Veggie-Packed Dinner Recipes That Will Still Bring You Cozy Comfort
Craving comfort but wanting to stay healthy? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I struggle when it comes to eating “healthy,” because, well, I grew up on not-so-healthy foods and tasty home cooking a good amount of the time. If you’re like me in that regard, or if you’re just a foodie wanting to pack more veggies into your diet, you’ll absolutely love these recipes. Here are the 10 best veggie dinner recipes I’ve tried.
Mushroom and Pepper Fajitas
Fajitas are such a great easy dinner option. It’s also great if you have a lot of various veggies or meats hanging around your fridge at the end of the week. Though, if you ask me and probably a vast majority of fajita lovers, bell peppers and mushrooms are where it’s at in terms of veggies. These would make great fillings on their own, but they can also be accompanied by other roasted/ grilled veggies like onions or brussel sprouts. I also love shrimp or chicken in fajitas for a bit of protein, but a lot of veggies or beans can also pack a punch of protein for this easy and healthy veggie-packed dinner idea.
Veggie Sheet Pan Bake
Like the last recipe, this veggie sheet pan bake can be made with veggies alone or by adding in a meat or other protein of choice. This dinner is also amazingly easy and just requires you to cut up veggies that will go well together (your options are close to endless), oil them up a bit, and bake all one one pan in the oven. It’s always a good idea to make sure to set timers throughout your veggie bake so that you can flip or rotate the pieces on the tray. Nobody likes something underdone on one side and burnt on the other, and that tends to be the biggest mistake people make with one-pan bakes. Sometimes, different veggies will need different cooking times, so just pay attention throughout the bake and adjust accordingly. Aside from that, this is such a low-maintenance and comforting dinner idea that can be combined with rice, pasta, or even served on its own.
Once I learned how to make this at home, I stopped buying veggie sushi from anywhere else. It’s surprisingly easy to slice up some veggies thinly and continue to include them in your very own sushi roll. After making your sticky rice, make sure to stir in some sugar dissolved in vinegar to give it that sushi rice taste. Then, assemble your roll with nori, rice and the veggies of your choice and enjoy! P.s., if you need a little instruction (or hacks) for rolling up your sushi, this YouTube video is super helpful!
Lasagne is one of my ultimate comfort foods. I mean, it just screams home cooked meal like nothing else, and this veggie-based rainbow lasagne doesn’t skimp on that deliciousness. In fact, I feel like the flavor profile of the dish gets enhanced in such a cozy and tasty way with the variety of veggies included in this pasta dish. If you’re going for a dish that’ll impress, taste great, and also includes tons of veggies, this is the pick for you.
Quinoa + Veggie Bowls
Ding, ding, ding! I’ve arrived with another ultra-easy dinner recipe, yes, these quinoa and veggie bowls only require a few things from you. One, heat up some quinoa. Two, gather and prepare your veggies (and protein) to be included in the bowls. Three, prepare any toppings or sauces. Four, assemble. Five, eat and enjoy! Bonus points: this assemble-with-what-what-you-have format of the meal makes it so that you can easily mix and match ingredients to make sure you’ve included all major food groups that you should be including in your meal! You and your body will love this veggie-packed dinner recipe.
Chicken Stir Fry
I had a solid two-year streak of making about one stir fry a week. I guess I had finally cracked the code of a easy, healthy, and tasty dinner recipe… Cause that quite literally is the definition of a simple stir fry. So, grab all the veggies you have at home (well, the ones you think would sound good in a stir fry together) and toss them in a wok (or pan if you don’t have a wok) with some sauce and grain and possibly protein of your choice and boom, it’s that easy! I’m serious.
Veggie Stuffed Peppers
Everyone’s sleeping on stuffed peppers, because it just feels like one of the most underrated dinner recipes. Bell peppers are so flavorful, yet also the perfect base for stuffing some tasty ingredients! There are also tons of directions you can take some veggie-stuffed peppers, but my favorite tends to involve cheese and rice. So, if you want to make sure you love your stuffed peppers, don’t skimp on ingredients you love just because they’re supposed to be veggie-packed. You’re getting a heaping helping of veggies in with this dinner recipe, for sure, but it can also be as tasty as you want to make it!
“Taco” Sweet Potatoes
Loaded sweet potatoes are great options when you want a veggie-packed recipe that will fill you up with healthy carbs. Sweet potatoes are great for you and you can fill them with other great-for-you veggies to make an absolutely delicious dinner. I love the idea of using the split down the baked sweet potato’s middle to replicate a taco shell and use the middle to fill with taco ingredients like seasoned veggies or black beans or chicken. There are tons of possibilities, but they all seem pretty delicious to me!
Cheesy enchiladas are pretty much as good as it gets in my book. Like, the epitome of a delicious comfort meal. But, if you’re looking to add a healthy twist, using zucchini strips as the
“tortillas” in this recipe is delicious, and an effective way to add a serving of veggies to your dinner. You can also fill these enchiladas with veggies and other healthy ingredients while still maintaining an awesome flavor! Happy cooking and eating this veggie-packed dinner recipe.
Southwest Chicken Salad
Now, don’t hate me for including a salad on this list of delicious veggie-packed comfort foods, but hear me out. You know how delicious those Chick-Fil-A salads are? To the point that they’re highkey a comfort food because neither your body or brain are pissed with the dietary decision you’ve made. Yeah, this is kinda what this southwest chicken salad is like. It’s got savory chicken, but delicious veggies, all mixed together to create something super tasty! You’ll forget that it technically is a salad!
Which one of these veggie dinner recipes will you try first? Let us know how it turns out in the comments!