Steamed vegetables: easy to do with a handy steamer

Steamed vegetables supposedly are healthier for us because important nutrients don’t have as much chance to leach out during steaming as they do during heavy boiling. I also find steaming a relatively quick and easy way to prepare the increased amount of veggies I’ve been eating since my angioplasty-induced low-fat, low-salt, low-sugar diet.

A steamer is a must-have kitchen appliance for doing veggies quick and easily. We have two, a smaller steamer for everyday meals and a larger one when we’re cooking ahead or preparing food for guests.

I bought this steamer at a church rummage sale and it works great. I use it almost nightly.
I bought this steamer at a church rummage sale and it works great. I use it almost nightly.

Steaming is simple as you can see in the photos I’ve posted here. The bottom of the steamer is filled with a small amount of water and a plastic plate goes over it. A see-through plastic basket is where you place the veggies. For broccoli, for example, cut off the stems and trim as you like. Put them in the basket, rinse them off a bit, and then cover and set the timer to whatever cooking time your particular steamer recommends. Continue reading “Steamed vegetables: easy to do with a handy steamer”

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