Think spinach, zucchini, winter squash and more!

Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D.
November 14, 2020
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With all the leftover Halloween candy I’ve been munching on for the past two weeks, my body is seriously craving veggies to try and find some balance. And with Thanksgiving coming up and more holidays soon after, I know I need to prioritize them now to feel my best. So, this week’s dinners deliver just what I’m craving—lots of veggies, paired with other satisfying ingredients to kick off the holiday season on a healthy and energized note.  

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When I’m craving something healthy and veggie packed, I go for Sunday’s Superfood Chopped Salad with Salmon & Creamy Garlic Dressing. Chopped salads make it easy to load up on colorful veggies, and the creamy garlic dressing that goes on top of this one can really make anything taste good. Plus, this particular combination of veggies—kale, broccoli, red cabbage and carrots—holds up well, so you can make extra to have for lunch! 

The other dinners for the week cram in veggies every way possible, like the zucchini noodles in Monday’s Balsamic Chicken Pasta Bake with Zucchini Noodles, plus Tuesday’s Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chard & White Beans and Thursday’s Cauliflower Rice-Stuffed Peppers, which are basically veggies stuffed with more veggies. Paired with protein sources, like chicken, beans and ground beef, these dinners also deliver some serious satisfaction—no late-night cravings this week!

Thursday: Cauliflower Rice-Stuffed Peppers with greens topped with Citrus-Lime Vinaigrette

Big Batch Breakfast 

Smoothies are a great way to get in fruits and veggies, so when I’m craving something healthy, I turn to them. Getting all my ingredients out and added to the blender can take a little longer than I want some mornings, which is why these make-ahead freezer packs are key! Prep the packs at the beginning of the week and all you need to do is dump in the ingredients and blend away. 

Treat Yourself

This week I’m making cookies because you can still enjoy a sweet treat when eating healthy. Plus, these cookies have zucchini in them. Just imagine zucchini bread, but in cookie form!

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