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I’ve been on a mission to find all the most awesome pressure cooker recipes. Why? Because I am so in love my pressure cooker.

As someone who is always pressed for time, I’m constantly looking for ways to speed up things in the kitchen – without compromising on nutrition or our health. It can be a tricky thing but with meal planning, proper food prep, crock pots and my favorite – pressure cookers, it can be done!

Sadly pressure cookers don’t seem to appeal to many of your typical at home cooks. While you’ll find a crockpot in most people’s homes, you won’t often find a pressure cooker!

I’m here to tell you why you need a pressure cooker in your kitchen – just take a look at these benefits.

Benefits of Pressure Cooking

1. Speed

The pressure cooker knows how to cook things efficiently. In fact, it cooks food about 70% faster than your conventional cooking techniques. This means a few thing first that you don’t have to spend hours at the stove cooking away when you simply don’t have hours to cook. It also means you are using less energy which is less money spent. This one benefit alone has me sold.

2. Better Nutrition

Due to the speed that pressure cookers use you actually are able to keep more nutritional value. There have been many studies showing that the longer you cook things like vegetables the more nutrients you lose. Using a pressure cooker helps keep those water soluble vitamins and minerals from being cooked out.

3. Taste

The faster cook allows those veggies to stay crisp, the superheated steam allows the meat to stay juicy and moist. Overall you’ll also be surprised by how much flavor is saved and intensified by using the pressure cooker.

4. Versatility

You can use the pressure cooker in so many different ways. From a saucepan to a baking pan to a steamer and more. I love that I have one piece of equipment that I can use for so many different things.

5. Less Mess

One thing I love about the pressure cooker is that for many meals that take multiple pots – the pressure cooker allows you to cook it all in just one pot! This means less mess! And less mess means even less time in the kitchen as you won’t be spending forever cleaning up!

So as you can see there are many reasons to make the switch to a pressure cooker. And if those benefits aren’t enough to make you try it – then maybe one of these ten delicious recipes will. Seriously… check them out. So good.

My favorite pressure cooker: The Instant Pot

Pressure cookers have come a long way since the days of exploding kitchen gadgets. Today’s pressure cookers are super safe, easy to use, and can do a TON of things. But the pressure cooker I recommend is the Instant Pot because it comes with a stainless steel cooking pot instead of the non-stick most other pressure cookers use. Non-stick surfaces can leach toxic chemicals in your food, so for all you natural-lovin’ folks, the Instant Pot is the way to go. You can check it out here.

10 Delicious Pressure Cooker Recipes

Pressure Cooker Grass Fed Beef Back Ribs

While these are normally cooked low and slow for many hours doing them in a pressure cooker will get you the same results in less than an hour! Nom Nom Paleo knows how to do meats. Yum. Get the recipe here.  

Pressure Cooker Recipe: Lamb Stew

I love a good hearty warm stew – especially as temperatures start to cool off. Stews in pressure cookers are perfect as they only take around 35 minutes to cook and you still get that savory, rich, flavor. The Paleo Mom has put together a delicious lamb stew that we can’t get enough of. Get the recipe here.  

Pressure Cooker Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup is one of my all times favorites and being able to throw it all into a pressure cooker and have it done so quick means I get to have my favorite soups a lot more! Against All Grain has hit a real winner with this recipe. Get the recipe here. 

10 Delicious Pressure Cooker Recipes (+ the benefits of pressure cooking)Pressure Cooker Recipe: Whole Roast Chicken

Yes, you heard me right! You can roast a whole chicken in a pressure cooker and it comes out juicy and moist and so delicious. Try out Mommypotamus’ recipe and you’ll be amazed at how quick and easy it can be! Get the recipe here. 

Pressure Cooker Recipe: Pork Roast with Mushroom Gravy

Pork is one of those meats that I have always struggled to cook – that is before my pressure cooker. Now it comes out tender every time, plus this mushroom gravy by Health Starts in the Kitchen is the perfect compliment to the pork roast. Get the recipe here. 

Pressure Cooker Recipe: Maple Smoked Brisket

Brisket to me always used to be a fancy meat that I’d only be able to get at a good restaurant. I never dreamed that it would be so easy to cook… but luckily with the pressure cooker, it is super easy and falls apart perfectly. Bare Root Girl has hit the nail on the head with this delicious maple smoked brisket. Get the recipe here. 

Pressure Cooker Recipe: “Baked” Apples

The pressure cooker isn’t just for savory meals – countless desserts are made simple and quickly in the pressure cooker. Just like these “baked” apples! Hip Pressure Cooking has perfected this delicious dessert. Get the recipe here.

Pressure Cooker Recipe: Green Chili with Chicken

Green chilies, tomatillos, moist shredded chicken, all cooked in a pressure cooker to keep those flavors and juices together? Sign me up. This recipe by Serious Eats is so delicious. Get the recipe here.

Pressure Cooker Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake

Cheesecake. In a pressure cooker. Yes! I’m all about easy and delicious desserts and this one is at the top of the list. Instant Pot has really made cheesecake easy! Get the recipe here.  

Pressure Cooker Recipe: Creamy Dairy-Free Potato Soup with Kale

I always struggled to make soups with potatoes in them as the potatoes never seemed to get cooked all the way through. This recipe by Veggie Inspired Journey with the use of the pressure cooker makes the perfect soup with the perfect veggies and potatoes. Get the recipe here.  

So what’s stopping you!? Go out and get a pressure cooker and start cooking with more time and more ease! You won’t regret it once you’ve tried these amazing pressure cooker recipes.

 

Sources:

http://learn.eartheasy.com/2012/09/top-6-benefits-of-pressure-cooking/

http://www.pressurecookerdiaries.com/about-pressure-cooking/pressure-cooker-benefits/

http://healinggourmet.com/healthy-cooking/health-benefits-pressure-cooker/