These Easy Paleo Quick-Steamed Vegetables are a delicious, healthy side dish! Garlic, thyme, sage, and olive oil team up with cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, and yellow squash for out-of-this-world flavor and flair!
Spiriteds, I was on my way to making a delicious roasted vegetable recipe for you when Fate intervened and said, “Oh, HAIL NO, you will not go down the roasted vegetable path, dear one. Not today.” Instead Fate suggested I steam this delicious concoction of herbs, vegetables, and olive oil for what became a healthy, mouthwatering Easy Paleo Quick-Steamed Vegetables recipe. And when Fate speaks, thou shalt listen because she has no time for our tomfoolery, acting like we know what we’re doing in the kitchen. But I’m a little slow on the draw and it took Fate a few times to finally reach my precious self in the name of a good recipe ya’ll will go bonkers over.
See, first I wanted to drizzle olive oil and herbs over raw vegetables. Fate was good with this, but K-Hubs was not in on this plan. So when I asked him to slice and dice the vegetables he threw them in the steam pot without even thinking.
Then after digging the softened vegetables out of the steam pot, I decided to work with them anyway. They could still be roasted, right? So I drizzled the softened veggies with olive oil, garlic, thyme, and sage. Oh dear Lord, that combo is for the ages, for ALL THYME!!!! #SeeWhatIDidThere #YeahYouSawIt
While waiting for the oven to heat up, I snuck a few bites. And by “a few” what I really mean is almost all of them. Fate hoped I’d perk up at that point and realize I already had my recipe. But, like I said, I’m slow to pick up when the clue phone is calling. So, I stuck the remainders from my impromptu snack-a-thon straight into the oven. Then I congratulated myself on what would surely be a delicious roasted veggie recipe. Fate was near tears, wondering, “Why is this my portion? Why can’t I have nice things? Because of Morgan, that’s why. Morgan is the reason I can’t have nice things.”
After the vegetables roasted, K-Hubs and I sat down to munch, took one bite, looked at each other, and said, “Nope, they were better before roasting.”
“YES,” shouted Fate to no one in particular. FINALLY I LEARNED MY LESSON!!! Steamed vegetables are better in this recipe than are roasted vegetables. Now, if you are in the mood for roasted vegetables with some chicken, too, then may I suggest Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables?
If, however, you’re ready to prepare your own delicious side dish full of steamed herbs, vegetables, and olive oil, then let’s dive into this recipe! Because it’s just another opportunity for deliciousness!
EASY PALEO QUICK-STEAMED VEGETABLES INGREDIENTS:
To make your very own Easy Paleo Quick-Steamed Vegetables, you will need:
- Vegetables: Cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, and yellow squash
- Flavorings: Fresh garlic, thyme, sage, sea salt, and black pepper
- Oils: Olive oil
HOW TO MAKE EASY PALEO QUICK-STEAMED VEGETABLES:
Below are the steps to make Easy Paleo Quick-Steamed Vegetables.
- In a steam pot, steam vegetables in batches according to ideal steaming times (see below), and then set aside to cool.
- Next, combine the olive oil, garlic, herbs, and sea salt and pour the mixture over the vegetables. Then stir the ingredients together carefully so as to evenly coat the vegetables without mushing them.
- Finally, serve in a large mixing bowl or in individual dishes, garnished with black pepper, if desired.
NOTE: Easy Paleo Quick-Steamed Vegetables are the ideal addition to countless meals this holiday season. However, for best results, serve this dish shortly after making. Over time they’ll lose their delicious balance of soft, crunchy goodness.
IDEAL STEAMING TIMES FOR EASY PALEO QUICK-STEAMED VEGETABLES:
You will steam the vegetables for just a matter of minutes, which we discovered were best as follows:
- Zucchini and yellow squash – steam for a few minutes, enough to warm the edges without mushing the middle
- Broccoli – about 7-10 minutes, at which point the florets will turn a vibrant green
- Cauliflower – about 13-16 minutes, at which point the florets will softened but remain firm
To make the process even easier, especially if you are making this for the holidays, and your family is already at your doorstep while you’re still in your pajamas (just me???), buy pre-cut veggies and aim for equal-ish parts of each. If you have more than one little steamer dish, use it! K-Hubs had one from his single days, I had one from my single days, too, and then we got one with our new set of pots and pans. It’s not indulgent to have THREE little steamer thingys if they get the food on the table faster. Or maybe it is a little precious of us. All I’m saying is, whatever makes the recipe easier for you is the right choice. We will not complicate our vegetables.
As for Fate? I’m pretty sure she bought herself a tennis bracelet and took a vacation. And if she didn’t, she should have. Anyone tasked with looking over me and K-Hubs deserves all the bracelets, all the diamonds, all the vacations. #FactsPrint
Easy Paleo Quick-Steamed Vegetables
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 35 mins
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 2 heads broccoli, chopped into florets
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
- 1 zucchini, sliced
- 1 yellow squash, sliced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 1 teaspoon sage
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Coarse black pepper as desired
- Quick-steam vegetables (see notes for times) and set aside to cool.
- Combine olive oil, garlic, thyme, sage, and sea salt and pour over cooled vegetables.
- Garnish with coarse black pepper and serve immediately.
Since heads of broccoli and cauliflower can vary in size, I just aim for equal parts of each, whether it’s one or two or more heads of either. I also add my spices gradually since veggie flavors can vary by freshness. Quick-steam times are as follows: zucchini and yellow squash – a few minutes, broccoli – about 7-10 minutes, and cauliflower – about 13 minutes, give or take a few.