Easy Steamed Broccoli/Cauliflower

After having 2 children who won’t touch broccoli and cauliflower…I have to brag about my 3rd child who would pick this healthy side dish over chocolate! I kid you not!!!! I could totally do the butter churn dance as I write this…that is how excited I am when I hear her squeal with joy when I make this! What mother wouldn’t?!  

Nevertheless…steaming veggies doesn’t require an actual steamer, or even much effort at all. Here is a “comfy” way to do this….super easy, yummy, and healthy!

Cut and rinse your veggies. I chose broccoli and cauliflower because they are finished steaming in approximately the same amount of time.

Boil water in a large pot and  simply put the colander right on top.

Cover with a lid. There is enough room for the steam too cook the veggies yet enough room for the some steam to escape. I keep the lid on for appx 10 mins. {If you are still cooking your main dish by the time your veggies are finished, you may take the pot off the burner -keep the lid on so your veggies remain warm}.

See…not hard at all! Freshly steamed veggies in a jiffy. Salt and pepper as you wish.

Makes weeknight cooking a sinch!

Oh, and the other 2 kidos? They have to take 3 bites or they don’t get a popsicle after dinner…up to them, lol. My youngest ends up stealing their remains off their dish…bless her sweet heart!




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Easy Steamed Broccoli/Cauliflower
Serves: 6
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  • ½ head of broccoli
  • ½ head cauliflower
  • 4 cups water
  • salt and pepper
  1. Place water in a large pot on high heat until boiling
  2. Cut and rinse broccoli and cauliflower in a colander.
  3. Place colander directly onto of pot with boiling water and cover.
  4. Let steam for approximately 10 mins.
  5. Salt and pepper as desired.



  1. … And if you have leftovers, you can easily freesze both.

  2. Charlotte Moore says:

    Love it!!! I can such picture her stealing the veggies from the other plates. Too cute!

  3. This is genius! I had never thought of using a colander like this! Thank you so much for sharing Janelle. The steamed veges worked a treat :-)


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