Nutrition plays such a critical role in any journey towards wellness. Without proper nutrition, any other attempts at improving your health and your life end up being limited. The old adage “you are what you eat” really rings true when it comes to a healthy body. This steamed vegetables recipe with garlic and oil sauce makes it easy to eat healthy because it’s so good!
Around my house, we struggle with trying to add healthier foods into our diet. It can be a challenge to serve the most nutrient dense vegetables and make them taste good enough that everyone will actually eat them. For years I didn’t eat broccoli because of the texture. I enjoyed it at restaurants but at home when we would make it, it just wasn’t the same. The same held true for zucchini and cauliflower as well.
But it’s so important to include these type of vegetables and so many others into our diet. Corn and peas are limited in nutrients, and we get tired of the same two choices day in and day out. So, it’s about time that I explore creative new ways to incorporate new and different veggies into our diets.
Much to my children’s dismay, I started with steamed broccoli and carrots. They took one look at it and I saw the fear in their eyes. Not fear of the unknown, but fear of broccoli. Because we have had it before. And it just never turned out to our liking. It was too firm and tasted too much like a tree. Until now, thanks to my new Circulon Stainless Steel Universal Steamer.
This steamer is awesome! You can use it on any number of different sized pots. It also fit perfectly on the Guy Fieri 3-qt Stainless Steel Saucepot.
Steamed Vegetables with Garlic and Olive Oil
- 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli
- 1 cup baby carrots
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Put water in bottom of steamer pot and add veggies to the steamer basket. Add lid to steamer basket.
- Bring water to a boil.
- Steam veggies for about 10 minutes or until fork tender.
- While veggies are steaming, add garlic, salt and olive oil to a small saute pan.
- Saute until garlic is fragrant, 2-3 minutes.
- Pour over steamed veggies.
The texture of the broccoli and the carrots turned out perfect in the Circulon Steamer and the addition of the garlic and oil sauce added just the right amount of flavor. Even my son admitted it actually tasted good, and broccoli is his nemesis!
Next on my list to change my kids’ impression of veggies are beets and mushrooms. My son loves mushrooms, especially in my cream of mushroom soup recipe but my daughter doesn’t. Both of them are wary of beets, although my son ate pickled beets once and seemed to like them, even though he won’t admit it now. I bought both and can’t wait to try some creative new things to help give us all a new appreciation for these healthy foods.