Techniques for Healthy Cooking – Steaming
Steaming is very healthy and flavourful way to cook. It is especially good for cooking fresh vegetables. You can purchase a special steamer that plugs into the wall or you can convert an ordinary pan into a steamer by inserting a special steaming basket made of metal or bamboo.
With steaming, you just add add some water to the pan, then add the steaming basket. Your veggies go on top of the basket so that the water doesn’t actually cover the vegetables or even touch them. You’ll then need to put a lid on your pot to keep the steam in.
As you heat the water at the bottom of the pan, it creates steam that will surround the food and cook it. If you are using a pan on the stove top you need to be very careful that the water doesn’t boil away and burn your pot. Put enough water in and keep watching to ensure that it doesn’t boil dry. Low to medium heat is high enough for steaming.
Some of my favourite foods to steam are carrots, broccoli, asparagus, and green or yellow string beans.
Steaming adds no extra calories to your food, which is great for anyone who is trying to lose weight or just be more healthy. It also doesn’t take a long time and it’s one of the best ways you can cook to preserve the nutrients and colour in your food.
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