The Truth about Microwaved Veggies

Did you know that steaming your veggies in the microwave is the best way to keep their nutritional value when cooking? Microwaves cook very quickly without exposing them to intense heat.


Just put them in a bowl with a little water, cover, and microwave. No need for fancy equipment. Hell, even NY Times food columnist Mark Bittman recommends it. Here is his timing for foods:

  • Asparagus: two minutes

  • Artichokes: six

  • Cauliflower: five

  • Potatoes or beets: four

  • Spinach: one or two

  • Eggplant: seven

  • Corn: three


Cut the veggies in even pieces. Start by undercooking and working up. It’s easy to add. Finally, write down the actual times once you land on one that works.


I love it when an easy solution is also the best.