7 Best Delicious Healthy Pressure Cooker Recipes for Weight Loss
Either you like to cook for your family, or you are a passionate foodie, you must have heard of the kitchen appliance named pressure cooker. This appliance made its first appearance almost 300 years ago. And during world war II, it became immensely popular among the home cooks. Unfortunately, this popularity went down pretty quick because of faulty manufacturing that led to some serious exploding incidents.
Despite all this, pressure cookers have become a favorite kitchen gadget again. And you can give credit to the manufacturers of the present time as they successfully made the pressure cookers safe to use once more. Believe us when we say a pressure cooker can save you the precious time wasted in the kitchen. However, it is not only to cook a big chunk of meat and dishes that can give you a heart attack. You can easily make nutritious yet super tasty foods with a pressure cooker. So, please your taste bud with these quick yet healthy pressure cooker recipes.
Satisfy Your Inner Carnivore with these Meatlicious Dishes
It’s no secret that we Americans enjoy a hearty meal at any time of the day. As non-vegetarians, we believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very much possible if you consume proper foods. So, we have created this list of nourishing yet simple recipes that would appease your meat cravings.
Easy Beef and Broccoli
A good diet starts with the correct selection of meals that rightly distributes nutrients. This pressure cooker recipe provides 345 of calories, 30 g of protein, 342 mg sodium, and 9.5 g of fat per 1.25 cup. Lowering the amount of sodium is absolutely effortless with the use of low sodium soy sauce and broth.
- For preparation, place the strips of meat into the liquid mixture made with soy sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic. Steam the broccoli on a steamer basket or in hot water for 5 minutes.
- After you are done steaming, put the broccoli aside and pour some cooking oil in the pressure cooker to saute the onions. Add the meat and the liquid marinade in the pressure cooker as soon as the onion starts to look translucent. Then cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Then, take off the lid by releasing the pressure valve.
- Take a little hot juice out of the pressure cooker and mix cornstarch with it. Include this mixture in the pressure cooker and wait until the liquid of the dish thickens up. Combine the broccoli in the pot and serve.
Quick Chicken Fajitas with Charred Peppers
As one of the signature dishes of Tex-Mex cuisine, this dish can fill your hungry stomach while providing your body with the necessary protein, and vitamins. With the amount of 297 calories, 36 g of protein, 386 mg sodium and 9.4 g of fat per fajita; this recipe has secured the second place on our list of pressure cooker healthy recipes. Being a timesaver is an added bonus.
- Before anything else, remember that a good recipe starts with the right selection of ingredients. For this recipe, you should consider using chicken breast. Then, shredding them later would be easy-breezy
- Marinate the chicken breasts with fajita seasonings, some pepper, and salt. Next, add them with freshly cut onions and broth and turn the pressure cooker on. You need to focus on the pressure while cooking.
- First, cook the chicken for 5 minutes on high pressure using natural pressure release. In case there are pressures left after 10 minutes of natural release, just give a quick pressure release.
- Grill the bell peppers and some red onions until they are thoroughly charred. Finally, shred the chicken and put them on the tortilla with grilled peppers and charred onions as tasty toppings.
Chicken Chili with Northern White Beans
Loaded with 241 calories, 27 g of protein and 235 mg sodium per 1.5 cups, this recipe is as tasty and comforting as it sounds. Moreover, containing only 5 g of fat makes this savory dish a champion among all the low-fat pressure cooker recipes.
- Sadly, dry beans work best if soaked beforehand. Therefore, make time to do so. Then all you need to do is rinse and drain, and you are good to go.
- Place the beans in the pressure cooker cooking pot and add chicken stock, spices of your liking(we used ground cumin, chili powder, and dried oregano) along with salt, garlic, and ground black pepper.
- Now, start cooking on high pressure for around 28 minutes followed by a quick pressure release. Please note that rinsing the inner surface of the lid with cold water helps to re-seal it. So, get the cover ready as needed and add the chicken thighs(yup, we have chosen chicken thighs for this recipe). Cook for another 13 minutes on high pressure, then 10 minutes of natural release and finally give a quick release.
- After this, all you need to do is take the chicken out, shred them and place them in the pressure cooker again. Give it a stir before serving.
Cook Some Soups and Stews to Nourish Your Soul
“Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.”
- Marge KennedyThere is no denying that a bowl of warm soup can heal a weary mind and tired body. And combined with a pressure cooker, you’ll be able to cook soups in no time. As pressure cooker fanatics, we have created this list of heart-warming yet healthy pressure cooker recipes for soups and stews.
Simple Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup
Being full of nutritional values like 247 calories, 0 g of fiber and only 2.1 g of carbs per bowl has elevated this recipe to our first choice for a low-carb, easy-to-make meal.
- To make this soup, all you need to do is prepare the ingredients (chicken broth, chicken breast, some diced celery, butter, onion, garlic, and some hot sauce) and cook them in the pressure cooker for around 10 minutes.
- Then, release the pressure and take the chicken breasts out to shred them. After doing that, throw(gently! You don’t want to burn yourself with splattered hot liquid) them back in.
- The final step is to add shredded cheese and heavy cream. Give it a stir and enjoy.
Pressure Cooker Butternut Cauliflower Soup
Because of 121 calories, 20 g of carbs and 4 g of fat per 1.5 cups, you need to include this recipe to your healthy diet. Furthermore, the pair of versatile vegetables like butternut and cauliflower only succeeded to make this soup irresistible for us. It is incredibly low-fat and perfect for your weight loss diet.
- At first, pour some oil in the pressure cooker and saute onion and garlic. Next, add cubed butternut, cauliflower, spices like dried thyme, paprika, etc. and vegetable broth. Don’t forget to add salt to taste.
- In addition to this, feel free to add some pepper flakes to create some extra zing for your palate.
- Now, cook this on high pressure for 5 minutes followed by a quick pressure release. After that, just wait for 10-15 minutes for natural pressure release and you are done. Blend the soup with a blender of your choice and serve it with toppings of your preference.
Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
Packed with 368 calories, 44 g of protein and 12.9 g of fat, this classic recipe turned out to be unbelievably easy while cooked in a pressure cooker. Besides, you mustn’t underestimate the therapeutic power of a tasty yet nutritious beef stew in the frigid months.
- In the beginning, focus on meat selection. We suggest you use grass-fed beef which is free of carcinogenic chemicals. However, buying the meat isn’t enough for cooking stews. You have to prepare the stew meat by trimming the extra fat from it. This is since a pressure cooker would not render the fat like a slow cooker.
- After you are done with the trimming, sear the stew meat with salt, pepper, and flour. Take out the beef from the pressure cooker and deglaze the cooker pot by pouring red wine. Cook to reduce it by half and add the meat, onions, carrots, garlic, tomato paste, potatoes, celery, and beef stock. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.
- Turn on the pressure cooker and cook for 20 minutes on high pressure. Release the pressure, take care of the remaining pressure left in the pot and enjoy your stew.
Now that you know how easy it is to cook these healthy pressure cooker recipes, just go for it. In case you make some mistake, there will be no judgment from us. Thus, try these recipes out and become the ultimate pressure cooker cooking master.