Steaming vegetables can often be overlooked by new cooks because the idea of buying a steamer and then learning how to use it may be a little daunting, not to mention expensive. The good news is that steaming vegetables is easy and you do not need an actual steamer. People always tout the advantage of steaming vs. boiling when it comes to cooking vegetables. If you follow this recipe you will be able to enjoy all of the advantages of steaming. All you need is a large pan with a lid. The secret is to put a small amount of water in the pan and steam the vegetables in that water. If done correctly, by the time the vegetables are cooked almost all of the water will be steamed out of the pan. Any leftover water, a tablespoon or two, can be just poured over the vegetables when served.