Use these ideas for your pressure cooker to make batches of healthy and flavourful food in a jiffy!
Why Your Pressure Cooker is Your Best Ally for a Healthy 2020
Pressure cookers are cooking’s best kept secret. Using a build-up of steam inside the sealed saucepan, meals which usually take hours are cooked 70% faster. These time-savers are ideal for creating batches of dishes which can be eaten by the family throughout the week. With food already in, you won’t be tempted to call for a takeaway!
Here are a selection of pressure cooker recipes which can feed a big and very hungry family, while packing in the veggies for January.
Slow-Cooked Flavour In Minutes
Recreate a brilliant takeaway meal made with fresh ingredients by trying this pressure cooker beef and broccoli
. This nutritious dish takes just half an hour to put together and yields six portions. If you use a pressure cooker with a steamer, you can add the broccoli to the steamer for the final stretch of cooking time.
Try this coconut tamarind chicken curry
, which uses chicken thigh meat and fresh herbs to create a keto-diet friendly curry infused with south Indian flavours. Add the coconut milk after the pressure cooker time is over for a meal which is creamy, indulgent but still healthy!
Plan Ahead And Make Sauces Ahead For Fast, Healthy Dinners in the Week
A brilliant way to make use of your pressure cooker
is to create big batches of healthy sauces which you can quickly pair with some pasta or some meat and vegetables for a quick family dinner when everyone’s in a hurry.
Divide your sauce up for freezing to provide a base for plenty of ‘what’s in the fridge tonight?’ dinners. This tomato and carrot marinara sauce
has plenty of ‘hidden veggies’ for the kids, and only takes ten minutes to cook in the pressure cooker. Another handy sauce to make in your pressure cooker is this sticky barbeque sauce
, which uses prunes and honey to gain its deep sweetness.
Keep Healthiness Locked In With Nutritious Recipes
Pressure cookers are perfect for healthy recipes, as any nutritional value from vegetables and other goodies is ‘locked in’ to any meals cooked inside a pressure cooker. Get the most from the health benefits of pressure cooking by whipping up this delicious spinach dal
, which works as both a light lunch or a side for a curry dish.
This vegetarian chilli
provides a kick while replacing ground beef with light and filling quinoa grains. Add more vegetables such as mushrooms and courgettes to further bulk out this classic recipe.
Portion Your Meals With Pressure Cooker Batch Recipes
Pressure cookers are designed to make large batches of food, so make use of this in January and try some ‘classic’ recipes which can be portioned out and frozen. These batch recipes are brilliant for your wallet and helps you stick to portions during the colder months. A simple beef stew
packed with peas and carrots makes for a brilliant warming winter dinner, and cooks in 35 minutes.
This creamy beef stroganoff
achieves melt-in-the-mouth beef in a creamy mushroom sauce within half an hour of stewing in your trusty pressure cooker
Healthy Pressure Cooker Desserts
Pressure cookers are incredibly versatile, and can be used to cook delicious and nutritious desserts at double speed. These baked apples
are cooked with red wine and brown sugar for a deep slow-cooked taste inside a tiny ten minute cooking time.
Did you even know you can bake a cheesecake in a pressure cooker? Try this super light and creamy ricotta lemon cheesecake
. Prepared in a cake tin
and placed in a pressure cooker surrounded by water, this low-carb dessert is ready in thirty minutes.
Share your favourite pressure cooker recipes with us by tagging us on Instagram @Yourprestigekitchen.