You can make so many things in your rice cooker! I have baked a cake, and made soup, as well as beans and grains. I also have a steam function. You can steam vegetables to which you can add back the water which was used for steaming (and/or you can add some cream), spices, put through a blender and you have a nice soup. I use the steamer to make baby food as well. You can even meat, as your rice cooker can be used as a slow cooker, and towards the end you can add vegetables, grains or rice for a full meal.