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Paleo Pressure Cooking!: 45 Easy, Delicious, Healthy Pressure Cooker Recipes for a Primal Diet and Lifestyle

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Paleo Pressure Cooking!: 45 Easy, Delicious, Healthy Pressure Cooker Recipes for a Primal Diet and Lifestyle

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200 pagine
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Pubblicato:
May 15, 2014
ISBN:
9781495363115
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Want to make a healthy change in your life? Tired of calorie counting and regularizing your cravings in hopes of dropping those extra pounds?

You don't have to cut out fats, carbs, proteins, or delicious foods to look and feel your best. Andrea Huffington shows you how to eat healthy by living a lifestyle that naturally supports good nutrition and weight loss. Her latest book, Paleo Pressure Cooking!, takes you to the world of Paleo eating, a nutritional plan that centers on healthy meats, fruits, and vegetables that are biologically suitable for the human diet.

What's more, Paleo Pressure Cooking! is more than just another diet book. It's also a pressure cooker cookbook filled with recipes so mouthwatering, you won't believe they're healthy! Pressure cooking is one of the most fascinating ways to prepare a variety of foods - your meals end up flavorful and meats become very tender. Needless to say, Paleo eating and pressure cooking is a combination that will leave you satisfied every meal time and healthy as an ox!

By reading Andrea Huffington's work, you will discover:

How to feel energized everyday
The best way to lose weight healthily
The benefits of going Paleo and never looking back
How to capably cook with a pressure cooker
Cooking methods for meats and vegetables that will bring out the most flavor
Nutritious and savory Paleo dishes that await you
Pressure cooking tips for the Paleo diet
Exercise routines you can perform in conjunction with the diet
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. You will find plenty more benefits once you get a hold of this book.

Pubblicato:
May 15, 2014
ISBN:
9781495363115
Formato:
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Paleo Pressure Cooking! - Andrea Huffington

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Introduction

Dieting is hard. There’s no way around that. This is especially true when you’ve gotten used to eating in a certain way over years and years—I can attest to that! But I’m writing this book to tell you that even though it’s hard, it’s not impossible. And that with the right plan and the right tools, it can be healthy, safe, and effective.

Before trying the Paleo diet, I had gone through phases where I tried most of the popular diets—Atkins, South Beach, 5-2, and a couple of others. But I always felt like my body was fighting against me like I was doing something wrong. It wasn’t until I discovered the Paleo diet that I found out that I actually was doing something wrong! The Paleo diet is one of the very few diets that let you work with your body instead of against it, and there are obvious and immediate benefits to this.

Even after getting on the Paleo diet, though, I still had some trouble. Paleo meals can take a long time to prepare, as no pre-packaged foods are allowed. What do you do when you get home from work and you don’t want to cook? You can search for leftovers, try to whip something up quickly, or (dare I say it) cheat. But then a friend introduced me to the pressure cooker, an absolutely wonderful piece of kitchen equipment. It cooks faster, healthier, and better than anything else I’ve ever used! And it’s perfect for the Paleo diet.

By combining my knowledge of these two seemingly disparate things—the Paleo diet and the pressure cooker—I’ve managed to help quite a few people lose weight and keep it off. The thought hadn’t occurred to me until recently that I could write a book about it and share this knowledge with the world, but once I realized that I could, I knew it had to be done!

So here it is: Paleo Pressure Cooking!. I hope it’s every bit as useful to you as all of the information in it was to me. Good luck, and have fun!

Andrea Huffington

1. An Introduction to Pressure Cooking

When you ask people about the different methods they use to cook their food, pressure cooking is one that doesn’t come up all that often. It’s something a lot of people don’t know much about, but that a lot of people could really benefit from. There are a lot of advantages that you might not be aware of. Here are just a few:

•         Pressure cooking tenderizes even the toughest meats, making your food delectably soft and full of flavor every time.

