Most of the time, I do not get fancy with vegetables. I like to lightly steam them then add a little olive oil, salt, and onion and garlic pepper. We really dislike overcooked vegetables. Besides the fact that they lose nutrients as they cook, they get mushy!
I have a problem, though. I get busy with other parts of dinner and forget about my steaming vegetables. I have a few solutions.
Vegetable Cooking Tips
- Set a timer. I don’t steam my vegetables for an exact amount of time, just until they are the right tenderness when stuck with a fork. Setting a timer helps me to not forget about them, though. I set it for a minute or two less than I think is needed. That way I’m paying attention at the end of the cooking time.
- When the vegetables are going to be ready before everything is ready for us to sit down and eat, I remove them from the heat before they are done. I drain the water and keep them covered to stay warm, but I know they will continue cooking a little. Undercooking them means they’ll be just right when we’re ready to eat.
- If I do overcook the the veggies a little, I drain them, then run a little cold water over them. Not enough to make them cold, but enough to keep them from cooking more.
What are you vegetable cooking tips?
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