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.

This happens:

“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!


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  • Tamara

    5 a day is hard, I agree! Way to do something about it!

    I have never had quinoa, and I’m not even sure how to pronounce it 😉 but I commit to try and make it if I can get my hands on some canned black beans! Tara you know my plight 😉

  • Fiona

    Great to get some new ideas. The spinach tart looks amazing!

  • Claire

    Definitely going to try some of these. I feel like we eat WAY too much meat as well… hard to get away from that traditional meat-and-three-veg thing!

  • Kate

    These recipes look great! We are vegetarian, so I’m looking forward to working my way through them. ) Tamara are you struggling to get hold of black beans? We found them in the German supermarket Hiebers.

  • Ale

    Saved in my recipes ides book! I love quinoa and prepare it very often but only recently I realised it goes easily also with sweet meals, for example amazing breakfast is fresh fruits with white yoghurt (can be sweet too) and quinoa.. Spinach is another favourite veggie. Recently we cook a lot with tofu to replace chicken meat as I though we were eating it too often.. Thanks for the inspiration

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