Think vegging out means sitting mindlessly in front of a glowing screen? Not here at SkinnyMs.! For us, vegging out means incorporating into your diet the veggies that nourish the body, aid weight loss, and boost health. Whether you’re looking for new ways to eat vegetables or you’re living a vegetarian lifestyle, we have 17 yummy ways to veg out.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to preparing vegetables. Maybe you’re making the same heavily buttered carrots your mom always served, or perhaps you just microwave whatever sauce-covered frozen veggies were on sale at the grocery store. But getting creative and using vegetables in healthy recipes is a smart way to get the nutrition that shapes the body you want.
If you’re flirting with a vegetarian lifestyle, these recipes are a good place to start. Introduce them in your home with Meatless Mondays, a growing trend to abstain from eating meat once a week. Learn more about making Meatless Monday part of your menu planning.
1. Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Pine Nuts and Parmesan Shavings
This light salad is a yummy intro to vegetarian dishes. Thin, raw zucchini slices provide a slightly crunchy taste and unique texture. As a bonus, the salad takes only minutes to prepare.
2. Vegetarian Panini with Roasted Peppers and Goat Cheese
This delish sandwich is made with homemade roasted red peppers. We promise that they’re easier to make than you might think! Heat this sandwich using a skillet, indoor grill, or panini maker. Serious yumminess.
3. Citrus Quinoa Salad
Got 15 minutes? Then you have time to make this, one of our tasty new ways to eat vegetables. It offers edamame and red bell peppers for a refreshing salad that includes heart-healthy nuts.
4. Crispy Mediterranean Vegetable Cakes
Mediterranean dishes, like this, include veggies along with heart-friendly olive oil. You’ll enjoy the combination of spinach, artichoke hearts, peppers, and olives. These cakes are a tasty side dish or light entrée.
5. Marinated Mushrooms
Go fat-free and cholesterol-free with this recipe. The baby bella mushrooms are rich in selenium, a mineral that supports the immune system. They also offer vitamin B5, which helps the body metabolize fats and carbohydrates.
6. Brussels Sprouts with Cherry Tomato Sauté
When you want ways to eat vegetables, add this side dish to your menu plan. Brussels sprouts are green powerhouses that help lower cholesterol and protect against cancer.
7. Baked Zucchini Fritters
This is a weight-friendly alternative to fried fritters, and it goes well with many entrées. Serve it as a yummy vegetarian side dish or healthy snack.
8. Kale Caesar Salad
Kale is hot right now—and for good reason. This superfood may help lower cancer risk as well as detoxify the body. Try this recipe for lunch or as a side dish or light dinner.
9. Cauliflower Stir-Fry
Want new ways to eat vegetables? The cauliflower is pulsed in a food processor or grated to a rice-type consistency. Our stir-fry has less than 60 delicious calories in each serving.
10. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Enchiladas
Black beans are the base for this Mexican-inspired recipe. It simmers in the slow cooker during the day, so a hot, vegetarian meal is ready when you walk in the door.
11. Slow Cooker Cream of Potato Soup
Most potato soup recipes aren’t good for your weight, but this alternative is a great way to enjoy that comfort food taste without the heavy fat and carbs.
12. Crustless Asparagus Quiche
Eat vegetarian dishes for breakfast and brunch, too. This version is lower in cholesterol and fat than many traditional quiche recipes.
13. Slow Cooker Broccoli, Brown Rice, and Cheddar Casserole
Ditch the processed soup and enjoy the clean-eating, homemade mushroom sauce in this casserole. The recipe also swaps out breadcrumbs for heart-healthy walnuts.
14. Grilled Pizza with Mozzarella, Basil, and Tomato
Healthy pizza recipes are a delicious way to incorporate vegetarian dishes into your lifestyle. Feel free to top this with your favorite seasonal fresh veggies. Serve the pizza as an entrée, or slice it into smaller pieces for an appetizer.
15. Portobello Burger with Savory Balsamic Marinade
When you’re looking for ways to eat vegetables with a carnivore in the house, enjoy this hearty veggie burger. Prepare it on the stovetop, indoor grill, or outdoor grill.
16. The Best Vegetarian Chili Ever
Contributed by The Picky Eater Blog, this recipe delivers tons of veggie-lovin’ flavor. What’s more, this chili is an easy way to ease reluctant loved ones into eating vegetarian dishes.
17. Tofu Scramble
Make a super-simple vegetarian breakfast with this recipe, which incorporates chopped tofu and your favorite fresh vegetables.
Which of these vegetarian dishes will you try this week?