June brings us a bounty of fresh produce and we are so excited that June 17th is Eat Your Vegetables Day. On this day, everyone is encouraged to up their veggie intake. Most people know that vegetables are healthy and essential to optimal health, but some people still need convincing that veggies are downright delicious. We can help if you could use a little encouragement to eat more vegetables. Maybe you eat the same veggies all the time and it’s time to try some new ones, maybe some under-appreciated or less attractive vegetables.
If it’s recipes you want, we’ve got them. No one will have to remind you to eat your vegetables when you try these 25 amazing veggie-centric recipes.
1. Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Salad
If you think eating veggies means you’ll be restricted to boring salads, feast your eyes on this Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Salad. Crispy cauliflower bites are tossed with buffalo sauce and then served on a heaping bowl of greens and vegetables. The combination of the crispy and hot cauliflower with fresh and crunchy greens is super addicting. Told you salads aren’t boring.
2. Cauliflower Steaks With Sweet Pea Purée
For a unique dinner entrée, give these Cauliflower Steaks With Sweet Pea Purée a try. Baked to crispy perfection and seasoned with paprika, coriander, and black pepper, these cauliflower steaks are zesty and flavorful. The sweet pea purée adds a delicious freshness to the dish as well.
3. Tempeh Bacon Salad With Marinated Mushrooms
If you like lots of flavor and ingredients in your salad, you will love this Tempeh Bacon Salad With Marinated Mushrooms. Crunchy lettuce, tempeh bacon, tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, creamy cashew, and sun-dried tomato dressing… The list goes on. This salad is savory, delicious, and nutrition-packed!
4. Raw Cannelloni in Marinara Sauce
For a satisfying meal that’s super easy to make, try out these Raw Cannelloni in Marinara Sauce. Thin zucchini slices hug creamy cashew cheese to make scrumptious raw rolls. Serve these on a bed of marinara sauce with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for a truly unique Italian dinner, snack, or appetizer.
5. Fat-Free Spinach and Broccoli Patties
These Fat-Free Spinach and Broccoli Patties are healthier, easy-to-make Indian croquettes made from spinach broccoli, and chickpea flour. These patties are crispy on the outside with soft and chewy texture inside. Ready in less than 20 minutes, they’re perfect as an appetizer or snack served with chutney or any creamy dip.
6. Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms With Lemon Pesto Polenta
Make dinner a steak night – mushroom steak, that is. These Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms sit atop a bed of lemony pesto polenta in this creative dish. The “steaks” are plump and juicy and the roasted tomatoes and dash of balsamic vinegar bring the whole dish together. Delicious!
7. Pea and Asparagus Tart
This beautiful green Pea and Asparagus Tart is the perfect way to get your veggies in or use up that fresh produce! It’s made with fresh peas and asparagus and has a slightly cheesy undertone. Enjoy bite after bite of savory goodness with this beautiful tart that is perfect for lunch, brunch, or dinner.
8. Breaded Jackfruit Cutlet
If you love the taste of meaty cutlets, you’ll go crazy for these Breaded Jackfruit Cutlets. Young, tender jackfruit is steamed and then shredded to give it the texture of pulled pork and then combined with potatoes and shaped into patties. They’re breaded and fried, so they’re crispy on the outside with a soft, but meaty texture on the inside. Serve these crispy cutlets on buns with lettuce, tomato, and onions like you would with patties or serve them on their own with a side of vegetables.
9. Raw Turnip Ravioli
Bring vegetables back to the center of your plate with this refreshing and light Raw Turnip Ravioli dish! In it, thin turnip slices are used to encase deliciously creamy pine nut cheese. Serve this on a plate of rich, tomato sauce and garnish with pesto and basil for a beautiful presentation.
10. Mushroom Butter Masala
If you’ve been to an Indian restaurant, chances are you’ve seen butter masala on the menu. It’s a rich and delicious gravy curry with a sauce made creamy through the addition of milk or cream and butter. This vegan Mushroom Butter Masala is a spicy, creamy and a delicious dish that is the perfect accompaniment for steamed rice, flatbread, or even dosas.
11. Szechuan Eggplant in Garlic Sauce
Szechuan eggplant is a famous Chinese dish that’s traditionally prepared by deep-frying eggplant strips in a sticky, garlic-ginger sauce. This Szechuan Eggplant in Garlic Sauce dish has eggplant sauteed in sauce with molasses added to give it that glossy, deep-fried look. That means you can enjoy the same decadent flavors without all the oil. Serve this easy stir-fry over a bed of rice, so you don’t miss a single drop of garlic sauce.
12. Wild Spinach and Asparagus Salad
Bright, colorful, light, and crunchy, this Wild Spinach and Asparagus Salad is perfect. Asparagus ribbons, radishes, rainbow carrots, and whimsical chive blossoms are strewn atop a bed of nutrient-dense micro greens. A tangy tahini dressing ties all the different flavors together.
