Boil it!

Boiling is a great way to cook your veggies without too much effort.  Steaming is very similar but sometimes intimidates at-home cooks because it may require a different pot or insert.  Do not fret.  You can steam very easily without buying anything and using the pots you already have.  The difference between boiling and steaming is immersion.  With boiling, you immerse your veggies vs. steaming, you don’t.  A steamer keeps your vegetables out of the water which keeps more of the nutrients in the vegetables.  With boiling, nutrients get pulled out into the water.  For convenience sake, I like to use the same pot I boil in but only using a fraction of the water.  Put a half to three quarters of an inch of water in a small pot and bring it to a boil.  Put your vegetables in and cover.  Allow to cook for 3 to 5 minutes depending on how much you’re steaming.  You’ll find this method a lot faster than using a steamer.  Another benefit of steaming is minimizing the amount of oil you use in your cooking.  If I cook my protein in olive oil, I like to steam my veggies for a contrasting flavor and texture.  Try boiling or steaming your next batch of veggies.  It’s a healthier choice.

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