New cookware trend combines pressure cooking and microwaving for tasty, nutritious meals

A Swiss-designed innovation for fast and easy home cooked meals, the Duromatic Micro Microwave Pressure Cooker from Kuhn Rikon, combines pressure cooking and microwaving for a new way to cook. Pressure cooking reduces cooking times by up to 70 percent, and microwaving takes about a half or a third of the time it would take on the stove, so the combination of the two is unbeatable for speed.

There are also nutritional benefits. Speed cooking is regarded as the best cooking method for preserving vitamins and minerals, in addition to taste and texture. The Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Micro, winner of the International Housewares Association Global Innovation Award for product excellence, comes with a book of 40 recipes, such as Chili Con Carne, Moroccan Chicken, Caponata Siciliana, Nutella Chocolate Bake and more.

Midwest Mac-n-Cheese

4 servings

Prep: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 6 minutes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups elbow pasta

4 cups water (enough to cover pasta)

1 tablespoon salt

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 cup Swiss cheese, shredded

1/2 cup whole milk

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In base of Micro Cooker, add pasta before covering with salted water. Cover the cooker with the lid and lock. Place in microwave and set cooking time for 6 minutes.

After cooking time has passed, remove cooker from microwave and use the Natural Release Method. After about 2-3 minutes, check to see if the pressure reduced fully. Once the pressure indicator shows no more pressure, unlock and remove lid. Strain pasta, after all liquid has been removed from the base of the cooker, pour pasta back in.

Next add the shredded cheddar, Swiss cheese, milk, cream and bread crumbs before seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well to combine. If a thinner consistency is desired, add some water and mix before serving.

Frittata

4 Servings

Prep: 6 minutes

Cooking time: 6 minutes

Ingredients:

8 eggs, whisked

1/2 cup milk

1 cup ham, fully cooked and cubed

3/4 cup onion, diced

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

2 cups spinach

2 Roma tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut

1 cup cheese of your choice, shredded

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In the base of the Micro Cooker, whisk together eggs and milk lightly. Add ham, onion, mushrooms, spinach, tomato and cheese before mixing again lightly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lock Micro Cooker lid onto the base and place in microwave. Set cooking time for 6 minutes.

After the cooking time has passed, allow pressure to reduce using the Natural Release Method. After 2-3 minutes, check to see if the pressure reduced fully. Once the pressure indicator shows no more pressure, unlock and remove lid. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


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