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27 Healthy Pressure Cooker Meals (with Easy Recipes)

27 Healthy Pressure Cooker Meals (with Easy Recipes)
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Do you want to be able to make healthy meals on a weeknight, but feel like it just takes too long?

This is where pressure cooker meals come to the rescue! With an electric pressure cooker, like an Instant Pot, you can make meals a lot faster than on the stove or in the oven. You also just set the time, and let it do its thing while you do yours, until you hear the beep.

Taking advantage of this time-saving device to make healthy meals is easy, but it’s hard to know where to start in searching through all of the recipes online. It takes forever to browse around and find something you want to make.

Let’s get you started with 27 easy recipes for healthy pressure cooker meals you can make this week – along with some info on why they’re healthy to motivate you to make them.

1. Chipotle Burrito Bowls

    This recipe is not only spectacularly delicious, but shows you how to use the pot-in-pot method for your pressure cooker to make rice and beans at the same time. This way, you can flavor them differently, and portion out each section of your burrito bowl for a gorgeous meal.

    Check out the recipe here!

    2. Maple Bourbon Chili

      Adding sweet potatoes and a little splash of maple syrup and bourbon takes an already delicious chili to the next level. This one is also vegetarian, so it’s free from cholesterol and saturated fats, and the kidney beans bring cholesterol-lowering fiber and homocysteine-lowering folate for a heart-healthy bowl of goodness.

      Check out the recipe here!

      3. Butternut Squash & Sage Risotto

        Risotto is so luxuriously creamy and rich, but the traditional method takes a lot of time and constant stirring. Making it in your electric pressure cooker means you can set it for five minutes, and let it go on its own. This recipe pairs slightly sweet butternut squash and earthy sage for a perfect fall meal.

        Check out the recipe here!

        4. Lentil Ragu

          Lentils make a perfect stand in for ground beef in this hearty and flavorful ragu. They’re a good source of folate, iron, B vitamins, and fiber – all of which help contribute to your energy levels and heart health.

          Check out the recipe here!

          5. Moroccan Winter Squash and Chickpea Tagine

            A lighter take on a traditionally slow-cooked North African dish, this vegetarian tagine from is cooked quickly in the pressure cooker. The easy pickled raisins sound like an exciting flavor boost to try!

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            Check out the recipe here!

            6. Chickpea Bolognese Spaghetti Squash

              Swap the meat for protein- and mineral-rich chickpeas, and the spaghetti for vitamin-rich gluten-free spaghetti squash! Cooking spaghetti squash in your pressure cooker cuts the time down significantly from baking it, so you have this delicious and nutritious meal on the table quick enough to enjoy even on a weeknight.

              Check out the recipe here!

              7. Lasagna Soup

                All the delicious comfort of lasagna, but as a one-pot stew you can make quickly in your pressure cooker. Richa gives the helpful tip that because pasta cooking times can vary, look at the time on the package you’re using and divide by two to get the time you should set on your pressure cooker.

                Check out the recipe here!

                8. Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Quinoa Salad

                  Learn how to make perfectly cooked quinoa in your pressure cooker with the helpful video, and then toss it into a tasty salad that you can pack up for lunches on the go.

                  Check out the recipe here!

                  9. Thai Coconut Chickpea Stew

                    A flavorful, creamy, protein-rich soup with just five main ingredients, and ready in twenty-three minutes. Perfect for a weeknight, with enough leftovers to take for lunch the following day.

                    Check out the recipe here!

                    10. Pasta Puttanesca

                      Making pasta in your pressure cooker is easy and quick, and perfectly flavored here with capers, olives, and tomato sauce. Including crushed red pepper flakes gives a little kick of spiciness, and also works as a slight appetite suppressant, so that you’ll be less likely overeat this yummy dish.

                      Check out the recipe here!

                      11. Butternut Squash Soup

                        This gorgeous golden-colored soup is full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory carotenoids. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and oil-free – but doesn’t skimp on flavor! The addition of a granny smith apple is brilliant, to add to the depth of flavor and bring out the natural sweetness of butternut squash.

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                        It has a little kick from some curry powder, but if you wanted to appeal to younger taste buds you could leave that out and it would surely be a hit.

                        Check out the recipe here!

                        12. Minestrone Soup

                          Minestrone is a perfect example of comfort food that’s wholesome at the same time. It usually needs to simmer for quite a while to cook the potatoes, but in your pressure cooker, it’s done in no time. Packed with vegetables, kidney beans, and pasta, this is a fully balanced meal in a bowl.

                          Check out the recipe here!

                          13. Chana Masala

                            Using an authentic blend of Indian spices, and perfectly pressure-cooked chickpeas, you can create your own restaurant-level chana masala at home! Spices like ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory, and cumin may help with blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar balance.

                            Check out the recipe here!

                            14. Quinoa Pilaf

                              Pair protein-rich quinoa with anti-inflammatory turmeric, along with a heap of whatever vegetables you have on hand, and turn it into a delicious healthy meal in 20 minutes. This is proof that easy and healthy meals definitely don’t have to be boring!

                              Check out the recipe here!

                              15. Cajun Red Beans with Sausage

                                Infuse some red beans with cajun seasonings and vegetables, then toss in some vegan sausage if you like. This is perfect for batch cooking, to portion your meals for the week or freeze for later, so that you don’t resort to take out on those hectic days.

                                Check out the recipe here!

                                16. Cuban Black Beans and Rice

                                  Soft cooked black beans and rice, seasoned with garlic, onion, cumin and topped with an easy salsa of fresh lime juice, avocado, tomato, and red onion sounds like an absolutely perfect meal. Not only is this delicious, but you’ll get thirty-two percent of your daily protein needs in just one serving.

