During the holidays, many of us may have indulged a little too much in the desserts, the carb-heavy dishes, and the wine. Although there is usually a salad option at holiday dinners, it’s not what anyone is excited about. Don’t worry though! It’s totally normal to forget about your greens during festivities. But now, we can get back to eating healthier.
Here are 15 yummy recipes from our Food Monster App that have plenty of green veggies as a way to help you make up for not eating as well during the holidays.
1. Protein-Rich Green Smoothie
Source: Protein-Rich Green Smoothie
Olivia Budgen‘s Protein-Rich Green Smoothie contains 10 grams of protein per serving. The two key ingredients which give this smoothie its protein boost are hemp seeds and kale. This recipe is nutritious, colorful and delicious!
2. Spinach Salad with Pistachios and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Bright, fresh and flavorful veggies with crunchy pistachios and the flavor burst of sun-dried tomatoes, along with an amazing dressing. What are you waiting for? Get to making this recipe by Jamie Bevia for dinner!
3. Zucchini Garlic Cakes with Corn Salsa, Smoky Tomato Sauce and Pumpkin Seeds
Zucchini is a fantastic food. Since its flavor, texture and color are not particularly intense, you can turn it into so many different things. Here they’re used as a base for savory cakes, which pair wonderfully with a tangy salad and sauce. Spinach is a great source of iron, vitamin K and carotenoids (vitamin A), which are necessary for blood health; and all the spices in this recipe from Rawsome Superfoods have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
4. Broccoli Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Onions and Garlic
This recipe from Rawsome Superfoods is an epic breakfast to share with friends or eat all week. It’s better than the egg-based versions of this dish. Feel free to experiment with different vegetables in the filling: sautéed or grilled zucchini, carrot, fresh tomato, spinach or kale would all be wonderful in here.
5. Grilled Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad With Toasted Pepitas and Lemon Mint Dressing
Viktoria Radichkova‘s Grilled Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad is loaded with grilled zucchini, corn and onions, bursts with sweet and citrus flavors, and fresh mint aroma. The roasting intensifies the sweetness of the onions and corn, which complement each other, and the slight charred flavors they get from the grill. The freshness of the lemon and mint cuts through, and brightens the overall flavors. And for substance there is cooked quinoa and salty, crunchy, toasted pepitas. It’s not only quite delicious, but filling and satisfying too. It keeps well in the fridge, and you can just freshen it up with more lemon juice and mint the next day.
6. Caesar Salad
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The raw vegan cheese and croutons in Mariko Sakata‘s vegan Caesar Salad truly make it a crowd pleaser for anyone! You can even prep the salad ahead of time so that it is quick and easy to assemble when you need it!
7. Lentil Salad with Crunchy Veggies and Herbs
Fresh, nourishing & crunchy – Laine Rudolfa‘s Lentil Salad is a healthy and easy dish that fills you up more than just a regular salad. Lentils, which are high in plant protein, are satisfying and nutritious. Zucchini, corn, greens, herbs, capers and lingonberries all create a tasty combo and add crispiness. The tangy dressing gives this salad the final flavor bomb. Yum!
8. Coconut Spirulina Superfood Smoothie
Lindsay Cotter‘s Creamy Coconut Spirulina Superfood Smoothie recipe is an easy way to boost energy and protein intake with real food. No protein powder needed. A “balanced” creamy Superfood smoothie with coconut milk, spirulina, fruit, avocado, ginger root, and a pinch antioxidant-rich spices! Paleo and vegan-friendly for all.
9. Kale and Roasted Corn Stir Fry
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10. Savoy Cabbage Rolls
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Sonja Trurnit‘s beautiful and seasonal Savoy Cabbage Rolls recipe is German-inspired… and vegan. The meatiness of the eggplant and mushrooms make the texture of this dish authentic. But please don’t expect them to taste like your traditional German cabbage rolls – no, they are the (even better) vegan version.
11. Bok Choy With Shiitake Mushrooms
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12. Mini Veggie Cucumber Wraps With Avocado Hummus
Deliciously refreshing, these tiny veggie wraps by Natalie Fraise are the perfect appetizer or light snack. They are composed of thinly sliced cucumber filled with grated raw vegetables, and are nicely complemented with an avocado hummus spread. Once you’ve tried these, you can try changing up the stuffing. Cashew cheese, guacamole, black beans, or chopped tomatoes, would all work just as well!
13. Healthy Greek Broccoli Salad With Creamy Cashew Dressing
Want to add a bit of variety to your salads – try Taylor Kiser‘s Healthy Greek Broccoli Salad recipe out. This recipe combines crunchy broccoli, crisp cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes and tosses everything in a creamy cashew dressing that is super healthy. Lunch just got a little more interesting.
14. Grilled Zucchini and Beetroot Salad
Taylor Kiser‘s Grilled Zucchini and Beetroot Salad is a mish-mash of simple, whole-food veggie nutrition with a charred and smoky flavors slathered in the most addictive date balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a great way to make your salad more interesting and creatively use whatever veggies are laying around in your fridge! Grilling near-death vegetables is one of the sure-fire ways to make them totally delish and avoid that awkward limp-wilty situation that old vegetables have going on.
15. Hearty Superfood Salad With Arugula, Kale, and Beets
Linda Wagner‘s delicious Hearty Superfood Salad is loaded with superfoods and hearty enough to satisfy even the biggest appetites! With all of these amazing health benefits, this is the perfect time to be eating this salad regularly! It’s your body’s first defense against cold and flu season.
We hope these recipes get you back in the habit of eating plenty of greens! For more delicious recipes, download our Food Monster App where we have over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes.
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