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Steamed Veggies

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Here are some basic steps on how to steam vegetables using a a pot and steamer insert. In this example I will use carrots, but you can steam any vegetable in this fashion and get tasty, healthy results every time.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Makes: 2-4 servings

Fresh vegetables


To complete this recipe you will need a cutting board, knife, and a pot with a steamer insert, and lid. You may also need a peeler, depending on your veggie of choice.

Pot with a steamer insert
In this example, we are going to steam some carrots

Rinse, peel if necessary, and cut vegetables into bite-sized pieces.

Place vegetables in the steamer insert.

Add 3 to 5 centimeters of water to the bottom of the pot. The amount of water will depend on the size of the pot and the depth of the steamer insert when in the pot. The goal is to find the balance between too little water and too much. You don’t want so little water that it all evaporates when over the heat but you don’t want so much that the water boils up through the steamer into the veggies. It may take a few tries to find the proper amount of water for your particular steamer insert.

Pot with a steamer insert
The insert sits on top of the pot. When the pot is on the burner, the water being heated will steam which cooks the vegetables that are in the insert

Place the steamer insert with the veggies into the pot. Place the lid on top of the steamer insert and place the pot on high heat on the stove top.

Keep on the heat, stirring occasionally, until the veggies are soft which should take approximately ten to fifteen minutes. If you smell a burning smell while veggies are on the heat, all the water has evaporated.

Once the veggies are soft, remove from the heat and mix in some butter.

From here the veggies are ready to serve or you can add additional seasoning to flavour to your liking. For example, the carrots I used in the photos were seasoned with white pepper and oregano.

Pot with a steamer insert
Steamed veggies make a great side dish

Now that you have the basics down, you might want to try more advanced vegetable recipes like Mixed Vegetable Cups or, perhaps a Vegetable Curry Salad. Enjoy!

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