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No longer do you have to slave over a hot oven for hours to get seriously delicious stuffed peppers! All you need is a pressure cooker and 10 minutes! These Pressure Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers are easy, heart healthy and delicious!
Growing up stuffed peppers were a staple in my house. Since we had a huge garden Mom would grow rows upon rows of peppers – green ones, never the good kind like red, orange or yellow. (I hate green ones). It’s a personal thing – to me they taste more bitter or it could simply just be my inner 7-year old acting up because I hated them then so I must hate them now. Anyway, we’d pick our peppers (and now I’m literally citing ‘peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers’ over and over in my head.. nice – and you’re welcome for it being stuck in your head now too). Yeah.. as I was saying, we’d pick the peppers and Mom would set at the kitchen table with 3-4 large roasters set up ready to do their magic. She would stuff pepper after pepper after pepper. There was one point she had so many we couldn’t give them away! Now where Mom’s Stuffed Peppers and mine differ is I love adding tomatoes into mine. They add such a rich flavor to filling plus seriously, all those healthy benefits are a huge bonus for me! Tomatoes fit into my lifestyle perfectly – I want deliciousness and healthy!
Tomatoes are heart healthy. Tomatoes are low in calories, high in fiber, and have many nutrients that are good for your overall health, including: lycopene, folate, potassium and vitamins A, B, C, and E. So what’s that all mean? Lycopene is a natural occurring chemical that gives the tomatoes their red color. It’s a powerful antioxidant that, studies have shown, can help prevent cells from being damage. Additionally it’s been shown that it can help lower cholesterol.
These 15 minute BBQ Jelly drumsticks are a super easy and super delicious thanks to the pressure cooker! You get all the great flavors of bbq’d chicken without ever having to fire up the grill.
So please tell me you’ve joined the Pressure Cooking revolution by now. Perhaps Santa Amazon brought you one for the holidays or your birthday. I’ve been pressure cooking now for the past few years and honestly it’s changed my life and how I cook dinners. Let’s face it, we’re busier now than ever. We work, some times more than one job, if you have kids they have a million and one activities. We have the gym, school, late meetings, RIDICULOUS traffic and it just seems like more responsibilities. Free time is often a luxury rather than a given. At least that’s how my life is. Perhaps that’s why I gravitate so much towards using the pressure cooker. It’s extremely efficient and instead of spending an hour or so on dinner I can have it all done in a quarter of the time which means that’s 45 free minutes I gained. Plus the benefits of the flavor infusion that the pressure cooker imparts on the food – I’ve never had more tender, more flavorful foods.
Now when I post these recipes I’ll get one of 3 responses:
- Oh awesome! I love pressure cooking!
- I have a pressure cooker but am too afraid to use it.
- I am afraid to buy one because I’m not sure if they are safe.
Okay so let me debunk these items – well not number one as we LOVE to read the #1 responses! Go Team Pressure Cooker!
Numbers 2 and 3 – I’m going to lump them into one response as the reason why most people are afraid to use it or are afraid to buy one is because they are unsure about how incredibly safe they are nowadays.
Join team Pressure Cooker and make free time for yourself by cooking dinner in one tonight!
Just 20 minutes is all you need to transform simple pork chops, potatoes and onions into a SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS meal! We’re talking fork tender thick chops, oniony mashed potatoes and a thick, rich pork gravy!
So this dish kinda just ‘happened’. Mr. Fantabulous was at some concert and I had the house all to myself. I had it all planned out for my bachelorette night in. I’d make myself a great dinner, take a bubble batch, shut off my computer and watch chick flicks while lounging in the recliner eating copious amounts of seriously bad food. Unfortunately that didn’t happen quite like that. He had already left to go meet up with his buddy and I started to go make dinner. What I came to find out was when I opened up my fridge that it was bare! I mean we’re talking no milk BUT my loving husband left me the empty container (seriously who does this? Write a friggen note!), no meat, no eggs and no cheese. WTH dude!
