Simply Healthy Family: Beyond Broccoli

Beyond Broccoli

One of the main reason I started Simply Healthy Family over 4 years ago was to help everyone eat more veggies. Eating popular veggies like broccoli, carrots and corn is a good thing but eating a large variety of fruits and vegetables is a really, really good thing! Don't be intimidated to try new vegetables and to re-introduce them to your children over and over, tastes change. 

Also, try incorporating new vegetables into your meals in unconventional ways such as pestos, soups, pasta sauces and smoothies. Here are some of my favorite veggie dishes and sides from Simply Healthy Family. There is a search bar on the home page of this blog where you can type in anything else you might be looking for a recipe or nutritional information. 

So the next time you're at the grocery store, pick up some Bok Choy, Swiss Chard, cabbage or Beets!

ARTICHOKE      {March-June & Sept-Dec}

Artichoke Pesto Pasta with Grilled Shrimp                                               Lemon Chicken & Artichoke

ASPARAGUS      {Feb-June}

Tuna Cakes w Shaved Asparagus                                                              Focaccia Breakfast Rollup

BEETS      {Year Round in most places}

Golden Beet Ragout                                                                   

Simple Orange and Beet Salad

BOK CHOY     {Aug-first frost}

Bok Choy Stir Fry w Grilled Tofu                                               Gingered Millet w Japanese Veggies


Brussels and Shitake Mushrooms in Mirin                                              Bubble and Squeek

Peasants Brussles Stew

Carmelized Brussels w Peppers, Onions and Beans

CABBAGE      {Year Round in most places}

Veggie Burrito Bowls                                                                                   Apple Slaw

CARROTS      {April-Nov}

Carrot Date Energy Balls                                                         Orange-Honey Glazed Carrots w Pecans


Applesauce Muffins

Vietnamese Noodle Rolls

CAULIFLOWER      {Year Round in most places}

Cauliflower Fried Rice w Spring Veggies                      Chipotle Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Poppers

Cauliflower Buffalo "Wings"                                                Cheesy Cauliflower  Pizza Crust

Gobi Chana Beans Subzi
(Cauliflower, ChickPea and long Bean Stir Fry)

Cauliflower Yam Bisque

Roasted Cauliflower Florets w Sweet Curried Quinoa

 CHARD {SWISS, RED and GREEN}    {Aug-first frost}

Swiss Chard and Herbed Feta Omelet                                     Apple Cider & Squash Penne w Chard

COLLARD GREENS      {Aug-first frost}

Italian Beans and Greens (soup)                                                 Potato-Collard Cakes w Rouille Sauce

Collard Greens w Black Eyed Peas

CORN         {June-Oct.}

Simple Corn Cakes w                                                                                Holliday Corn Pudding
Zucchini-Tomato Salsa

Black Bean Cranberry Burgers                                                                        Grilled Fish Tacos on  
w Chipotle Hummus                                                                                         Blue Corn Tortillas

Cast Iron Skillet Sweet Green Chile Cornbread

2 Ingredient Corn Tortillas

Harvest Turkey Soup w Jamaican Spices

Cornmeal Crusted Fish Sticks

Chile Butter Grilled Corn on the Cob

EGGPLANT        {June-Oct}

Baked Parmesan Eggplant Dippers
                                                            Grilled Eggplant Caprese w
                                                                                                                      Garlic White Bean Puree  

 Smokey Baba Ganoush
{Roasted Eggplant Dip}                                                                         Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
                                                                                                                   w Eggplant and Marinara

GINGER       {Aug-Dec}

Sweet Ginger Peach Tea Quinoa                                                         Papaya, Mango-Ginger Frozen 
w Peaches and Pecans                                                                                       Margarita's

Ginger-Roos w Home Made                                                                       Pear-Gingerbread Cake
    Crystalized Ginger

Ginger-Pear Popsicles

JICAMA     {Sept-Dec}

Black Bean, Jicama and Shrimp Tostados

KALE     {Year Round in most places}

Zuppa Toscana                                                                                Simple, Chilled Gazpacho

LEEKS      {Year Round in most places but prime in cooler months}

White Bean, Fig and Leek on                                                                  Potato Leek Soup Makeover
Toasted Rosemary Filone

OKRA      {June-Nov.}

Okra Dippers w Home Made
   Buttermilk Dressing

PARSNIPS     {Oct.-May}

Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup

SPINACH       {Year Round in most places, thrives in cooler climates}

Spinach Pesto Pasta                                                                  Spinach and Turkey Salad w 
                                                                                                   Cranberry Orange Dressing                                            

SUMMER SQUASH     {June-Oct.}

Zucchini Roll Ups w Roasted Red Pepper                                    Santa Fe Style Vegetarian Enchiladas
and Yogurt-Goat Cheese Tzaziki

Vegetarian Skillet Nachos                                                            Applesauce Zucchini-Carrot Muffins                                                      

Crock Pot Barley Pilaf w Summer Fruits and Veggies
and a Citrus-Mint Dressing

Rosemary, Garlic and Parm Flatbread Pizzas

Summer Squash Medley w Shrimp

Apple Zucchini Muffins

WINTER SQUASH       {Oct.-Jan.}

SouthWestern Style Stuffed Spagetti Squash                                 Chipotle en Adobo Butternut Squash
w Chorizo and Peppers                                                                                      Lasagna

Roasted Spagetti Squash                                                                 Roasted Delicata Squash w Apples
w Bean Croquettes

Stuffed Acorn Squash w                                                                     SouthWestern Soft Tacos with
Cranberries and Pecans                                                                           Roasted Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash Souffle

Wild Rice and Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole

SWEET POTATOES      {Sept-Dec.}

Pecan Crusted Sweet Potato                                                                         Sweet Potato Hummus
Salmon Cakes

Home Made Goldfish Crackers                                                                   Ethiopian Groundnut Wat
w Sweet Potatoes and Cheddar                                                                          (stew)

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup and Pecans

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