Soak your black beans. Soak dried beans in cold water for not more than 4 hours, and remove everything that floats. Cook on a gentle simmer to retain nutrients Soak your dried beans. Soaking removes some of the substances that cause gas. Or, take Beano prior to each meal to eliminate intestinal discomfort Steam buttercup squash. To avoid dryness, steam your buttercup squash to soften and moisten. I tastes like honey, roasted chestnuts, and sweet potato Steam your banana squash. Wheher it is blue, orange, or pink banana squash, it will yield a milder, sweeter flavor if you steam instead of bake Steam your broccoli. Steam cut pieces in a basket over water by covering and cooking for 7 minutes. Longer cooking will lead to loss of the bright green color Try a whole grain pilaf. Mix barley, wild rice, and brown rice with broth and spices, then add toasted or chopped nuts. Use cauliflower in pasta sauce. Instead of meat balls, add chopped florets of cauliflower to your pasta sauce. Use celery in your dishes. Try it in green salads, on your vegetable platters, in your soups and stews, or sauteed in a stir-fry dish Zap your broccoli. Cook bite-sized pieces of broccoli in the microwave in a covered dish with a small amount of water. Cook 5-6 minutes Zap your veggies. You can cook white or sweet potatoes quickly in the microwave.