Do you have a simple rice cooker? Did you know you can use it to cook more than rice? I love the convenience of throwing stuff in it, just pushing the button down, and walking away. How about you? Have you tried that? Here was tonight's dinner.
8 ounce (1/2 pound) ground beef, browned
(I had some frozen in half lb. packages, so I just thawed it enough to get it out of the bag)
1 cup elbow macaroni
14 ounce (1/2 of a 28 ounce jar) spaghetti sauce
(or you could use a 15 ounce can tomato sauce in a pinch)
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Put all ingredients in the rice cooker. Stir with plastic or wooden utensil. Put on the lid. Push down the lever for Cook. When it is done, it will switch to Keep Warm setting. (Check in about 30 minutes to see if it's done.)
Serve and enjoy.
PS. Of course, this is for only three of us, four if we stretch it enough for my husband to take some to work for lunch. We use a 6 cup rice cooker. With a large enough rice cooker, I wouldn't see any reason not to double the recipe.