Vegetables Recipes

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 <a href="/recipes/vegetables/more-vegetables/parsnips/">parsnips</a>, purée, and you've got a silky, unexpected side dish. Roast <a href="/recipes/vegetables/cauliflower/">cauliflower</a> florets, then drizzle with browned butter. Bake a halved <a href="/recipes/vegetables/squash/spaghetti/">spaghetti squash</a> and toss the pasta-like strands with olive oil (they're a good stand-in for real noodles in a pinch, too!). Whether you <a href="/recipes/vegetables/grilled/">grill</a>, 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.

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Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

From Midwest Living

This five-ingredient recipe comes from the bacon pros at Nueske¿s meats in Wisconsin.

Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

Meat and Potato Pizza

From Midwest Living

Meat and Potato Pizza

Spinach-Mushroom-Sausage Pierogi Bake

From Midwest Living

Cream cheese adds richness to a mixture of sauteed vegetables and sausage. Pour it all over packaged frozen pierogi. (You don¿t even have to thaw them!) The recipe from Jan Valdez of Chicago was a finalist in our Best of the Midwest® recipe contest.

Spinach-Mushroom-Sausage Pierogi Bake

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

From Midwest Living

Talk about easy! Thanks to convenience foods, these sliders come together in minutes.

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

Florentine Lasagna

From Better Homes and Gardens

This Italian specialty recipe features a delicious blend of Italian sausage, spinach, mozzarella, and ricotta cheeses.

Florentine Lasagna

Florentine Lasagna

From Midwest Living

Florentine Lasagna

Potato-Thyme Frittata

From Midwest Living

This flavorful frittata can be a simple brunch or weeknight supper dish; if you don't have fresh thyme, just substitute dried. The recipe comes from Urban Roots Farm in Springfield, Missouri.

Potato-Thyme Frittata

Apple Pumpkin Sunflower Bread

From Midwest Living

We packed a bushel of fall flavor into this homey loaf: pumpkin, apple, nuts and spices. A generous half-cup of boiled cider adds unmistakably fruity zing, but you can substitute any apple-flavor liquid. You can make boiled cider yourself using the recipe on our site, or purchase it at specialty food stores or online.

Apple Pumpkin Sunflower Bread

White Surprise Chili

From Midwest Living

This high-protein main dish looks like navy bean soup but is actually a mild chicken chili.

White Surprise Chili

Vegetable-Pork Oven Stew

From Midwest Living

Potatoes, green beans, corn and onions fill this chunky stew. A long, slow simmer in the oven makes the pork tender.

Vegetable-Pork Oven Stew

Great Lakes Salmon Chowder

From Midwest Living

Asparagus slices add color, and the dill and lemon zest add fresh flavor to salmon that¿s packed with protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Great Lakes Salmon Chowder

Slow Cooking Chicken Cacciatore

From Better Homes and Gardens

Slow Cooking Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

From Midwest Living

Serve this Italian dish over fettuccine noodles for a well-rounded dinner.

Chicken Cacciatore

Chipotle Black Bean Chili

From Midwest Living

We used ground beef, jarred salsa, beans, and potatoes to make this soup extra satisfying. Omit the meat to create a hearty vegetarian dish.

Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake

From Midwest Living

Chocolate and sweet potato batters are swirled together to make this moist, tender spice cake from Patricia Polley of Columbus, Ohio. Wrap and store the cooled cake overnight for easier slicing. (It¿s a great alternative to coffee cake for brunches.)

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake

Goat Cheese and Roasted Beet Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

From Midwest Living

If you like, add grilled chicken to make this rainbow-colored salad a main dish.

Goat Cheese and Roasted Beet Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

From Midwest Living

This layered cheesy potato side dish is always a favorite at family dinners.

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Firehouse Beef Roast

From Midwest Living

This hearty, slow-cooked beef makes its own gravy as it roasts in the oven. Potatoes and baby carrots cook alongside the beef to make this dish a complete meal. The recipe comes from Greg Drazkowski of Menomonie, Wisconsin.

Firehouse Beef Roast

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

From Heart-Healthy Living

Cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, and dried fruits flavor this hearty beef stew. Make it in your slow cooker the next time you need a delicious dinner waiting at home for you.

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

From Midwest Living

Cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, and dried fruits are what give this stew its interesting North African angle. The serve-along? Couscous, of course--a quintessential Moroccan staple.

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Stew

From Better Homes and Gardens

Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Stew

Polenta with Eggs and Zucchini

From Better Homes and Gardens

Polenta with Eggs and Zucchini

Pumpkin Football Cakes

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin Football Cakes

Winter Garden Polenta

From Better Homes and Gardens

Winter Garden Polenta

Polenta with Ground Beef Ragout

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sliced polenta on the bottom and a spoonful of pesto or olive tapenade on top add a gourmet angle to this slow-simmered beef recipe.

Polenta with Ground Beef Ragout

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