Healthy eating is slowly becoming a norm. However, given our busy timetables it becomes difficult for us to spend a lot of time cooking. Also, we can hardly know how much calories we are consuming if we eat out. Do not worry, the solution to your woes is the most versatile appliance in your kitchen – the humble pressure cooker. If it’s an electronic one, then it’s even better. You can not only make stews and soups, but also sauté vegetables. The savings in time are apparent, but you will also save heavily on energy bills. So, now that you appreciate the benefits of healthy cooking in pressure cookers, here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Chickpea Soup
Make a hearty soup with chickpeas using minimal oil. You will need to soak the chickpeas overnight. Use your favorite meat first and sauté it with onions and tomatoes. Then add chickpeas to the mix and toss in aromatics like cumin and cilantro. Add water, salt and pepper to taste. Leave the pressure for a good 5-6 whistles and let it be for another 10 minutes. A cooker like Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, seals off all the nutrients in the food as well as takes little time to create a hearty bowl of soup. This is a wholesome meal and can be enjoyed with any peasant bread.
2. Refried beans
Yes, you can have this crowd favorite in a healthy way and quickly too in electric pressure cookers like the Elite EPC-1013 Platinum Electric Pressure Cooker. Just add your favorite beans into a medium-hot electric pressure cooker with some oil, onions, parsley and cumin. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Cook It in high pressure for 7-10 minutes. Let the pressure release and then mash the beans. Garnish it with parsley. If this were not a healthy recipe special, I would ask you to add a dollop of sour cream too. The beans are high in proteins that are the building blocks for the human body. It is important to take proteins regularly in diet to improve the health of your skin and hair. Also, since it is a one-pot dish, all the flavor is retained in the dish.
3. Pressure cooked boiled egg
This is the quickest method to boil eggs. Just add a pinch of baking powder that makes the peels come off easily. Other than that, all you got to do is put eggs in the pressure cooker with some water. Close the cooker, maintain high pressure and wait for two minutes. Before you know it, you will have a healthy breakfast ready for you.
Did you know you could do this with your cooker? In a pre-heated electric pressure cooker, add olive oil and sauté the onions. Add celery and garlic and cook for a minute. Add Arboria rice and let it cook for another minute. Then add the vegetable stock along with soaked lentils. Mix well and then close the lid. Wait for about seven minutes and let the pressure release naturally. Once you open the pressure cooker, you will find the creamy risotto. You can garnish it with parsley.
Electronic pressure cookers like Gowise USA 6-in-1 Electric Stainless-steel Pressure Cooker is an ideal solution for complementing your health regimen. You can cook within minutes, the recipes which would take hours otherwise. They keep the flavor intact, along with the nutrients that otherwise are destroyed by longer cooking methods. Not only this, with a cooker, you do not need to stand around and waste time. You can just cover the lid and tend to other chores. Get an electric pressure cooker today and you can expand your repertoire of healthy meals to include a lot more than simply salads.