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Summer is on HIGH. The heat is dragging and the dog days are upon us. Appetites are decreasing and energy is low. What do you do? You try lighter recipes from Zojirushi, is what you do! Rice dishes are great ways to get your nutrition and keep your appetite flowing without feeling like you want to quit eating after just a few bites. Here’s a couple of enticing summer rice salads and an alternative for you quinoa fans. It’s easier than ever to cook quinoa at home with our new NL-BAC05 Micom rice cooker—our first cooker with an exclusive quinoa setting in the menu!
Try these light and satisfying rice salads that are so easy to make with your Zojirushi rice cooker. And if you’ve never had quinoa, here’s your chance. Our quinoa salad has been specially made using our NL-BAC05 rice cooker, which you’ll learn more about in our special product feature.
A fragrant rice salad that features the juicy sweetness of mango and robust shrimp as the main attraction—a touch of coconut brings out the flavor of the islands from this tropical dish.
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Our version of this classic French style salad adds brown rice, the riz complet, to make the perfect summer salad even better. Make this colorful dish and take a picture for your social media post!
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Protein packed with the superfood quinoa, this light salad makes a great lunch or potluck contribution. It’s so easy to prepare now with the “Quinoa” setting on our new rice cooker!
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Brown rice has long been considered a superfood because of its high nutritional value and fiber rich content. Quinoa is a relative newcomer to North Americans, even though it’s been a staple in South America for literally centuries. Which do you like?
Brown rice has that nutty, chewy texture that people love, and if cooked with a proper rice cooker, it can still be very tender. And there’s no question its status as a whole grain gives it certain health benefits as certified by this FDA approved statement: “Diets rich in whole-grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers.” Only 100% whole-grain products are allowed to use this statement on their packaging.
And since it’s as versatile as regular white rice, the recipes are endless—you can simply go to our recipe page and see the varieties we came up with; just think what you can discover on your own!
Quinoa, on the other hand, isn’t really a grain at all, even though we throw it into the grains category because it has similar nutritional properties and it’s cooked and eaten in the same way. Quinoa is the edible seed of a plant that has been harvested since the ancient Incas, over 4,000 years ago high in the Andes Mountains.
Quinoa got its reputation as a superfood because of its high protein content, gluten free eating, high fiber, low calories, and its abundance of minerals and vitamins. It cooks relatively quickly and can (and has) been used in soups, salads, in cereals, as pasta, in desserts, even drinks. It is even being researched by NASA as an ideal food for long duration space flights.
One thing is certain, any kind of “superfood” is good for your body, so if it comes down to personal preference, you obviously can’t go wrong.
With added technology comes better rice—any rice cooker is better than stovetop cooking,
but sophisticated heat control improves the flavor and texture.
A variety of settings allow rice cookers to cook far more than just rice. Explore international cuisines and adventurous recipes by building on the basic ingredient that your cooker provides.
*Settings differ according to model—refer to product details.
Choose the right amount of rice you need for your family.
Rice measuring cup sizes are based on a Japanese Traditional Unit, and not the American Standard Cup (240mL). 1 rice measuring cup measures approx. 6 oz. / 180mL. Capacities are based on raw short grain white rice measured in this cup. Other grains may vary.
*Capacities differ according to model—refer to product details.
Easy-to-use LCD Control Panel   High-contrast water level lines for improved visibility   Detachable and washable Inner Lid   Rice Measuring Cup and Spatula accessories
*Convenience functions and accessories differ according to model—refer to product details.
Maximum features packed into a minimum of size—cook as little as a 1/2 cup of rice or grains!
It’s Musubi Madness when we get into the popular trend of rice balls (onigiri), the original portable, take-out snack from Japan.

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