The countdown is on. In exactly one week I will be on a 13-hour plane ride to Dubai freaking out. I have actually always liked flying, but anything over 5 hours makes my brain do crazy things. I start thinking about the fact that I am basically in a floating school bus above the ocean and will magically land on the other side of the world. Maybe this seems like a normal concept to you, but it certainly doesn't to me. Once I tried talking about these feelings with the person next to me, and it did not go very well. I luckily have great seats for the flights (aisles all the way), and I promised my mom I would do stretches, plane yoga, and walk around a little so I don't explode. I have never gone anywhere so far away before in my life, and I am sure it will be the experience of a lifetime.
While I await my trip and try to keep busy, I have been experimenting with my newest kitchen toy - a metal steamer basket. I got this for $6 at Bed Bath & Beyond, and it is absolutely fantastic. If you can believe it, I had never steamed anything before in my life, and it is my new favorite way to cook veggies. I used to bake sweet potatoes all the time, and they took an hour minimum to really cook through. Steaming a sweet potato takes TEN minutes - if you don't realize how much of a game-changer this is, you clearly aren't paying attention.
Prep time: 5 min, Cook time: varies
- Any veggies you want! My favorite lately is a broccoli/carrot/celery medley or sweet potato
- Boil 2 inches of water
- Place the metal basket inside of the pot and add in your veggies
- Cover the pot leaving it slightly open for the steam to escape
- Steam until the veggies reach the desired consistency (carrots & sweet potatoes take about 10 min, celery 7-8 minutes, broccoli 4-5 minutes)