Tried & Trued Revamp on Veggies


By: Nikki Nies

Often times it’s easy to figure out what carb or protein is going to be prepared for your next dinner.  However, veggies can be harder to be creative with and are commonly placed on the table as an after thought to meet the veggie “quota” of the day. steamer-pieces

While steaming is by no means a new technique to cook vegetables, it’s a great way to mix cooking styles, keeping nutrients, flavor and texture  intact, .  The best thing about steaming is you can walk away from the stove and let the vegetables do their own thing.

Quick Tips:

Steaming Vegetables Steaming Times
Asparagus 5-8 minutes
Broccoli Stalks 7 minutes; florets 5 minutes
Carrots 10-15 minutes depending on size
Cauliflower Stalks for 7 minutes; florets 5 minutes; whole head 15-25 minutes
Corn on the cob 8-10 minutes
Green Beans 4-6 minutes
Potatoes Cubed 10-15 minutes
Spinach 2-3 minutes
  • Sprinkle fresh herbs (i.e. thyme, parsley or dill) over steaming veggies
  • Add sliced or chopped garlic or ginger to winter squash or green leafy vegetables
  • Add soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar or any other vinegar to steaming vegetables
  • Prior to steaming, toss vegetables in olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Add slices of lemon or lemon zest to broccoli, green beans or summer squash

Check out the above video on step by step tips for the best steamed veggies!  Get steaming!

Sources: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=whfkitqa&dbid=53

http://www.thekitchn.com/eight-ways-to-perk-up-steamed-73707

http://www.southbeachdiet.com/diet/how-to-steam-vegetables

http://www.thekitchn.com/eight-ways-to-perk-up-steamed-73707

http://mideastfood.about.com/od/tipsandtechniques/a/steaming.htm

http://www.maangchi.com/kitchenware/stainless-steel-steamer

http://www.enjoy-how-to-cook.com/how-to-steam-vegetables.html

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