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.
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.
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.
Light-texture Japanese bread crumbs, called panko, provide the crunch in the topping. Look for them at large supermarkets or specialty food stores.
Whole grain orzo is full of flavor yet low in fat. It cooks quickly, making this butternut squash dish an easy dinner.
This low calorie chicken-and-vegetable dinner is made in one skillet, which saves on clean up time.
With green beans, red sweet pepper, and yellow squash, this chicken stir-fry, fragrant with ginger and garlic, is a colorful dish.
This vegetable and pasta casserole dish includes penne pasta tossed with summer vegetables--eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes--and a tart goat cheese sauce.
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.
Fork-tender pork roast and homemade gravy pairs up with oven roasted potatoes seasoned with rosemary for an extra-special family dinner recipe.
Lemon juice adds a tangy flavor to this chicken recipe. Remove skin before serving to reduce fat and calories.