It's easy to fall into a rut when it comes to vegetables and default to your favorite bagged varieties, but there's more to life than frozen peas and corn. Experimenting with new vegetable recipes -- and using familiar ones in new ways - is a great way to liven up the dinner table. Add a touch of butter and heavy cream to steamed parsnips, purée, and you've got a silky, unexpected side dish. Roast cauliflower florets, then drizzle with browned butter. Bake a halved spaghetti squash and toss the pasta-like strands with olive oil (they're a good stand-in for real noodles in a pinch, too!). Whether you grill, stir-fry, or use your vegetables in a salad, you'll be happy to welcome new ideas to the table. Check out your local farmers market for more ideas - seeing what's in season is great inspiration.

Potato & Leek Au Gratin

Diabetic Living

Stuffed Red Peppers

Diabetic Living

Gourmet Onions

Better Homes and Gardens

This unassuming recipe has big flavor despite a short ingredients list. To save time, peel the onions up to 24 hours ahead.

Safari Snack


Stuff celery with this peanut butter and honey dip, or serve with crunchy vegetables or fruits.

Total: 10 mins
Total: 35 mins
Total: 2 hrs

Sauteed Morel Mushrooms

Midwest Living

Steak and Potato Pizza

Better Homes and Gardens

Purchased refrigerated pizza dough means this hearty ribeye steak pizza can easily go on your list of quick dinner recipes.

Stuffed Flank Steak

Family Circle

This roasted flank steak stuffed with a delicious spinach, blue cheese, and roasted red pepper filling makes an impressive main-dish recipe for family and friends.


Midwest Living

Serve this tangy Southern-style relish alongside ham and beans or pork chops, then don't forget the corn bread!

Sausage & Peppers

Family Circle

The well-loved combination of sausage and sweet peppers becomes a low-fat recipe when you make it with turkey sausage. Be sure to use reduced-fat milk in the polenta to keep the fat and calories in check.

Pennsylvania Dutch Cabbage Saute

Family Circle

This hot vegetable recipe combines some unlikely ingredients--cabbage, bacon, onion, egg noodles, and sour cream--into a delicious side dish in less than 30 minutes.

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