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How To Steam Vegetables

Posted On: February 4, 2015

Little effort but maximum nutritional benefit? Sign us up! Steaming your vegetables is a great way to quickly add a serving of greens to your plate. It adds a variety of vitamins and nutrients to any meal and can be dressed up or down.

Step One

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Gather your equipment! You’ll need a steamer (of course). In this case we used a collapsible strainer insert. You can find these in most grocery or speciality stores. We opened up our vegetables and filled a pan with about an inch of water.

Step Two

Place the pan on a stove and insert the steamer. The water should not go past the bottom of the steamer. Turn the heat to medium high and bring to a boil.

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Step Three

Once the water has boiled, drop the vegetables into the basket. Reduce the heat to medium and cover. We let our veggies steam for about 5 minutes, but checked them at about minute 3 to make sure we were on track.

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Step Four

You will know that your veggies are finished when they are tender enough to easily pierce with a knife. Harder vegetables, like carrots, will take longer to steam than softer veggies, like broccoli.

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Step Five

Remove from the stove top and serve immediately. Toss with butter or your choice of oil, add to a salad, use it as a side – the possibilities are endless!

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