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26 Comfort Foods That Are Even Better When You Add Veggies

Because vegetables are just food, waiting to be noticed, loved, and smothered in cheese.

1. Healthy Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Oh hey, butternut squash. I didn’t see you hiding in there, with all that glorious cheese. Recipe here.

2. Kale, Mushroom, and Ricotta Calzones

Calzones: The perfect, cheese-filled pockets for your vegetables. Recipe here.

3. Vegan Zucchini Chocolate Brownies

Bonus fruit: There’s applesauce in there, too. Recipe here.

4. Quick Homemade Ramen

Step up your ramen game with kale, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and obvs, Sriracha. Recipe here.

5. Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza

If you have friends that claim they don’t like kale, test their fortitude with this pizza. Recipe here.

6. Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas with Goat Cheese and Pesto

If you’re not putting vegetables in your quesadillas, you’re doing it wrong. Recipe here.

7. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ten minutes to paradise, baby. Recipe here.

8. Sweet Potato Pancakes

Feel free to sub out half the white flour for whole wheat to make these healthier. Either way, be psyched about adding a superfood to your breakfast. Recipe here.

9. Paleo Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

Those Paleo people are onto something with this one: Sub in cauliflower for rice and fry away. Recipe here. (Vegetarian version here.)

10. Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Nachos

Trust me, nobody is going to miss the questionable, pre-made dip. Recipe here.

11. Lasagna Grilled Cheese

Just in case you’re still swimming in tomatoes and basil. Recipe here.

12. Spinach, Artichoke and Bacon Stuffed Soft Pretzels

Nobody can say these are healthy exactly, but if you leave out the bacon and use low-fat cheese, they’re actually not that bad. Recipe here.

13. Breakfast Sandwich With Kale, Avocado and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Kale never looked so sexy. Recipe here.

14. Smoky Grilled Eggplant Hummus

Hummus: Perfect for dipping, spreading, and accepting errant vegetables with nowhere else to go. Recipe here.

15. Banh Mi Dog

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Grilling season isn’t over until there’s snow on the ground so throw some cucumbers and carrots on that dog and enjoy. Recipe here.

16. Clean Eating Pumpkin Ice Cream

Bananas, pureed pumpkin, maple syrup, and pumpkin spice and THAT’S IT. You’re welcome. Recipe here.

17. Brussels Sprouts Hash With Sweet Potatoes and Bacon

Breakfast is no time to slack on vegetables. Recipe here.

18. Fettucini Alfredo with Spinach

Better than without spinach. Recipe here.

19. Marinated Flank Steak with Lemony Arugula and Feta Salad

Steak is good. Steak covered in leafy greens is even better. Recipe here.

20. Broccoli, Cauliflower and Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes

Kids will love it, you will love it, everyone will love it and be eating vegetables. Recipe here.

21. Chocolate Chia Smoothie

LOL. There’s spinach in there. Recipe here.

22. Paleo Chicken Veggie Meatballs with Pesto Zucchini “Noodles”

Truth: Meatballs without veggies inside are missed opportunities. Recipe here.

23. Chipotle Shrimp Tacos

Use plenty of avocado and a full head of cabbage to make these, then pile the shrimp in for a delicious and healthy meal. Just be sure you have plenty of napkins. Recipe here.

24. Vegan Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Chickpeas

Who needs cheese when you have chickpeas and spinach? Recipe here.

25. Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

Forget the buns! Use peppers instead. Go even further in your commitment to vegetables and chop some celery, carrots, and mushrooms and add them to the ground turkey. Recipe here.

26. Superfood Doughnuts

How to satisfy your doughnut craving in thirty minutes or less: With carrots, oats, yogurt, and goji berries. Recipe here.

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