Recipe courtesy of Ginevra Iverson for Food Network Kitchen

Meal Prep Steamed Vegetables

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When it comes to prepping for the week ahead, we love cooking off lots of veggies so we can reach for them instead of something less healthy in the scramble of making a weeknight meal. Blanching a vegetable in boiling water and then plunging it in an ice bath is great when you're making just one kind. But for a large-scale production, our go-to method is steaming. You can use the same water for multiple batches, steaming one vegetable after the next. The result: a rainbow of perfectly cooked vegetables at the ready for grain bowls, pastas, salads, frittatas and more.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Active: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: about 2 cups of each vegetable
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with 2 inches of water. Set a collapsible steamer basket insert into the pot, then bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Alternatively, use a pasta pot with the steamer insert.
  2. Add the broccoli, cover and cook until bright green and still crisp, 3 minutes. Carefully remove from the pot, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 5 days. 
  3. Add the green beans, cover and cook until bright green and still crisp, 3 minutes. Carefully remove from the pot, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 5 days.
  4. Add the cauliflower florets, cover and cook until tender yet still crisp in the middle, 4 minutes. Carefully remove from the pot, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 5 days.
  5. Add the carrot slices, cover and cook until tender yet still crisp, 4 minutes. Carefully remove from the pot, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 5 days.
  6. Add the sweet potatoes, cover and cook until soft and yielding when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 10 minutes. Carefully remove from the pot, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 5 days. 
  7. Add the butternut squash, cover and cook until soft and yielding when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 10 minutes. Carefully remove from the pot, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 5 days.
  8. Add the potatoes, cover and cook until soft and yielding when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 15 minutes. Carefully remove from the pot, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 5 days.

Cook’s Note

If you are doing several vegetables in a row, make sure to check the water level after each and top it off if needed.

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