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Steam, Steam, Steam!

Raw fruits and vegetables are the healthiest foods on the planet. However, there comes a time - usually around 5 or 6 pm - that one gets the desire to eat hearty, savory, warm food.

While cooking methods such as broiling, baking, roasting, grilling and frying are popular, they expose your food to dry heat at very high temperatures. The result is to dry out your food and even to produce carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substances, the presence of which is often indicated by those black streaks one sees on grilled vegetables.

It is best when choosing a cooking method to focus on those methods that produce moisture-rich food at relatively low temperatures. These methods include boiling, sauteeing, and steaming.

Of these methods, steaming is perhaps the easiest. But when most people steam food, they either overcook it, don't make enough to satisfy their appetite, or both. So here are some pictures to help set you on the path to healthy, hearty steamed meals.

First, the veggies which lend…