My sister turned me on to cooking vegetables in the microwave with a Pampered Chef Microwave Steamer a couple of years ago and I've never looked back.
The beauty of the microwave is that it offers a fast, foolproof way to get your vegetables just right every time. It's the quickest, easiest way I know for Weight Watchers to cook vegetables for 0 SmartPoints.
While the microwave steamer is nice, any microwave safe dish will do.
I cook all kinds of vegetables this way, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, zucchini, green beans, individually or in combinations.
Any vegetable you would parboil or steam, can be cooked in the microwave better and faster.
Broccoli is a family favorite...
Skinny on Cooking Vegetables in the Microwave
Just put the vegetable(s) in a bowl (sometimes with a tiny bit of water, but usually not) cover and zap on high.
What could be simpler?
Timing can be a bit tricky until you get the hang of your particular microwave, so start with less time and add more if necessary—you can always add, but you can't take away.
You can't go wrong if you err on the side of undercooking and cut your vegetables into 1-inch pieces. Most vegetables will be cooked to crisp-tender in somewhere between 30 seconds and 3 minutes.
Several cups of broccoli takes between 3 and 5 minutes in my microwave.
Experimenting with your microwave will help determine your own optimal cook times and settings.
Remember to remove the cover carefully because the steam is hot and can burn you badly if you're not careful.
Microwave Vegetables Recipe Variations
different vegetables - asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, parsnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, turnips will work, singly or in combinations.
different seasonings - I usually add my seasonings after they are cooked. Favorite low and no points options include soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, Mrs. Dash, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, balsamic vinegar, grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil, Greek yogurt, and vinaigrette.
Here's a great video demonstrating cooking vegetables in the microwave. The only thing I would change is using a cover instead of plastic wrap...
I used the following kitchen tools to microwave my vegetables:
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