Steamer Madness

One school-night meal essential is a stove-top steamer basket. I’ve been using it to calm my cravings for greens in the fastest, healthiest way possible. Vegetarian Times reported in their January/February 2012 article “Full Steam Ahead” that steaming seals in a vegetable’s color, nutrients and flavor, without the oil or butter necessary to cook vegetables in a saute pan. Purer, healthier veggies? Thank you, steamer basked.

and a no bull to boot.


This quick meal [for more ideas, see School Night Meals Part I and Part II] consisted of a no-bull burger with steamed carrots, mushrooms, and broccoli. Pro-Tip #1: Steam the vegetables with a few cloves of sliced garlic, chili flakes, and a sprinkle of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. Pro-Tip #2: Reserve the boiled cooking liquid for a stock for a soup later on.

See below for some common steaming times for vegetables:

  • Mushrooms: 2-3 minutes
  • Broccoli: 4 minutes
  • Peppers and Onions: 4-5 minutes
  • Asparagus: 5 minutes
  • Carrots: 8-10 minutes
  • Potatoes or Squash: 10 minutes



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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: Tumblr:


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