Sometimes adding veggies to my day can be cumbersome and repetitive. Instead of skipping them altogether, I turn to the ultimate list below of healthy vegetable recipes. Whether I'm looking for easy vegetable side dishes or the main event, This guide covers it all!
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Get out of the meal planning blues and jump into these incredibly tasty and healthy vegetable recipes. Veggies don't have to be bland, boring or raw to be healthy. Load them up with savory plant-based sauces and seasonings perfect for any event. I'm sharing my favorite easy vegetable side dishes, main dishes and smoothies.
Eating more plants has never been easier or more delicious. Trust me!
Easy Vegetable Side Dishes
Compliment your next meal flawlessly with these healthy vegetable recipes. They may be categorized as side dishes, but don't be surprised if they steal the whole show!
Healthy Vegetable Main Dishes
Who knew you could literally fill up on vegetables? The following healthy vegetable recipes feature plant-based ingredients to fuel and delight you. Which one has you running to the kitchen?
Drinkable Vegetable Smoothies
You should know by now I am a smoothie lover. I don't need that smoothie to be completely fruit-heavy or sweet to enjoy it. Vegetables make great additions to smoothies! Check out these healthy vegetable smoothie recipes below and let me know which one you're going to try.
Healthy Vegetable Recipes FAQs
All of them! But seriously, a variety of vegetables is the healthiest. Kale is amazing, yet if you only eat kale, you'll miss out on a lot of great nutrients from other vegetables. The best plan is to make your plate as colorful as possible with a mix of leafy greens, squash, peppers, root vegetables and more. Choose seasonal options for the most nutrient-dense. And if you find that you don't like a vegetable prepared one way, try it a different way next time! It took me a while to love Brussels sprouts, yet now I can't get enough of them.
My favorite way to cook a bunch of vegetables is to chop them up, place them on a baking tray lined with parchment with a healthy oil of your choice, then bake at 350°F for at least 20 minutes. Mix them with a spatula and if they aren't toasted through, add a bit more time. Feel free to toss with the seasoning of your choice before serving, or prepare a dipping sauce while the veggies bake.
Seasoning! I find almost any vegetable can be tasty if I find the right seasonings to add to it. And I'm not just talking salt and pepper (though those are great to start!). Italian seasoning, Greek seasoning, a good taco seasoning blend or a great sauce can make your vegetables much more palatable and dare I say enjoyable?
Best Sauces for Vegetables
If you noticed in the recipes above, I'm not just eating plain vegetables. The sauce, dressing or spice blend you pair with your veggies is just as important! Try these out on your next creation and fall in love with my healthy vegetable recipes.
- Lemon Vinaigrette
- Coconut Sriracha Sauce
- Vegan Pesto Recipes
- Tahini Dressing
- Garlic Aioli
- Hemp Sauce
- Avocado Crema
- Cashew Cream
How to Eat More Veggies
A few years ago I decided I needed an easier way to use more vegetables in my diet. I liked to meal plan, yet I grew exhausted of going through multiple cookbooks and websites each week just for seven days worth of meals. So I created my own meal planner! Yep, Rawk the Year was created by me, for me (and my family).
If you'd like to see plant-based meal planning in action, check out these free meal plans. The shopping lists, recipes and calendar included to take out all of the guesswork. Healthy vegetable recipes have never been so easy to enjoy!