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16 Veggie Ideas

16 ways to enjoy more vegetables—and make them taste delicious

By Lara Hamilton, RD, CDE
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Flavor is very important—if you make or buy vegetables that taste good, you're more likely to enjoy eating them.

Quick No-Cook Veggie Ideas

  • Make a cucumber and tomato salad for a light and refreshing vegetable side dish.
  • Keep it simple with carrot and celery sticks. Add some hummus or ranch dressing for dipping.
  • Add more veggies such as cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh spinach leaves to sandwiches or wraps.
  • Purchase veggie trays for the convenience of having fresh, cut up veggies ready to eat.

Easy Cooked Veggie Ideas

  • Steam some green beans and toss them with lemon juice and toasted sliced almonds.
  • Lightly stir-fry a medley of frozen vegetables with a heart-healthy fat, such as olive or canola oil.
  • Spice up the traditional green salad by adding colorful veggies such as diced red or yellow peppers and beets. Then, sprinkle on some toasted chopped nuts to add crunch and enjoy with a drizzle of your favorite vinaigrette.
  • Lightly sauté onions and mushrooms with garlic and dried herbs. This makes a great side dish and a topper on cooked meat such as chicken or lean steak.
  • Slice zucchini and eggplant into thin strips and cook them on the grill.
  • Making chili or stew at home? Add extra nonstarchy vegetables such as onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, peppers, and zucchini.
  • Add frozen, chopped spinach to spicy taco meat or meat sauce.

Gourmet Veggie Ideas

  • Roast a medley of Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and carrots in the oven.
  • Substitute regular rice with cauliflower rice. To make, place raw cauliflower in a food processor and grind until it is the consistency of rice.
  • Use zucchini noodles, made with a spiralizer, in place of traditional wheat noodles.
  • Make a cauliflower or zucchini pizza crust instead of a flour-based pizza crust.
  • Make a veggie lasagna with eggplant or zucchini strips in place of lasagna noodles.

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