Fresh Vegetables as a Side:
Just about all fresh vegetables when served as a side versus an ingredient in a main dish such as: String Beans, Broccoli, Peas, Cauliflower, Corn, and even carrots are really meant to be cooked only one way and that is to Steam them. Never drown the poor things in boiling water. They not only do not like that, most people will tend to overcook them.
Steaming also brings out those bright colors that scream at you “eat me” while on the plate. A rice cooker is actually your best appliance. Just about all of these come with a steam basket. Do not have one of these fancy rice cookers, no problem. You do have a nice pot and usually tinfoil around.
If using a rice cooker place the inner pot in and fill to the ½ mark with water get the water to a boil. Add the vegetables to the steam basket and steam for 10-20 minutes. If using a pot: crumble up some tinfoil into a ball keep doing this until the bottom of the pot is filled with the tinfoil balls; add some water, do not get too much water in there. If the water reaches the top of the tinfoil then remove some water. Bring the water to a boil, add the vegetables and steam. This method works great for a large family/gathering.
All those butter and cheese toppings – forget them. Most cheese toppings are really disgusting. Your main dish is packed with spices and flavors so you really do not to be adding that much more to your side dish. I do have a selection of other recipes for side dishes with a different twist to them to try. Sometimes the simple ones are really better.
Original Recipe Idea: My own