by Rebekah

2) Toasted Coconut Yellow Rice for Rice Cookers

Pro Tip: Heat the coconut milk, water, turmeric, and salt in the rice cooker until the turmeric is dissolved, then add the rice. Use a microwave to toast the coconut topping that finishes off the dish. Watch out, this is going to smell amazing.

Toasted Coconut Yellow Rice for Rice Cookers
Photo by Christina

3) Rice Cooker Super Cheesy Polenta

Change up the cheeses any way you want in this warm and creamy cornmeal porridge, and add minced parsley or other herbs for a pop of color.

4) Avocado Breakfast Bowl

To make this quinoa recipe dorm-room friendly, grab a couple of hard boiled eggs from the cafeteria instead of frying eggs per the recipe.

Avocado Breakfast Bowl
Photo by Linda Trem

5) Rice Cooker Muffin Cake

Here's a healthy answer to all those sugary microwave mug cakes.

Rice Cooker Muffin Cake
Photo by Rae
| Credit: Rae

6) Rice Cooker Oats

Throw in some dried fruit, nuts, or coconut and let this cook itself while you sneak a few more minutes of Zzzzzz.Good to Know

Every rice cooker is different; some have a whole lot more bells and whistles than others. Once you get used to how your rice cooker behaves, you can branch out to more soups, stews, grains, and desserts.