11 Recipes to Enjoy Veggies on National Eat Your Vegetables Day and Every Day

Posted: June 17, 2022 4:24 am

We all know it is important to eat our greens to stay healthy and strong. Regardless of whether you love veggies, or are simply looking for ideas of how to get in your fix, National Eat Your Vegetables Day is June 17.

With a little thought and preparation, you can get creative in the kitchen and look forward to eating your vegetables on the holiday—and every day!

Recipe #1: Stuffed Peppers

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Ground beef and rice, plus a seasoned tomato sauce, which includes Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper, stuff peppers. Italian seasoning adds in some extra flavor. Sub in ground turkey and canned tomatoes for a healthier twist. Serve with a green salad.

Recipe #2: Roasted Cabbage with Garlic and Oil

Crispy and packed with flavor, this cabbage dish comes together in about 40 minutes. Olive oil, salt, garlic, and red chili flakes enhance its flavor. Simply slice the cabbage, place it on a foil-topped tray that has been coating in cooking spray, and roast it in the oven at 400 degrees until it is tender.

Recipe #3: Dill Butter Carrots

Tender and sweet, these Dill Butter Carrots will turn you into a carrot lover in no time. Boil baby carrots in water for about 10 minutes until they are cooked. Drain out the water and top with dill, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper. This are a wonderful side dish to any protein.

Recipe #4: Braised Celery—A Simple Side Dish

Celery is an underused vegetable, but it works as a side dish! Perfect to pair with meat for a low-carb dish, the flavor mellows a bit as it cooks. To prep, cut the celery on the diagonal. Melt the butter in a skillet. Saute the celery with salt and pepper. Add the stock, bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes. Eat and serve with any remaining leaves.

Recipe #5: Seriously, the Best Broccoli of Your Life

This recipe will be one of the best you have ever had with broccoli, guaranteed. By cooking the broccoli on high heat, it caramelizes on the outside, which works with the tender outer pieces for the ultimate mouthfeel. Lastly, the nuttiness of the Parmesan cheese and the roasted garlic plays off the sourness of lemon and the cheese’s salty, rich taste. Pair this with almost any main dish for the ultimate meal.

Recipe #6: Roasted Radishes with Radish Greens

This recipe is great for anyone who ends up with too many radishes. Serve warm, crisp radishes with bitter greens that are topped with butter and lemon. The dish is best when served right away and will be right at home at any farm-to-table meal.

Recipe #7: Beet Cake

Children and adults love this cake, which features beets as a surprise ingredient. Semisweet chocolate, butter, dark brown sugar, cooked beets, vanilla extract, flour, baking powder and salt are put into a tube pan and baked. Once it comes out of the pan, dust everything with confectioner’s sugar. This cake is prize-winning and delicious!

Recipe #8: Creamy Cucumber Salad

Light, creamy and simple to toss together, this Creamy Cucumber salad is a hit at picnics, potlucks or summer grilling get-togethers. The crunch of the cucumbers, the savory dill and the creamy sauce makes for a nostalgic dish that is sure to delight. Gather fresh cucumbers, red onion, sour cream, white vinegar, fresh dill, sugar, salt and garlic powder. Mince the dill, peel and cut the cucumbers and slice the onion. Combine everything and stick it in the fridge for at least two hours before serving.

Recipe #9: Simple Chinese Snow Pea Stir Fry

With their sweetness and light, crispy texture, snow peas are a favorite in many Chinese dishes. Toss snow peas in soy sauce, canola oil, garlic and salt and cook in a pan until tender. Add in prawns or pork for some protein. Serve with brown rice and a warm soup.

Recipe #10: Cheesy Baked Onions

Think onions cannot get any better? Think again! Slice onion into rings. Melt the butter in a saucepan before adding the flour, salt and milk. Remove from heat, stir in the cheese, toss the mixture over the onions and bake. Enjoy these as a healthier alternative to onion rings.

Recipe #11: Kale-Sauce Pasta

Does kale and herbs sound like a good sauce to you? Add in some spices and toss over your favorite pasta. This dish looks fancy enough to serve alongside another dish or two, or to put on a dinner or potluck spread. Who knew kale could be so tasty in a sauce!

Recipe #12: The Best Baked Potato

Nothing says comfort food quite like a baked potato. Tasty alone or with a soup, these baked potatoes will have you wanting seconds. Select medium-size russets and prick each with a fork. Many toppings work, but butter, sour cream and chives and sour cream is always a classic. Beans and sour cream can also work well. Or, Indian potatoes with daal are also an interesting twist.

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