It’s no surprise that at One Green Planet we think every day should be Eat Your Vegetables Day. Still, we are thrilled that every June 17th everyone is encouraged to up their veggie intake on National Eat Your Vegetables Day. Most people know that vegetables are healthy and essential to optimal health but some people still need convincing that veggies are downright delicious. If you could use a little encouragement to eat more vegetables, we are here to help. Read 10 Ways to Get Yourself to Eat More Vegetables for fun and helpful ideas and recipes. 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.
Of course we know that people will eat more vegetables if they taste good so we offer lots of tips and tricks for cooking them. Check out 7 Tips for Cooking Vegetables So They Taste Delicious, The Best Way to Cook Your Veggies for the Most Nutrition and How to Avoid These Common Mistakes When Cooking Vegetables. Start a garden, trade your junk food for fresh veggies or try going plant-based for the whole day. Here are 15 amazing veggie dishes to get you started celebrating.
1. Fresh Summer Vegan Pesto Pizza
One of the best things about pizza is that it’s a blank canvas to paint with colorful toppings and sauces. This Fresh Summer Vegan Pesto Pizza has zucchini, onions, and olives as well as a bright basil and pine nut pesto and spicy heirloom tomato sauce to create a masterpiece.
2. Portobello Mushroom BLT Sandwich
In this Portobello Mushroom BLT Sandwich, BLT stands for “Better than Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato.” Thinly sliced Portobello mushrooms are marinated and cooked for a healthier, kinder all-veggie version of this classic sandwich.
3. The Ultimate Vegan Burger
Some people think veggie burgers are just made of nuts and seeds. This burger wants to clear up that misconception. Made with beets and quinoa, this patty is smoky, succulent and crispy. But the fact that it’s topped with an avocado-tahini sauce and baked sweet potato fries is what makes this The Ultimate Vegan Burger.
4. Ultimate Teriyaki Stir-Fry
Stir-fries are a fast, easy and delicious way to eat a variety of veggies. This Ultimate Teriyaki Stir-Fry has carrots, zucchini, broccoli and bell peppers cooked in an amazing homemade teriyaki sauce.
5. Kale, Caramelized Onion and Quinoa Tacos
Celebrate Taco Tuesdays (and every other day of the week) with these Kale, Caramelized Onion and Quinoa Tacos. A healthier twist on the usual taco fillings, these beauties are easy to make and packed with flavor.
6. Nourishing Power Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing
Veggie bowls and composed salads are all the rage. This Nourishing Power Bowl is packed with roasted veggies, leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, avocado and chickpeas. It all gets topped with a tangy lemon tahini dressing for an energizing and delicious meal in a bowl.
7. Rainbow Veggie Lentil Fried Rice
This is how you add nutrients, color and flavor to a classic dish like fried rice. This Rainbow Veggie Lentil Fried Rice is filled with lots of colorful veggies and protein-rich lentils. Fresh herbs and toasted nuts or seeds add even more color, texture and flavor.
8. Pasta Primavera With Creamy Alfredo Sauce
This Pasta Primavera with Creamy Alfredo Sauce is a veggie lover’s dream. Zucchini and carrot “noodles” are topped with an array of vegetables, nuts, raisins and fresh herbs and a creamy zucchini and cashew Alfredo sauce. Whether you eat this raw or cooked, it’s a beautiful and delicious dish.
9. Beans and Plantain Ravioli
The foods ravioli can be filled with are limited only by one’s imagination. Step outside the box with this Beans and Plantain Ravioli dish. Fresh, handmade pasta is filled with spiced beans and plantains and topped with sauteed peppers and garlic for a flavorful and creative take on ravioli.
10. Cauliflower Cacciatore
This Cauliflower Cacciatore proves veggies can go anywhere meat can. In this Italian classic, cauliflower is stewed with bell peppers, mushrooms and onions in a tomato sauce with capers, chickpeas and kale.
11. Roasted Veggies With Buttery Garlic and Spinach Salad
If you think salad means boring lettuce and tomatoes, think again. This Roasted Veggies with Buttery Garlic and Spinach Salad will change your definition of a salad forever. Delight in delicious, savory roasted vegetables all on a bed of spinach with fresh tomatoes, bell peppers and sunflower seeds.
12. Magical Roasted Corn and Lime Tortilla Soup
One of the most comforting ways to enjoy veggies is in a big bowl of soup like this Magical Roasted Corn and Lime Tortilla Soup. In just 15 minutes, you could be sitting down to this flavorful soup with tomatoes, roasted corn, black beans, spices and tortilla chips. It’s so incredible, it will disappear before your eyes just like…magic.
13. Sweet Potato Nachos
Maybe you’re thinking you would rather have a plate of nachos than a bunch of vegetables. Well, you can have both. These Sweet Potato Nachos swap out the tortilla chips for crispy sweet potato chips. Then you layer on all the usual toppings like black beans, corn, tomatoes, and guacamole. Eat as much as you want guilt-free!
14. Carrot Cake Waffles With Cream Cheese Frosting
Start your day right by having veggies for breakfast. These Carrot Cake Waffles with Cream Cheese Frosting has everything you love about carrot cake in a waffle. The frosting alone will have you jumping out of bed without hitting the snooze alarm.
15. Chocolate Covered Black Bean Brownie Pops
These Chocolate Covered Brownie Pops are rich, fudgy and covered in crea/my melted chocolate. They’re decadent and easy to make. Oh, and they’re made with black beans so you can eat your veggies for dessert.
June is also National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month so keep the celebration going all month long. You may end up loving veggies so much, you’ll never need a holiday to remind you to eat your vegetables again.
Lead Image Photo: Ultimate Teriyaki Stir-Fry