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Old 04-22-2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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I don't really like to diet cook, there's too much to think about as I am a calorie counter by nature. But I made meals in my vegetable steamer and I like doing that, but I'm stiffed with ideas.

One thing I have done is put mixed vegetables, mostly broccoli though, jumbo shrimp and teriyaki marinade in my steamer (it has a basket with no holes. It's good but I have to admit that it's not THAT flavorful.

There are a lot of premade meals like that but I just can't afford to buy those. But I really like the Lean Cuisine new ones especially because they come in one neat serving.

Any ideas for something I can throw vegetables (namely broccoli again) and shrimp or chicken in a steamer. Stuff you can probably add rice or chinese noodles with?

I mostly looking for sauce ideas.
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I just purchased an electric steamer and would like some ideas too!
I have been eating alot of salads, I love salads , but thought cooked (steamed ) veggies would be a nice change of pace. I particularly need ideas on "what spice to use on what". Hopefully the experienced cooks will give up some of there secrets!
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I just purchased an electric steamer and would like some ideas too!
I have been eating alot of salads, I love salads , but thought cooked (steamed ) veggies would be a nice change of pace. I particularly need ideas on "what spice to use on what". Hopefully the experienced cooks will give up some of there secrets!
Yeah hopefully.
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I just purchased an electric steamer and would like some ideas too!
I have been eating alot of salads, I love salads , but thought cooked (steamed ) veggies would be a nice change of pace. I particularly need ideas on "what spice to use on what". Hopefully the experienced cooks will give up some of there secrets!

Ah! I just remembered something! I don't think I can link so just google "philadelphia cooking cream". The one I want is about 110 calories per serving and I'd probably use half of that serving so it's not bad! They have a few flavors too. I think throwing in some of that and maybe some of your own spices when you feel like it could be alright. I'm going to pick some up tomorrow.

I read reviews and a lot some were a little annoyingly biased. People claimed it wasn't too hard to make a creme yourself. I beg to differ. Cooking is no fun when you're calorie counting and really I just want to throw something tasty in the microwave or steamer and be done with it. I think I'll like this. I hope this works for you too!
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I did some "searching" too and found a site with LOTS of recipes. Some are
for the basket steamer or oven steaming, but I think we can adapt them to the steamers. At least it tells the combinations, with the spices!
http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-00,steamed,FF.html

thanks for the tip!
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I think it's wise to come up with your own recipes. Even though the prepackaged ones seem good with all the veg, they are FULL of sodium and extra things we really don't need. I use prefab things sometimes, but have tried to get away from using them too much.
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I use a lot of spices when I cook but it seems like when I steam veggies I almost always use fresh cilantro, ginger and onion powder then I'll add a little watered down mushroom soy sauce (because it's a bit strong straight from the bottle for me) after I take it out. Tastes pretty good.
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