Go-Go Gadget: Vegetable Steamer

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Here's something that may have never crossed your mind: Is it better to boil or steam your vegetables? Well as a matter of fact, it's better to steam them. Research on Food Service Warehouse shows that by steaming rather than boiling your vegetables, you actually reduce the loss of protein and calcium in the produce. You want to provide your family with the necessary nutrients that come in vegetables, and what better way is there to do that than purchasing your very own vegetable steamer for only $10!

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This kitchen gadget not only is easy to use, but it's also a great way to make sure your vegetables are deliciously steamed to place on the dinner table. The steamer is said to lock in nutrients and bring out the natural flavor in vegetables, giving a better chance for your children to not resent you for saying the classic "eat your vegetables" quote. Check out some recipes below that would benefit from a vegetable steamer!

Green Bean Salad: If you're looking for a way to spruce up your green beans by using a vegetable steamer then try out this green bean salad recipe! Click here for the recipe and instructions.

Photo Credit: Not Enough Cinnamon
(Photo: Not Enough Cinnamon)

Steamed Brussels Sprouts: Are you looking for a solution to get your kids to eat some Brussels sprouts? Try out Martha Stewart's steamed Brussels sprout recipe! It's easy to cook and could possibly be your child's new favorite dish to have for dinner.

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart
(Photo: Martha Stewart)

Steamed Vegetables with Chile-Lime Butter: One way to make your steamed vegetables taste even better is to add the right spices or toppings to them. Betty Crocker gives a delicious recipe where she adds a citrus-pepper butter to make your tastebuds tingle while eating some freshly steamed veggies. Click here for the recipe and instructions.

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(Photo: Betty Crocker)

>> Read more: How I Get My Kids to Ask Me to Make Vegetables For Dinner