3 Healthy Steamed Vegetable Recipes To Kickstart The New Year

Jan 21, 2020

Mother and daughter chopping vegetables

What are healthy steamed vegetable recipes?

  1. Steamed Vegetable Gado Gado
  2. Vegetables in Coconut Curry Sauce
  3. Steamed Vegetables in Ginger Soy

 

Vegetables contain a wealth of essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin B, riboflavin, calcium, potassium, and zinc to name just a few. But, did you know that you lose a percentage of it due to the conventional methods of cooking you use at home?

Steaming is the best way to ensure you obtain the right number of vitamins and minerals from your vegetables. From curry-based dishes to ginger soy-based ones, cook these healthy vegetable recipes with a multi-cooker or a steamer to kickstart the new year!

#PraktikaliTip: make sure to use only the freshest vegetables in the market and the most efficient home kitchen equipment in the Philippines to prepare the best meal for your family!

 

Steamed Vegetable Gado Gado

Steamed Vegetable Gado Gado

Gado Gado is also known as Lotek. It is a type of salad popular in Indonesia that is made of slightly blanched, steamed, or boiled vegetables. What makes the dish unique is its peanut sauce dressing, which gives a sweet and toasted taste.

 

Ingredients

  • Potatoes, carrots, beans, and green peas (make 6 cups)
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and halved
  • ¼ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
  • 1 cup boiling water

 

Instructions

  1. Combine the peanut butter and the sweet soy sauce in a small saucepan. Continue stirring the liquid ingredients over medium heat until the texture becomes smooth.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and gradually add water to taste. Once you have made the right adjustments, transfer to a serving bowl.
  3. Prepare the vegetables according to how they are typically prepared for steaming. For the potatoes, cut them into 1-centimeter slices to reduce the steaming duration down to 20 minutes. Carrots usually take only 4 to 6 minutes to be fully steamed and beans within just 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Once the vegetables are fully steamed, arrange them together with the eggs. Choose to either have the sauce on the side or slathered on top of the dish.

 

Vegetables in Coconut Curry Sauce

Vegetables in Coconut Curry Sauce

This vegetable dish is jampacked full of vitamins such as potassium and zinc. Just a tip, make the curry sauce creamier by replacing ordinary milk with coconut milk. For those who love curry-based dishes, this vegetable recipe is for you!

 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cauliflower
  • 1 red bell paper, cut into strips
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into half
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon dry crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon powdered cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 14 ounces of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup oil

 

Instructions

  1. Steam the vegetables separately until the desired texture is achieved. The duration of vegetable steaming depends on the thickness and hardness of each category. If it is your first time to steam vegetables, constantly check them to prevent easily steamed ones from sogging. Set aside to cool.
  2. Heat oil in a medium pot. Add the onion, garlic, and crushed red pepper once hot. Saute for 5 to 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to the lowest and add other powdered ingredients.
  3. Add coconut milk and simmer. Take note, you do not have to wait until the coconut milk boils. Simmering should only take 2 minutes.
  4. Fold in the steamed vegetables and heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Serve while hot!

 

Steamed Vegetables in Ginger Soy

Steamed Vegetables in Ginger Soy

Craving that ginger soy chicken at your local restaurant? Try a healthier and greener version of the dish with this steamed vegetable recipe. With only a couple of vegetables and a few liquid ingredients, this ginger-soy dressed dish can be made in less than 20 minutes. With this recipe, you have the freedom to add more ingredients or stick with the ones included.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 bok choy
  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 2 cups green peas
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese rice wine
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, fresh
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

 

Instructions

  1. Similar to the steaming process of other recipes, determining which vegetables to put first depends on which vegetable has the hardest stalks and leaves. In this recipe, put the broccoli first and steam for about 4 minutes. Add the green peas and steam for a minute.
  2. As the vegetables are steaming, combine the ingredients into one bottle shaker or bowl to make the ginger soy dressing. Gradually add water into the mixture until the strong taste tones down. Shake or stir vigorously to ensure the ingredients mix well.
  3. Serve the vegetables on top of the rice and drizzle with the ginger soy dressing. Enjoy!

 

Key Takeaway

Start the year right with these multi-cooker recipes with all-veggie ingredients. If you are planning a vegetarian diet that retains essential vitamins, make sure to obtain fresh ingredients from the market and steam them instead of other conventional methods.