01/03/2016 06:14 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Eat Your Veggies: 9 Deliciously Different Recipes

Jennifer Segal

Vegetables don't have to be boring or relegated to a side dish. From roasted broccoli with chipotle honey butter to balsamic glazed roasted beets, these recipes are so flavorful and satisfying, they could carry an entire meal.

1. Roasted Broccoli with Chipotle Honey Butter


In this recipe, broccoli florets are tossed in a sweet, spicy and smoky chipotle-honey butter before roasting. It's as delicious as it sounds, and the broccoli has enough flavor to carry an entire meal. Serve it as a main course with rice or as a side dish to simply grilled fish or meat. GET THE RECIPE

2. Golden Roasted Cauliflower with Pecorino Romano Cheese


Want to get your family to love cauliflower? Try roasting it and tossing it with cheese. It worked for me. GET THE RECIPE

3. Asian Kale Slaw with Creamy Ginger Peanut Dressing


Believe or not, this salad will have you eating your vegetables (and, most surprisingly, your kale) with pleasure and abandon. It's meant to be a side dish, but if you're anything like me, you'll probably find yourself eating the whole lot of it for dinner. GET THE RECIPE

4. Balsamic-Glazed Roasted Beets


If you're a beet lover like I am, you're going to love (and maybe even obsess over) these simply prepared beets. They're oven-roasted, which intensifies their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction. GET THE RECIPE

5. Stir-Fried Szechuan Green Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms


Give vegetables the spotlight with this easy and authentic Szechuan dish. It makes a delicious side dish or vegetarian main course with rice or noodles. GET THE RECIPE

6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Pecans & Maple Syrup


What's not to love about golden roasted brussels sprouts with smoky bacon, toasted pecans and maple syrup? It's hard to resist eating the entire pan right out of the oven! GET THE RECIPE

7. Carrot Slaw with Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts & Citrus Vinaigrette


Dried cranberries and toasted walnuts make this carrot slaw colorful and crunchy. I like to serve it with a crusty baguette for a light lunch or as a healthy side to sandwiches or burgers. GET THE RECIPE

8. Cauliflower Purée with Thyme


This cauliflower purée is creamy and comforting, and it just happens to taste remarkably like mashed potatoes. It also has the benefit of being easier to make, healthier and lower in carbs. But don't make it just for that reason -- it's delicious in its own right. GET THE RECIPE

9. Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup


This warming soup, made with carrots, sweet potatoes, apples and honey, has a secret ingredient: curry powder. It doesn't give the soup an Indian flavor like you might think, but instead lends a subtle hint of autumn spice. GET THE RECIPE