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5 Easy and Delicious Meals Using A Pressure Cooker

Using a pressure cooker has been such a help to me, especially with weeknight meals. Let’s face it-after working all day the last thing we want to do is come home and spend all night cooking! With a pressure cooker you can make healthy and delicious meals in no time.

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I received the Lux 6 qt. Multi Cooker and have really been enjoying experimenting with it. Today I wanted to share some recipes that I just love. Hopefully you will love them too! In January I began a 12 week Biggest Loser Challenge and this pressure cooker has helped me so much in my weight loss journey. We are on week 10 and I am down 27 lbs! This is a lifestyle I will definitely continue once the challenge is over.

5 Easy and Delicious Pressure Cooker Recipes Our Crafty Mom


The LUX Multi Cooker is so easy to use. I can just program it for what I need it to do, and walk away. Plus it is so versatile. It is a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker and even has an option to make your own yogurt! That is next on my list of things to try. It has 12 preset programs: Pressure Cook (high & low), Slow Cook (high & low), Yogurt, White rice, Brown rice, and Risotto programs, as well as Simmer, Sauté, Steam and Brown settings. It really is a game changer for me and has totally changed my views on cooking! When things come together so quickly and easily, plus tastes so delicious how can I not love it? Also, I have to point out how sleek looking it is. Some appliances you don’t want to leave out, but this is one you can leave out and not worry about it taking away from the appearance of your kitchen. As someone with a home décor blog, I worry about those things 🙂

5 Easy and Delicious Pressure Cooker Meals

Honey Garlic Chicken

5 Easy and Delicious Pressure Cooker Recipes Our Crafty Mom

This recipe is straight from the Bob Warden’s Great Food Fast  cookbook and I love it over quinoa or brown rice.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 chicken broth ( I used reduced sodium)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon soy sauce (reduced sodium)

5 Easy and Delicious Pressure Cooker Recipes Our Crafty Mom

Toss chicken with garlic powder, salt and pepper. With lid off heat butter on high in pressure cooker until sizzling. Place chicken in Cooker on browning option and brown both sides, then add chicken stock.

5 Easy and Delicious Meals Using A Pressure Cooker Our Crafty Mom

Mix garlic, honey and soy sauce and spread over top of chicken. Lock the pressure cooker and set to high for 8 minutes. Perform a quick release and enjoy! This was the first meal I cooked in my pressure cooker and I was hooked!

5 Easy and Delicious Meals Using A Pressure Cooker Our Crafty Mom

Shredded Chicked on Toasted Flatbread or Salad


5 Easy and Delicious Pressure Cooker Recipes Our Crafty Mom

2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts shredded
Goat cheese
Balsamic Glaze

Chicken is so easy to cook in the pressure cooker and comes out so tender and juicy every time! Simply season the chicken with salt and pepper and add 1/4 cup of water to the pressure cooker. Set it on high for 8 minutes. Perform a quick release and shred the chicken with a fork. I have been watching my carb intake and found these Low Carb wraps.

5 Easy and Delicious Meals Using A Pressure Cooker Our Crafty Mom

I added the chicken with spinach, goat cheese and a balsamic glaze then toasted it for a few minutes in the toaster oven to enjoy as a Low Carb pizza. I’ve also enjoyed these same ingredients over a bed of mixed greens for a yummy salad with strawberries.

Beef and Broccoli

2 pounds of sirloin, cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup reduced sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons garlic
1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 pound of fresh broccoli
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons corn starch
Serve with quinoa or rice

Combine beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger. Add this to the sliced sirloin. Next add about 3 tablespoons of olive oil to your pressure cooker and saute the onions until they are clear. Add the meat to the pressure cooker and set it on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Then quick release the pressure valve. Mix about 1/3 cup of the hot juices with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch using a whisk to ensure it is mixed well. Add this to the pressure cooker and stir. The sauce will begin to thicken. Next, prepare your broccoli.  I microwave it on high for about 5 minutes with a cup of water. Drain the water and mix with the meat in the pressure cooker. Better than take-out!!

Thai Peanut Chicken

1 Tbsp. olive oil
½ onion diced
½ red bell pepper chopped
Thai peanut sauce (see recipe below)

one 14-ounce can lite coconut milk
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter or almond butter for a lower carb choice
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 lb. chicken breasts thawed

5 Easy and Delicious Meals Using A Pressure Cooker Our Crafty Mom

In a medium bowl, add coconut milk, peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, lime juice, sesame oil, ginger and garlic, whisk to combine. Pour mixture over the chicken, using a spoon to distribute the sauce if necessary, making sure all pieces are coated. It looks like a lot of sauce but it reduces by at least half during cooking.

Turn your Cooker  to Saute and add the olive oil, onion and bell peppers. Saute for 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables are softened. Add the Thai peanut sauce and chicken. Cook thawed chicken on high pressure for 10 minutes. Perform a quick release to release all of the pressure.
Remove the chicken breasts from the pot and place on a cutting board. Shred the chicken using two forks.
Remove ⅔ cup of liquid from the pot, being careful to leave the vegetables. (Reserve the liquid for cooking rice.) Return the shredded chicken to pot and stir until well combined. Serve over brown rice or quinoa.

Turkey Chili

1 pound ground turkey
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans of diced tomatoes, not drained
2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
chili seasoning packet
1½ cup water

Brown the ground turkey in the pressure cooker on medium heat, 8 minutes. Remove the meat and drain some of the grease. Add olive oil, onions and green pepper to the pressure cooker. Cook on medium heat until the onions are clear, about 3 or 4 minutes. Next add the meat back with the garlic and chili seasoning packet as well as the rest of the ingredients-kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, and water.

Stir well, lock the lid and set it on manual high pressure for 8 minutes. Quick release the pressure valve.

There you have it. 5 Easy and Delicious Meals Using A Pressure Cooker! Please leave me a comment and let me know your favorite pressure cooker recipe. Also, please let me know if you try any of these recipes. I would love to hear how you like them!


5 Easy and Delicious Meals Using A Pressure Cooker Our Crafty Mom

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Charlotte Burkholder

Saturday 1st of April 2017

Thanks for joining us at our Instant Pot linkup! I hope you can come again this Wednesday. There's alot you can do with an electric pressure cooker.


Monday 27th of March 2017

I remember the old pressure cookers and I was always afraid to use them. This looks so much easier to use and makes me want a pressure cooker.

Michelle James

Saturday 18th of March 2017

This seems too good to be true. LOL! Your chicken was done so fast. Wow. I think I need to check into one of these. I love that it can do multiple things including sautee. Amazing. Thanks for sharing all of these recipes too. I love beef and broccoli.

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