Every hostess knows that different veggies require different cooking treatment. Some need more special attention to provide you with the necessary fibres, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. During cooking process, many of those nutrients fall apart, but there are ways to prevent all that.
How To Cook Broccoli Right
Choose: healthy, dark-green broccoli with narrow buds. Leave out the yellow ones or those which grow furthest from the stem.
Preparation: cut off the leaves, as well as the stems in length, after that julienne them.
Roasting: broccoli are best if roasted for 10 minutes in a heated oven on 250 C. A few drops of olive oil on top and a sheet of baking paper on the bottom of the pot will help preserving the taste and nutritional qualities of this healthy vegetable.
Steam cooking: place the broccoli stems into a pan with a grid for steam cooking. Pour a litre of water and a spoonful of lemon juice. Leave to heat very well and cook for around 5 minutes. Finally, add the broccoli tips for 5 minutes more.
How to Cook Brussels Sprout
Brussels sprout is extremely healthy, no doubt about that, even though it’s either you like it or hate it. The wrong treatment though can lead to the evaporation of nutrients and quite low food quality.
Preparation: remove the outside wane leaves and cut the stubs.
Stewing: Place the Brussels sprout in a frying pan together with a glass of dry white wine on a medium heat. Fry until soft or for around 7 minutes. Take it out with a slotted spoon and increase the heat. Add another spoon of olive oil, to de-glaze. Put back the veggies for 2-3 minutes.
That’s the best way to cook Brussels sprout!
How to Cook Carrots
You might not think of carrots as whimsical, but they lose the better part of their nutrients if wrongly cooked. So, what’s the carrot way?
Sauté: cut the carrots into circles. Melt a spoonful of butter in a large pan on a medium heat. Add the carrots, stir well till they are soft. Finally add 1 tsp of sugar. Stir again and leave to cool.
Steam: Cut the carrots in circles again. Place them on the grid for steam cooking on a heated burner for around 4 minutes.
How to Cook Eggplants
The tastiest and safest way to cook it is grilling. Eggplants are especially delicious when barbecued, so you can take advantage of it.
Grill: turn on and heat the appliance. Cut the eggplants into circles. Pour a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Place on the grill on a medium heat. Turn them every 8 minutes until ready.
Roasted: roasted eggplants are also a good options, if cooked right. Heat the oven on 250 C. Smear the veggies with olive oil from both sides. Place on a sheet of paper to rinse and roast for around 15 minutes, whereas turn each eggplant piece once.
How to Cook Peas
It is a bit difficult to cook, and there is a risk of losing the nutrients because of the longer preparation time.
Sauté: heat 2 spoonfuls of butter in a pan on a medium heat. Add the peas. Cook by stirring often but too energetic, until the colour turns brightly green or for around 3-4 minutes.
Steam: place in the steam cooker and leave for around 3 minutes on a strong heat.
How to Cook Spinach
The best way to cook the spinach without losing its beneficial qualities is stewing.
Stew: heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large pan on a medium heat. Add the spinach and cook until the leaves squash.
Add half a cup of dry white wine or dry vermouth. Cover and boil, until the liquid vaporises or for around 5 minutes. Finally, sprinkle with two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.