How To Cook Vegetables?
How To Cook Vegetables? – Vegetables are necessary to our diet. The latest recommendation from dieticians is a minimum of five cups of vegetables per day. The truth is we can get a great deal of our daily vitamin and mineral content from vegetables. We need to ensure that how we cook them does not wash away vitamin contents and benefits of consumption.
Cooking vegetables can be tricky. Over cooking can make vegetables bland and sodden. My belief is that vegetables should never be boiled. Boiling not only robs us of vitamin content, it is the main culprit in turning vegetables to a lifeless, tasteless mass.
If we cannot boil, what are the options?
Steaming vegetables is always a good choice. This will leave vegetables full of life. They will be crisp and colorful. It will also not deplete the vegetables of their vitamin content.
It is a fast way of cooking also. By rule of thumb, vegetables will only need a few minutes in the steam. In some cases you may be able to cook your vegetables on the table and immediately serve them up.
For those who do not have purpose made vegetable steamers, an easy steamer can be fashioned out a of pot, a metal colander, and a pot lid.
Place a small amount of water in the bottom of a given pot. Fit the metal colander into the pot. Start to boil the water. You will begin the see the steam rise. Place your vegetables into the metal colander and place the pot lid over the metal colander and pot. This collection of kitchen items will allow you to steam vegetables as good as any fancy store bought steamer.
Another good option is to cook your vegetables in a wok. The secret to the wok is that it cooks quickly at a very high temperature. Vegetables retain their flavors, textures, and colors with small amount of vitamin loss.
Delicious wok recipe for vegetables is to cook broccoli, carrots, bok choy, and snow peas in a very light chilli sauce. The vegetables remain crisp and the garlic adds just the right amount of flavor. This combination can be served with any cut of meat including chicken, beef, pork, lamb or fish.