Easy Veggies

I hope the New Year has started well for you! Did you make any resolutions or goals for 2021? I read recently that 71% of resolutions are about weight loss and fitness and 80% of resolutions fail by the second week in February. Stunning!

I am no exception. I started a weight loss journey on the Monday after Thanksgiving, and though the holidays were hard, I’ve lost 20 pounds and I’m actually feeling hopeful that I’ll be able to meet my target goal weight.  

If you’re also trying to improve weight or fitness, I hope I can help you out with some inspiration. I’ll be cooking lots of veggies and lean proteins and posting classes and recipes to support that goal.

Growing up, vegetables were canned, mushy affairs and I wanted nothing to do with them! I guess my mom got worried and talked to my pediatrician about it because at one point I’m my childhood he put me on a vegetable diet!

All I remember from that time was the power struggle I locked into with mom- not being excused from the table unless I ate my green beans. I swallowed them whole just to get it over with, and pretty soon the diet was over,too. It did nothing to encourage me to eat more veggies, though ironically, green beans are one form of canned vegetable I will still eat. Otherwise I prefer fresh vegetables, especially from the garden.

Knowing how to cook vegetables is the key to enjoying them. Lately I’m enjoying them roasted in the oven or cooked for 1 minute in the InstantPot. That’s not a mis-print.  It really is that easy to cook vegetables in the InstantPot. If you like yours on the crisp side, you can cook them with 0 minutes- the pressure and heat that builds is just enough to cook them. Here’s how I cook broccoli.

I use a silicone lifter to rest on the bottom of the pot and add 1 cup of water. Then I place my old metal steamer basket over the lifter and “lock” the handles. Select manual on the IP and adjust the time to 1 minute. Once the cooking time is over, I release the pressure immediately and open the lid. The handles make it easy to remove the broccoli from the pot. Perfect broccoli every time.