Maybe you’re trying to ramp up your downtrodden New Year’s resolutions. Or maybe you’ve just chowed down on one too many Big Macs and are trying to revamp your diet. No matter the reason for your new health-focused intentions, eating healthy is easier said than done.
People’s immediate default is always to start eating salad. You’re out to lunch. What do you order? Salad. You’re grabbing pizza. What do you ask for? Salad.
Salad, salad, salad. Ugh. You were almost happy when health officials started warning against romaine because of an E. coli contamination — anything so long as it means you can stop eating lettuce.
If you can’t stomach the idea of another leaf of kale crunching unsatisfyingly between your teeth, it’s time to switch it up a bit. News flash: There are healthy meals out there that aren’t salad. With these recipes, you can give America’s favorite diet food a break and bring some light back into your life — without sacrificing your vegetables. Get all the vegetable servings you need with these 25 unique meal ideas.
Jackfruit is one of the biggest health trends to come out this past year. Have you tried it yet? Proponents swear it tastes just like pulled pork or chicken. Slathered in this lip-smacking barbecue sauce, how could it be bad?
Hey, cabbage. We like the way you roll. Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6, alongside more than 10 other important nutrients. But even better than that, it works perfectly to hold together a nourishing, delightful blend of spices, rice, and lamb.
Ramping up your immune system for flu season is easy when it tastes this good. This soup might even have more vegetables than a salad — while sparing you the cold, disappointing crunch.
If you want pulled pork but you don’t want the bun from a barbecue slider, this dish is for you. Jicama is a crunchy vegetable you need to make into a slaw — not a salad. Pair that with your tender, juicy pork and you’ve got dinner.
Haven’t you heard? Korean gochujang is the next sriracha — and this recipe is the perfect one to introduce it to your table. With the sauce’s powerful flavor, you’ll forget all about the fact you’re eating something healthy!
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Sheet pans are basically the holy grail of weeknight meals. Throw a bunch of marinated chicken and vegetables in the oven, toss in a few spices and oils, and bam. You’ve got an incredibly healthy and delicious compliment to your couscous boiling on the side.
A healthier take on meatloaf, this is the perfect comforting meal when you’re craving your mom’s homemade cooking.
Pumpkin season doesn’t have to end when fall does. Pumpkin and butternut squash are sold year-round, and those are all you need for this creamy, dreamy sauce. The extra vegetables in the sauce add a heaping helping of fiber to this pasta dish, keeping it balanced and nutritious. Plus, pesto is the best-o. Everyone knows that!
We know it’s called a salad, but we promise it isn’t one. The base of this diverse medley is a nutty grain, quinoa — not lettuce. Goat cheese and prosciutto make this simple lunch taste gourmet — perfect for adding some pizzazz to your office lunch rotation.
Hey, salad — you just got roasted. Literally. Because this dish is essentially all the usual suspects of your boring old salad, but oven-roasted to soft perfection. A little crispy on the outside. Soft and palatable on the inside. Doused in a flavorful, oily vinaigrette… Sign us up.
Kale gets a bad rap, but give it a chance. Once you cook it like this, you’ll forget you ever dreaded eating the vegetable. Plus, it has bacon. What could go wrong?
Making lasagna just got 10 times easier. Throw more vegetables than you thought you could fit between the gushing layers of pasta and cheese to create this family-friendly dish.
Mushrooms are pretty much the perfect topping for any pizza, but they might be even better stuffed with cheese. These delectable stuffed vegetables are filled to the brim with protein, carbs, and, above all, flavor.
When in doubt, put an egg on it. Cauliflower and sweet potato act as the base of this hash, but kale, diced red peppers, and a fried egg make it a filling meal. Eat it for breakfast, lunch, or any other time you want to eat something egg-cellent.
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Whether it’s game day or just any day, this lean bowl of chili won’t disappoint. Topped with a few slices of healthy avocado, this zesty chili recipe is one of our weeknight favorites.