15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes ♥ Still Useful After 15 Years

15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes That Stand the Test of Time, an anniversary collection ♥ AVeggieVenture.com
A special anniversary collection of vegetable recipes, dedicated especially to the long-time members of this vegetable-loving community. These recipes, just 15 from a field of 365, stand the test of time and earn a place of honor among all the Favorite Vegetable Recipes here on A Veggie Venture for sheer usefulness: that means easy-to-find ingredients, simple preparation, good nutrition and outright deliciousness.

Real Food, Fresh & Practical, Fast & Casual. Year-Round Kitchen Staples. Budget Friendly. Many Are Low Carb, Weight Watchers Friendly, Vegetarian or Vegan and Naturally Gluten Free.

A Milestone for A Veggie Venture

Back in 2005, I launched A Veggie Venture on sheer whim and for good measure, on April Fool's Day no less. For the month, I set out to cook a vegetable in a new way every day – but then kept it up every day for an entire year.

So hey, Happy 15th Anniversary, A Veggie Venture!

Thank You, Fellow Vegetable Lovers ♥ AVeggieVenture.com

A Heartfelt Thank You

To all of you who go way-way back with this vegetable-focused food blog, thank you! thank you! thank you! All these years later, it remains a total thrill knowing that we share this passion for the myriad vegetable plants that feed us, body and soul.

It remains much fun to explore all things vegetable. I don't know about you, but my curiosity is not yet sated! Here's to another year! another five years! a lifetime? Who knows what life shall bring?

This Anniversary Collection

During A Veggie Venture's first year of exploration and experimentation, I produced some definite duds. Basic Freezer-Burned Broccoli, anyone?

But as time has passed, I find myself gratified and inspired how many of that first year's recipes remain staples in my kitchen so many years and recipes later.

It's a wonderful life reminder, yes? Mathematically speaking, if you try 365 different recipes, some number will indeed be duds but some subset will be completely wondrous. It's kind of like that age-old practice of kissing countless frogs before finally locking lips with your prince. Pucker up, baby ...

So in honor of A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary last spring, I hereby offer up a shortlist of just 15 recipes that remain useful and dare I say, essential. The list started with 50 candidates: it was brutal to pare down to just the Top 15, all drawn from that first year.

So explore away, my fellow vegetable lovers. I hope you find a few recipes that become "princes" in your own kitchen.

Top 15
Favorite Vegetable Recipes
from A Veggie Venture's
First Year

(in no particular order)


Roasted Cauliflower, another vegetable classic ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, recipe plus tips and tricks. Vegan. Gluten Free. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.


Asparagus Tapenade, another healthy vegetable appetizer ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Fresh & Seasonal. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Great for Meal Prep. Vegan. Gluten Free.


Mashed Potatoes & Carrots ♥ KitchenParade.com, a family favorite recipe, potatoes and carrots mashed together, requiring virtually no added fat.


Summer Vegetable Stew ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, a soupy stew made with fresh vegetables, a great master recipe and a rainbow of summer vegetables, full of different flavors and colors and textures. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Gluten Free. Paleo.


Refrigerator Pickled Beets ♥ KitchenParade.com, made with canned beets or fresh roasted beets, no canning required, keep for weeks in the fridge. Vegan. Low Sugar. Low Cal. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.


Swedish Red Cabbage & Apples ♥ A Veggie Venture, savory not sweet, a tradition at Christmas, adding welcome color and texture to a plate. Recipe, cooking tips, nutrition, WW Weight Watchers points included.


Summer's Best Corn Chowder, a classic summer soup ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, packed with our favorite fresh and seasonal summer vegetables. Great for Meal Prep.


Chipotle Chickpea Salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, beans mixed with summer-fresh vegetables and a smidgin of heat. WW Friendly. Rave Reviews. Gluten Free.


Quick Broccoli (or Cauliflower) Soup ♥ KitchenParade.com, fast, delicious soup made with five ingredients.

Quick Cauliflower (or Broccoli) Soup ♥ KitchenParade.com, fast, delicious soup made with five ingredients. Broccoli or cauliflower.


Greek Greens, how to hold dark leafy greens for later, another simple technique ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Great for Meal Prep. Vegan. Gluten Free.


Veggie-Lentil Burritos with Cilantro Sauce ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, a vegetarian concept recipe for what's on hand, gorgeous sauce. Very adaptable. Rave reviews.


Quick Tomato Sauce for Pasta & Pizza ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, just canned tomatoes plus pantry ingredients, ready in 20 minutes.


Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, WW’s famous original soup, quick to make, sure to satisfy. Vegan. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Whole 30.


Cook's Illustrated's recipe for Foolproof Oven-Baked Brown Rice ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, turns out moist, nutty and perfect every time. Rave reviews from home cooks everywhere.


How to Roast Peppers in the Oven, tips & techniques ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Easy Meal Prep. Vegan.

That's It!

I hope you find a place in your kitchen for these long-standing favorites.

How do you save and share favorite recipes? recipes that fit your personal cooking style? a particular recipe your mom or daughter or best friend would just love? If this collection of recipes seems useful, go ahead, save and share! I'd be honored ...
15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes That Stand the Test of Time, an anniversary collection ♥ AVeggieVenture.com

Best Recipe 2020

Pinto Bean Salad, another Fresh & Flexible Salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Quick to Make. Low Fat. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Best Recipe 2021

Jubilee Greens, Another Master Technique ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. How to sauté dark leafy greens like spinach, chard, kale and more.
  • THE RECIPE Jubilee Greens How to Sauté Leafy Greens Like Spinach, Chard, Kale & More
  • ANOTHER TAKE Greek Greens How to Flash Cook Dark Leafy Greens to Eat Later

Looking for healthy new ways to cook vegetables? A Veggie Venture is home to hundreds of super-organized quick, easy and healthful vegetable recipes and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables. Join "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg to explore the exciting world of common and not-so-common vegetables, seasonal to staples, savory to sweet, salads to sides, soups to supper, simple to special.

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Alanna Kellogg

A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.


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