Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Goodie: Ziploc Zip'n Steam Cooking Bags

We all know by now that eating more veggies = better health. Fiber, nutrients, antioxidants, flavor! I have really embraced making veggies a part of at least two meals each day and really love them roasted, grilled and sauteed. But it's a little tough to get enough veggies on evenings that I work. And the thought of vegetables cooked in a microwave is just unsettling. Until now...

I bring you Ziploc Zip'n Steam Cooking Bags! *cue singing angels*

Before I went to work yesterday I sliced up a summer squash and placed it in the bag, then added some pre-cut and washed broccoli and some baby carrots. I added a few grinds of everyday seasoning, a splash of water and one wedge of Laughing Cow light Swiss cheese. I sealed the bag and tossed it into my lunch bag along with a meatloaf muffin, an apple, two clementines and my water bottles and stashed it in the fridge when I got to work.

Come dinner time I placed the bag in the microwave and set the cook time for 3 minutes as the bag suggested. So, how did it work? A treat, I tell you! The cheese melted a bit and I smooshed the bag before tipping the veggies out on the plate so they all had a bit of "cheese sauce" on them. The veggies were tender-crisp, brightly colored and surprisingly delicious. It was a really good meal. And it took no effort at all.

From the Ziploc website...
Ziploc® Zip’n Steam® Microwave Cooking Bags combine the taste and nutritional benefits of steam cooking with all the convenience of your microwave.

Each bag has patented vents that allow food to be steamed under pressure so that it is cooked thoroughly and evenly for quick, healthy, delicious meals.

I paid less than $3 for a pack of 10 medium bags, which is quite reasonable for such a useful product. So if you're looking for a way to get more veggies into your day, pick up a pack and give them a try.

Have you already tried them, let me know what you think and share your best steamy recipes!

*note~this is a completely independent product review, not a paid promotion.

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of these! I'll have to give them a try. Great idea to add Laughing Cow cheese. There are some great varieties. I wonder if you can wash the bags and reuse them. Hmmmm. Thanks for the tip!