Looking For A Few Good Veggie Recipes


I don’t like to eat my veggies. A large part of this is that I am just not creative with them. Another part is that until recently my husband refused to eat half the vegetables in the market, thus denying me a chance to cook with them. And to be honest, I always preferred them raw. I figured I get the most benefit out of them nutrition wise when they are their most natural.

One problem is that many vegetable recipes call for unhealthy add ins. My favorite broccoli cheese casserole is full of white rice and unhealthy cheez whiz. Green bean casserole is loaded down with fried onions and mushroom soup. Corn casseroles tend to have the carbs of the corn, some kind of cream soup and bread crumbs.

Recently, though, I have been taking tentative steps toward more creative cooking involving these herbaceous plants. This Indian-Spiced Eggplant and Caulifower Stew has proven to be a big hit in my family. A local deli makes a vegetable lasagna that is healthy and delicious. My husband has been cooking up collard greens with beans, sausage and spices. We’ve been eating more salad. But I would really like to expand.

What recipes do you have for vegetables that you absolutely love?

– Maggie AAR

13 thoughts on “Looking For A Few Good Veggie Recipes

  1. Gwenhwyfar

    It’s more of a snack at our house, but I toss chickpeas in garlic oil and sprinkle with cracked pepper and fleur de sel, and roast at 400 degrees for 10-20 minutes (depending on how crispy you want them). My kids eat them like popcorn, but they’re great in salad. You can use pretty much any seasoning you want and it might work well with other beans. Also, the White Bean and Roasted Garlic Dip in Ellie Krieger’s “The Food You Crave” is so awesome, we ALWAYS have a container of it in our fridge. In fact, all three of her cookbooks are great and she incorporates lots of veggies (and fruit) into her recipes. I just ignore the fact that it’s healthy cooking and keep right on enjoying. So what if i’m losing some weight in the process. Bon Apetit!

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  2. Leigh

    baked potato with cheese. Just kidding although this is by standby meal when I can’t think of anything I want to eat.

    I like this recipe:

    1 head fresh broccoli, chopped
    2 cups seedless grapes (I use red for the contrast)
    1 onion, finely diced (red again if I have it)
    12 slices turkey bacon
    1 cup of golden raisins (some people use 1 cup sunflower seeds)
    1/4 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
    1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
    1.Place turkey bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
    2.Prepare dressing by whisking together the sugar, salad dressing or mayonnaise and vinegar. Pour over broccoli mixture . Toss until well coated, refrigerate until chilled. (I usually let it set overnight)

    Also I rarely have bacon, so I use smoke flavoring in the mayo. I also use low cal or non fat mayo ( I think I have even used miracle whip) and also artifical sweeter instead of sugar. You also can change up the amounts of the grapes, raisins and almonds depending on your taste.

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  3. LinnieGaylAAR

    I would second Gwenhwyfar’s roasted chick pea suggestion. They’re one of my favorite snacks. They’re also really nice added to a simple salad.

    Have you tried roasting vegetables? In the winter I roast just about any vegetable I can get my hands on. I generally cut up the veggies and put them in a ziploc bag, add a bit of olive oil, and water seasonings I feel like at the moment (pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, just about anything goes). Then I spread them out on a baking sheet and cook in the oven (usually set anywhere from 400f to 450f). Depending on the veggies, they can take anywhere from 10 minutes to about 30 minutes. Some of my favorites for roasting lately are broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and yellow squash. The roasting brings out the sugars and gives them almost a sweet taste.

    Leigh, your salad sounds delicious!

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  4. Gwenhwyfar

    I can’t believe i forgot my new favorite – citrus slaw – and the slaw is so good i eat it with just about everything… esp shrimp/fish tacos….. with reduced fat pepperjack cheese is soooo good

    1/4 small green cabbage
    1 small red bell pepper very finely slived
    1 red bel pepper, very thinly sliced
    1/2 small white onion, very thinly sliced
    1/4 c fresh line juice (2-3 limes)
    2 Tbsp olive oil
    Cracked pepper & fleur de sel to taste

    Toss all the ingredients together and let stand for 5-10 minutes. We LOVE this stuff, so i usually use a bag of angel hair coleslaw and 2 2 bell peppers (yellow & orange are pretty too) and then half a good sized onion. You can adjust the lime/oil ratios to suit your taste. I slice my veggies until they’re very nearly shaved. Also, before serving, i drain the slaw a bit so it’s not too runny. I store this in a Crisper container which has a vented insert so that it doesn’t sit immersed in the dressing – them just toss a bit more before serving.

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  5. maggie b.

    Wow! Thanks Ladies, these all look fantastic. Leigh, don’t you have a marinated vegetable recipe? I think you mentioned something about them in your column on grocery shopping . . . .

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  6. LinnieGaylAAR

    I also like to sneak extra veggies into dishes. When I make marinara sauce (already filled with tomatoes and onions) I add pureed carrots for an extra boost. I do the same thing with chili. I also add finely chopped zucchini and yellow squash to chili, and at times add them to my marinara sauce.

    When I make pasta, I’ll often put a load of fresh spinach in the colander before I drain the pasta. It “cooks” just from the boiled water the pasta was cooked in. Topped with marinara sauce, and you’ve just upped your veggies for the day.

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  7. AARPat

    The recipes in Laurel’s Kitchen were always a hit with my family. My younger daughter who thought only white foods were healthy (chicken breast, mashed potatoes, and white corn was her favorite meal!) would even eat Laurel’s split pea spread that’s an alternative to peanut butter.

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  8. Leigh

    Sorry . . .didn’t finish I have a a dog nudging me and it posted before I finished. I do have a grilled marinated vegetable recipe from Southern Living 2004 (Page 133)

    8 large fresh mushrooms
    4 yellow squash
    4 zucchini
    2 red bell peppers
    1 medium size red onion
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup light soy sauce
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    2 garlic cloves, pressed
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    Salt to taste

    Remove mushroom stems, and discard; cut mushrooms in half. Diagonally slice squash and zucchini; cut bell peppers and onion into 1 inch strips. Place vegetables in large zip top freezer bag.

    Whisk together oil and next 5 ingredients until blended. Pour over vegetables. Chill at least 30 minutes. Remove vegetables from marinade, reserving it.

    Grill vegetables in a grill wok or metal basket, covered with grill lid, over medium high heat 350-to 400) 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and basting with reserved marinade.

    It is good. Of course I love squash and mushrooms, etc.

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