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Under Pressure Menu

Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Under Pressure MenuIn my last post, Top 10 Reasons to Love Your Leftovers, I blogged about how leftovers are the BFF of any busy person wanting to eat healthily.  A pressure cooker (or slow cooker for that matter) is an indispensable tool for the busy cook.  Why?  Because:

  • it’s fantastic for cooking big batches,
  • the recipes that work best in it are usually suitable for freezing,
  • it requires very little supervision while working it’s magic,
  • and the “delay start” and “keep warm” functions give you a lot of flexibility around preparation and serving times.

So for the cook who is short on time and under pressure, here is my Under Pressure Menu, a day’s worth of delectable recipes made in a pressure cooker.  And you can easily adapt them for a slow cooker if you prefer.  All the dishes keep for up to four days in the fridge or you can freeze them for future use.

I hope these recipes spur those of you who have an Instant Pot languishing on your shelf to whip up a batch of yummy chocolate oatmeal, wild rice & mushroom soup or Thai chicken curry.  Feel free to share the recipes with your family and friends.  Better still, I encourage you to recruit two friends and each of you whip up one dish and then swap.  You’ll get three meals for the effort of one!  Sign up here to receive the recipes – it’s time to thrive under pressure!

Under Pressure Menu

Breakfast: Pressure Cooker Chocolate Steel Cut Oats (cacao is a natural mood booster and helps regulate appetite – what better way to start your day?) 

Lunch:  Pressure Cooker Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup (I serve this up with some baby spinach or kale stirred in just before serving – it’s a great way to amp up your intake of dark, leafy greens)

Dinner: Pressure Cooker Thai Chicken and Vegetables (this curry is vibrant with colourful veggies – if you like it spicy like I do, some organic Sriracha, like this one by Simply Natural, is a must)

Join The Nutritional Reset community here to receive this month’s menu today (as well as each month to come)!  And read on for some nutritional tidbits about a few foods featured in the recipes…

A few featured foods

Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Under Pressure Menu


Everyone thinks about oranges when it comes to fighting off colds. But did you know that one cup of chopped red bell peppers contains nearly three times as much immune-boosting vitamin C as a navel orange? Chili peppers are also very high in vitamin C.  And because your body cannot store vitamin C, it is important to get it from the foods you eat.  This Thai Curry is not only delicious, it will support your immune system as well, especially if you dial up the heat by adding chili peppers!


Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Under Pressure MenuMushrooms

Speaking of foods that support your immune system, mushrooms merit mention.  While they may look rather anemic, they are one of the few non-animal sources of immune-boosting vitamin D (if exposed to UV light pre- or post-harvest).  And one serving of cremini mushrooms contains 40% of the RDA of selenium, which enhances your body’s immune response.  If you are under pressure, save time by buying them pre-washed/sliced!



Cooking your own food is the single most impactful step you can take to improve your health and energy!

I hope you enjoy the recipes in my Under Pressure Menu.  Sign up here to receive the download link for this latest Menu of the Month.  And if you want to cook more of your own food but don’t know what to make or have the time to organize your own menus and shopping lists, The Nutritional Reset offers a meal planning service.  It makes preparing tasty, nutritious meals a snap. Click here to find out more.

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