7 Recipes That Highlight Veggies on Your Plate

They’re beautiful, fresh, colourful and, as of this writing, there are plenty of them in the produce aisle! Vegetables are on the menu this fall and now’s the time to stock up. They’re great to grill, sear, boil or simply combine together. Here are seven exclusive recipes from our book Vegetables First (available in bookstores everywhere) that’ll give you some ideas on how to enjoy them at every meal.

1. Roasted Leeks with Romesco Sauce

If you enjoy leeks, then this recipe is a must. It’s the perfect side dish for both meat and fish. The leeks are served with a romesco sauce, a blend of red peppers, tomatoes and garlic. Soft and tender! 

2. Beet Hummus

Switch up the classic chickpea hummus with this vibrant version made from beets. Simple to make, the spread can be used in many ways, such as on crackers, with raw veggies or even in a sandwich.

3. Sesame Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers in salads are fresh and delicious. We also like the fact that there are few ingredients in this recipe, so you can truly taste the veggie. With its sesame taste, the salad pairs well with grilled fish, tofu or skewers.

4. Eggplant Parmesan

What could be better than taking advantage of the large number of eggplants in the produce aisle to make this Italian dish? Eggplant slices gently simmered in a tomato sauce are a great way to showcase this fall vegetable.

5. Fried Green Tomato Burgers

A veggie burger that isn’t lacking in flavour! Here, the meat patty is replaced by a slice of green tomato–which retains its colour when ripe–battered in a crispy breading. Its tangy flavour goes well with bacon and paprika mayonnaise.   

6. Portobello Mushroom and Jerk Chicken

Mushrooms try a little tenderness in this Jamaican-inspired recipe. They’re marinated with chicken and herbs, then grilled for maximum flavour. This spicy dish will make you feel as if you’re under the Caribbean sun.

7. Poke Bowl

A dish filled with vegetables that is not only beautiful to look at, but is also a joy with every bite. The vegetables bring colour and freshness, so be sure to make the most of their abundance to generously garnish each bowl, while the rice and fish become almost incidental.