In a recent Fine Cooking article, Krieger explained that there are many nutrients that can only be absorbed into our bodies if they're eaten with a little fat. Vitamin D and beta carotene are the biggies.
So even though it would seem like plain steamed veggies would be the healthy way to go, it's actually better to sauté them in a little oil or coat them with a vinaigrette after cooking. We get all the nutritional benefit of eating vegetables, plus the pleasure of eating something rich and vibrantly flavored.
Take a look at Krieger's other tips for maximizing the nutritional benefit and tastiness of vegetables:
• Read the Article: The Right Way to Cook Vegetables by Ellie Krieger, Fine Cooking April/May 2011
• Pictured Above: Snap Peas with Meyer Lemon and Mint
(Images: Emily Ho and Gregory Han)