Vegetables

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.

Sauteed Spinach

Diabetic Living
Total: 15 mins

Fresh Kraut

Better Homes and Gardens

When chopping cabbage for this easy kraut side dish, cut pieces bite-size for neater eating.

Garden-Special Primavera

Midwest Living
Total: 45 mins

Gourmet Onions

Midwest Living

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

Vegetable Fried Rice

Better Homes and Gardens

Here's a low fat version of fried rice. Prepare the rice ahead and chill. It saves valuable time, but is also a must for this recipe.

Total: 20 mins
Total: 15 mins

Roasted Root Vegetables

Midwest Living

Turkey-Asparagus Brunch Bake

Midwest Living

This recipe calls for ground turkey and makes a memorable brunch recipe that's been popular with Better Homes and Gardens readers for decades.

Green Beans with Limes

Better Homes and Gardens

Simply sauteed green beans get a zing of fresh flavor with a bit of lime peel and juice. For crunch, add 14 cup sliced almonds the last 5 minutes of cooking. Stir often to toast evenly.

Total: 30 mins

Loaded Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Diabetic Living

Turn refrigerated mashed sweet potatoes into a company-special side dish by "loading" them with onion, mushrooms, and savory seasonings.

Total: 15 mins

Roasted Beets and Shallots

Diabetic Living

Succotash

Diabetic Living

Risotto-Style Barley and Vegetables

Better Homes and Gardens

Vegetable risotto is a nourishing vegetarian main-dish. To mix it up, heartier barley stands in for rice in this recipe.

Total: 30 mins

Couscous With Zucchini And Cherry Tomatoes

Diabetic Living

Whole wheat couscous is not only good for you, it also adds a delightful, nutty flavor to this easy-to-fix side dish.

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