                                  Check out the recipe here!

                                  17. Creamy Vegetable Soup

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                                    This soup has a whole lot of vegetables packed in for maximum nutritional power, including cauliflower which is loaded with cancer-fighting compounds. At the end, you stir in cashew cream to create a rich creamy broth without any dairy.

                                    Check out the recipe here!

                                    18. Chik’n Stew

                                      Go a step beyond chicken soup by adding all sorts of veggies and chickpeas for a hearty and nourishing stew. It’s so easy to put together: simply put everything in your pressure cooker, set the time, and then stir in some spinach before serving.

                                      Check out the recipe here!

                                      19. Split Pea Soup

                                        Split pea soup is so rich and hearty, and usually takes a long time to cook on the stove, so it’s a perfect one to speed up in a pressure cooker. This recipe uses all the classic flavors of split pea soup, but replaces the saturated fat and nitrates of bacon with a dash of liquid smoke. The smoky tempeh crumbles are perfect toppers, and if you don’t make your own, you could just use tempeh bacon.

                                        Check out the recipe here!

                                        20. Thai Peanut Chickpea Soup

                                          Peanut butter adds such a full, rich flavor to this soup, and packs so many vegetables in to get you all kinds of nutrients. It’s gluten-free, oil-free, vegan, uses the one pot of your pressure cooker, and is ready in just thirty minutes.

                                          Check out the recipe here!

                                          21. Portobello Pot Roast

                                            With zero cholesterol and saturated fat, this makes a healthy version of hearty comfort food – all made in your pressure cooker for a quick dinner with minimal cleanup!

                                            Check out the recipe here!

                                            22. Three Sisters Soup

                                              The three sisters are the Native American trinity of corn, beans, and squash that were planted together because they were mutually beneficial as they grew. This soup brings them together with the beautiful flavors of sage and ancho chili powder.

                                              Check out the recipe here!

                                              23. Indo Chinese Corn Soup

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                                                Indo Chinese cuisine is Chinese recipes adapted to Indian tastes, so this hearty soup is flavored with toasted sesame oil, cumin, and ginger. It’s thick enough that as Kristina suggests, you could enjoy it with rice for lunch the following day.

                                                Although corn isn’t always thought of as a health food, it’s a good source of B vitamins and iron for energy, as well as zinc and selenium for immune health.

                                                Check out the recipe here!

                                                24. Goulash

                                                  A bit like the building blocks of minestrone, but with paprika, this Hungarian soup makes a nourishing, wholesome, and delicious meal the whole family is sure to love. This recipe replaces meat with cholesterol-free and high-fiber lentils for a heart healthy version.

                                                  Check out the recipe here!

                                                  25. Indonesian Black Rice Pudding

                                                    This is so wholesome but also so delicious it can double as breakfast and dessert! With just three ingredients, it’s simple to make, and cooks a lot faster in your pressure cooker than on the stove. As Katie points out, the black color of the rice indicates that it has the same powerful antioxidants as blueberries.

                                                    Check out the recipe here!

                                                    26. Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

                                                      All you need are three ingredients and two minutes on high pressure to make this delicious and protein-packed breakfast bowl. It makes four servings, so you can portion it out for the week ahead. Top it with maple syrup, pecans, and almond milk for the full experience.

                                                      Check out the recipe here!

                                                      27. Sugar-Free Apple Butter

                                                        This is so easy to make, and with the sweetness coming from the natural sugars of the apples and dates, you can’t go wrong!

                                                        A great dish to make in a big batch after going apple picking, so you can enjoy it all winter. Spread it on a bagel, scoop it on top of your oatmeal or pancakes, or have a little bowl for a snack or healthy dessert.

                                                        Check out the recipe here!

                                                        So there are no excuses left, now that you have 27 easy recipes you can start making healthy meals in your pressure cooker. The beauty of having healthy food ready to go is that it makes take out that much less tempting. And the magic of electric pressure cookers is that you can set it and forget it, while you unwind after work and come back when you hear the beep to dish up the goodness.

                                                        For more easy pressure cooker recipes to explore, check out 17 Power Pressure Cooker Recipes for Rushed Weeknight Meals .

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                                                        100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                        100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                                        Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                                        By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                                        Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                                        83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                                          84 write random letter

                                                            85 use a rubberband

                                                              86 dorm smell bad

                                                                87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                                  89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                                    90 take a picture of the name card

                                                                      91 iron inside out

                                                                        92 old newspaper

                                                                          93 tumble try shoes

                                                                            keep a card like this

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                                                                                94 soap bar

                                                                                  95 make a hole

                                                                                    96 drop the battery

                                                                                      97 use a coozie

                                                                                        98 when taking a picture

                                                                                          use a clean dust pan

                                                                                            try a pants hanger

                                                                                              use your cellphone light

                                                                                                use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                                  quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                                    user binder clips

                                                                                                      wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                                        put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                                          clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                            use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                              doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                                use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                                  use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                                    freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                                      use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                                        almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                                          sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                            unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                              cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                                remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                                  turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                                    for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                                      how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                                        tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                                          place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                            ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                              use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                                take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                                  how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                                    put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                                      How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                                        user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                                          good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                            turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                              50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                                the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                                  add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                                      hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                                        stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                                          the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                            how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                              the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                                use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                                  to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                                    user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                                      a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                                        rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                                          use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                                            50

                                                                                                                                                                                              51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                                52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                    kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                                      use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                                                        58

                                                                                                                                                                                                          59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                            60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                              hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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