Preparing pressure cooker meals is becoming huge within the plant-based community. A good quality pressure cooker, like the reliable Instant Pot, provides easy access to meal variety and, for once, simple meal preparation. Often, one of the biggest struggles for people adopting a whole food, plant-based diet is not only learning how to cook, but increasingly the frequency of meals cooked. For people who are retired, this may not to a problem, but for those of us working full-time jobs and handling other responsibilities (like raising children), making time to cook if it is not a hobby or passion can be tough.
To help you jump start your pressure cooking, I thought I would put together a small list of vegan-friendly pressure cooker recipe books. I have not used all of these, but have read a number of reviews and can see the great response to many of them online like in conversation with some members of the McDougall Friend's Facebook group.
Maybe you have some different cookbooks that you would suggest? We'd love to hear your input in the comments at the end of this article!
Five Simple Vegan Pressure Cooking Recipe Books
1. Vegan Under Pressure: Perfect Vegan Meals Made Quick and Easy in Your Pressure Cooker. The first time I was exposed to Vegan Under Pressure was when I received a free promotional copy to give away as a part of the Plant-Smart Living Giveaway #2 earlier this year. The giveaway was a great success, and I found this recipe book to actually be very valuable. Easy explanations and directions and diverse range of foods ranging from simple to more complex recipes made it really a great starting point for just about everyone. The photography and illustrations really added some substantial value to the book, and it makes a great piece to leave out on the coffee table. Even non-vegans would probably see a few meals they would enjoy!
2. The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes. One thing I hear over and over again from the vegan community is how food prep and cooking can take a long time and be complicated. I know for myself, I don't usually care to spend hours and hours in the kitchen each day. Even if I wanted to, it is impossible with a busy work schedule and other responsibilities.
The New Fast Food provides some simple pressure cooked meals that basically prepare themselves in the pressure cooker. This is one of the biggest draws to a pressure cooker for me - once you chop up the veggies, grains, fruits, or whatever you are making and add to the cooker with some water or broth, the device makes the food for you.
Personally, I really like the idea of redefining "fast food" as it is so often entwined with McDonald's hamburgers and fries that it is nice to see healthy fast food alternatives.
3. Vegan Pressure Cooking: Delicious Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutes. The core of pressure cooking is about making food preparation easier and quicker. This particular book is unique, though somewhat misleading - but not necessarily in a bad way depending on what you are looking for.
Vegan Pressure Cooking provides recipes that utilize a pressure cooker - but not always for the full extent of the meal. For example, some recipes use the pressure cooker as a prep tool, but then items are removed and baked in an oven. In the least, this is not always "pure" pressure cooking simplicity and as a result some recipes can take more time than initially thought. With that said, there are some great pressure cooker only recipes worth checking out too like the Oat, Amaranth, and Carrot Porridge.
4. Epic Vegan Instant Pot Cooking: Simple Oil-Free Instant Pot Vegan Recipes For Lazy F@cks. The unnecessarily vulgar title aside - Epic Vegan Instant Pot Cooking is a great starting point for those who have adopted a whole food, plant-based lifestyle with no oil. This can be a difficult diet to get right or perfect, as so many foods we are accustomed too include dairy, meats, fatty oils, etc.
The fundamental idea behind Epic Vegan Instant Pot Cooking is simply about making cooking accessible to those who don't care to cook at all. There are 30 savory recipes included, as well as some additional content such as the 7 day Instant Pot challenge. A real value added for me is the instructions are designed around using the Instant Pot brand of pressure cookers, which so many people have purchased and continue to buy for the quality. Given that I have one myself, it compliments this powerful kitchen appliance.
5. The Best Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook: 45 Simple and Delicious Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Recipes for Vegans. The last pressure cooker cookbook for this list is The Best Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook. Like the Epic Vegan Instant Pot Cooking book, this is a great compliment to the IP specifically. There appear to be some great vegan recipes on display here - though be warned there is some spelling and grammar problems that have been pointed out by some reviewers. With this said, well worth checking out, especially if you are looking at the Kindle/eBook version as it is available for free with a trial usage of Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program.
Using a pressure cooker has really helped to change my life in the kitchen. The initial struggle of adopting a plant-based diet was made much easier by this device. For those looking to really add some diversity to the food you are eating, following some of the recipes provided in these vegan-approved pressure cooking cookbooks will really help you find what you are looking for! The best part I've learned is that you don't have to be a chef to make great vegan meals.
If you are new to the lifestyle and have never used a pressure cooker before, you should consider picking up an inexpensive Instant Pot cooker and a few of these cookbooks to help you jumpstart. We are continuing to expand our pressure cooker tutorials to help you get the most out of your cooker, too!