How to Cook Jasmine Rice

Jasmine rice is a flavorful, aromatic dish native to Thailand. Slightly less sticky than regular rice, jasmine rice has a nutty flavor that can only be described as "super-delicious". This side dish is easy to prepare even for those who do not know how to cook Jasmine rice .

this is how to cook jasmine rice

In a large saucepan, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped onion and saute for 3 to 5 minutes. Mix in 1/4 cup green peas, 1 bay leaf (optional) and 1 1/2 cups Jasmine rice, stirring well to thoroughly coat rice. Pour 3 cups water into the sauce pan with the previous ingredients and salt to taste. Increase the heat to medium-high, allowing the rice to come to a simmer. After 5 minutes, reduce heat to low and allow the rice to simmer lightly uncovered until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove the saucepan from the heat and cover the rice, allow it to sit 40 minutes before serving. Total cooking time should be approximately an hour.

In Thailand, jasmine rice is served with hot herbal tea that compliments its taste and aroma. This Jasmine rice dish is low in fat and calories, making it an excellent choice for those eating a healthy diet .


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How to Cook Rice in a Rice Cooker

If you are tired of burnt rice, consider using a rice cooker. In this recipe we will show you how to cook rice in a rice cooker.

This is how to cook rice in a rice cooker

Before cooking the rice, make sure to rinse it thoroughly. Rinsing the rice will remove any contaminants. Using your rice cooker, add one cup of rice and one and a half cups of water. For taste you may wish to add a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of butter. Close the lid on your rice cooker and set the timer. Most rice cookers will cook the rice within ten minutes. Avoid opening the lid during cooking. After the rice has finished cooking, let it sit for ten minutes before serving.

Rice can be served with a variety of meals. Consider adding the rice to your favorite Chinese dish. If you are low on energy, consider adding rice to your diet. Rice is rich in complex carbohydrates. With 25,000 types of rice on the market, finding one that tickles your fancy should not be a problem.


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How to Cook Oatmeal

It's a snap to cook oatmeal in a slow cooker. Simply place the ingredients inside the cooker before bed time, and you'll wake up to a hearty breakfast. You can learn how to cook oatmeal using either rolled oats or steel cut oats.

This is how to cook oatmeal

You will need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 5 cups water
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup apple cider (or apple juice)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt

Place all ingredients into the slow cooker and stir. Replace the lid, and cook on low setting for 6 to 7 hours. Top with brown sugar and milk, if desired.

Now that you know how to cook oatmeal, you can make it a regular addition to your morning menu. Topped with sliced bananas and a glass of orange juice, oatmeal is a delicious and inexpensive breakfast. Experts recommend that you eat 6 - 8 servings of whole grains a day for optimum health. Oatmeal is a whole grain that serves double-duty because it contains soluble fibers which limit the amount of cholesterol absorbed into your blood stream.

Here's to another Fantastic meal!


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How to Cook Millet

If you are looking for a tasty alternative to rice, consider preparing millet. Millet is one of the oldest grains available today. Millet has a wide variety of uses. It can be used in soups, porridge and even beer. Here is a simple recipe showing you how to cook millet.

This is how to cook millet

You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 1/4 cup of millet
- One pint of water
- Salt

Thoroughly wash the millet before cooking. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is heated, place the millet in the pan and toast. Toast for around four minutes. The millet will turn golden brown. Avoid toasting for too long. After the millet is toasted, add to the water. Once the water has begun to boil, cover the pan and turn the heat to low. The millet should cook for 15 to 20 minutes. During cooking, avoid stirring the millet. Stirring can cause the grain to turn mushy. After all water is absorbed, remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

For a complete meal, consider serving millet with steamed vegetables and whole grain bread. You may also add millet to soups or other dishes. Millet is not only tasty, it is healthy. If you are on a gluten free diet, millet is for you. The grain also is beneficial to the health of the skin, hair and nails.


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How to Cook Wild Rice

Wild rice is a great alternative to white rice. The cooking time for wild rice is a bit longer compared to white rice. If the wild rice is undercooked, the rice may have a hard texture. This will make the rice difficult to chew. This simple recipe will show you how to cook wild rice that will make any mouth water.

This is how to cook wild rice

Before cooking wild rice, the rice should be soaked in water for 24 hours. After the rice has soaked, bring four cups of water to a rapid boil. Once the water is boiling, add one cup of rice and bring back to a full boil. Once the water is boiling, cover the pan and let simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, check the rice for tenderness. If the rice is still on the chewy side, cook for an additional 10 minutes. After cooking is complete, drain and season as desired.

Wild rice is a great side dish for steak or chicken. You can also place the rice in casseroles or soups. Wild rice is not only delicious, it offers many health benefits. Wild rice is high in fiber and low in fat. Eating wild rice can lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease.


