How to Steam

What steaming lacks in sizzle and smoke it makes up for in flavor.
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Steaming calls for no added fat, and it preserves nutrients (boiling can leach vitamins and minerals into the water), so it's good for you, too. Better yet, it couldn't be easier: Just load up a steamer basket, simmer some liquid and go.


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tips + how-tos



1. Load the steamer basket: Start with a layer of sliced ginger, then pile on the vegetables and sprinkle with lemon zest.

2. Add 2 inches of water to the pot, then flavor the water with fresh lemon juice and bring to a simmer.

3. Place the steamer basket over the simmering liquid, cover and steam over medium heat until the vegetables are just fork-tender. Season to taste.