The cold months make it easier for you to enjoy steamed or broiled winter green vegetables. There’s nothing like the rich flavor and gorgeous appearance of fresh green vegetables that come straight from the garden. When shopping for winter greens, it is important to purchase ones that are as fresh as possible. However, the supermarket vegetable section will have many winter vegetables but they may have already lost their flavor and are bitter.
It is best to buy winter green vegetables when they are still in their boxes. If you wait until they arrive at your local grocer’s, they may be available only for a few days. Instead, prepare 1 month ahead and store them properly to last for the whole winter.
Avoid overcooking winter vegetables. When buying winter vegetables, make sure they come with a long cooking time indicated on the packaging. It usually indicates the maximum amount of time that vegetables should be cooked but remember that raw vegetables retain more nutrients than cooked ones. When you cook vegetables, let the liquid drain away before adding the vegetables to the steamer or pressure cooker. This allows the liquid to evaporate so that the vegetables retain all the vitamins and nutrients they were supposed to have during the growing process.
A quick way to make ready to eat vegetables is to chop them coarsely and mix together with a bit of salt and pepper. If you want to add a bit of flavor, you can always puree the chopped greens or any other vegetables. You can also puree carrots, spinach, celery and other vegetables with seasonings. If you choose to do this, be sure to puree them until they are a smooth consistency.
Preparing Winter Green Veggies
To prepare winter green beans, cut off the bottom and top and leave the stems on top. Cut the vegetables into 4 inch lengths and throw them in a large bowl filled with water. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to the water. Bring the water to a boil then let it simmer for about 2 minutes. Drain off the boiled water and put the winter green bean at the bottom of your steamer or pressure cooker.
Another easy way to prepare winter green beans is to steam them. Put the top on the pot and allow the vegetables to steam for about 5 minutes. Once they are steamed, drain off most of the water but keep some in the pot to add at the end when the vegetables are ready. Put the rest of the steamed vegetables into the food processor or blender. Use the blender or processor to puree the winter green.
If you do not like winter green beans, you might consider other vegetables that will taste good in a soup or stew. Carrots are a nice choice and can be used in a variety of soups, stews and casseroles. celery is also a nice addition and can be used in the same ways as carrots. Cucumbers are another great way to add crunchiness and extra zing to a meal without adding unwanted calories.
In The End
To save time in the kitchen, try to prepare all of your winter green vegetables the week before you need them. This ensures that they are fresh and prepared when needed. This will help you save time in the long run because you will not have to stop by the store in the middle of the night to find the green beans that you need for a dinner. You can also purchase winter green beans at the store during the week if you do not have time to prepare one at home. They usually sell out very quickly and you will have a nice large selection from which to choose.