The holidays can be a busy time. With parties, concerts, and last minute shopping, you might find there’s even less time to cook nourishing meals for your family. Fortunately, with a pressure cooker, you can get a meal on the table in minutes. Even tough cuts of meat can be ready in under an hour.
We’ve compiled a list of ten easy pressure cooker recipes to make when you’re wondering what to cook – and it’s already dinner time.
Apple and butternut squash hash
Hashes combine an endless variety of meat and vegetables for a quick meal that is even quicker in the pressure cooker. They’re especially good for savory breakfasts. The sweetness of the butternut squash and apple pairs with the saltiness of bacon and sausage for one balanced bite after another.
Amazing beef barbacoa
Do you ever indulge at Chipotle and then feel guilty? Or wish you could partake but hold back? No need to feel deprived any longer. This beef barbacoa is a real food copycat of the popular Chipotle meal, fragrant with cumin and adobo spices (including a recipe to make your own adobo spice mix). Using a pressure cooker to have a “Chipotle” meal on the table in a jiffy means you won’t have to fall back on fast food for those busy days.
Pressure cooker crispy potatoes
Did you know that you can cook potatoes in a pressure cooker? That’s right, that quick cooker is not just for meats or stews but you can also cook potatoes in it. With a hint of lemon and finished in a skillet, these potatoes are a cozy side dish for cold weather days.
Lemongrass coconut chicken
The flavors of exotic lemongrass, ginger, and coconut. When you’re caught up in the holiday bustle and need a fast meal, this moist chicken dish can be on the table in 30 minutes. It’s also delicious and nourishing, so you don’t have to sacrifice quality of food for your family.
Ranch deviled eggs
Why make eggs in a pressure cooker? They don’t take that long to cook. Here’s why – pressure cooked hard boiled eggs peel beautifully. These deviled eggs, with a homemade ranch dressing twist, are just the thing for a holiday party. And you’ll have everyone asking what your secret to smoothly peeled eggs is.
Pressure cooker bone broth
Making broth from bones is a health elixir, benefiting your immune system, gut digestion, bones, and so much more. Boosting your immune system is particularly helpful during the cold months. But bone broth is also handy – if you’ve got some broth, add some veggies and spices and you’ve got a meal in minutes. And it makes any soup more flavorful. With a pressure cooker, bone broth can be made in a couple of hours max, instead of all day or even multiple days.
About Emily Bartlett
Emily Bartlett is the co-founder and CEO of RealPlans.com. She's also a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine, a published author, a wife, and a mom of two. Emily hopes to make meal planning easier and inspire families to share more meals around the table.