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August 14, 2012 7:10 AM   Subscribe

Recommend me protein-heavy, carbohydrate-light (weight-lifting friendly) pressure cooker recipes.

So I recently acquired a new pressure cooker! And I love it. It's amazing to cook dulce de leche, and make fantastic chicken stock in less than 30 minutes.

However, at the same time, I started lifting weights again, and I'd like to keep my diet lean with protein-heavy and carb-light recipes, and reduce my intake of dulce de leche (sadly), and still enjoy my new appliance.

Bonus points for recipes that are simple, and can be made in large quantities, as I'm a medical student with less than an optimal amount of free time.

Thanks!
posted by kurosawa's pal to Food & Drink (14 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
 
Don't have an actual recipe to share, but I can recommend searching on the term "paleo crockpot" to find low carb/high protein ideas.
posted by de void at 7:24 AM on August 14, 2012


Ooh Thai Chickpeas (sub another veggie for the potatoes if you want)
posted by susanvance at 7:32 AM on August 14, 2012


If you can find bottled Cuban mojo criollo sauce (Goya's the most common brand), that makes a great, tasty marinade for pulled pork in the crockpot. Depending on whether you're eating leaner or fattier, you can chose a pork loin roast (quite lean), or something like a picnic shoulder (quite fatty), or "country style" ribs, which are somewhat in-between in terms of fat content. Either way, you can do 4-6 lbs of meat in one go, with about 2 cups of mojo. I also usually add a can of diced tomatoes and a medium onion, sliced. Figure on about about 2 hrs per lb of meat on low, although you can go longer without overcooking so long as your lid is tight and you don't have problems with steam escaping. Freezes beautifully.
posted by drlith at 7:57 AM on August 14, 2012


Don't have an actual recipe to share, but I can recommend searching on the term "paleo crockpot" to find low carb/high protein ideas.

Er, just to ward off future misconception, I'm looking for Pressure cooker Recipes, not Slow Cooker Recipes. Most of them tend to take <30 minutes or less.

Thanks!
posted by kurosawa's pal at 8:01 AM on August 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


*Not that I don't appreciate the suggestions! :)
posted by kurosawa's pal at 8:15 AM on August 14, 2012


I love making a variation of roast beef in the pressure cooker. *


Get a hunk of beef (about 2-4 lbs).
Stab it with a fork and squeeze the juice of a lemon over it. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of salt.
Make a paste of about a 2" piece of ginger and 8 cloves of garlic. Spread paste over meat.
Chop an onion, place it in the cooker.
Slice about 4-8 serranos lengthwise and put them in the cooker.
Put the hunk of meat and about 2 tablespoons of oil of your choice, and a cup of water.
Throw in a 2-4 cloves, a 2" piece of cinnamon and 4-8 peppercorns.

Cover and cook for about 15 minutes after the pressure builds.
Take off the stove, let it cool, and after opening the cooker, put it back on the stove and let the remaining water cook off. This is also where you would add any potatoes or green peas or any other veggies you would want. Oh, and check for salt.


* - all ingredient amounts are estimates. I just eyeball everything and this seems about right. Adjust to suit your taste.
posted by Arthur Dent at 8:25 AM on August 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm looking for Pressure cooker Recipes
DOH!

I've recommended pressure cooker chicken adobo previously.

I think you could also work out the mojo criollo pork thing in the pressure cooker if that interests you, although I would in that case suggest a couple pounds of pork country ribs, cut into large cubes, browned in a bit of oil and then pressure cooked for 20 minutes or so with a cup of mojo, a can of tomatoes and a half an onion, diced. In fact, I am hitting up the grocery store tonight and am now tempted to pick up the makings and try this out myself to see if the times and proportions are right.
posted by drlith at 10:38 AM on August 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm interested as well because I just got a pressure cooker (instant pot) and am looking for high protein/low carb meals.

What I've been doing so far is 3 frozen chicken breasts cubed, 1 bottle of marinade sauce (the kroger version of the lowry stuff), 1 can of black beans (drained) and 1 can of seasoned diced tomatoes(drained). This cooks for about 15-17min. It's a little 'saucy' so I use a strainer ladle to portion out. I also cook some white rice and put it over the rice for lunches.

Another recipe would be using taco seasoning mix instead of the marinade sauce.
posted by kookywon at 10:40 AM on August 14, 2012


Also, I've tried to make pinto beans as well. I've watched several videos on you tube for pressure cooked beans and they all say that you don't need to pre-boil or soak before you cook and you ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT BELIEVE THAT. They still need to soak.
posted by kookywon at 10:46 AM on August 14, 2012


I have a pressure cooker and eat low carb (and lift weights!) so I'll be following this question closely.

I really want to try to make rabbit in the pressure cooker, so it's a good way to marinate that protein-dense meat in juicy flavors. This recipe looks promising, and I'd simply omit the 2 tbsp of flour or sub it with CarbQuik instead.

I am obsessed with Mark's Daily Apple's Garlic Pulled Pork, which is delicious. I used his method of low & slow in the oven at first, but the pressure cooker actually yields a much better flavor. Any recipe that calls for pork shoulder should be made in a pressure cooker! It saves you hours and lots of gas expenses. If I'm too lazy to make the garlic pulled pork, I'll just brown the shoulder, cube it, dump it in with cider vinegar and beer, and turn on the cooker for 45 minutes.
posted by zoomorphic at 11:26 AM on August 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


I don't have a pressure cooker so I haven't tried them myself, but Nom Nom Paleo has a few pressure-cooker recipes. Everything I've tried of hers has been dandy; I presume those will be good, too.
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:36 AM on August 14, 2012


I didn't explicitly point it out, but the same recipes that work for slow cookers can be adapted for pressure cookers....generally they just take less time to cook!

...All of your favorite crock pot recipes can be converted to pressure cooker. Really! Using a similar pressure cooker recipe as a guide will help eliminate a lot of the guess work by providing the best cooking times and amount of liquid needed.

A pressure cooker can cook the same types of recipes -- and so many more, too -- but unlike a slow cooker, the pressure cooker cooks the food in minutes, NOT hours! This allows you to prepare dinner in a more leisurely manner after getting home from work. ...

posted by de void at 11:50 AM on August 14, 2012


I've made this pot roast recipe with good results. I omit the potatoes now, because I'm low-carb too.

Also, I've tried to make pinto beans as well. I've watched several videos on you tube for pressure cooked beans and they all say that you don't need to pre-boil or soak before you cook and you ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT BELIEVE THAT. They still need to soak.

Due respect, this actually isn't true. You just need to adjust the timing. If you don't soak the beans. I use this chart. (Don't forget to add a teaspoon of oil before closing the lid. Helps prevent the beans from frothing, clogging the siphon, and causing a bean-splosion.)

Kidney beans are a different story -- they do need to be parboiled. There's some sort of minor toxin in them, I think? I can't find a link right now, but I'm certain I've read that.
posted by mudpuppie at 12:30 PM on August 14, 2012


Forgot this Chow article about pressure cookers.
posted by mudpuppie at 12:36 PM on August 14, 2012


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