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9 Delicious Ways to Sneak Veggies into Your Diet

You'll Have No Problem Staying at the Table Until You're Done

As children, I’m sure these three dreaded words echoed in all of our homes, (insert scary mom voice), Eat Your Veggies!

As a kid, my mom did her best to make sure I ate a variety of veggies event the ones I wasn’t a fan of. But as I got older and headed off to college my eating habits become less healthy and more processed. I didn’t give eating for health any thought. Eating was about being social and filling up not fueling my body. It wasn’t until my 30th birthday when I decided it was time for a change. I wanted to be the best me I could possibly be so I got my ass back into the gym and started taking notice of what I was putting into my body.

I decided it was important for me to consume foods which will:

  • Make my body feel alive and energized not weighed down and sluggish.
  • Support my immune system.
  • To fuel my body so it can function properly.

BOTTOM LINE: I want to eat to be healthy and let my body perform at it’s best.

At the beginning of my journey, I thought I was eating healthy but realistically I was eating for flavor and still not health. It was definitely a struggle to cook and achieve that healthy balance I was looking for. Trying to nail the recommended daily serving of veggies at dinner just wasn’t working out. So I stopped stressing over getting in the 2 or 3 cups and instead just focused on adding in veggies where I could. And before I know it, I was nailing the 2 or 3 cups of veggies without even realizing it.

With these 9 delicious recipes, I know you”ll be able to simply incorporate veggies into your busy life one meal at a time.

  1. Asiago Kohlrabi Noodle Frittata with Corn, Bacon, and Basil
    Mornings are hard for me. I usually get up, have a yogurt and workout. Once I finish my workout all I can think of is FOOD! I want something quick and healthy to dive into and for me this frittata is perfect. I usually like to make this the night before I’m going to have it that when all I have to do is heat it up in the am. When I first tried this recipe out I had no clue what kohlrabi was but that didn’t stop me from trying it out. Kohlrabi is a little stout shaped vegetables that taste a bit like broccoli stems. When mixed with eggs, bacon, and cheese it’s absolutely delicious, but what isn’t when it covered in cheese.
  2. Huevos Rancheros with a Spiralized Potato “Tortilla”
    Huevos Rancheros is my go-to brunch dish. I love the idea of having a warm silky breakfast dish with a nice pop of flavor. This huevos rancheros dish with a spiralized potato tortilla has all those wonderful textures and flavors even thought it was made by me. I love the potato tortilla as it adds a hash brown feel to the dish. Not to mention the potato tortilla doesn’t get soggy after the yoke is split.
  3. Italian Zucchini Pasta Salad
    In an effort to up my veggie intake, I was super stoked when I found this zucchini pasta salad recipe. Switching out the pasta for zucchini is a light and refreshing take on this dish. The artichokes are a great addition and provolone so much more flavor than mozzarella. With all the different flavor combinations you can create you’ll surely find flavorful twists on the classic dish you’ll sure to love.
  4. Vegetarian Carrot Enchilada BakeMy family absolutely loves Mexican food so when I found this healthy enchilada bake I had to give it a try. This recipe replaces tortillas and sneaks in carrot rice, making it healthier and delicious at the same time. When I made my enchilada bake I added in some ground turkey for the man in my life. The spicy mix of beans, peppers, corn, onion, tomatoes, cheese, riced carrots, ground turkey, and spices make it hard not to enjoy the healthier version of this dish.
  5. Deconstructed Manicotti Skillet with Zucchini NoodlesWho doesn’t love manicotti! The warm ewwy gooey ricotta cheese mixed with spinach then topped with more cheese and tomato sauce is to die for literally. This deconstructed manicotti skillet with zucchini noodles is an amazingly healthy way to sneak some veggies in without having to miss out on the ewwy gooeyness we all love.
  6. Black Bean Tacos with Spiralized Jicama and Avocado Mash
    I can go to town on some delicious tacos but I wouldn’t mind doing with all the fat so when I came across this healthy taco recipe I ha to give it a shot.The jicama slaw is tangy, slightly spicy, and delicious. It also adds a little moisture making these tacos perfect. I added grilled skirt steak to this recipe making the tacos extra delicious.
  7. Chicken and Zucchini Noodle Soup
    On a nice cold day, I love to snuggle up with a nice bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. When I first came across this recipe I was super excited to replace the processed pasta with whole, fresh vegetables transforming this classic dishes into healthier versions of the original.The zucchini is a great replacement for pasta but you can also use turnips or carrots as another great supplement.
  8. Creamy Avocado Zucchini Pasta with Charred Corn and Spicy Shrimp
    This bright and gorgeous dish looks as good as it tastes! Now, I haven’t always been a huge fan of avocados but this avocado sauce is amazing and pairs perfectly with the spicy shrimp. The best part of this recipe is not only is it healthy it’s also light and doesn’t leave you feeling weighed down.
  9. White Chocolate Zucchini Oat Cookies
    I had fun with this recipe. My family was visiting and I wanted to bake these cookies up for them but leave out the fact that theses cookies are healthy. See my brother is an avid veggie hater so when he absolutely LOVED these cookies I was thrilled. When I spilled the beans I was seriously shocked when he could NOT stop eating them!

No matter where you are in your journey these 9 recipes can be a great addition to anyone’s diet.

Healthy living has never been easier or more fun!

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