I know you probably think that I’m super organized and I’m always prepared for meal times since I work from home, however nothing could be further from the truth! Even when I post pics of delicious looking meals like my Low Carb Pressure Cooker Pork Roast with Mushroom Gravy, I’m just like you and although I spend my work days at home and mostly in our kitchen, many days dinner time sneaks up on me too! Today it’s nearly 2 pm (we typically eat dinner early, around 4 pm) and I realized that I have NO IDEA what I’m making for dinner, no meat is thawed and very limited fresh vegetable options – and No, I’m NOT going to the grocery store. And to make matters even worse, I’m still swamped with work do to in preparation for my first published cookbook’s early release.
Most times when you’re short on time, the most practical thing to do is find something that thaws and cooks quickly, right? But for me, not so much. When I went searching in the freezer, I got my heart set on making a pork roast.
Yes, I’m making a 3 pound, frozen solid, pork roast for dinner tonight with less than 2 hours before we will sit down to eat — when you have a pressure cooker these last minute meals are no big deal. Perhaps the best feature of pressure cooking is that you CAN start with completely frozen meat and it will still turn out juicy & tender. Of course pressure cooking frozen meat adds to the cooking time, but no more than you would if you had to thaw it out before cooking.
If you haven’t gotten on the pressure cooking bandwagon, trust me you’ll love it. I have several pressure cookers, ranging in styles and sizes, however I recommend the new electric multi-cookers that feature a pressure cooking option in addition to doing a bunch of other things like slow cooking, yogurt maker, etc. I use a GoWise USA 6 Quart, 8 in 1 Multi-Cooker, I tested several similar brands and found it to be the most efficient & least expensive (at roughly $80 including shipping) – yes I recommend it over the popular InstantPot, which in my tests took roughly 10% longer to come up to pressure which makes it easy to over cook food.
For those of you whom are new to pressure cooking and are apprehensive because of the old-timer stories of explosions and such, there is absolutely no reason to have any concern with these. They are basically fool-proof with their safety locks, the only key is to always make sure you use enough water and don’t over fill them but still they have safety shut off features to protect you even if you make a mistake. You can’t even open them until they are safely depressurized, unlike the old fashioned stove top units I’ve been using for the past 17 years.
Not only did I want tender & delicious pork roast for dinner that cooked quickly, but I wanted comfort food.. Pork Roast & Gravy.. but of course it had to be low carb & dairy free. I used the same idea for my healthy gravy as I used in my Perfect Roast Chicken with Roasted Vegetable Gravy; layering cauliflower, celery, onion & garlic in the bottom of my pressure cooker, then adding water and my frozen pork roast, seasoning everything generously with sea salt & pepper.
The vegetable will become completely cooked and when blended with the left over liquid will make the most delicious and healthy gravy which I like to add sautéed portabella mushrooms!
That’s it. Isn’t that easy?!?!
Oh, yes and when you start with a frozen roast, you’ll still have dinner on the table in less than 2 hours, with 90+ minutes of passive cooking time that you can use to help the kids with homework or take some time to relax!