Do you have trouble when it comes to healthy cooking for your loved ones? When it comes to cooking healthy meals for our families, it can be a real challenge
Whenever we get too busy or stressed, we all tend to make poor food choices that will actually increase stress and cause other problems.
To get the most of your healthy cooking and avoid stress, start following these simple cooking tips:
4 Tips for Healthy Cooking You Can Use Today Plus Your Bonus Recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Healthy cooking is difficult for most people simply because they don’t want to or have time to spend planning and preparing meals.
At the same time, we know it’s important to eat healthy so we feel obligated to learn new and improved ways of cooking healthy foods that everyone will enjoy
With weight and nutrition being the underlying cause of so many health conditions it’s impossible to ignore the importance of not only eating healthy ourselves but also teaching our loved ones the importance of doing the same thing.
Tip 1: Cooking Healthy On a Budget!
Some argue that cooking healthy food costs more than the so called good for you prepackaged foods that are full of calories and harmful additives.
The truth of the matter is when you compare the costs with the medical bills associated with poor health, they seem rather slight by comparison.
Yes, good food costs more. But, this is a simple fact of life, especially when you are on a strict budget.
However, by learning portion control you just may discover that you are actually spending less as you adjust to a healthier diet and a more active lifestyle.
One way to insure that your loved ones are in fact eating healthy is to make sure that you are cooking healthy family meals.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the occasional splurge or even that you shouldn’t. The key to cooking healthy is learning to control portions and understanding the importance of moderation.
Tip 2: How Do I Change Unhealthy Cooking Habits to Healthy?
When it comes to including healthy cooking habits into our daily routines, there are more resources available than ever before to help keep you on track.
You can seek the services of a professional nutritionist and your doctor can help.
By getting the help you want for cooking healthy and nutritious foods for your family, you will be assured your loved ones have healthy eating habits.
Tip 3: Where Do I Find Healthy Cooking Recipes:
There are numerous books and magazines filled with recipes that encourage healthy cooking and eating habits. You can also find all kinds of healthy eating and cooking tips online.
If you truly love to cook, then there is no shortage of healthy recipes that you can try. The really good news is that you can incorporate healthy cooking into your daily routine whether you are cooking for one or a household of ten.
Instant pots make this incredibly easy! In fact, most people I know are cooking healthy recipes with their instant pots because they don’t want to spend all the day in the kitchen.
Tip 4: Lifetime Changes for Healthy Cooking!
Cooking healthy isn’t an overnight change; it’s a lifestyle change that should be realized gradually over time.
You don’t have to go into your kitchen and throw out every little thing that you deem ‘unhealthy’.
Instead, just avoid the temptation to purchase more of these items once they’ve been used.
Eating Healthy – Make the Right Choice When You Cook
Make wiser decisions such as cooking foods with less calories, fat, cholesterol, salt and sugar. Also, prepare more fruits and vegetables and use less processed foods.
Soon you will discover that you’ve made an essential step in the process of including healthy cooking and eating habits in your home.
And, before you know it, you’ll realize that you have more energy and a better sense of overall health than you would have imagined.
Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup with Chicken Recipe – Enjoy Cooking Healthy Tonight!
- 5 slices Bacon, chopped
- 1 med Onion, chopped
- 2 large Carrots, chopped (2 cups)
- 3 ribs Celery, chopped (2 cups)
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1/2 tsp Thyme, dried
- 3 large cloves Garlic, pressed or minced
- 4 cups Chicken Broth, low sodium
- 8 oz Mushrooms, sliced
- 1 sprig Rosemary, fresh
- 1 cup Wild Rice, rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream, divided in half (or half and half)
- 2 tsp Kosher Salt (or 1 1/2 tsp table salt)
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 2 Chicken Breasts, uncut (skinless/boneless)
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 3/4 cup Heavy Cream (from the divided heavy cream above)
- Turn the pot on to Sauté. Add the bacon pieces and cook, stirring occasionally, until mostly done. If you use a leaner bacon, leave the fat in. If there is more that 1 Tbsp of fat, spoon it out, leaving 1 Tbsp.
- Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Stir and cook a couple of minutes.
- Add the butter, bay leaf, and thyme. Cook for a couple of minutes.
- Add the garlic and stir it in, cooking for 1 minute.
- Pour in the broth and stir it well.
- Add the mushrooms, rosemary, rice. Stir.
- Add 3/4 cup of heavy cream, salt, and pepper, then stir. You can use half and half instead of heavy cream, if you want (if you want to use milk, add it after pressure cooking as it will not cook well. Heavy cream or half and half tolerate pressure cooking).
- Add the chicken breasts, and submerge them in the broth.
Now, Time to Finish Cooking Your Wild Rice Soup
- Put the lid on the pot and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position. Then cancel the Sauté setting. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial. Then press the + or – button or dial to select 35 minutes. High pressure.
- When the cooking cycle is finished, let the pot sit undisturbed for 15 minutes (15 minute Natural Release).
CAUTION; Be Extra Careful With This Step…
- Then Manually release the remaining steam/pressure, carefully, using a controlled Quick Release (A controlled quick release is when you open the valve a little at a time to be sure no soup/sauce is going to spew out along with the steam when you release it.
- By starting out slowly and releasing the steam in bursts, you can avoid the mess! use a wooden spoon handle, or silicone oven mitts to avoid a steam burn.).
- When the pin in the lid drops down, open it up and carefully remove the chicken to a bowl.
- Mix the flour and remaining 3/4 cup of heavy cream together very well, and stir into the hot soup.
- Shred the chicken and add it back into the soup. Let sit for a few minutes to thicken.
Serve hot. Even better the next day! – Recipe by Sandy Clifton
And, by the way, just in case you don’t have an instant pot but you do have a slow cooker, I’ve compiled a collection of 35 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes that will give you a choice of preparing a healthy meal for your family and friends when they come over for an evening good food and good company.
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