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High Pressure, Slow Cooking – Not at Work, but in the Kitchen (Part 1 of 3)

June 4th, 2010 by – Marijke Durning

Nurses are people whose jobs are about promoting good health. As we try to teach our patients good health habits and the importance of complying with medication and treatment protocols, we know how living a healthy lifestyle is important to living well. But how many times have you seen a nurse deliver the message, but not live the message? Or maybe, that’s you?

Exercise and nutrition seem to be the biggest bugaboos when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It may start as early as when we’re nursing students, studying, working, and keeping odd hours as we try to live life at the same time. And it crosses all lines, whether we’re a certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or registered nurse (RN). It’s the shift work, the odd hours and the stressful work environment that can play havoc on how we treat our own body.

But eating well doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. If you have one – or both – of two simple kitchen must-haves – you can make life and dinnertime much, much easier for you and your family.

Slow Cookers and Pressure Cookers

The slow cooker (or crockpot) and pressure cooker are making a big comeback in today’s kitchens. Crockpots are very popular because of the diversity of food that can be prepared. And, while many people are hesitant of using pressure cookers, the new generation of pressure cookers is not your grandmother’s pressure cooker. They are fool-proof and idiot-proof, making it so they won’t explode, coating the ceiling with colorful beets or beans.

By planning ahead to have the right ingredients on hand and by using your appliances, either the slow cooker or pressure cooker, you can make full meals with just a few additions to throw together, like a salad.

So, stay tuned next week for parts two and three, where we’ll talk about ways to use the appliances and the best types of recipes to use.

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