Cooking fresh vegetables

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Use the following tips to prepare fresh vegetables for steaming or microwaving:

The best cooking method for fresh vegetables is “steaming” on top of the stove on in the microwave. The standard boiling method often overcooks vegetables; they become limp and sometimes lose their bright green color. Vegetables cooked until they are “crisp-tender” instead of “limp” have:

Tips for steaming fresh vegetables (On top of the stove):

In the microwave oven:

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