Smoky-sweet vegetables transform simple, cheesy tortillas — comfortingly familiar to children — into something sublime. Adjust the spice level to suit your family's palate and substitute whatever vegetables are in season.
Root vegetables can be a little daunting, but roasting concentrates their sweetness, making them a natural for kids. Here, they roast below a chicken for an economical one-dish meal with the added benefit of soup later.
his yummy, comforting dish is delightfully simple to make and delivers healthy veggies with every bite of bread and cheese. Substitute mushrooms, zucchini or broccoli if asparagus isn't in season.
Late summer's bounty of peppers and herbs combine with smoky cheese to make this unusually flavorful pizza. You can use store-bought pizza dough or make pizza crust in a pinch, and add any other vegetables you have on hand.
This is a nearly instant, super-fresh recipe that's bursting with the summery flavors of juicy vine-ripened tomatoes and fragrant basil. You can improvise with cherry tomatoes, other cheeses, or pesto instead of basil.
Summer squash are inexpensive and abundant, but little ones can be a bit daunted by them. Here, they're whirred into an appealing, pale green soup that strikes the perfect balance between wholesome and yummy.
With just a little rice and cheese you can turn humble veggies into a deliciously rich and budget-friendly meal that your family won't soon forget. Try brown rice for added health benefits and an even nuttier flavor.
The familiar yum factor of fried potatoes and melted cheese just might persuade your family to give greens a chance. Plus, this luscious hash — with a side of fried or scrambled eggs — feels an awful lot like breakfast for dinner, which everybody loves.
Filled with deep green kale (of the I-bought-it-but-now-what? variety) and skin-on spuds, this is soup at its most delicious and nourishing best. And the bites of smoky sausage will appeal to even the smallest skeptics.
Sounds fancy, right? But it describes how something the kids may never have eaten (fennel) is going to persuade them to love something they may never have liked (fish). And it's out of this world.
This main course salad makes the most of seasonal summer vegetables and greens — and a little bit of good steak — which readily stretches here to feed four. You can swap in grilled chicken, salmon or even hardboiled eggs.
Wildly nutritious broccoli gets a starring role in this zingy, substantial pasta dish. For the highest yum factor, try to get your hands on a bunch of super-freshly grown broccoli -- and don't discard the stems!
This is a warming, hearty, and simple recipe that turns all your odds and ends of winter vegetables into a giant pot of nourishing soup. Let your kids add their own cheese and olive oil: they'll love feeling involved in making their dinner.
This pretty, open tart pairs sweet squash with sweet onions and melty cheese. Your kids will love that you're having pie for dinner, and you'll love that you found a home for that pretty, nutrient-packed squash.
As far as veggies go, fresh corn is not too hard a sell. If you've got an abundance of it, bake up this puffy, cheesy, corn-studded casserole. It's delicious as a light main course, or as a side to any meat coming off the grill.a
Packed with vitamins and fiber, sweet potatoes make a vibrant base for this easy, family-pleasing curry. If you're short on time, skip the frying step and add the tofu directly to the pan of simmering vegetables.
Come fall, winter squash are everywhere, and butternuts are the best of these vitamin-packed powerhouses. This velvety-rich soup gets added sweetness from a bit of maple syrup, and buttery crunch from toasted pecans.
Here's a quick, one-pot meal that makes the most of spring greens: asparagus, two types of sweet pea, and mint -- all folded into a delicious dish that pops with the flavors of lemon and feta and crunchy pumpkin seeds.
Cabbage is famously inexpensive, packed with nutrients, and a classic accompaniment for pork. Look for naturally raised chops for easy meals such as this one, where they're paired with braised cabbage that has gone meltingly tender and sweet in the oven.
Veggie-filled frittatas are delightfully quick, versatile, and inexpensive. Here, cheerful summer squash pair with the summery flavors of pesto -- basil, parmesan, and pine nuts. Substitute prepared pesto if you have some handy.
Smoky Veggie Quesadillas
Roast Chicken and Roots
Asparagus Bread Pudding
Smoky Pepper Pizza
Caprese Pasta Salad
Creamy Zuke Soup
Green Greens Rice Casserole
Hashed Potatoes with Greens and Cheese
Portuguese Kale and Potato Soup
Orange-Scented White Fish with Caramelized Fennel
Loaded Steak Salad
Lemony Broccoli Pasta with Chicken
Midwinter Vegetable Soup
Winter Squash Tart
Chili Cheese Spoon Bread
Sweet Potato Curry with Tofu
Spring Couscous with Asparagus, Peas and Mint
Pork Chops with Maple-Cider Cabbage
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