7 veggie based dinners for the whole family
Desperately seeking easy veggie-based meals the whole family will love?
Maybe your shopping plans go a little something like this:
Every Saturday morning, my husband and I stare blankly at a slip of paper that will become our weekly grocery list.
“We need to get more vegetables on this list.”
I stare, I think, I pretend to read deeply the new vegetarian cook books I picked up a year ago.
We joke: “How about bangers and mash? Potatoes are a vegetable, right? And onion sauce, there’s another! We’ll throw some frozen peas on the girls’ plates. Veggies. Done.”
If you grew up like I did, easy meals we know by heart revolve around steaks and chickens and sausages, with vegetables relegated to an after thought. I often wonder if we’re getting enough. Here’s an interesting look at what a daily serving of fruits and vegetables might look like.
We aren’t vegetarians, but we understand the importance of having a huge slice of our calories come from plants to ward off health problems like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. And I know for certain veggies as sides for one meal a day, maybe two, doesn’t cut it. I need some yummy dishes filled with veggies that I can remember when the blank list freezes most of my brain cells.
So, I asked some recipe creators to share their favorite veggie-based family dinners and here’s what we got.
My husband and I enjoyed every one of these recipes, and our kids ate most of them. We adjusted the recipes only for quantities or if we couldn’t find a particular item (such as curry leaves). The rest we filled our week with the items we needed for these dinners and had a lot of fun bringing a new dinner to the table every week, and I felt better knowing the girls were exposed to a big stream of vegetables served in ways we’d never tried. We actually saved money, an unintended consequence, and now I’m sure we have some good veggie dishes that can become trusty staples in our menu rotation.
I hope you have fun exploring these dishes.
I’d love to try more of your veggie based meals! Post your favorite recipes in the comments below. And if you’ve tried some of those I’ve shared here today, please let me know what you think!