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Vegetables: They're what's for dinner

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Oaxacan string cheese taco
(Dylan + Jeni / For the Times)

35 vegetable-forward weeknight dinner ideas

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It is officially that time of year when we swing the pendulum in the other direction from a holiday season spent eating comfort food and try to start the new year fresh. Regardless of whether you want to get back in shape — whatever that looks like for you — or try out a new diet with some friends, there is one thing on which medical, nutritional and fitness experts all agree: Eat lots of vegetables.

That doesn’t mean you have to go vegan or even vegetarian. It doesn’t mean there’s no more pasta, bread or rice. It doesn’t have to mean being doomed to days of carrot and celery sticks and dinners of steamed everything else. Really.

There are countless easy, delicious ways to eat more vegetables (because I know you already eat some). Start with weeknight dinners and make seasonal produce the star of the plate. Cauliflower and kimchi ‘fried rice’, Nani’s tortino di fagiolini (sort of like a green bean quiche), chili oil-roasted beets with feta, almonds and mint, vegan lentil and fennel salad and even a vegan Tommy’s-style chili burger all fit the bill. Leftovers become ready-made lunches and you are on your way.

To that end, here are 35 of our top vegetable-forward weeknight dinner suggestions to start you on your journey.

République Date Butter Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Time1 hour 30 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 8

Vegan Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

Time45 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Paella with artichokes and mushrooms

Time1 hour 30 minutes
YieldsServes 6

Broccoli salad with roasted peppers and cashews

Time20 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Tsukune-Style Brussels Sprouts

Time1 hour
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Tacos 1986 Tacos al Hongo

Time35 minutes
YieldsServes 4

Sauteed Collard Greens

Time20 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Spaghetti and 'Meat' Balls

Time1 hour
YieldsMakes about 30 balls

Seared Eggplant with Spicy Glazed Peanuts

Time25 minutes
YieldsServes 4

Chile Oil-Roasted Beets With Feta, Almonds and Mint

Time1 hour 15 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Roasted rainbow cauliflower tacos

Time1 hour
YieldsMakes 6 tacos

Vegan Chilaquiles

Time20 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 8

Umami-Roasted Vegetables

Time40 minutes
YieldsServes 4

Roasted Mushroom Stroganoff

Time1 hour 10 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6.

Impossible Burger With Spicy Special Sauce

Time20 minutes
YieldsServes 4

Garlic Fries

Time20 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Vegan Tommy’s-Style Chili Burger

Time30 minutes
YieldsMakes 8

Mustard green salad

Time30 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Slow-Roasted Winter Vegetables

Time2 hours
YieldsServes 12

Palak Paneer Shakshuka

Time20 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Vegan Lentil and Fennel Salad

Time1 hour
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Fava Bean Scampi

Time15 minutes
YieldsServes 4.

Oaxacan String Cheese Tacos

Time20 minutes
YieldsServes 4

Hasiba’s Honeyed Marinated Eggplant

Time45 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 10

Sicilian tuna salad from Scopa Italian Roots

Time35 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Rice bowl with cauliflower, zucchini and eggplant

Time1 hour 10 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

The Village Idiot's beans and bitter greens

Time1 hour 45 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 8

Vegetarian Hunan-style tofu

Time1 hour 10 minutes
YieldsServes 2 as a main dish, 4 as part of a multi-dish meal

Shakshouka

Time1 hour
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Nani's tortino di fagiolini

Time1 hour 10 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 12

Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts With Chile-Maple Glaze

Time20 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 12

Cauliflower and kimchi 'fried rice'

Time20 minutes
YieldsServes 4

Quesadillas stuffed with greens and feta

Time30 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6