13. Spicy Cauliflower Fritters
These Spicy Cauliflower Fritters are bound to become your new weeknight favorite. They’re super quick to make and are deliciously addictive. Seasoned with turmeric and paprika, these fritters definitely have a bite to them! Once you’re done with these, try a different vegetable!
14. Easy Mushroom Stir-Fry
This Easy Mushroom Stir-Fry is loaded with bold, savory flavor. Since the sauce is made from scratch, you don’t have to worry about the sodium or hidden preservatives found in most store-bought sauces. Pair these flavorful veggies with noodles or rice for an easy and delicious dinner.
15. Salsa de Palmito: Brazilian Hearts of Palm Salad
This simple and refreshing Brazilian Hearts of Palm Salad is perfect for your summer barbecue. Hearts of palm are tossed with tomatoes, onion, and spring onion in a simple dressing made from olive oil, lime, salt, and pepper, to give it a little bit of spice. If you’ve never tried hearts of palm before, this salad is a great place to start.
16. Crispy ‘Chicken’ Sweet Potato Sandwich
“World’s greatest sandwich” isn’t a term anybody should throw around lightly and these Crispy ‘Chicken’ Sweet Potato Sandwiches are worthy of the title. They look like fast food patties on the outside, but on the inside, they’re soft and tender. Made from rice and sweet potato and coated in herbed breadcrumbs, then fried until crispy, they’ll satisfy all your crunchy sandwich cravings.
17. Easy Green Casserole
Green veggies, crunchy quinoa, and a creamy, dairy-free sauce make this savory Easy Green Casserole a new comfort food favorite. Make this casserole at the start of your week and you’ll have a week-worth of dinner! Best of all, this recipe only requires one-pot meaning it’s an easy make and an easy clean up.
18. Spicy Sweet Potato Pizza
This easy Spicy Sweet Potato Pizza combines fierce spiciness with nutrient-packed sweetness. It’s made with mashed sweet potatoes, black beans, hot chili powder, and a homemade vegan cheese sauce. If you want to balance out the spiciness, drizzle the pizza with the homemade cheese sauce.
19. Spicy Potato Wedges With Nacho Cheese
Simple, creamy, cheesy, these Spicy Potato Wedges With Nacho Cheese are everything you want plus cheese. The potatoes are crisp outside, spiced with cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper, and fluffy on the inside. They’re served with a drizzle of spicy vegan nacho cheese and a dollop of cool vegan sour cream to balance out the heat.
20. Ginger Grilled Sesame Eggplant
If you love garden-fresh vegetables in a delicious marinade, you will love this Ginger Grilled Sesame Eggplant. Thick slices of summer squash are grilled and marinated in a delicious tamari, ginger, and miso sauce. Paired with vegetable fried rice, this meal is sure to satisfy.
21. Pan-Seared Lemon and Garlic Asparagus
Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best. These Pan-Seared Lemon and Garlic Asparagus spears make a great side for your spring meals. They’re light, refreshing, citrusy, and good for you! Leave them as tall and tender stalks, or slice them up and throw them in a quinoa salad.
22. Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Burger night just got better with these Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers. Meaty Portobello mushroom caps are seasoned with just salt and pepper and then grilled until tender and juicy. They’re served on a bun with sautéed vegetables crisp baby bok coy, broccolini, and red bell peppers, and then served with a creamy, garlicky avocado mayonnaise. These monster burgers will be the star of your summer cookout, or anytime.
23. Grilled Zucchini With Herbed Crumbs
Not sure what to do with those zucchini sitting in your refrigerator? Try these Grilled Zucchini With Herbed Bread Crumbs. This recipe is easy — a light brushing of fruity olive oil, a quick grill in a pan, and a sprinkling of herbed bread crumbs. Serve them as a part of dinner or at your next cookout.
24. Roasted Cauliflower Tacos
Whether it’s beans, mushrooms, peppers, or corn, there are quite a few filling options for those looking to keep meat and dairy out of taco night. These Roasted Cauliflower Tacos have crispy cauliflower florets, white beans, lime, and zesty avocado spread. With these tacos, you’ll never miss the meat.
25. Jackfruit Carnitas With Pickled Red Onions
Nobody will believe that these Jackfruit Carnitas are actually made from a tropical fruit. Jackfruit is sautéed with garlic and then simmered in a spicy sauce, allowing it to absorb all of the flavors. This recipe uses canned jackfruit in syrup, so it ends up sweet and spicy at the same time. It’s topped with tangy quick-pickled red onions for added crunch.
If you’ve been meaning to eat more vegetables, summer is the perfect time. Beautiful, fresh produce is everywhere and these recipes are so delicious, you’ll never need prodding to fill up your vegetable bin.
Lead image source: Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers