Healthy Family Dinners: Vegging Out

These days even die-hard meat eaters are opting for more vegetables — whether to cut calories or save money. Either way, no one will have a beef with these great-tasting recipes!


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Tropical Pizza

Tropical Pizza
Makes 8
Prep 10 m
Bake 12 m

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Tortellini Soup

Tortellini Soup
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Cook 9 m

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Taco-Night Pasta

Taco-Night Pasta
Makes 6
Prep 10 m
Cook 12 m

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Edamame and Mushroom Risotto

Edamame and Mushroom Risotto
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Cook 47 m

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Zucchini & Chickpea Ratatouille

Zucchini & Chickpea Ratatouille
Makes 4
Prep 10 m
Bake 30 m
Cook 11 m

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Veggie Gyro

Veggie Gyro
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Chill 30 m
Microwave 20 seconds

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What You're Getting from Your Veggies

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Spinach is an inexpensive form of hard-to-get iron.

Tortellini provide a satisfying pasta hit without too many calories.

Mushrooms add a meaty flavor and texture.

Chickpeas pack fiber and are naturally rich in protein.

Soy crumbles can be substituted for ground meat in most recipes.

Cheese like flavored feta is an easy, convenient way to infuse bold flavor.

Edamame, or fresh soybeans, contain all nine essential amino acids.

Originally published in the April 1, 2009, issue of Family Circle magazine.