I don’t know about you but I’m sick of seeing all the fancy salads posted on Pinterest. Yes, I repin them and admire how pretty they are, and then, those pins sit on a board never to be looked at or clicked on again.
The truth is, I actually do like salads, but, I don’t need yet ANOTHER way to prepare one. The way salads work in my house is, if I have lettuce I will cut it up and then add whatever else I can find in my refrigerator that might go in a salad that seems good.
Salads are pretty fool proof if you ask me, but, you can only eat so many. I’m at the point where I can do a couple a week (this is counting lunches and dinners) max and then I’m done and I need something else to fill my veggie quota.
This list is a personal “best of” compilation of recipes and ideas to give you inspiration in your quest to eat more vegetables. I hope you enjoy.
- FAJITAS! Yum! Who doesn’t love meat (or a meat substitute) grilled up with some peppers & onions and then topped with salsa and guacamole (or however you eat them). I prefer the baked variety where you can make a HUGE pan and have left overs for a few days. This recipe is my go to. My husband AND kids like it.
- GREEN RICE (ARROZ VERDE). This stuff is amazing and can be added to any meal in which you would serve plain white rice. Most recipes for green rice found on Pinterest are all pretty similar and use spinach BUT I have mixed in broccoli to mine and I’m sure you could experiment with kale and chard too.
- VEGETABLE SOUP. Not the kind of vegetable soup you are thinking though. This soup is amazing can be made with either broccoli OR asparagus (I’ve done both and loved both). If you are sick of the traditional types of veggie soup then this style is worth a try.
- IN YOUR EGGS. Simple and easy way to add veggies is to throw in a cup of whatever you like to your scrambled eggs. My favorites are mushrooms and broccoli (yes, broccoli). Try it!
- GREEN SMOOTHIES. A great combination of fruits and vegetables, a green smoothie is good anytime of day but I prefer them for breakfast. I always use spinach as my green of choice but you can also try kale, chard, and celery too. Stay tuned for a future post on my all time favorite smoothie combo. If you need inspiration, there are hundreds of recipes on Pinterest.
- IN YOUR SPAGHETTI SAUCE. I’m guessing a lot of you probably add mushrooms and onions (and maybe some olives) to your sauce. What about mixing it up? Brussel sprouts, broccoli, spinach, bell peppers. The sky is the limit here and the chunkier the sauce the better.
- ON BURGERS. I’m not talking about a pickle and some iceburg lettuce. I’m talking arugula, grilled mushrooms, asparagus, and bell peppers. All are amazing on burgers (of the beef, turkey, or fake meat variety).
- SKILLET MEALS. When I have no idea what to cook, I make a skillet meal. How do you make a fool proof skillet meal? Lean protein + whole grains (quinoa & cous cous are my favorites) + vegetables.
- PIZZA. Think less cheese and MORE veggies. Try arugula and portabello mushrooms with goat cheese. And this one looks really good too! Really, pizza is versatile and you can add anything you want to it, I mean, its pizza, you can’t go wrong.
- WRAPS. A super simple lunch idea. My perfect wrap has about a tablespoon of hummus spread on a whole wheat tortilla, spinach or mixed greens with grilled bell peppers and some sort of protein (tuna, grilled chicken, tempeh).
There you have it, my list of NON salad ways to eat veggies. Do you have a favorite way to prepare vegetables (that are NOT a part of a salad?), I would love to hear it!