8 healthy ways to add flavor to steamed vegetables
In our opinion steamed in-season vegetables taste perfectly wonderful just the way that they are. Unfortunately other members of our families do not share this assessment. It is often a chore to get our children (or spouses) to eat them at all let alone choose them over some other sugary unhealthily snack. Like many we have often resorted to enhancing them with butter, cheese or salad dressing just to get a second look. (Inevitably someone in the house ends up smothering them with one or more of these begging the question, “Would you like some vegetables with your dressing?”)
This seems to defeat the entire purpose of choosing the veggies in the first place. So, To avoid such catastrophes we have compiled a list of eight things you can add to your steamer to bring out the wow in healthy treat.
- Fresh herbs. Sprinkle chopped herbs such as parsley, thyme, or dill over steaming vegetables.
- Garlic. Add sliced or chopped garlic to winter squash or leafy greens like kale.
- Ginger. Place thinly sliced ginger at the bottom of the steaming basket and cover with carrots or other winter roots.
- Lemon. Add a few slices of lemon or lemon zest to vegetables like broccoli, green beans, and summer squash. You can also add lemon juice to the steaming water.
- Olive oil. Before steaming, toss vegetables in olive oil, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
- Sesame oil. Toss Asian vegetables such as bok choy and broccoli rabe with sesame oil, salt or soy sauce, and white pepper before steaming.
- Soy sauce. Add a couple of tablespoons of soy sauce to the steaming water.
- Vinegar. Add a splash of balsamic, red wine, or other vinegar to steaming vegetables.
Editor’s Note: All of these ingredients can also be used to dress vegetables after they have been steamed. (Garlic or ginger should be sautéed in some olive oil until fragrant.) Another good topping for vegetables after they have been steamed is sesame salt, or gomasio.