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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Steamed Veggie Salad

This is one of my no measure recipes. I think it is nice to remember that you do not always have to measure everything that you cook. Cooking is fun and like tossing a salad together it is nice to have those recipes you just toss together. You are creating what you like and so what if there is a bit too much or too little of this or that. It is an art that can be interpreted in many ways. I have spoken about steaming veggies for a quick snack before in the microwave and how I have a mini microwave steamer which I love. You could steam the veggies on the stove top if you prefer but I think the microwave is quicker. Today I decided to make a quick veggie salad. I always keep frozen veggies on hand not only to be prepared, but they are healthy picked and frozen at their best and also already cut for you. Yeah!! You can use whatever you like. I used a combo bag of broccoli, cauliflower and crinkle cut carrots. I steamed them in the microwave, drained when done and then ran cold water over the veggies until they were cool. Then I mixed with the veggies golden raisins, slivered almonds, chopped walnuts, chopped onions, and raw green squash which I peeled and sliced. Then I mixed in a balsamic dressing and some salt and pepper. It was yummy … Now as I said you can mix and match as you like. When you make a salad you toss in various ingredients and put dressing on to moisten to your taste. That is what you are doing here! Other ideas to mix in with the veggies are tomatoes, cucumbers, beans (drained and rinsed), canned corn drained and rinsed or frozen corn steamed as one of your veggies. Dressings I think that go nice here are the one that I used, a sesame soy ginger or Italian. You could also just season as you would a salad with herbs and oil and vinegar. You could even use lemon juice. This is your play recipe. When you are hungry and want something quick or a quick snack and are trying to get your veggies in this no measure recipe will do the job. I just love the quick go to recipes. I will post the link to my blog post that I did about steaming veggies. There is a link there to the microwave steamer I use.

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