5 Recipes So Delicious and Easy, You Won’t Even Know They’re Packed With Veggies

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“But, SKYLAR!” you say, “Every time I buy anything green it rots in my fridge until the smell forces me to throw it out because let’s be real, I don’t have time to make that salad I promised I would make when I was buying said green things.”

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I know, I know. I feel ya. As lady and gentlemen hustlers, we’re lacking energy and time. That’s why I’ve rounded up five recipes that are A) delicious B) so easy to make and C) contain all the veggies you need for a meal (no pathetic side salads here). Let’s dive in.

1. 15-Minute Cauliflower Fried Rice

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What’s better than snuggling up on the couch with a big bowl of fried rice at the end of a long day? Getting your vegetables while doing it! Faux-fried rice is the perfect recipe if you’re wanting to eat a bit healthier but aren’t willing to get rid of that glorious comfort food feeling. I personally ADORE Pinch of Yum’s version because of the ease (only 15 minutes!) and the edamame.

Check out her recipe here.

2. Soul-Warming Spinach Soup

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I know, I know. This recipe may initially sound like a total bore, but it’s not! The onions and garlic make this leafy-green-loaded meal so rich and heartwarming. Plus, don’t worry, there are potatoes in this bad boy to fill you up. It’s the perfect recipe for a winter’s night when all you’re really craving is a big bowl of thick soup that’s most likely loaded with cream and butter… not veggies.

And you guys, there’s a WHOLE bag of spinach in this recipe! No need for any other veggies on your plate. Get the recipe for this fresh and healthy spinach soup from The Spruce here.

3. Kale Pasta Sauce 

My world was shaken when I made this last week. Yes, it was delicious, easy,  and packed with nutrients, but you also — most likely — will have everything you need in your pantry to make it. I made The New York Times‘ Kale-Sauce Pasta and it was everything, but because you need a subscription to access the recipe (highly recommend, btw), I will leave my adapted version here:

Ingredients: 

1 pound kale (any kind), big stems removed

3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

1/8 cup olive oil

3/4 cup grated parmesan

3/4  package of pasta

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Pasta water

Directions:

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add your kale and cook for about five minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat your olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Add the garlic, and cook until golden brown.

3. Using tongs, take the kale out of the boiling water and place in a blender (save the water, you’ll use this for the pasta). Add the parmesan, oil, and garlic to the blender as well. Season with salt and pepper and blend until you create a sauce.

4. Boil your pasta according to the package in the same water the kale was in. Be sure to reserve one cup of pasta water.

5. Drain your pasta and return to the pot. Add in the sauce you made in the blender. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit of the pasta water and stir.

6. Serve with some extra parmesan on top!

Or, you could also try this creamy kale pasta sauce, if you’re down for a little more chopping.

4. Shrimp Scampi Zoodles 

Yep, you were right. You didn’t make it through this article without a zoodle recipe. If you’re feeling like you can’t escape the pressure to buy a spiralizer, take a step back. Most grocery stores (hi, Trader Joe’s!) have pre-spiralized zucchini just waiting for you to swing by after a long day and snatch them up for a healthy dinner.

Zoodles — for me — can get soggy, tasteless, and boring, which is why picking the right recipe is key. This shrimp scampi zoodle recipe does the trick, however. Butter, garlic, and olive oil!? It’s gonna taste great and still be healthy. Get the recipe from Damn Delicious here.

5. Broccoli Chicken Nuggets 

Yes! This is a kid’s recipe for those children who can’t seem to eat their veggies. But… that’s literally still us, and I know you want to grab that box of frozen nugs every time you pass them in the grocery store but you don’t because they’re “unhealthy.”

Well, today’s your lucky day. Jessica Seinfeld (yes! Jerry Seinfeld’s wife) has graced us with a healthy and veggie-packed chicken nugget recipe. Get her chicken nuggets with broccoli recipe here.

Skylar Harrison
Skylar Harrison

Skylar is both word and food obsessed and once cried over spilt guacamole. And no, she doesn't want to talk about it. Follow her at @skylarharrison.