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Great-Tasting Dinners with 350 Calories or Less from the Instant Pot or Other Electric Pressure Cooker


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Book Details
 131 p
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 7,639 KB
 File Type
 PDF format
 978-1-55832-9-577 (Digital edition)
 2018 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc

About the Author
Nancy S. Hughes writes for a wide range of health and food magazines and is the author
of seventeen cookbooks, with a focus on low-calorie cooking for weight loss, heart-healthy
cooking, diabetic cooking, and cooking with kitchen appliances. She lives in the Mobile,
Alabama, area.

Not one, not one, of the healthy pressure cooker recipes in this book is more than 350
calories per serving! Think about it. That means you are able to keep your calories in check
without having to constantly tally up! If you want dinner in an instant (which is what the
Instant Pot and other electric pressure cookers make possible) and wouldn’t mind also being
thinner in an instant (which 350-calorie dishes can help you achieve), you have come to the
right place.
The recipes in this cookbook range from a low of 120 calories per serving to 350 calories
per serving. Now, that’s not just for a small serving of lean meat or a bowl of veggies . . . that’s
meat and potatoes, one-dish meals, meatless entrées, desserts . . . etc. Get the idea? They
never exceed 350 calories . . . PERIOD!
Calories, if you don’t really pay attention, can escalate—and escalate fast—before you
even realize what’s happening. But who likes being told they can’t have something they want,
such as something substantial and filling—and tasty—for dinner? I certainly don’t.
So I figure out ways to have it and have it “within the boundaries.” That’s MY job . . . to
deliver great tasting recipes within “calorie” boundaries, ones that are fast, high in flavor,
easy, and, by the way, economical!
Are Electric Pressure Cookers Really That Great?
Electric pressure cookers can keep you from using the excuse “but everything’s frozen”
or “I’m out of time” to cook at home. Those excuses will pack in the calories when you call
for delivery or go through a drive-thru. Learn to rely on your pressure cooker instead. For
example, you can . . .
• Start a recipe using frozen vegetables
• Thaw AND cook frozen ground beef and turkey in a matter of minutes
• Cook frozen, solid-as-a-rock boneless skinless chicken breasts in minutes that
are t-e-n-d-e-r and juicy without any stringy, chewy, tough results—seriously
• Cook a dish that normally takes hours in a hot oven, 
or on a back burner that has to be monitored, in a fraction of the time
• Cook dried beans without soaking and serve them in about 35 minutes . . . from dried to table
• Make quick “pressure cooker” croutons and hardboiled eggs to include in a fresh
green salad for a meatless entrée (with the definite promise of easy-peel, zip off shells)
• “Bake” potatoes in a fraction of the time that actually have the same flavor as
those baked in a HOT oven for more than an hour
That’s just a few examples to show that electric pressure cookers really are that great!

Types of Recipes in This Book
The varied recipes here include some protein combinations—some with vegetables, some with
pasta or rice, while others can be served over veggie spirals, sautéed veggies, or riced veggies
as a base—as well as soups, stews, and desserts. No matter what you choose, though, the
calories will not exceed that 350-calorie cap!
There’s a wide range of recipe types—from Mexican, Italian, Asian to Middle Eastern,
Southern, and All-American—that include traditional beef stew to the popular ancient
grain bowls!
The recipes in this book are designed to serve four. I felt there was a definite need to
go that direction with so many smaller households just starting out or downsizing a bit. I
found that the majority of electric pressure cooker cookbooks on the market include recipes
designed to serve more. There are some recipes in this book that serve more than four, but
only those that can freeze successfully so you can have them for another meal down the
road . . . and they are tagged to let you know that.
Simple Ingredients, Short Directions
The electric pressure cooker is designed to make cooking more convenient and quick to help
retain the nutritional benefits of your food, which is great. But I went a step further and did not
include long ingredient lists or complicated, laborious directions.
The ingredients in these recipes are all mainstream and easily available. There are no
special trips to special stores for anything . . . at all!
I’ve written the directions in a way that will make cooking with an Instant Pot or other
electric pressure cooker less intimidating. I was overwhelmed at first (probably like most of
you), so I promised myself I would keep that in mind when writing the directions. Keeping the
recipes simple to follow and even simpler to prep!
Since I don’t know what type of electric pressure cooker you own, I’ve created healthy,
low-calorie recipes to work in any standard electric pressure cooker. So whether you have
the basic model or the “latest and greatest,” you can make these recipes with successful,
delicious, and healthy results!
I’m not taking you into every button on the pressure cooker, because each brand is a
little different. But they all have a Manual button and a Sauté/Browning button of one sort or
another. Since I want to keep things s-i-m-p-l-e, that’s ALL I’m using throughout this book for
your cooking functions . . . the Manual button and the Sauté/Browning button ONLY (and the
Cancel button to switch between the two cooking modes).
I’m keeping this simple for you, so you’ll be able to make these recipes again and again;
after all, isn’t that what it’s all about? I always say, “If a recipe is difficult or time-consuming,
you’ll make it once in a while, (maybe) BUT if it’s easy and fast, you’ll make it . . . and WANT to
make it . . . again and again . . . and THAT is what helps you enjoy staying on a healthy track!!!

Table of Contents

Introduction: 350 Max! 6

Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Healthy and 8
Low-Calorie Pressure Cooking
Sandwiches and Wraps 12
Main-Course Salads 28
One-Dish Suppers 42
Soups and Stews 76
Protein and Vegetable Combination Dinners 96
Sweets and Desserts 110

Acknowledgments 124
About the Author 125
Index 126


First Published in 2018 by The Harvard Common Press, an imprint of
The Quarto Group,
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265-D, Beverly, MA 01915, USA.
T (978) 282-9590 F (978) 283-2742

Text © 2018 Nancy S. Hughes
Digital edition published in 2018

Cover Image: Shutterstock, Fall Apart Pot Roast and Vegetables, page 70
Illustration: Shutterstock

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