Product Showcase: Food Steamer
Delicously steamed veggies often play center stage in many of my meals. And after talking to a lot of clients, I realized that many of you are cooking veggies in a pot. Stop! Pot cooked veggies deplete many of the precious vitamins and minerals and leave your veggies soggy and overcooked. Ugh.
I highly recommend buying an affordable food steamer. Mine practically stays on my kitchen counter we use it so much. It’s awesome for perfectly cooking broccoli, green beans, asparagus, sweet potatoes, you name it! I often give my veggies a light steam, then transfer to a pan with a bit of olive oil and crushed black pepper for a bit of flavor.
I googled steamer options and found what looks like a fantastic and highly affordable option at Target. Check it out.
Here is a recipe created by yours truly for deliciously steamed green beans.
Marci’s Nutritious & Delicious Zesty Lime Green Beans
Olive Oil (couple of tsp.)
Fresh lime juice (couple of squeezes)
Freshly minced garlic (1 clove)
Crushed red pepper (to taste)
Crushed black pepper (to taste)
Steam green beans to desired consistency (10-15 min.)
Heat remaining ingredients in a pan for 30 sec. over medium heat
Place steamed beans in pan and saute on high for a couple of minutes.
Serve hot and ENJOY!
Marci Anderson, Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist
hey there – i love my steamer but i’ve never thought to cook up the veggies afterwards to add more flavor. thanks for the suggestion. i haven’t ever used my steamer for sweet potatoes though, ooo and i love me some sweet potatoes. do i just peel, dice and steam?
I recently learned that sweet potatoes have a much higher water content then regular old baking potatoes. So you can cook them in a pan with a little bit of liquid (like I did for the fabulous Coconut Milk Sweet Potato recipe I posted during the holidays) or steam them and they come out quite well. Good luck! Click on this link for the Sweet Potato recipe: http://www.marcie.sg-host.com/_blog/blog/post/The_BEST_Sweet_Potatoes_Ever/
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