Nutrition

Delicious Vegetarian Dishes for the Family

February 18, 2016
vegetarian side dishes

Are you trying to add more veggies to your weekly routine? Have you tried adding more vegetarian dishes to your meals? When working on living a healthier lifestyle adding veggies to your diet usually plays a key role.  Vegetables help in providing you with the nutrients that your body needs to need to have a productive day and long life. Frequently many of the nutrients that we find in our veggies can provide us with nutrients that some look for through taking supplements. This article will give you some great ideas on some convenient times to add in a veggie based dish as well as some easy to adapt recopies that you can enjoy with your friends and family.

Finding the perfect time to eat your veggies may seem like a chore or a challenge but I am going to make it a little easy by providing you with timing on when and how to add them in at any particular time. The dishes that I am going to share with you are healthy, delicious and satisfying side dishes that feature veggies. These dishes can be brought with you to a potluck, sit next to the meat and one can serve as the main attraction.

Great Vegetarian Dishes to Share

A salad with a variety of Ingredients

When you are going to a get together or potluck it can be tricky to make sure that you appeal to everyone’s food requirements as well as speak to his or her taste buds. For this I try to have something that is easy to grab or that most people are used to. You can also allow for the sauce or what may be the deciding factor of the dish to be on the side. One example may be a salad and including a variety of raw veggies. This will allow for guests to pick and choose those that they like. You can also bring a couple of dressing options and put them on the side instead of premixing. This will allow for flexibility and heighten the probability that the group will try it.

salads as vegetarian dishes

Click here for a great “Tropical spinach salad” which includes a combination of veggies fruits and cheese. Salads like this spinach salad are an example of how you can really add in what you wish to make the salad delicious and specific to your taste buds. 


A broiled or lightly pan fried/sautéed green vegetable

This is a quick and easy option to accompany a main dish. This is a great option will ensure that you have your daily dose of greens. My favorite go to are; asparagus, broccoli and spinach. An easy add in is crushed garlic as a delicious bonus.

asparagus vegetarian dishClick here for a 3 ingredient recipe for my favorite side of  “broiled asparagus!” I promise once you try these you they will become a staple at your dinner table.


Main Attraction

Vegetarian chili

Vegetarian chili is delicious and hearty enough to stand on its own. With a variety of beans and root veggies it is sure to leave you full. For an extra kick add jalapeno peppers or other fresh peppers depending on your heat tolerance. This will help with digestion as well as increase blood circulation. To accompany the veggie chili plain Greek yogurt is a great substitute to sour cream if you usually put it on there.

Some may add tofu or soy protein for texture to replace the absence of ground beef or turkey.

chili as main vegetarian dish

The variations on vegetarian chili are endless all you need is a combination of veggies, a mix of beans and the right spices. Click here for a great veggie chili recipe to get your started and you can add in and take out veggies as you wish.

Share with us how you add in vegetables to your diet. Do you strategically put them all in during lunch for a salad? Is there a dish that your family and friends absolutely cannot get enough of? Share it with us we look forward to hearing from you.

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This is a guest post by Lillian Daniels who is a health advocate with extensive knowledge on healthy eating. Connect with Lillian on Instagram and Twitter (@LilliansTable).

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2 Comments

  • Reply Early May 3, 2016 at 3:43 am

    This is the perfect way to break down this infromation.

    • Reply MECKidsTeam June 30, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting! Glad you enjoyed the information!

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