Healthy Pressure Cooker Meals (Slideshow)

Enjoy these hearty, healthy meals made with a pressure cooker.

  • Pork Carnitas
    Pork Carnitas

    Carnitas — braised or roasted pork that is shredded — is a staple of Mexican cuisine and great to have on hand for eating in tacos and tamales or with rice and beans.

  • Bean and Root Vegetable Stew
    Bean and Root Vegetable Stew

    Once you soak the beans, this hearty stew comes together in roughly 30 minutes and is perfect for a winter day.

  • Lamb Tagine
    Lamb Tagine

    Lamb shoulder can be a tough cut of meat, but pressure cooking can make it fall-off-the-bone tender. Serve this over a quinoa, rice, or millet pilaf.

  • Collard Greens With Ham
    Collard Greens With Ham

    This soulful side dish is a nice accom­paniment to a roasted chicken. For a vegetarian version, simply omit the ham and, if you like, add a teaspoon of smoked Spanish paprika.

  • Flan

    Custards that are traditionally baked in a bain-marie, or water bath, turn out even better in the pressure cooker: They cook more evenly and are less likely to form large bubbles or curdle.

  • Red Lentil Dal With Fresh Cilantro and Lime
    Red Lentil Dal With Fresh Cilantro and Lime

    Perfect as a light meal, dal is a traditional Indian dish made with lentils, beans, or peas.

  • Wild-Mushroom Risotto
    Wild-Mushroom Risotto

    Risotto intimidates many home cooks, but using a pressure cooker eliminates all that endless stirring. Try this recipe with your favorite veggies, herbs, and meat or seafood.

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