I stole this idea from someone many years ago who was struggling on a very restrictive diet, and who wasn’t overly excited by the amount of vegetables they had to eat. As someone who would happily down a bowl of steamed broccoli without a glance at the condiment cupboard, I was intrigued at how they tried to dress up their veg in order to make it palatable. Just about the only condiment they were allowed was balsamic vinegar… I could drink the stuff, but they weren’t feeling it.
So part of their strategy was to saute their veg in various substances to give it a bit of extra flavour.
I have taken that idea and ran with it many times over the last few years, and I’m happy to say that although it takes a bit longer than throwing some veg in a steamer in the microwave (guilty), it is truly delicious.
You could use it as a side dish, or add some tofu or beans or faux-meat strips to make a stir-fry. I sometimes just eat it on it’s own, but it does benefit from having some protein if you want to stay fuller for longer.
various chopped green veg – I used bok choy, zucchini, broccoli (including the big green stem – it’s amazing!), celery and spinach in this picture
something to break up the green – I used corn, but red capsicum is good, too
1 onion, sliced
2-3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1. Saute onion and garlic gently with the sturdier of your veg – broccoli and zucchini, etc, until onion is soft.
2. Add softer veg and ensure heat is reasonably low. Add sauces and stir, then pop the lid on for 2 minutes or so to make sure the broccoli is cooked through
3. Serve, sprinkled with sesame seeds.
This is also really good with a little stock. And chilli. And sometimes rice vinegar. Options are endless!
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