Typically, we think food-related holidays are ridiculously silly (National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day? Absurd). Today brings us an exception to the rule: National Eat Your Vegetables Day.
Why do we love this healthy occurrence so much? Because downing a diet full of fresh produce is not only good for you, it's great for the environment. And while we fully support a bacon-fueled regimen, we also believe in take advantage of simple opportunities that will leave us feeling (and looking!) better than ever.
Want to celebrate along with us? Try any one of these outrageously good vegetable recipes.
Chili-Lemon Cauliflower: This bright side dish is woven with bold, spicy flavors. Serve with simply grilled fish or chicken for a light meal.
Tomato Salad with Lemon and Mint: Good summer tomatoes exist in a class by themselves. This quick recipe allows their true flavor to shine through (and, yes, we know they're really a fruit -- but they're treated like a vegetable so we're leaving them in!).
Grilled Corn with Cilantro and Sesame: This Mexican-inspired side is flecked with sesame seeds for an extra bit of crunch. Bonus: one-handed eating (our favorite summer ability!).
Spicy Sauteed Kale with Lemon: Not a lover of greens? This pepped up recipe will change your mind. Kale gets a kick from a few sliced jalepenos and a good spritz of lemon juice.
Garden Veggie Dip: Whip up this unfussy dip for your next picnic or beach party. Made with low-fat Greek yogurt, it's a creamy treat that won't make you dread putting on a bathing suit.
Onion Focaccia: If you opt to use store-bought pizza dough, this recipe is a breeze to create.