September is probably the roughest month for me. It's rough to get back in the swing of school lunches, dinner on the table every night, and homework. It's probably made a little harder because not only do the kids go to school, but I do too. For me it's nice to know that I can be home and log in to my class from home, but it's tough because dinner has to be ready to go and on the table. And then there are the soccer practices and games, taekwondo car pooling, and school play practices to add in on top of my work schedule.
Mom life. I wonder why I fall into bed absolutely exhausted after a day of waking up at 4:30 and running non stop until 10:30 or 11pm at night.
To make life a little easier for me, I love make ahead and freezer meals. This one is the PERFECT go to quinoa casserole meal for that. It can be easily made up and then frozen, used as a microwave lunch or eaten as leftovers.
I love that it's also made super easy with the use of the Hamilton Beach 4-20 Cup Rice Cooker and Hot Cereal Maker. I LOVE this thing. When I first got it I started freaking out. This recipe only uses one cup of quinoa and I worried that it would burn it, or cook it unevenly like my last rice cooker. But it did amazing and since then I've made oatmeal, steel cut oats, and rice in it. I love that it's programmable to the type of grain I'm making so it cooks whatever grain perfectly. And for those nights that I OOPS it and forget to put the rice in....this rice cooker thought of THAT too and has a quick rice setting.
You can find out more information about the rice cooker by going here.
And the best part is....I'm offering my READERS A CHANCE TO WIN ONE!!! That's how much I love this rice and grain cooker.
How to Cook Quinoa/Freezing Quinoa Instructions (Cookin’ Canuck): http://www.cookincanuck.com/2013/03/how-to-freeze-quinoa-and-quinoa-recipe-link-up/
Rice Cooker Quinoa: https://burntapple.com/2012/11/05/how-to-cook-quinoa-two-ways/
I was given the opportunity to review the Hamilton Beach 4-20 cup rice cooker and hot cereal maker as a Hamilton Beach Brand Ambassador. The opinion of the product and the recipe are my own.