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.

Court Bouillon

Better Homes and Gardens

This broth, full of vegetable flavor, works well to make soups and stews or as a poaching liquid for fish and chicken.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Citrus-Hazelnut Gremolata

Diabetic Living
Total: 35 mins

Skillet Corn

Diabetic Living
Total: 35 mins

Mushrooms Silvestri

Diabetic Living
Total: 45 mins

Creamy Brussels Sprouts

Better Homes and Gardens

The secret to delectable Brussels sprouts is to avoid overcooking them. Pull this side dish from the oven as soon as the vegetables are tender.

Cheeseburger-Zucchini Pie

Family Circle

The flaky crust for this tasty pie recipe forms at the top. A beef and zucchini mixture followed by a layer of Italian cheeses make the delicious filling underneath.

Oregano Chicken and Vegetables

Better Homes and Gardens

This low calorie chicken-and-vegetable dinner is made in one skillet, which saves on clean up time.

Total: 1 hr

Crunchy Zucchini and Tomato

Diabetic Living

Light-texture Japanese bread crumbs, called panko, provide the crunch in the topping. Look for them at large supermarkets or specialty food stores.

Total: 15 mins

Sesame Ginger Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Family Circle

With green beans, red sweet pepper, and yellow squash, this chicken stir-fry, fragrant with ginger and garlic, is a colorful dish.

Vegetable Gratin

Family Circle

This vegetable and pasta casserole dish includes penne pasta tossed with summer vegetables--eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes--and a tart goat cheese sauce.

Smoky Turkey and Veggie Frittata

Family Circle

Give leftover turkey a second chance by adding an assortment of your favorite fresh vegetables to eggs and smoked Gouda cheese for a quick and easy frittata recipe.

Roast Pork & Pan-roasted Potatoes

Family Circle

Fork-tender pork roast and homemade gravy pairs up with oven roasted potatoes seasoned with rosemary for an extra-special family dinner recipe.

Roast Chicken and Veggies

Family Circle

Lemon juice adds a tangy flavor to this chicken recipe. Remove skin before serving to reduce fat and calories.

Polenta with Cauliflower

Family Circle

A simple jar of marinara sauce provides an earthy flavor to this layered polenta and cauliflower casserole recipe.

Smothered Chicken

Family Circle

Chicken, mushrooms, and onions are smothered in a creamy white sauce flavored with garlic and lemon juice. This casserole recipe is sure to be a hit with your family.

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