In Italy, again, vegetables are considered like salad: side dishes. It’s funny how much more consideration is given to the starch, the bread, the pasta, and the meat. Salads and greens in general are just there on the table because your mama told you so. Obviously you can get to appreciate it the way we prepare these vegetables (this can be used for all kinds of other vegetables). This is the best way to blanch vegetables before hand and have them ready for dinner while still keeping the vitamins, nutrients, and especially the crunch!