It’s safe to say that I rarely take my pressure cooker off of my island counter. If you keep with me, I’ll be sharing plenty of ways to use this awesome appliance. What is a pressure cooker you ask? Mine is an electric pressure cooker and basically it heats the food at a low or high pressure and cooks the food in half the time! Most meats come out soft and juicy, which I must say is very beneficial for my little kids. Really the biggest benefit is awesome creations in half the time.
I am involved in a great Paleo Group and my favorite threads are where we get to talking about food ideas. Someone mentioned pork and greens. This lead to this creation. I threw all of the ingredients into the pressure cooker for 30 minutes and it turned out so amazing!
Here’s what you’ll need for this quick meal:
- 1- 2 or 3 pound Pork Loin
- 1 pound of Turnips, Ends cut off and Skin peeled off.
- 1 or 2 bunches of your favorite greens (i.e. turnip, collard, mustard greens)
- 2 cloves of Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Parsley (or any fresh herbs you like)
- 1 Teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Salt
- 4-6 Cups of Water, Chicken/Bone Broth (Your choice on what you’d like to use. Water works just fine.)
Are you ready for this friends? Here’s what you do. Prepare your vegetables. Make sure to put the metal rack in the bottom of the pressure cooker to make sure that the meat is lifted off and doesn’t burn. Add the water or stock/broth. Fill it up until it touches the top of the wire rack. I say 4-6 cups because it could vary depending on the size of your pot and rack.
To make this easier, I would simply do prep work next to your pot and throw them in as you finish. Throw in your pork loin first. Peel and chop up your turnips into large chunks. Add to the pot. Wash your greens! They can be very gritty if you don’t. Add them and the seasonings. Experiment with the seasonings and use what you like. I just happened to have a bunch of parsley that I dried out.
Secure the lid. Set it to high pressure and 30 minutes. It does take a little while for the pressure cooker to get to pressure so in total this may take 45 minutes…but that’s still a lot faster than a slow cooker and a lot less work than browning and baking…Although if you want to sear it off, it’ll just add more flavor. That’s up to you and what you’re comfortable with.
I can’t stress enough. PLEASE! ***Read your owner manual so that you can SAFELY release the pressure from your pressure cooker!!!*** With mine you can either leave it alone and let it naturally release, or you can quick release by moving the valve. But, please! Know how to use your unit.
I hope you enjoy this quick recipe! This recipe is so good that even our conventional and picky eaters may consider the awesomeness of turnips! I hope if you’re on the fence, or have too much dust on that pressure cooker you received for Christmas or your birthday…whip it out and enjoy some amazing food in half the time and work. Come back next time and see what I can put in this pressure cooker next!
-Ami M. Lee, Real Fast Food Cooking, AIP Friendly, Common Sense Cook