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.
This broth, full of vegetable flavor, works well to make soups and stews or as a poaching liquid for fish and chicken.
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.
Turn refrigerated mashed sweet potatoes into a company-special side dish by "loading" them with onion, mushrooms, and savory seasonings.
Whole wheat couscous is not only good for you, it also adds a delightful, nutty flavor to this easy-to-fix side dish.
Threading the pork and vegetables on separate skewers ensures that everything--the juicy pork cubes, tender crisp zucchini, yellow squash, and just warmed cherry tomatoes--will be perfectly cooked.
These overstuffed baked peppers are filled with tomatoes, veggie crumbles, and rice for a quick and easy meatless main dish. A delectable five-ingredient recipe.
Penne and rapini make a tasty twosome in this quick-and-easy pasta recipe tossed in olive oil and Parmesan cheese.
An onion and hot curry powder mixture spices up cauliflower, green pepper, carrots, and chickpeas. This meatless main-dish recipe makes a tasty filling for pitas or tandoori nan.
Light ranch dressing makes a creamy sauce for this pork chop, peas, and barley main-dish recipe that can be prepared in just over 30 minutes.