So don’t take this the wrong way or anything, but you look like you could use some more vegetables in your life.
Kidding! I so don’t know your life. Maybe you’re eating veggies right now. The point is, I could use a little veggie-heavy reset these days, so I thought it might be fun to do a recipe roundup of some of the best veggie-full dishes I’ve made over the years.
Pausing briefly to consider how I just equated “fun” with “eating more vegetables.”
So! Here we have 10 yummy-in-your-tummy main dishes that prominently feature multiple vegetables. Not all of these are vegetarian (though many of them are), and not all of these are vegan (though a couple are, hi vegans!). If you need more veggies in your life, you’ve come to the right place.
Corn, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, peppers, spinach…if you can grow it, it’s in here. This is definitely in my top 5 meatless meals of all time (cuz you know I love things spicy), and it also marked the beginning of my love affair with cauliflower. And by love affair, I mean cheerful tolerance. If you can cheerfully tolerate cauliflower, you’re basically the healthiest person who ever lived.
With biscuits and cheese smothered on top, I’m not sure I can crown this the healthiest dinner in existence, but it’s full of veggies (peppers! corn! peas! carrots! sweet potato! corn!), so it more than counts. Plus, it’s got biscuits and cheese smothered on top. You’re welcome, entire internet.
Is it chili season? Technically, no. But you can technically shut your face because this is great. Tomatoes, corn, peppers, zucchini — plus black beans and quinoa to make sure you don’t complain about being hungry five minutes after you’re done. And I do believe this one is vegan, folks!
Perhaps not the most photogenic dish on the list, this one is both delicious and unusual. In addition to a whole bunch of veggies and health brown rice, this bad boy has some unusually delicious treats added in — parmesan cheese, walnuts, and torn-up ciabatta rolls (or whatever kinda rolls you happen to like). Plus, it specifically calls for a bag of frozen mixed veggies, which means you’ll be spending way less time in front of the ol’ cutting board. WIN!
Loved this! Cauliflower, zucchini, peppers, snap peas in a not-that-spicy curry sauce with homemade rice cakes. Chock full of vegetables and flavor. Plus, the little rice cakes are adorable (and not hard to make!).
Not vegetarian, of course, but easily made so by omitting the chicken. I love how colorful this is. It’s perfect for lunchtime leftovers, too.
This is a vegetable choose-your-own-adventure. Just about anything will work — broccoli, zucchini, corn, eggplant, peppers, whatever. Even with whole wheat pasta for extra healthiness, this still fills that hole in your heart that’s constantly longing for mac and cheese.
Another one for all the vegans out there. Besides tasting surprisingly delicious, I love how this recipe is pretty much entirely veggies and…legumes? Is that what chickpeas are? Legumes sounds right. The spinach has wonderful flavor, and it’s perfect on top of baked sweet potatoes. Big vegan score!
This was one of those surprise dinners that turned out way better than I expected based on the ingredient list alone. This is also a meal I really like to eat cold (though it’s good hot, too). And once you get the veggies chopped, it all comes together pretty quickly, too. Also, I hope you vegans are still paying attention, because this one’s for you too!
Can you tell I’ve got a thing for quinoa + veggies + some yummy sauce? It’s easy to throw together, the quinoa cooks quickly, and it’s great to take for lunch the next day. Plus, this has basil and feta, so, you know. Yum.