How to Cook Vegetables

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Crunchy and colorful, vegetables taste great raw or cooked. There's an endless variety of vegetables year round. They're full of vitamins like A and C and they taste good cooked in many different ways.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetables
  • Water
  • Pot with lid
  • Oil or broth
  • Oven
  • Frying pan
  • Barbeque
  • Tin foil
  • Microwave
  • Skewers
  • Knife
  • Wash vegetables to rid them of pesticides and prepare them for cooking. Peel vegetables like potatoes, corn and carrots before cooking.

  • Boil vegetables like corn, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes in a small amount of water that just covers the vegetables. Cook each type of vegetable separately because they may be done at different times. Cover with a lid and cook until the vegetables are tender. Check regularly.

  • Chop a variety of vegetables into pieces. Stir fry the pieces in a small amount of water, broth, vegetable juice, olive oil or margarine. Use high heat and cook until tender.

  • Microwave vegetables for a quick dish. Place vegetable pieces and a small amount of water in a microwave safe dish. Cover the dish to hold in the moisture. Let the vegetables sit when they are done before eating.

  • Barbeque sliced vegetables on the grill or in tin foil. Cook until tender. You can also barbeque vegetables like mushrooms, peppers and zucchini on skewers.

  • Blanch vegetables for salads and pastas. Chop vegetables into bite sized pieces. Put into a large bowl or pot. Pour boiling water over the vegetable pieces. Let the vegetables sit until just a bit soft. Add to salads and pastas or freeze in freezer bags.

  • Sauté vegetable chunks in a frying pan. Add a tablespoon or two of oil and cook covered with a lid. Cook until tender. Serve over rice or noodles. You can also add a store bought sauce like sweet and sour or honey glaze. Serve over rice.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can eat potato and carrot peel that is fresh and clean. The peels contain vitamins.
  • Vegetables can also be baked or added to soups.
  • Pierce potatoes cooked in the microwave or they will blow up.
  • Don't overcook your vegetables or they will lose vitamins and texture.

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