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How to Have a Vegetable with Every Lunch, Dinner, and Snack

Join Blog Contributor Sarah as she discusses how to have a vegetable with every lunch, dinner, and snack!

In my post, How to Have a Vegetable with Every Breakfast, Sweet and Savory– I gave a lot of suggestions for sweet and savory breakfasts- that just happen to be well balanced and rounded. Items such as smoothies, oatmeal, and pancakes were big topics of discussion. Today, I wanted to share with you ways to add vegetables to the other meals of the day. Now, you may think this is easy. And if so, awesome! But I meal plan, and try to keep our meals as healthy as possible- and keeping them under our budget. The items on this list, maybe not all at once, but with discretion and proper planning can all be used on a strict budget. For example, writing this post- our food budget is $200 a month, for 4 people. Let’s Get to it!

How to Incorporate Vegetables into Everyday Snacks.

Some of my favorite snacks use veggies! Ants on a Log. Basically just Celery sticks, with peanut butter and either chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins on top. Vegetable Chips. Either store bought, or homemade, Vegetable chips can be downright tasty! Granola: My family loves yogurt, but for some reason I only like it in something, or with a crunch on top. (Same as Ice Cream, I know weird. It’s a texture thing.)

BUT! I have successfully made Granola with veggies in it several ways.

Way #1- Add zucchini or carrot shreds, they will dry out in the oven. (Or use dehydrated or Freeze Dried shreds)

Way #2, 3, and 4- And on the blog we have 3 other Granola Recipes.

  1. Pumpkin Granola. Just yes.
  2. Granola Cups, Filled with yogurt! (Use veggie puree)
  3. Sweet veggie granola.

Pro tip: I use baby food sometimes. They have a ton of veggies, usually with fruits. Perfect. Hummus. Dip carrots, or celery in Hummus. Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers. Stuff these with Cream Cheese, Cottage Cheese, or any soft cheese.

How to Incorporate Vegetables into Lunches and Dinners

Side Dish Vegetables

One way to incorporate Vegetables into Lunches, or Dinners, is to always offer them as a side. I try to offer a protein, a vegetable, and a starch. So here are some great side dishes, using vegetables.


  1. Steam
  2. Use as a Starch substitute in Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni and Cheese. Potato Gratin, Pizza Crust, Grilled Cheese, Rice.
  3. Make Cheesy Cauliflower
  4. Grill Cauliflower
  5. Buffalo Cauliflower

Leafy Greens:

  1. Steam with butter
  2. Use to stuff your meat
  3. Make Salad
  4. Add to your pasta, or sauce

Side Dishes

  1. Steamed Green Beans
  2. Green Bean Casserole
  3. Roasted Carrots
  4. Raw Carrots
  5. Diced, Cooked, Carrots
  6. Ratatouille
  7. Grilled Squash

Vegetables in Soup

I always put Vegetables in my soups.

  1. Dice Onions, Carrots, and Celery as a Vegetable Base
  2. Add in Spinach, or other Leafy Greens
  3. Finely Dice Vegetables such as green beans.
  4. Make the vegetable the main ingredient and pair with cheese such as Cauliflower or Broccoli Soup
  5. Make Homemade Tomato Soup


Packed Tomato Soup.

Full recipe here.

Cauliflower Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

by Ellie’s
on Saturday, January 5, 2019


Vegetables in Casseroles

  1. Pair Broccoli with Chicken and Cheese, in this Broccoli Chicken Casserole
  2. Use Carrots in this Food Storage Casserole
  3. Make the classic Green Bean Casserole, and add Chicken
  4. Chicken Pot Pie, uses carrots and peas
  5. Make Chicken Noodle casserole and add onions, carrots, and peas
  6. Make a Tator Tot Casserole and use Sweet Potato Tots.
  7. Add Spinach in your Chicken Pasta Bake
  8. Make a Pizza casserole with Tomatoes!
  9. Cabbage Casserole
  10. Add broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots to any casserole recipe and cook til they are soft.

And there ya have it! This should be enough to get you started with incorporating veggies into every lunch, dinner, and snack!

CHIME IN: What are some current ways you incorporate veggies into your meals? If this isn’t a strong suit for you, share how you plan to start! Excited to hear from you!

16 thoughts on “How to Have a Vegetable with Every Lunch, Dinner, and Snack”

  1. This post is going to inspire me to whip up a big batch of my beefy veggie soup! My soup is chock full of vegetables and it is a big hit with the family.
    I love roasted rainbow carrots as a side-dish… mmm… wrap them in bacon. We tried purple carrots for the first time last year. SOooooo good!

  2. Pumpkin granola! How clever. Will be making that. I like to put shredded zucchini in my oatmeal. You don’t taste it and it adds so much nutrition!

  3. These are some great ideas! I adore my veggies, but I have family members who are not so keen, so this will help me encourage them to eat more 🙂

  4. Green beans are a staple vegetable in my home. We also have a rule for my children that they have to eat their green beans before eating things like mac and cheese or toast. 😉 I also add veggies to casseroles, and we eat sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and raw carrots with sandwiches. Every family needs a veggie soup recipe too!

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