Lemongrass and Ginger Tea-Steamed Vegetables

Lemongrass and Ginger Tea-Steamed Vegetables

Serves 8

Tender-crisp vegetables steamed over aromatic ginger-lemongrass tea make a light, flavorful side dish. Take care to cut the vegetables in pieces of similar size so they will cook evenly. Add other vegetables to the mix according to what's in season, but note that veggies such as carrots and beets take longer to cook than broccoli and zucchini.

Ingredients: 
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 5 lemongrass-ginger tea bags
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 head cauliflower, stemmed, cut into florets
  • 1 head broccoli, stemmed, cut into florets
  • 2 zucchini, ends trimmed, halved horizontally, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 yellow squash, ends trimmed, halved horizontally, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 cups Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes), peeled, sliced and sprinkled with lemon juice
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Method: 

Place water in the bottom of a steamer such as a bamboo steamer or a pot for cooking pasta. Add ginger, cover and bring to a boil.

When water boils, add tea bags to water with a pinch of salt and pepper. Remove from heat, cover pot and let tea steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, return to heat and bring water back to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare steaming basket: place cauliflower and broccoli florets on the bottom of the basket. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Add zucchini and yellow squash slices, followed by the Jerusalem artichokes.

Place basket over water, making sure that the water does not touch the base of the basket. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, until vegetables are crisp-tender. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:70 calories (5 from fat), 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 5g protein
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