Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese (that's lactose- & gluten-free!!)

I love my electric pressure cooker! You may have heard me say this before but... I cannot say it enough. One reason: Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese!

Let's get right to the recipe!


12 ounces brown rice pasta
3 1/4 cups rice milk (plus a few extra ounces)
2 Tablespoons ghee*
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
a few shakes of mustard powder
1-2 cups frozen broccoli or cauliflower
2 ounces grated parmigiano reggiano*
6 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese*

*Ghee is butter that has been clarified so that no dairy remains (just that wonderfully buttery, fat taste!); true parmigiano reggiano cheese (NOT parmesan!) is naturally lactose-free due to the aging process; aged, sharp cheddar cheese is also naturally lactose-free! Good to know!

The recipe:

Begin by placing uncooked pasta, rice milk, ghee, sea salt, onion powder, mustard powder and frozen broccoli/cauliflower into an electric pressure cooker. Close the lid so that it is airtight. Set the pressure cooker to 4 minutes-- yes, that's right, just 4 minutes!-- on high setting. Wait for the pressure cooker to work it's magic which will take approximately 10 minutes to build pressure and then 4 minutes of cooking time. When the cooking is done, give your cooker a few minutes to depressurize before opening the valve. When you get impatient enough, go ahead an open the lid. Mix in cheeses until fully melted. Add those few extra ounces of rice milk if you think it deserves a creamier consistency. That's it! Now you're done!

Not only is this pressure cooker mac and cheese lactose- and gluten-free, this stuff is also super healthy guys! No preservatives. No additives. No unnecessary chemicals. Just cheesy, yummy goodness!

Note: Don't have a pressure cooker? Well of course I recommend you get one! However, don't let that discourage you from trying this recipe. Try cooking the pasta in the rice milk on the stove-top, warm the frozen veggies up too. When pasta is cooked, mix all ingredients together and then let me know how it turned out!   ;-)

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