Anything But Bland Veggie-Forward Meals

Veggie Forward

Protein shouldn't always play the starring role at mealtime. The latest spin on healthy cooking calls for adding just a bit of meat to bring extra richness to vegetable-forward meals. (Think of it like sidestepping your way towards flexitarianism.) This gives every dish savory satisfaction, while delivering on all the nutrients that vegetables bring to the table. Try these healthy meals that pair smoked turkey, flank steak, and pancetta with colorful produce.

This Radish Caesar Salad With Smoked Turkey & Soft-Boiled Eggs is loaded with radishes, which provide vitamin C, potassium, folate, and calcium. Anchovy paste brings satisfying umami to the dressing.

Try this recipe for Delicata Squash & Steak With Spicy-Sweet Vinaigrette and you'll never want to make anything else. Steak gives the dish its heartiness; Korean chile paste adds a rounded heat balanced by sweetness.

Related: Gochujang Is the Spicy Ingredient Missing from Your Cabinet

Skip the canned pasta sauce and try this twist on primavera. Just a few ounces of pancetta is all it takes to build depth and complexity. Get the recipe: Asparagus, Olive, & Pancetta Pappardelle With Pecorino.

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