I try to make vegetables the star of the show most of the time when I am thinking about what to make for dinner. I definitely do eat meat, but by making my plate more about the vegetables and less about the meat, I find I automatically eat a more wholesome diet without radically changing much. Here are 10 vegetable-heavy dinners I love.
1. Cheesy Vegetable Melts
These satisfying melts are filled with whatever vegetables you may have in your crisper draw, along with a generous swipe of Dijonaise and melty Gouda cheese.
2. Honey-Garlic Chicken Stir Fry
Although the title of this recipe reads “chicken,” vegetables are just as much a part of the show. The sweet, fragrant sauce soaks into every bit of this crowd-pleasing dish.
3. Crispy White Beans with Greens and Poached Egg
Here’s how to turn a pile of leafy greens into dinner. Sauté them with za’atar-spiced beans and top them with a runny poached egg for a seriously satisfying meal.
4. Roasted Eggplant and Brown Rice Bowl with Turmeric Tahini
This vegan, gluten-free recipe features caramelized and tender eggplant, juicy pomegranate seeds, chickpeas, fresh herbs, and nutty tahini sauce all in one happy bowl.
5. Quick Butternut Squash Curry
Reach for pre-cut butternut squash and this creamy, vegetable-packed Thai red curry couldn’t be more simple to toss together.
6. Kung Pao Cauliflower
Give your takeout favorite a meatless spin by swapping out the chicken for cauliflower — we guarantee that it’s no less satisfying.
7. Stuffed Winter Squash
Hollowed-out winter squash is the perfect vessel for a load of vegetables, cooked grains, cheese, and just a little crumbled sausage (for good measure).
8. Sheet Pan Sweet Potatoes and Black Bean Hash
This colorful vegetarian hash comes together all on one sheet pan, which means easy assembly and even easier cleanup.
9. Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
While rice noodles are lovely, spaghetti squash makes an incredible substitute if you’re looking to bring more vegetables to the dinner table.
10. One-Pot Zoodles and Meatballs
While this comforting recipe calls for spiralizing zucchini, don’t hesitate to pick up store-bought zucchini noodles to make the dish extra easy to make.