Friday, yippee! Food, yay! Vegetables, woo hoo!
As we near the end of the first month of 2016 it is a good time to do a self check on how your nutrition has been over the past few weeks. Did you have any diet related resolutions? How are they going?
Even though I generally eat pretty good, I have been focusing on filling my plate with lots of vegetables this month.
It is no secret that eating vegetables are part of a healthy diet and life. Even without trying to change anything else, adding more vegetables to your everyday diet can help you lose weight, recover well, sleep tight and eat less of those things you could be trying to avoid. Vegetables are full of nutrients and light on calories. Adding vegetables to meals can increase the volume and overall satisfaction without needing to worry about calories. Throw out your portion size ideas, you can eat ALL the veggies.
I also know that easy, quick and tasty are important selling points to this vegetable thing. While I could eat raw carrots with every meal, I know that isn’t the case for everyone. The good news is: there are a million and one ways to prepare vegetables. Trying new recipes, cooking techniques and even completely new vegetables can be a fun way to figure out which ones you love.
Here are 10 EASY vegetable recipes for you to try right now (or over the next month):
You can’t really beat a slow cooker vegetable soup right now. I love this easy one over at Damn Delicious.
Another perfect winter dish chock full of veggies are these Roasted Root Vegetable with Tomatoes and Kale.
You can’t really go wrong with recreating a burrito bowl. Add more veggies to yours with this Mexican Vegetable Saute.
Have you spiralized yet?! I bought myself this spiralizer for Christmas. I have tried fancier ones but this one is WAY easier, cheaper and perfect. I encourage you to get creative with your spiralizing but here is a simple Stir Fry Zucchini Noodles recipe.
What about a green smoothie? Friends, you can’t even taste the vegetables when you mix them with fruits, almond milk, some spices and maybe yogurt or a protein powder. It is basically magic! If you are hesitant, start with this simple Green Monster Smoothie.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, this Ginger and Spinach Green Smoothie is still a good way to ease into the green smoothie trend.
You can have your pizza and eat veggies too (and I am not even making you make some fancy cauliflower crust to do so). Making pizza at home is fun and you may be able trick some others into jumping onto the vegetable train too. Here is a good base recipe but really all you need to do is get some dough, pizza sauce, cheese and vegetables of your choosing, pile it all together and put it into the oven until your desired doneness. Pro tip: Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Sprouts sell good pre-made pizza dough.
If you want super-duper easy, look no further! You really have no excuses with these Portobello Fajitas from the Garden Grazer.
If you haven’t tried spaghetti squash, resolve to right now. It is even better with this Pumpkin Kale Pesto.
You could make these Thai Veggie Quinoa Bowls ahead of time for a work lunch or quick dinner.
And there you have it veggie loving and soon to be veggie loving, friends!
I hope you all have a great weekend!
What is your favorite way to eat veggies? I am absolutely obsessed with roasted veggies!
Any good weekend plans? It is supposed to be in the upper 50’s here on Saturday! I plan on enjoying the weather via bicycle. I also am babysitting twice this weekend so that pretty much covers it!