Now normally I’d be ok with this but this was MY “date” night with myself and I wanted real food. And what made it worse is that I was already in my lounge clothes (aka no bra!) and was mad I had to get re-dressed and put that damn thing back on just to go to the store. Oh no trust me, I did think twice about just throwing a hoodie on over top of everything and heading to the store in those clothes but with my luck I’d end up as one of those “People of Walmart” memes. And while it’s funny when it’s other people it’s not so funny when it’s you.
Begrudgingly I got re-dressed and went down the hill to my local butcher shop. As I was walking through the meat section I spied some seriously awesome looking thick-cut chops. We’re talking pink with that fat edge just begging to be taken home. So into my buggy it went along with some pepperoni, Italian bread and other snacky stuff. And for snacky stuff equals potato chips and fritos. God I love fritos! When I got home I figured since I was going to make it a junk food kinda night I might as well keep with the theme and make a bacon & pepperoni French bread pizza however I could not take my eyes off of those chops.
It’s funny ever since I came up the BEST WAY TO MAKE CRISPY OVEN “FRIED” wings I’ve been in love with these suckers! I’ve shared with you countless wings recipes throughout the years. Then when I bought my first pressure cooker (Emeril by T-fal CY4000 Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Electric Pressure Cooker) I became addicted to ’em. It’s funny because for decades you couldn’t pay me to eat a wing let alone chicken with bones in it. Oh trust me it was awesome going out on wing night with my friends and Mr. Fantabulous only I was the one ordering something other than wings. OR better yet I’d order wings and use a fork to pick the meat off. God forbid I hit something icky while taking off the meat – yeah I was done and often went hungry. I know, I’m weird.
But slowly I started to appreciate them and realize that meat is often richer and have a more depth of flavor if it’s cooked with the bone. Or as Mr. Fantabulous would say I “suck it up buttercup and put on your big girl panties”! FYI I tried that same tactic with him when it came to telling him to kill the ginormous (when really it was maybe the size of a dime) spider. Yeah I’m pretty sure that I didn’t step in and kill it he was pretty much going to set the house on fire to kill it.
Now if this recipe looks a tad familiar it is. It’s kinda sorta like my Pressure Cookier Asian Sticky Ginger thighs but the ingredients vary slightly. And plus it’s wings. LOL Truth be told he’s odd when it comes to thighs. If we went to say KFC (which has happened maybe 3 times in the bajillion years we’ve been together) he’ll only ever get a breast and to boot he picks off the crispy part. I know, right! Crazy! HOWEVER any time I make thighs he inhales them saying how much he loves them. Yet when I tell him they are thighs he just shakes his head telling me no that I’m mistaken. LOL Ah okay baby.
So Sunday’s in my house was a pot roast kinda day. I can remember getting up super early watching, then eventually helping, Mom make her to-die-for white bread and rolls. She’d then grab 10-15 pounds of chuck roast, throw it into her big pot along with tons of potatoes, carrots, onions and seasonings. She’d then let it cook all day long on the lowest heat. The smell was so rich and inviting that you could literally smell pot roast as you walked up our walkway. Sunday’s were always my favorite day as I loved my Mom’s pot roast. Now granted I’d scoff at eating carrots but I’d end up just mashing them up super small and adding enough butter on them that Paula Deen would be impressed with.
Now even though Mom had whole potatoes in the pot she always made her creamy (and lumpy because that was my favorite and I was Mom’s favorite – regardless of what my siblings said) mashed potatoes. The only downfall of her dish was that it was cooked low and slow ALL DAY LONG. Let’s face it, in today’s world we are ridiculously busy and free time is something we just don’t have that luxury of. Plus if you’re like me you often aren’t home for 8-10 hours straight while the oven is on. I know I’m not. It’s sad as I’m away from my house longer per day than I am in it. It’s the troubles of working really far from the office.
I’d say for the past few years I’ve really grown in my passion for pressure cooking. I conquered that fear Mom put in me that “OMG it’ll explode in your face and you’ll lose an eye” thought she ingrained my brain. One thing I hadn’t tried yet in my pressure cooker was to recreate her phenomenal pot roast recipe but without having to wait all day long for it to cook. However the day had come for me to attempt it because I was so craving it.
All the amazing flavors of Mom’s classic pot roast without having to wait all day for it to slow cook!