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Making steamed vegetables varied and interesting

Looking for lots of novel ways to make steamed vegetables more interesting without adding more than a few calories. I have a friend on a draconian diet. Your favorites?

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asked over 3 years ago
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Kristen Miglore

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added over 3 years ago

You could add wine, herbs, or other aromatics to the liquid (or the vegetables). My aunt taught me to steam thin carrot sticks under a blanket of sliced basil -- it's lovely.

added over 3 years ago

Cider vinegar, garlic, and chile flakes with steamed sweet potatoes/other sweet vegetable and kale is a favorite of mine. Vinegar or acids in general will brighten up lots of otherwise sad vegetables.


Sam is a trusted home cook.

added over 3 years ago

Tofu mashed to mayo consistency and mixed with prepared wasabi is good on top of steamed broccoli.


QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

added over 3 years ago

I like using balsamic reduction. It is easy to make and goes a long way with some freshly ground black pepper. Put the balsamico in a small skillet or sauce pan, and bring to boil over medium heat. Lower the heat and simmer until reduced to about a third of the original volume. (The reduction will thicken some more as it cools.)


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added over 3 years ago

Thanks, I like all the suggestions. My friend loves basil, and I'm betting that the "basil blanket" will get wide use. I hadn't thought about tofu "mayo," and that's going to be a fun project. But all the suggestions are great, along with a bunch of others I've accumulated--sliced ginger on the bottom of the steamer, soy sauce in the steaming water, splashes of vinegars. Thanks again.