I have been cooking gluten free food exclusively for almost two years. I absolutely love to cook, but time is always short during the week. I try to cook healthy meals for myself and my family, but the thought of countless pans to clean up while being interrupted by my five month old and almost five year old often leaves me feeling defeated before I even begin. This all changed a few weeks ago and I have made eight (yes, eight!) gluten free meals without the piles of dishes and all of them are full of fresh ingredients – and nearly all of them were cooked in the middle of the week. My must have appliance for cooking gluten free meals from now on is my Power Pressure Cooker XL. It’s similar to the Instant Pot, but the Power Pressure Cooker XL is also designed for canning and it’s engineered by chefs. I have many friends who rave about the Instant Pot and other similar pressure cookers, so I know there are plenty of options if you are looking for something specific in a pressure cooker.
My hubby purchased my Power Pressure Cooker XL for me so I could quickly can freshly made apple sauce. I quickly canned 11 jars of apple sauce – it took 20 minutes to can four jars after it was pressurized. I knew that it would come in handy for Thanksgiving since we were hosting and I always seem to run out of space on the stove, so I decided to try out a few recipes in order to get acquainted with my new best cooking appliance friend.
Here’s what I made the first time I cooked with it in less than two hours. The majority of the time was spent cutting up meat and veggies.
- Cheesy chicken, rice and broccoli
- Sweet potato bake
- Broccoli and potato soup
Thanksgiving Day came and I was so excited to try out my Power Pressure Cooker XL again and it literally saved the meal! I planned on serving lunch at 1:00 p.m., but we put the turkey in the oven late because handling raw meat is just not my thing. I had two other people helping peel and cut carrots sweet potatoes, yellow potatoes and red potatoes. The only thing cooking by noon was the turkey, although I knew the pressure cooker would cook everything fast! My sister-in-law took over cooking the sweet potato bake and we cooked 22 cups of sweet potatoes. The Power Pressure Cooker took about 10 minutes to fully pressurize and literally four minutes to cook. I was so shocked at how quickly the sweet potatoes cooked and the buttery brown sugar glaze with cinnamon and nutmeg was delightful! I had started cooking the carrots on the stove and transferred them to the Power Pressure Cooker after cleaning out the pan. Five minutes to pressurize and four minutes to cook and the carrots were done! I added a butter glaze and then quickly washed out the pan and poured all the potatoes in to cook. Again, it only took five minutes to pressurize and four minutes to cook seven pounds of potatoes!
Everything we cooked in the pressure cooker turned out amazing and it was really easy to clean. I normally don’t have time to cook such huge portions, but it would be really easy to make a huge pot of chicken noodle soup, sweet potatoes, stew and any other hearty meal to freeze for later.
Tonight I tried out a new recipe that you will absolutely love if you are in the mood for chicken, bacon and apples. I’m learning that recipes with meat require cooking the meat in the pressure cooker first (it’s like a saute pan when the lid is not on). The recipe turned out terrific, so I decided to cook the rest of the bacon and chicken, added water, carrots and celery and it turned into a fabulous chicken stew that I will devour for lunch tomorrow.
Cooking healthy, let alone gluten free, can be extremely time consuming. Save yourself time and sanity by purchasing the Power Pressure Cooker XL and a few cookbooks. If you already have an electric pressure cooker, what are your favorite recipes?