Wanting to eat healthier, I purchased a package of Ziploc Zip’n Steam bags while shopping at my local grocery store. I remember seeing a commercial on television and not wanting to go purchase a steaming basket I opted for the easy way out. I have steamed items in the past. I had a collapsible metal steaming basket that you placed in a pot of boiling water and then covered it with a lid. The basket never fit the pot well, and often the items and basket would collapse into the boiling water. It was not worth the effort. There are steamers on the market that resemble small crock pots and the idea of having some complicated device that needs to be taken apart to be cleaned is again, not worth the effort. So when I saw these bags, I decided to give it a shot.
The package promises healthy meals in minutes and includes a recipe guide. According to the directions it is as simple as fill and seal, cook and enjoy. In my home, the microwave is mainly used for reheating leftovers and aside from the occasional baked potato, I do not normally cook in it. Quick and healthy sounds good to me, so I decided to start small and gave it a try.
These bags are available in different sizes. I bought the medium bags which come in a package of 10. Each bag holds 2-3 servings. The first food that I steamed was some fresh spinach. After washing the spinach and patting it dry with a paper towel, I roughly chopped it. I stuffed the ziploc bag with a few handfuls of the spinach and closed it. The bag was full and I put it in the microwave for 3 minutes. The bag cautions the user to be very careful when opening the bag. Steam burns can be nasty! Holding the bag away from myself, I slowly opened it. I transferred the contents to a small bowl and used it as a side dish. The spinach was delicious! Perfectly steamed and I almost wished I had the larger bags.
These bags make it so easy to steam vegetables. On each bag is a guide for steaming fresh vegetables. Half a bag of broccoli or zucchini takes 1 1/2 minutes. Corn on the cob takes 3 to 4 minutes. You can even steam frozen vegetables. These are not just for vegetables, you can steam fish, chicken or even hot dogs! You do not need to add water because the moisture in food provides enough steam to cook anything to perfection. All you need to add is any seasonings that you like.
The recipes included in the package of bags I purchased included hot&spicy chicken bites, gingered broccoli with almonds, shrimp with honey mustard and chocolate apples. Many more recipes are on their web site. Do not be afraid to experiment on your own.
I enjoy freshly steamed vegetables for a quick lunch or as a healthy side dish to grilled chicken. Steaming is a healthier way to cook because all the nutritional value of vegetables are sealed in. Add a little seasoning if you prefer but to me, the taste of the vegetables, especially fresh ones, come alive through steaming.
Below is a link to their web site. I recommend trying these bags and you will be happy that you did.