10 Deliciously Fun Ways to Enjoy Vegetables

By: Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Often people mistakenly believe healthy eating is boring. This is SO NOT TRUE! You can make any healthy dish taste delicious, comforting and satisfying. As long as you put in a little bit of effort, a little creativity, and an open mind, you’ll soon realize that eating healthy is really a blast and you can turn any old boring dish into an amazing one with these great tips.



  1. Spices Make a Dish Delish
    Try adding cumin to parsnip, cinnamon to sweet potato, fennel seeds sprinkled onto pumpkin or winter squash, chilli on carrots, or turmeric on cauliflower! Spices can take these vegetables to a whole new level, this not only ups the ante but increases the antioxidant buzz and medicinal value and adds a great flavour. Rubbing oil, sea salt and garlic into steamed greens can really add a new dimension that will be more satisfying then garlic bread.

  1. Fries Don’t Need to be Fried
    You don’t need to eat piles of deep fried potatoes to enjoy good fries. Try cutting any vegetable into small fry like sticks or discs such as carrots, zucchini, sweet potato, parsnip, beets or pumpkin, mix with a healthy oil then if you want to, you can add tasty spices which can really make boring fries yum and healthy. Try adding cumin, chilli, turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, Himalayan salt and the list goes on to your next lot of vegetables. Try our Chili Beet Chips, Roasted Blue Yams, Brussel Sprout Chips, or our Yam Fries.

  1. Try Zoodles Over Noodles
    Substituting noodles, pasta and rice with vegetables was never so easy. Go ahead, whip out the spiralizer and replace white rice, noodles and pasta with vegetables. You’ll really increase your vegetable nutrient consumption and you’ll be surprising everyone that no, it’s really not noodles. When making a delicious pasta sauce but you wanted to keep it light, try zucchini noodles or fettucine, cauliflower rice or a healthy alfredo pasta!

  1. Go Nuts for Nuts & Seeds
    Food isn’t just about flavour it’s also about great texture and when you lightly toast nuts or seeds and combine them with sautéed vegetable dishes or a salad, you can really add a new flavour that takes an average vegetable dish onto a whole new level of yum. Adding different textures such as a crunch, increases our enjoyment of a meal. Try our broccolini with toasted almonds, or our warm roasted vegetable quinoa salad with almonds, or a strawberry and macadamia salad or try seeding up your salad with this beautiful summer seed salad which increases the protein, essential fatty acids and gives the salad a nice crunchy texture.

  1. Pair Fruit with Your Veggies
    Adding fruit to salads and hot meals can MAKE a dish! Roasting apples along with your parsnips and sweet potato, roasting pear and Brussel sprouts, using apples in carrot vegetable soups such as our Exotic Squash Carrot & Apple Soup, adding strawberries to a salad, cantaloupe with arugula (rocket). There are so many beautiful variations where fruit can really move a dish into a realm of deliciousness, increases nutrients and improves the flavour while adding a new element that makes the meal more enjoyable. For something new try our Roasted Butternut Squash & Blueberry Salad, spice and fruit up a salad with our Tropical Avocado, Papaya Ginger Salad. There are so many wonderful variations for you to try!

  1. Add a Splash of Citrus
    Lemon and lime can add a wonderful zing to many vegetable and fruit dishes. Lemon has a positive effect on improving digestion due to its natural acidity and can really add a strong flavor element that brings out the vegetables’ natural flavors. Try our Lemon-Herb Roasted Green Beans, Zesty Lemon & Herb Zoodles or our Lemon & Mint Lentil Soup.

  1. Dress It
    Homemade healthy sauces and dressings for a fresh vegetable or salad dish can turn a boring pile of leaves into a delicious plate of heaven. Make sure all the dressing ingredients are fresh and healthy and you can easily store this in the fridge to pour on at any point.  A creamy tahini dressing can turn a pile of kale into a delish dish, a honey sesame dressing that will have you licking the bowl after you’ve eaten all your vegetables, a great vegan parmesan cheese salad with cranberries and kale to help keep those greens up, or tang it up with a wonderful fresh & green sweet salad.
  1. Mash It
    Tired of plain old mashed potatoes? Why not try mashing other tasty vegetables to enjoy with your meal as a healthy side. Think garlicy mashed cauliflower, garlic mashed sweet potato or baked truffle pumpkin potato mash.


  1. Dip It
    Making healthy vegetable based dips can really turn those boring vegetable sticks into a love affair. Pesto, guacamole, bean dips the world is your oyster. Here are some of our favorites: Kale Pesto White Bean DipRed Onion & Pepper Guacamole or try any of our suggested fun sides for your next party.

  2. Make Old Comforts Fun
    It’s easy to translate an old favorite recipe into something healthy and light. Lasagna can be layered with extra vegetables while using nut creams as a wonderful cheese layer substitute. Try our Raw Vegan Lasanga to really hit that spot. Or make the Veggie Enchiladas or our Vegan Tacos or have more fun with vegetables in our vegetable healthy pizza base to up your cabbage family nutrients and anti-cancer properties while enjoying the pizza taste.

The possibilities are endless and even writing this piece makes me realize how many wonderful delicious recipes we have sitting on our site for you guys to enjoy and try! See more of our delicious exciting plant based meals, juices and smoothies.

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Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Claire Georgiou is an Australian Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist who has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Compl. Medicine) and an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition, Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. She has more than 14 years of clinical experience specializing in liver disease, autoimmune disease, thyroid conditions, diabetes, insulin resistance, digestive disorders, chronic infections, children’s health, fertility and pregnancy care. Claire consults in private practice in Sydney and also offers consults out of area and is an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society. Claire has worked closely for many years with Dr. Sandra Cabot, who is known as the “Liver Cleansing Doctor” and has written more than 25 health related books. Claire writes health related articles, creates healthy recipes and is one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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