Honestly, I don’t understand when people say, “I don’t like vegetables.”
Like vegetables are a whole group of unappealing foods or something… and they’re all the same.
But in my opinion vegetables are some of the best things EVER. Especially when they come from your own garden or from a local farmer. They are so fresh and delicious, flavorful and crisp!
Oh wait… flavorful and crisp. Maybe THAT’s why people “don’t like vegetables.” They have only had improperly cooked veggies and/or canned ones — bland and mushy. If you can’t get fresh veggies, frozen is the next best thing. And if you overcook your vegetables, you may as well be eating wet sponges. Gross!
So the lesson here is cook your vegetables properly! Steamed broccoli, for example, should NOT be squishy. You should be able to bite it with your teeth and have it actually break, not rip and leave strings behind. My dad’s rule, which works quiet well, is that when you begin to be able to smell the vegetable it’s done cooking.
So here we go!
Step 1: Cut the florets off of the stem. They don’t have to be the same size as each other, but they should be small enough to be a comfortable bite. No one wants to have to cut their broccoli once it’s on their plate.
Step 2: Rinse the broccoli, just in case there’s anything you don’t want to eat on it. Don’t worry about trying to get all of the water out; you need a bit of water for the broccoli to steam!
Step 3: Place broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl or casserole dish, and cover. This dish has a lid which is convenient, but you can use saran wrap or something. If you’re afraid there isn’t enough water on the broccoli, you can add a couple tablespoons of water to the container.
Step 4: Microwave UNTIL YOU CAN SMELL THE BROCCOLI. This usually takes about 6 minutes in modern microwaves. Since I got my microwave off Craigslist 2 years ago, and it’s probably about 8 years old, mine takes 8-10 minutes to cook.
See how it’s just a bit darker green and a bit less opaque? That’s perfect. It’s still structured, crispy, and flavorful.
One of my favorite toppings for hot steamed broccoli is lemon pepper. Of course, it’s fantastic on its own, too.
Are you a fan of vegetables in general? Which is your favorite, and what is your favorite way to cook it?
Steamed broccoli is high on the list for me, but blanched or roasted asparagus is up there too. I also love cauliflower, raw carrots, raw red/yellow/orange bell peppers, zucchini… man, I’m just a fan of vegetables in general.