There’s really no mystery behind eating healthy. Remember all those things your parents made you try as a child under the guise that they were “good for you”? Guess what: They were good for you! A well-balanced diet is one that’s as rich in protein as it is laden with leafy greens and bright-colored vegetables. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an adult eating 2,000 calories per day should consume 2-and-a-half cups of vegetables each day. While incorporating veggies into breakfast is possible -- think peppers in your scrambled eggs -- we’ll offer suggestions for lunch and dinner here. A side salad at lunch and decent portion of the vegetable of your liking at dinner is about all it takes to reach federal guidelines.
One way to make meeting the recommended daily servings is through the use of a power pressure cooker. These appliances, which are small enough to fit on any kitchen counter, use an air-tight lid to cook with steam. One dish that lends itself perfectly to the use of such a device are Brussels sprouts. We don’t understand the bad rap these little guys got when we were kids. By using a pressure cooker, we think you’ll be changing your tune in no time.
- 1.5 pounds of cleaned Brussels sprouts cut in half
- 6 ounces of sweet soy
- 2 ounces of rice wine
- 2 cloves of thinly-sliced garlic
- 2 tablespoons of canola oil
- 1 tablespoon of white pepper
- Place the inner pot in your pressure cooker. Place the oil in the inner pot. Press “BEANS/LENTIL” button. Add the grape seed oil and garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Place the lid on the cooker, lock lid and switch the pressure valve to “Closed.”
- Press “CANCEL” then press the “FISH/VEGETABLE/STEAM” button to increase the cook time to 5 minutes.
- Once the timer reaches zero, the cooker will automatically switch to “KEEP WARM.” Open the pressure valve.
- When the steam is completely released, remove the lid and press “CANCEL.” Serve once cooled.