14 Veggie-Rich Recipes

Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign, in which she embraces the fresh food movement, we organized a picnic full of veggie-rich recipes for her and local schoolkids. The result? They ate it up. Get your own taste of the new way of American eating.

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Fish Tacos with Melon Salsa

    Lightly spiced fish tacos are topped with a mild salsa starring fresh melon, cucumber, sweet pepper, corn, red onions, and cilantro.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Garden Spaghetti

    You can serve this whole wheat pasta toss of broccoli, corn, carrots, tomatoes, and herbs hot or cold.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
I Made It Myself Pizza

    Let kids build pizzas to their liking with different sauces and toppers. See our recipe for fun combos.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Stand   10 mins 
Bake   20 mins  425° 
Mini Turkey Meatballs

    Applesauce makes these healthy, veggie-filled meatballs extra moist. Make them with sweet potatoes or carrots and ground turkey or beef.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  2 hrs  to 24 hrs 
Bake   8 mins  to  10 mins  450°F 
Easy Fruit Pocket Pies

    Cinnamon-spiced blueberries and apples make a luscious pie filling. Use fresh whole grain bread for the crust -- the moistness of fresh bread works to seal in the fruit.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   18 mins  to  20 mins  350°F 
Cool  At least   30 mins 
Garden Veggie Subs

    Stack fresh veggies -- tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, radishes, and greens -- on a whole wheat hot dog bun for easy toting. Fresh herb dressing and a yogurt-based veggie spread add flavor without lots of fat or calories.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Chopped Green Salad

    Chopped green veggies -- greens, cucumbers, broccoli, green beans, and edamame -- served in small containers make a super kid-friendly salad. Grapes add sweetness and homemade herb dressing adds a tangy twist.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Carrot Lemonade

    Packed with vitamins A and C, this is a great summertime drink to have on hand. The carrots lend sweetness to the lemonade, so no need to add sugar.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   30 mins 
Chill  2 hrs  to 24 hrs 
Fresh Tomato Sauce

    This healthier, richer-tasting sauce is so simple you can make it in the microwave. Try it on pasta or pizza.

Serving size: 2-1/2 cups
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Creamy Garden Spread

    Using Greek yogurt as a base makes this spread rich and creamy without all the calories and fat of cream cheese. It's filled with grated carrot, lemon peel, parsley, and feta cheese.

Serving size: 1-3/4 cups
Prep   15 mins +making
Chill  Up to  24 hrs 
Smashed Apples

    These cooked apples make a delicious filling for fruit pies or topping for pancakes.

Serving size: 4 cups
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  1 hr 45 mins 
Baby Tomato Ketchup

    Roasted tomatoes give this flavorful homemade ketchup a touch of sweetness.

Serving size: 1 1/4 cups
Prep   15 mins 
Roast   30 mins  to  40 mins  400°F 
Fresh Herb Dressing

    This tangy dressing is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients -- orange juice, olive oil, cider vinegar, three different fresh herbs, and a pinch of pepper.

Serving size: about 1 1/2 cups
Prep   10 mins 
Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

    The easy bread-crumb coating adds delicious crispy flavor to sweet potato fries without frying. Both sweet potatoes and carrots are high in vitamin A, potassium, and fiber; either veggie works well for this recipe.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   25 mins  400°F 

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