Steamed Vegetables with Garlic Butter

Fresh vegetables steamed to perfection and drizzled in garlic butter is an easy to make side dish, but I find myself snacking on these addicting veggies all the time!
Fresh vegetables steamed to perfection and drizzled in garlic butter | by Life Tastes Good is an easy to make side dish, but I find myself snacking on these addicting veggies all the time!


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Steaming vegetables is very easy to do and takes less than 10 minutes, making this side dish perfect for any night of the week, but also a quick lunch or snack! Yes, I snack on these tasty veggies all the time. Why not? Veggies are healthy and low carb too, so they won't make my jeans shrink... if you know what I mean <wink>
Fresh vegetables steamed to perfection and drizzled in garlic butter | by Life Tastes Good is an easy to make side dish, but I find myself snacking on these addicting veggies all the time!


Have you ever had the steamed vegetables at Outback Steakhouse? We love those veggies! They are fresh and buttery delish! Years ago we used to eat out a lot more than we do now. Now we do our best to never go out to eat. We just love to eat at home. It's cheaper, fresher, and we like knowing what's in our food and who had their hands on it.
Fresh vegetables steamed to perfection and drizzled in garlic butter | by Life Tastes Good is an easy to make side dish, but I find myself snacking on these addicting veggies all the time!

After having the steamed veggies at Outback Steakhouse all those years ago, I was inspired to make them at home. I even asked how they made them, and the manager was kind enough to share their technique with me. It had something to do with a bag and steaming them in the microwave. I tried it but it didn't work for me, and I don't like the idea of microwaving the veggies, so I ditched that idea and steamed them the old fashioned way... using my saucepan and steamer basket. Using the saucepan and steamer basket is handy too, because once the veggies are steamed, I pour out any water left in the saucepan and use that same pan to melt the butter and saute the garlic. Less mess! I love it! Gotta have garlic butter to drizzle all over these beautiful vegetables!
Fresh vegetables steamed to perfection and drizzled in garlic butter | by Life Tastes Good is an easy to make side dish, but I find myself snacking on these addicting veggies all the time!

The steamer equipment I use came with my cookware set.  If you don't have a steamer and saucepan that fit together, no worries! You can pick up an expandable steamer basket to keep the vegetables out of the water. When steaming, the vegetables should not come in direct contact with the water, instead, the simmering water vaporizes and turns into steam. The moisture and heat from the steam cooks the vegetables. I prefer to steam vegetables, because steaming helps retain the nutrients, unlike boiling where the nutrients can be tossed out with the water. I hope you enjoy these Steamed Vegetables with Garlic Butter as much as we do! Enjoy!
Fresh vegetables steamed to perfection and drizzled in garlic butter | by Life Tastes Good is an easy to make side dish, but I find myself snacking on these addicting veggies all the time!




Steamed Vegetables with Garlic Butter

Life Tastes Good
Published 08/11/2015
Steamed Vegetables with Garlic Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 head of broccoli, florets only
  • 1 cup of baby carrots
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • water
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add about 2 inches of water in a saucepan. You don't want the water to touch the steamer basket. Set the pan over medium heat to bring it to a simmer.
  2. While the water is heating up, Wash the vegetables as needed. Remove stems from the broccoli so you only have the florets. Chop florets so they aren't too large and place the florets into the steamer basket. Add 1 cup of baby carrots and 1 cup of sugar snap peas.
  3. Place the steamer basket over the saucepan and cover. The water in the saucepan should be just at a simmer. Reduce heat if needed.
  4. Steam the vegetables for about 8 minutes or until the are done to your liking. I like them just as they start to soften, but still have a little crispness to them. When done to your liking, remove the vegetables to a serving bowl and set aside while you make the garlic butter.
  5. Pour out the water in the saucepan and place the saucepan over mid-low heat. Melt 4 tablespoons butter and saute 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic until fragrant. About a minute. Add about a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and stir to combine. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Drizzle the garlic butter over the vegetables and enjoy!
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cook time: 10 mins.
Total time: 20 mins.

Tags: Fresh, Steamed Vegetables, Garlic Butter, Side Dish, Easy Recipe, Snack, Steamer Basket, Healthy, Low Carb, Outback Steakhouse Steamed Vegetables

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