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How to Cook Steel Cut Oats

If you are looking for a tasty alternative to oatmeal, consider steel cut oats. Steel cut oats have a nuttier taste compared to traditional oatmeal. Also, steel cut oats are chewier than oatmeal. The cooking time is also longer. Steel cut oats can be cooked overnight. In the recipe, we will show you how to cook steel cut oats in a shorter time span.

This is how to cook steel cut oats

Note: This picture shows the difference between rolled oats (left) and steel cut oats (right).

To prepare your oats, bring water to boil in a medium sizes pan. Add a pinch of salt. Once the water has begun to boil, add in the desired amount of steel cut oats. Cook the oats on medium to high heat for 30 minutes. Make sure to stir the oats frequently. This will preventing sticking and burning. Once the oats are thickened, add in brown sugar or cinnamon. For best taste, serve immediately.

For added flavor, consider serving the steel cut oats with fresh fruits. Strawberries and blueberries go great with these oats. When choosing a beverage, consider one of the many fruit juices available. If you are diabetic, steel cut oats are a great alternative to traditional oatmeal. Steel cut oats can help lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure. They are also rich in fiber.


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How to Cook Corn on the Cob on the Stove

If you want to know how to cook corn on the cob on the stove, you don't need to spend hours preparing, or be a fancy chef, in order to make it great tasting.

This is how to cook corn on the cob on the stove

You will need the following ingredients:
- a large pot
- water
- ears of corn
- butter or margarine
- salt
- pepper
- garlic powder
- Italian seasoning blend

Start by filling the pot 3/4 full of water. Place it on the stove top on high until it begins to boil. Add the corn cobs, making sure they have a little space to move. Reduce temperature to medium or medium/high, so it continues boiling but does not boil over. Boil for 10 to 15 minutes.

Mix a pinch of each of the spices, to taste, into a cup of butter or margarine. Spread the mixture onto the corn cobs and serve.

Corn is a source of vitamin C, which also works as an antioxidant. It is a healthy addition to any meal. Best with some potatoes and your choice of meat.

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How to Cook Quinoa

Figuring out how to cook quinoa, which is used as a grain much like barley, is easy once you figure out what it is. Like barley, it's best to soak quinoa overnight in water , which will soften it and remove saponins, a phytochemical that makes it bitter. A good quinoa recipe can make the difference between seccuess and disaster, no matter how your main dish tastes. Here's my favorite recipe:

This is how to cook quinoa

You will need the following ingredients:
- One cup of quinoa
- One and a half cups of chicken broth
- A bunch of flat leaf parsley
- A bunch of snipped chives
- A tbsp of sweet butter and sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Boil the quinoa in the broth for about twenty minutes till the stock is absorbed. Then place the quinoa in a bowl. Chop and set aside about half a cup of the parsley. Puree the rest of the parsley with one cup of water, then placed in a cheesecloth over a small bowl. Ring the liquid from the puree and discard the solids. Add the chives, butter, parsley juice and chopped parsley to the quinoa, mix well and seasoned with salt and pepper.

Quinoa is a highly nutritious food , and is considered a complete protein. It's also rich in fiber, carbohydrates, the B vitamins, zinc, Vitamin E, iron, and magnesium. As it's a good breakfast food , a good drink to go with it would be tea or milk. It's often served with fruit or in pilafs, with vegetables and spices. Tomatoes and zucchini are my personal favorites!

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How to Cook Fried Rice

Instructions for how to cook fried rice are easy to follow and provide a great supplement to any oriental dish.

This is how to cook fried rice

You will need the following ingredients:
- 4 cups of cold, 1 day old, pre-cooked, long grained rice (Must be at least a day old, it can't be fresh. Preferably, it should be long grained.)
- One large egg
- 3 tbs. sesame or peanut oil
- 2 tbs. soy sauce
- 4 sliced scallions
- 1 cup of raw, medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Bacon bits (optional)


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How to Cook Rice

If you are going to be cooking a lot of rice or for a lot of people or for a long time to come, I suggest investing in a rice cooker, which will take all the guesswork out of cooking rice. You can also cook rice in a pot on your stove. Just fill the bottom of the pot with approximately one inch of rice, then add another inch of water on top. Boil for approximately 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

The only problem with rice is, it is bland and most people only know how to prepare rice by boiling it. Here's a great way to get rid of that bland-rice flavor and add some spice to your dish!

This is how to cook rice

You will need the following ingredients:
- 2 Cups left-over White Rice
- 1/2 Onion (diced)
- 1 Leek (Chopped)
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Carrots Chopped
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- Soy Sauce & Sesame Oil to taste
- Your Choice of Shrimp, Chicken, Beef, Or Ham.


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