Cooking, Cooking Methods, Useful Links, Vegetables

Steamin’

April 16, 2012

You may remember that I told you about how much I loved steamed vegetables in yesterday’s post. And because I personally believe that this is a great method of preparing vegetables I thought I’d do a post on how we steam our vegetables and what we do post-steaming because that’s when the the real fun begins.

So, let me introduce you to my buddy The Steam Machine:

This is where the magic happens. When we first started steaming our vegetables we had a smaller machine but it didn’t take us long to realize that as a family of six we’d need to upgrade to a bigger machine. For some reason my favorite part of the whole process, except for eating the vegetables, is opening the steamer and letting out the steam which is filled with a vegetable-y scent!

I love steamed vegetables because they are always perfectly cooked: still a little crunchy on the inside and perfectly flavorful all around. I know a lot of people think that steamed vegetables can taste bland but if you cook them right then you will be amazed by their flavor. 15 minutes is all is all it takes.

My personal favorite is steamed carrots, but you can steam anything you like. Examples below include broccoli, brussels sprouts and green beans. We sometimes even steam potatoes. And there’s so much more too explore! We all know that steaming is a very healthy method as the food loses less nutrients than by boiling, for instance. And let’s be honest: the reason why we’re eating veggies is to benefit from their nutrients, right? And because they are yummy! Another bonus is the beautiful bright color!

After steaming the vegetables we like to enhance the flavor a little by seasoning with herbs. We always use dill with the carrots and add herbamare to broccoli, green beans and brussels sprouts. Yesterday my mom added a dollop of sour cream to the carrots which took the taste to an entirely different level on the deliciousness scale. You can get really creative with lots of different herbs, chilli and pepper.

And if you’re really interested here are a couple of links that offer information about steaming:

Steaming Vegetables and Shrimp

Boiled Vegetables vs. Steamed Vegetables

Stovetop and Microwave Steaming

Do you ever steam your food? What method do you you use and how do you season the vegetables?

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3 Comments

  • Reply Healthiful Balance April 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I dont have a steam machine or anything like that so yeah..
    I think steaming veggies is a great idea, though! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your method.

  • Reply Clair April 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I loooove steamed veggies, but I had no idea steam machines existed!! I want one so badly now. =)

  • Reply Mandiee April 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Woah, your steam machine is awesome! I do a crazy amount of steaming, too. It’s definitely my favorite way to eat veggies because it preserves their nutrients and natural flavor. No need for oil or anything crazy: just veggies, just the way I like them.

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