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RECIPE: Pressure Cook Beans & Rice—Fast!

Some people don’t eat more whole grains because they take too long to cook.

But with a pressure cooker, brown rice is ready in 10 minutes, beans in 20 minutes (and really long cookers like short ribs in 40 minutes).

Start your healthy New Year with a pressure cooker. We love our top-of-the-line Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker, but there are less expensive (and smaller) alternatives like this Presto pressure cooker for $29.99 (we haven’t tested it).

As a rule of thumb, an hour in a conventional pot becomes 20 minutes in a pressure cooker.

With a pressure cooker, there is no need to pre-soak your beans. Hearty and healthy beans ready in 40 minutes are difficult to pass up!


This Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker helps us
eat healthier: beans, brown rice and other
whole grains are a snap.

1. Rinse beans under running water.
2. Add to a pressure cooker and cover with liquid to 2″ above the level of beans. For more flavor, use stock or broth instead of water.
3. Cook for 20 minutes under high pressure.
4. Remove the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for another 20 minutes or so, stirring and testing occasionally. Depending on the the beans, they may be finished well before 20 minutes, so keep checking until you reach your desired texture.
5. Drain, season and serve.


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