You don't need special equipment to cook healthy veggies for dinner -- a heatproof sieve or colander is a perfectly good substitute for a steamer basket. Pick one that fits along the rim of a saucepan. Fill the pan with an inch of water, and bring to a gentle boil. Place cut-up vegetables in the sieve (don't overload it), and cover the pan. Cooking times will vary depending on what you're steaming. In general, when vegetables, such as broccoli and green beans, are crisp-tender and bright in color, or when potatoes can be easily pierced, they're done.
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- Pepper Jack cheese
- Guacamole or sliced avocado
- Sliced white onion
- Sliced pickled jalapenos
- Soft goat cheese
- Garlic mayonnaise
- Flat-leaf spinach
- Sliced cucumber
- Sliced red onion
- Barbecue sauce
- Coleslaw or shredded cabbage
- Sweet pickles or pickle relish
- Cooked bacon
SourceEveryday Food, July/August 2007
When you're looking for a cool, healthy treat, think granita. Then take a shortcut and enjoy this easy version. The refreshing dessert is typically made by freezing a mixture of sugar, water, and flavorings and scraping it often as ice crystals form. This variation calls for just one ingredient and no scraping. Freeze any juice -- we used grapefruit -- in an ice cube tray; pliable silicone ones are ideal. When solid, pulse 3 to 5 cubes per serving in a food processor until shards form. Serve the granita in a pretty glass. (Or freeze it in an airtight container for a day or two.)
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2009
Chiffonade are shredded or finely cut vegetables or herbs, often used as garnish.
To make a chiffonade, wash and thoroughly dry leafy greens or fresh herbs, such as basil and sage. Then stack them, with the largest leaves on the bottom. Roll them up, and cut them crosswise into slivers using a sharp chefs knife. The resulting ribbons provide dishes with a potent burst of flavor. Try sprinkling a chiffonade of basil over pizza. Or prepare kale or collard greens this way (making slightly wider ribbons), and saute with olive oil.
SourceMartha Stewart Living
Classic mimosas get a fresh twist -- and a pretty, rosy hue -- when they're mixed with pink grapefruit juice instead of the usual orange juice. For each serving, pour equal parts of Champagne (or any other sparkling wine) and fruit juice (either store-bought or freshly squeezed). One bottle of Champagne will yield about eight cocktails.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January
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