Getting your "five a day" is important to your health — we all know that. But finding palatable ways to work that mantra into your busy schedule can be difficult. A look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest report on produce consumption among adults from 2000-2009 confirms this: During the 10-year period of the study, only 26.7 percent of adults on average reported having three or more servings of vegetables a day, and only 33 percent of adults on average had two or more servings of fruit a day. While there are certainly many factors at play, it seems that knowing what to eat doesn't necessarily translate to changing what we eat. That's why we rounded up some great recipes to help you work some more vegetables into your diet.
Stuffed vegetable recipes are a great way to elevate vegetables from a side dish to something substantial enough to serve as a main course. And, while they are a boon to vegetarians (and we have certainly included some great vegetarian recipes, such as Meatless Monday's Hazelnut Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers), there are also many traditional stuffed vegetable recipes that use meat as well, such as this Turkish Stuffed Cabbage Recipe which features a mixture of ground lamb, basmati rice, onions, and tomatoes. And if you're planning on hosting a party over the weekend, they can easily be scaled up to serve a large number of guests; Ivy Stark's Corn-Stuffed Chiles is a good example, which is both flavorful and fun to make. For more recipes, check out the slideshow.
Will Budiaman is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.