Ever since we got our hands on the amazing Instant Pot pressure cooker, it hard to imagine returning to our oven-lovin’ or slow-cookin’ ways. This indispensible kitchen tool has become our "go-to" for anything that would typically require an extended cooking time – from our popular whole Pressure Cooker Chicken… to soups, stews, vegetables and even large, tough cuts of meat. This modern day … [Read more...]
Pressure Cooker Recipes: Simplify Your Cooking and Improve Your Health
Are you looking for a way to prepare healthy food at home…without spending hours slaving away in the kitchen?
You’re not alone! In fact, one of the main reasons people turn to unhealthy fast food and freezer meals is the time it takes to prepare food from scratch.
But cooking healthy meals from scratch doesn’t have to be an all-day event. With the right tools it is possible to retain optimal nutrition in the foods that you are cooking, improve the digestibility of your food, avoid harmful cooking byproducts… and reduce your cooking time by as much as 90%!
So, what’s the secret? A pressure cooker!
Before you click away with visions of exploding aluminum pots and marinara-stained ceilings, take heed: Modern pressure cookers are not only exceptionally safe to use, they also a practically foolproof way to prepare healthy meals for your family.
But doesn’t all that heat and pressure reduce nutrition? Not so fast.
Optimal Nutrition (and Juiciness!) from Pressure Cooker Recipes
While studies show that many vital nutrients (specifically water soluble nutrients) are sensitive to heat, the main reason the nutrients are degraded is due to prolonged cooking times.
But when you are using pressure cooker recipes instead of traditional baking or boiling techniques, you drastically reduce the cooking time, which in turn minimizes nutrient loss.
Another benefit: a pressure cooker creates steam and keeps the contents pressurized, maintaining moisture level in the foods. In addition to retaining nutrient levels, you will also find that pressure cooker recipes taste better because the natural juices are kept in the food.
Pressure Cooker Recipes to Boost Digestion and Slash Anti-Nutrients
In addition to minimizing nutrient loss and maximizing “juiciness”, there are other ways that pressure cookers can be beneficial to your health.
When you use a pressure cooker, it actually improves the digestibility of your food, making it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients that are available. The improved digestibility helps your body to extract more nutrition out of each and every melt-in-your-mouth bite.
Similarly, using a pressure cooker can help to reduce specific compounds naturally found in foods that can be harmful to your health. For example, grains and legumes contain phytic acid and lectins, anti-nutrients that bind important minerals and make them indigestible. But, when these foods are prepared in a pressure cooker, the anti-nutrients are significantly reduced.
Now that you know about some of the health and flavor benefits of using a pressure cooker, you may be wondering…
What Kinds of Food Can I Cook in a Pressure Cooker?
The answer: Virtually anything!
From moist and tender meats, succulent seafood, ready-in-a-snap veggies, easy desserts, better-for-you beans and grains… and even bread and pie!
Using whole food ingredients, coupled with nourishing broths, antioxidant-rich spices and herbs, and little else, you can create crave-worthy superfood meals in minutes.
Do you need some ideas to get started with your pressure cooker? Check out some of our popular pressure cooker recipes here:
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