Do you have a true love for kale and a habit of stocking overloads of spinach each week? Or maybe, you’re just trying to find some kind of creative way to make use of those onions, cabbage, and carrots lurking in the dark realms of your crisper drawer. Whether you are trying to learn to love a veggie or trying to make use of what you’ve got in a completely new, delicious way, we have some meal plans by ingredients and meal ideas that can help you out. Each of the following veggies are some of our most popular and ones that most people keep on hand. Each veggie has a unique set of not only recipes that go along with it, but also tips and trick to use each one. Give these veggies some serious kitchen love, Green Monsters!
If you’re not already in love with this slightly sweet veggie, it’s time to show it some serious love, ASAP! Asparagus is one of the easiest veggies to cook with, packed with fiber, potassium, folate (vitamin B9), vitamin C, and vitamin B6. You can eat it raw, grill it, saute it, … the possibilities are endless! Don’t believe it? See our tips and tricks, along with recipes for cooking with asparagus in: A Green Monster’s Guide to Weekly Meal Plans by Ingredient: Asparagus.
Yes, we know — avocado IS actually a fruit … BUT, how could we possibly leave out this veggie-like fruit that so many of us love? Plus, it pairs great with all kinds of veggies and is the perfect butter substitute. Avocado is a low carbohydrates, high fat fruit that’s just packed with goodies for you. Plus — IT’S SO CREAMY! If you want some serious cado love happening in your kitchen this week, see A Green Monster’s Guide to Weekly Meal Plans by Ingredient: Avocado.
The veggie we all love to hate and hate to love. Broccoli symbolizes (for many of us, anyway), childhood memories of being made to eat our veggies. However, as you become older, you kinda start to love this little lovely veggie. It just makes you feel good all over and those little mini trees become quite the versatile ingredient in the kitchen too. Broccoli doesn’t have to be boring; leave the steamed stuff behind and see A Green Monster’s Guide to Weekly Meal Plans by Ingredient: Broccoli.
Cabbage may look a little hard to handle, but it’s really one of the best to keep around. It lasts a long time in your fridge, can be sliced, diced, steamed, put in a stir-fry, or even eaten grilled or raw. You can also use cabbage to make your own sauerkraut and kimchi at home to get all those healthy probiotics in your belly. Full of B vitamins and potassium, along with vitamin C, cabbage is always on your side working for your greater good. See A Green Monster’s Guide to Weekly Meal Plans by Ingredient: Cabbage.
This humble white, round veggie has literally taken the world by storm. Who knew it could do so much in the kitchen!? Yes, it’s the new kale, it’s a healthy veggie for you, and yes, it’s pretty sneaky with its many roles. However, we bet there are still a few ways to use cauliflower you haven’t tried yet? Check them out and get meal ideas in: A Green Monster’s Guide to Weekly Meal Plans by Ingredient: Cauliflower.
Let’s show our greens some love, shall we? The basis of any healthy diet and what we should all be eating as much of as possible, greens give us LIFE! They provide optimal body support and can be used in so many ways in the kitchen. Raw, cooked, blended, and juiced, they’re truly excellent ingredients to keep in your kitchen. But some of us get in a rut with our beloved greens and need some new ways to use them. Or, maybe we just need to think about other greens and how to use them besides our simple spinach and kale. See some simple ideas and recipes in: A Green Monster’s Guide to Weekly Meal Plans by Ingredient: Leafy Greens.
From carrots to beets, white, red, purple, and sweet potatoes and more … all root veggies are delicious! And let’s not forget garlic and onions, two powerful roots that provide all sorts of flavorful and healthy benefits. Root veggies are hearty, filling, inexpensive, and packed with vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and magnesium. They’re also helpful for keeping you full and helping you crave less unhealthy foods … especially when you give up meat and want some heft in your meals. See all sorts of ways to give root veggies some new life in: A Green Monster’s Guide to Weekly Meal Plans by Ingredient: Root Veggies.
And finally, let’s not forget squash; from zucchini, yellow (summer), butternut, pumpkin, and all other types of winter squash, this classic veggie is excellent to satisfy your sweet tooth and add B vitamins, along with magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber to your day. See A Green Monster’s Guide to Weekly Meal Plans by Ingredient: Squash.