Healthy Cooking Tip!
One of the reasons we cook our foods is because we can! As a species, we have mastered the use of fire to warm the foods we eat, and most of us like the results. We enjoy the expanded palette of flavors, textures, and aromas. Unfortunately, many of us never learned how to cook healthfully, and precious nutrients are easily destroyed in prolonged cooking times, high temperatures, and immersing our fresh produce in boiling water. One healthy cooking tip is to invest in a steamer basket and a timer. Place enough water in the bottom of the pot just below the point where the steamer hits the water. Bring the water to a boil, and THEN add your freshly cut vegetables, like broccoli, summer squash, and green beans. Continue boiling the water for 5 minutes only. Be sure to set your timer so you don’t forget! Remove the vegetables from the pot.
You will notice that they still retain their bright colors, and they taste great. Top with a Mediterranean-style dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and a bit of garlic or other seasoning, and enjoy a nutrient rich, beautiful, and delicious side dish. What a great way to get great taste and eat healthfully at the same time!