Pressure Cooking | The Easiest Way to Make a Meal

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For my 26th birthday, my step-mother-in-law gave me a slow cooker/pressure cooker. Now, you know I love a good crock pot. They are huge time-savers and make preparing a healthy dinner simple and easy. A pressure cooker, however, was completely out of my realm of cooking. I actually lived in fear of them – something about having the ability to blow up my home and all.

Pressure Cooking is the fastest, easiest way to make a meal for your family. #kitchen #recipes #cooking | Rose Colored Water
Anyways, she convinced me that I would love it once I found the gumption to actually cook with it. So now I have a pressure cooker.

… And it is fantabulous. I LOVE IT.

I still don’t understand how to program the thing through my own knowledge, so I follow the recipe book that came with the cooker. I’m too scared to try anything else yet. It is worth it though. A pressure cooker can turn an all day recipe into a quick evening fix.

Real rice – not the minute kind – can now be cooked in less than 25 minutes! What a time saver, and far less mess!

The first time I used it, I was blown away by all the things it could do. Not only is my pressure cooker a crock pot, but it can sauté, simmer, and melt stuff too. I think my particular cooker is an anomaly. She got it from QVC and one of its selling points was the ability to do everything with just one kitchen appliance.

Anyways, I just wanted to let you all know, if you were on the fence about pressure cooking, or you never really considered it… CONSIDER IT. It will be one of your truest friends in the kitchen.

The first time I used mine, I made Swiss Steak. Granted, I don’t really like Swiss Steak, but it turned out marvelous, as far as Swiss Steaks go. Who knew a roast cooked in less than an hour could be melt in your mouth tender? Here’s the recipe:

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Swiss Steak Pressure Cooker Recipe

  • 2 lbs beef top round, cut into 1/2 inch steaks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 celery sticks, sliced in 1/2 inch sections
  • 3 carrots, sliced in 1 inch sections
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove  garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp horseradish
  • 3/4 c. beef broth
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Season the steaks with salt, pepper, and garlic salt (to taste).
  2. Brown the steaks on both sides.
  3. Add steaks, celery, carrots, onion, garlic, horseradish, tomato sauce, 1/2 cup of beef broth, and bay leaf. Lock lid in place.
  4. Pressure cook on HIGH for 25 minutes.
  5. Let the pressure drop NATURALLY  and carefully remove lid. Transfer meat to plate.
  6. Return cooker to setting where sauce can simmer.
  7. Whisk remaining beef stock with flour and stir into sauce to thicken.
  8. Return meat to sauce and let re-heat. Serve over noodles or rice with parsley sprinkled on top.

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NOTE: A lot of these settings will depend on the type of pressure cooker you own. Mine can saute, slow cook, pressure cook, melt, etc. I saute’d my meat in the pressure cooker. I also omitted horseradish and all the “real” herbs and spices. I use pre-chopped parsley, garlic, bay leaves from the spice rack. Ain’t nobody got time to be choppin’ up cloves, etc. The meal still tastes wonderful. So, you do you.

Anyways, I recommend pressure cooking. It will change your life. If you have a pressure cooker, I would love to know your thoughts! Do you ever actually use it? Do you like it? Do you consider it a waste of money?

Recipe: Easy Apple Dumplings

I came across this recipe almost six years ago when working nights at an assisted living community. It is the easiest apple dumpling recipe I have ever seen. It takes no skill and tastes divine. You can find the original recipe here, but I never follow the recipe, so I’m going to show you what I do differently.

NOTE: Try my delicious Zucchini Bread Recipe too!

Apple Dumpling Recipe

Easy Apple Dumpling Recipe

Ingredients

4-6 large Granny Smith apples

2 cans Crescent rolls

1 c. butter

1 c. white sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 can (12 oz.) Mt. Dew

Ingredients for Apple Dumplings
This recipe tastes great with cheap products.

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel the apples, and slice into quarters. (Depending on the size of your apples, you may have to double up the slices in the crescent rolls.)

2. Wrap each individual crescent roll around the a quartered slice. Pinch the dough together to seal.

3. Place each dumpling in a 9×13 baking dish.

After the dumplings are wrapped in the crescent rolls.

4. Melt butter and combine with sugars and cinnamon. Mix together well.

5. Drizzle that mixture over the dumplings.

6. Pour can of Mt. Dew over the dumplings.

7. Place in oven and cook for 35-40 minutes.

Hot, just out of the oven apple dumplings

Prepare yourself for the most amazing dessert ever while the dumplings cool. While still warm, eat one with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Enjoy your time in ecstasy.

Let me know what you think of these dumplings if you try them out! 

Recipe: Zucchini Bread

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I do NOT claim to be a food blogger by any means. I don’t take fancy staged photos or spend a lot of time narrating how I do things. With that being said, I thought, hey! I love to cook and I should share recipes that I use. I don’t come up with my own, though a lot of my recipes are from family.

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I admit I don’t like fancy foods. I don’t fix them. I like country and simple (even though I’m a city girl now). So, here’s a very simple version of Zucchini Bread. It’s a great summertime food, as zucchini is always in supply around that time.

I found this recipe on AllRecipes.com because if I want to make something, their recipes are the best. If the main recipe isn’t good, usually the reviewers have figured it out already, so you’re sure to get it right the first time. Here is my version:

This recipe makes 2 loaves, though I typically double it to make 4. You can just times everything below by 2.

Zucchini Bread

3 c. Flour

1 tsp. Baking soda

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Baking powder

1 tbsp. Cinnamon

3 Eggs

1 c. Oil

1 tbsp. Vanilla

2 1/4 c. Sugar

2 c. grated zucchini undrained

1 c. Walnuts (Optional)

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Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

You’re going to need a BIG bowl and a few bread pans, though you could make muffins if you’d like.

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First, combine flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

Grated Zucchini
I typically use this kind of grater for my zucchini, although if you have a salad shooter, it’s a lot easier!

Second, beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in your BIG bowl.

Add dry ingredients to the liquid mixture, and stir together well. I do it by hand.

Zucchini mixture

Next, stir in the zucchini and nuts until everything is well mixed.

Pour batter into prepared pans. (I foil mine for easier clean up)

Bake for 45-55 minutes.
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HIGH ALTITUDE: Add 1 cup flour.

Breads are tricky. You have to watch them closely because if you fill your pans too full, they take longer to cook and the top gets too crusty.

To store, I wrap mine in plastic, then foil. My grandma always told me it helps keep the moisture in. If you’re not sharing, you can easily freeze a loaf or two and thaw later.

Always serve with LOTS of butter.

I hope you all try it. Let me know how it turns out if you do!