Let’s face it, these days we’re living in an age where seemingly everything is catered towards the unhealthy and the impatient. We have microwave meals packed full of unhealthy additives, processed baked goods full of unhealthy fats, salts and sugars, and we simply are not getting enough nutrients into our bodies as a result. As far as healthy foods are concerned, you simply cannot go wrong with fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Some people think vegetables are tasteless and boring, but this organic steamed green vegetables recipe is quick, tasty, fresh, delicious, and highly nutritious as it is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
For this recipe you will need a good quality steamer, which can easily be bought either in stores or online for very little money.
- Organic sea salt
- Cracked black pepper
- Half a pound of broccoli florets
- A quarter of a pound of fresh string beans with both ends removed
- A quarter of a pound of sugar snap peas
- A quarter of a pound of asparagus
- Three finely diced shallots
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- Half a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- One tablespoon of unsalted butter
- One tablespoon of toasted pine nuts
- A few fresh parmesan shavings
- Ice water
- Begin by steaming the string beans and sugar snap peas al-dente for around four minutes.
- Place beans and peas into a bowl of ice water. Steam asparagus and broccoli for five to six minutes.
- Remove asparagus and broccoli from the steamer and place into the ice water for a few seconds.
- Drain all steamed greens once they’re cold.
- In a dry frying pan, toast pine nuts over a medium to high heat, making sure not to burn them, and set aside.
- In the same pan, add olive oil and roast minced shallots and garlic over a medium heat for around three to four minutes, until soft and ever so slightly brown.
- Add all drained vegetables to the pan with the shallots and garlic and saute for two to three minutes.
- Once the vegetables are sauted, sprinkle them with salt and pepper and the toasted pine nuts.
- Transfer into a large bowl, and finish the dish with fresh parmesan shavings and a trickle of extra virgin olive oil.
- Enjoy as a delicious salad, or a fresh and healthy vegetable accompaniment that goes especially well with fresh salmon.