4 Tips on Cooking Vegetables

Tips On Cooking Vegetables

You want to eat more vegetables, but you’re looking for different ways to prepare them. Here are some ideas to add variety to your veggie diet.

Tips on cooking vegetables #1: Roasting Veggies
Roasting vegetables is a simple yet flavorful way to prepare them. To prepare roasted vegetables, cut peeled and washed vegetables into similarly sized pieces for even cooking. Next, mix your desired seasonings with canola oil. Finally, toss the vegetables with the oil mixture. Roast in a single layer at 400 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.

You have a lot of flexibility with roasting vegetables. You can roast a pan of single vegetable or experiment with different combinations of vegetables. For starters, try sweet potatoes with salt, pepper, and paprika. Another combination to try is red potatoes, carrots, garlic, salt, pepper, and rosemary.

Tips on cooking vegetables #2:Sautéing Veggies
If you don’t have time to roast vegetables, you’ll find sautéing them quick and delicious. For sautéing, heat a small amount of oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add just enough vegetables make a single layer. (Exception: You can throw in big piles of leafy green vegetables because they’ll shrink.) Toss occasionally to coat with oil and cook until tender. Add salt or another seasoning if desired.

Tips on cooking vegetables #3:Steaming Veggies
Setting your timer is essential when steaming vegetables. You should aim to steam most vegetables for five minutes. Root vegetables and squash are the exceptions. Expect them to take 10 to 20 minutes. Steaming vegetables for longer periods of time usually results in a mushy mess that you won’t want to eat.

Tips on cooking vegetables #4:Cooking Frozen Veggies
Frozen vegetables are budget-friendly and convenient since the washing, chopping, and peeling has been done for you. Also, cooking with frozen vegetables means you’re not limited to in-season vegetables. Steaming and microwaving are the recommended ways to prepare frozen vegetables. You can simmer them, but use the minimum time suggested on the package directions to make sure your vegetables don’t become overcooked. Another drawback is simmering results in more nutrient loss than steaming and microwaving.

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