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5 Famous Cooks Share How to Make Vegetables Taste Great

5 Famous Cooks Share How to Make Vegetables Taste Great
From TIME - November 30, 2017

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans are failing bitterly to eat their greens: more than 90% of people in the U.S. dont consume the recommended two to three cups of vegetables per day. Given that pleasure is a better motivator than far-off health benefits, we asked five renowned cooks to share their favorite ways to transform drab produce into prizewinning meals.

Mark Bittmans steam-saut

The best-selling cookbook author cites three reasons we should all appreciate veggies: they provide variety, everyone likes at least a few of them, and theyre nearly impossible to overeat. Bittman, who recently released a new edition of his classic How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, shares his go-to: Most vegetables, gently steam-sauted with good olive oil, a little water, garlic, onion, salt and chili flakes, are unbeatable.

Martha Stewarts buttery beans

My favorite way to prepare fresh string beans from my garden: Snap off the stem end, bring a pot of heavily salted water to a boil, add the beans, then boil until flaccid, Stewart says. Immediately immerse in a bowl of cold water, and chill until youre ready to serve. Heat one cup of water and four tablespoons of salted butter; boil, add the string beans and stir until heated through.

Amy Chaplins pureed soup

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