Healthy Family Meals: the Pressure’s On (Part I)

As a dietitian and mom of three, I find it very important to feed my family healthy meals. I work full time and my kids are all under five years of age, so sometimes trying to accomplish this seems beyond the scope of reality! I know I need to plan my meals ahead, but in the real world, time is tight and it can often feel like I’m playing catch up. Sound familiar?

Enter the one-pot cooker. Kitchen gadgets like slow cookers, pressure cookers, and multi-function cookers can make family meals a little easier, since most recipes involve throwing ingredients into a single pot and letting the appliance do the work. Plus, there are tons of healthy one-pot cooker recipes online (talk to your True Health Clinical Health Consultant to find the healthiest ones).

I have had 3 different slow cookers over the past 10 years and when I cook in them there is always a subtle “off” flavor that I will call the “slow cooker taste,” so I have been looking for one that has a stainless steel interior. A friend of mine recently recommended a multi-functional pressure cooker like Instant Pot®.

My mom is a good cook and cooked for our family growing up but she never used a pressure cooker, so the idea was a little new to me and a tad intimidating. My mom and my aunts talk about how my grandmother could cook the tenderest pot roast using a pressure cooker. Over the years, I’ve tried many different recipes for pot roast, but unfortunately mine were always a tad dry. I’d never been able to produce one of those “to die for” roasts that I hear about.

So I took the plunge and decided to try out a multi-function cooker that can be used as an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan all in one. Stay tuned for my next blog to see how my roast turned out!

-True Health Clinical Health Consultant Brook Oubre, RD, CDE

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