•         Food is cooked much faster than with other methods, sometimes cutting cooking time in half. It can also be left to cook while you’re at work (much like a crock pot), allowing you to eat a fantastic meal when you get home without much preparation.

•         Not only does the food cook faster; cooking becomes more efficient, and uses less water and a lot less energy than many other methods.

•         The need for less oils and fats helps you eat healthier without sacrificing taste, and using less water helps keep water-soluble vitamins in your food.

•         Modern cookers use new technologies that make it both easy and safe to correctly cook your food—they keep you from over- and under-pressurizing and prevent the opening of the cooker when there’s still pressure in it. Even kids can help out with pressure cooking!

•         Pressure cooking is safe, even with frozen foods, and will help reduce the risk of harmful bacteria in your food.

What more could you ask for? Healthy, safe, delicious food that’s cooked faster than with other methods—and the versatility of the pressure cooker means you can cook just about anything you want!

Even though it’s not all that common in the United States, other countries (especially in Europe) use it all the time. People have been using pressure and heat to cook food since the late 1600s, so you can be very confident that it’s a good way to prepare your food! Throughout the 1900s, pressure cookers were introduced to the United States and advanced in technology, eventually coming to the point where they are today, which is a far cry from the old style pressure cookers:

A very old, and a very new, pressure cooker. Source: www.ehow.com, www.instantpot.com.

1.1. How a Pressure Cooker Works

The way I’ve described pressure cooking makes it sound like magic, but it’s actually a lot simpler than that. The main part of a pressure cooker looks a lot like a slow cooker, but there’s one crucial difference: a pressure cooker is airtight. The lid has a gasket that creates an airtight seal as well as a locking mechanism that keeps the lid on the cooker when the pressure starts to build up.

Why does this make such a huge difference? As you heat water (or wine, broth, or whatever you decide to use as your cooking liquid), it begins to boil and create steam, which increases the pressure in the cooker—this increased pressure forces the steam and boiling liquid into the food being cooked more quickly than in a slow cooker, significantly speeding up the cooking process. Also, because water boils at a higher temperature in a high-pressure environment, the cooking liquid stays hotter than in a normal cooker, breaking down the fibers of the food more quickly, which is why you can cook a pot roast in an hour or two instead of four to six.

1.2. Is Pressure Cooking Healthy?

You might hear a lot of different claims about how pressure cooking foods affect the nutrients that are naturally present in those foods. Some people say that the increased heat reduces the amount of nutrients in the foods, while others say that using less water and reducing cooking time actually helps maintain more nutrients than in other types of cooking. Who’s telling the truth?

In a sense, they both are—it really depends on which nutrients you’re talking about and who you ask. While some nutrients are affected by heat, they’re offset by the gains in water-soluble vitamins and minerals that you gain. What it comes down to is that pressure cooking might be slightly healthier than other options, but it’s not anything hugely significant. It certainly isn’t less healthy than any other standard method of cooking, so you don’t have to worry about nutritional content.

1.3. Is Pressure Cooking Safe?

With this description of boiling water and high pressure, it makes sense to wonder if pressure cooking is a safe thing to do! If something were to go horribly wrong, you wouldn’t want boiling water and steam to explode all over your kitchen. Fortunately, modern pressure cookers are extremely safe, and have many safeguards built in to prevent malfunctions.

For example, many cookers monitor and adjust the pressure and temperature inside to make sure that they remain at stable and safe levels. Most also have a steam valve that lets off excess pressure if it builds up, and some also allow the gasket to become unsealed if pressure continues to rise.

That said, it’s still important to be safe when you’re working with your pressure cooker. Make sure you follow your recipe when choosing the temperature and pressure. Also, when opening the cooker, make sure to open it away from you (and anyone else nearby) to vent the steam in a safe direction. If you can remember these simple things, you should have no problem with staying safe around your pressure cooker.

1.4. The Parts of a Pressure Cooker

Even though it’s a pretty simple piece of cooking equipment, there are actually quite a few different parts of a pressure

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