Believe it or not, microwaving vegetables actually preserves more nutrients – and flavor – than steaming.

The best way to microwave most vegetables is:

* Cut them in evenly sized, fairly small (less than an inch) pieces

* Toss or sprinkle with 1 or 2 tablespoons of water.

* Cover loosely to trap the steam, which keeps the vegetables moist.

See our collection of Microwave Recipes for more tips and ideas for using the microwave.