Who can resist a warm meal that tastes and smells like it’s been cooking for hours, especially when it took only half an hour to make?
Back in December, it seemed that every other conversation about food revolved around the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, and the fact that it was a must-have gift of the season that sold out everywhere tells us people are looking for faster, easier ways to make food at home, and we couldn’t be more excited!
Any tool that makes it easier for you to cook at home is a good thing because cooking at home has a lot of health benefits. Along with the mental health benefits that come with connecting with loved ones in the kitchen, cooking at home improves your physical health by giving you control over what is in your meals. Here are some examples of how pressure cookers can help you eat healthier:
- When vegetables take less time to cook, it’s easier to increase the amount and variety you eat. Eating vegetables (and fruit!) reduces your risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and stroke. In place of other higher calorie foods, they can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. They can also help to prevent eye disease and even slow the aging process.
- Pressure cookers make it faster and easier to eat beans. With an increased focus on following a plant-based diet, beans are a cheap and nutritious plant-based protein.
- Cooking from scratch almost always means you are using less salt. This lowers your overall sodium intake, which reduces your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.
Most food that you normally cook with steam or water can be cooked in a pressure cooker. Add veggies, spices, rice, lentils, beans, or meat together to make stews, pasta and other main dishes. Here are a few healthy pressure cooker recipes to get you started:
- Lentil Vegetable Stew in Peanut Sauce
- Hearty Chicken Soup
- Ethiopian-Style Spinach & Lentil Soup
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- 15-Minute Risotto
Pressure cooking is not new; people have been cooking this way for hundreds of years. However, the improved ease and safety of today’s pressure cookers make it so that busy households are able to turn out—in minutes—delicious, nutritious dinners that the whole family will love.
What meals have you made using a pressure cooker? Any favourite recipes you’d like to share?
Half Your Plate: Filling Half Your Plate is Easy with a Pressure Cooker
The Kitchn: Pressure Cooker Recipes and Tips