10 Easy & Light Vegetable Recipes – Pickled Plum

Cooking light vegetable recipes


I’ve rounded up some of the best vegetable recipes on the blog. As it’s May and the sun’s rays finally peek through the clouds, our bodies begin to crave more fruit and vegetable-based dishes in preparation for the hot summer ahead. Some of us want beach bodies, while others are simply less hungry and looking for a lighter rate, that would be me. Here are 10 easy and light vegetable recipes to help you lose weight and keep you energized during this season.

Grilled corn on the cob with tomatillo dressing


Memorial Day and summer are almost here and what better to grill on the barbecue than sweet corn on the cob. Top them with a layer of fresh

tomatillo dressing

and crushed tortillas for the best corn dinner! GET THE RECIPE

Healthy red potato salad


This is a traditional

red potato


perfect to serve as a side dish or along with a green salad. Potatoes are mixed with sun-dried tomatoes and green peas and a simple dijon and vinegar dressing. GET THE RECIPE

Chickpea, turnip and lemon


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Brilliant, oh so bright! The taste of lemon is at the forefront of this recipe. The chickpeas and turnip pieces are cooked in water until tender, then half of the soup is mixed to thicken the texture. Fresh lemon juice is added at the end to give the soup plenty of spark! GET THE RECIPE


fresh sauce


This sauce would be a great accompaniment to the corn dressing dish with tomatillo up! I love the simplicity of this recipe: only fresh ingredients are used along with a little chopped mango for sweetness. GET THE RECIPE

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Cucumber and pickled onion salad


This is a classic Southern salad I discovered while surfing the net one day. As soon as I saw the words pickled cucumber I knew I had to do it, and I’m so glad I did! This salad is very refreshing and goes great with a burger or sandwich. I could eat this all day! GET THE RECIPE


with sriracha buffalo sauce


Skip your wings and look lighter with cauliflower. The flavors are exactly the same as you’d get in a sports bar minus the extra fat and calories. This is a great example that fast food can be made healthier and just as delicious! GET THE RECIPE

Daikon Zoodles with creamy avocado sauce


This is a recipe for carbohydrate-free and cream-free zoodles. I have changed the pasta for daikon ribbons and poured them into an avocado puree sauce to give the dish a luxurious texture. Zoodles are covered with sweet corn and cherry tomatoes. Yum! GET THE RECIPE

Summer rainbow salad

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is better sometimes and in this case, definitely! Find all the traditional flavors of summer in this rainbow salad made with cucumber, pepper, tomatoes, corn, avocado and cilantro. Light and refreshing: it’s a summer must! GET THE RECIPE

Pot-Au-Feu (light vegetable stew)

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is something I grew up eating frequently as a child. It is a traditional French stew of vegetables cooked in water and salt and seasoned with thyme and bay leaf. I’m a big fan of this dish because of its clean flavors and the fact that it’s very low in calories and fat. It’s the perfect snack for the evening! GET THE RECIPE

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Quinoa stuffed




have a confession to make: I hate peppers. But because they’re so healthy and known to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, I get used to eating them as often as possible. One way I find it enjoyable to eat bell peppers is by stuffing them with ingredients that balance their bitterness. This quinoa-filled pepper recipe is absolutely delicious and filling. It’s sweet, salty, nutty and also great for your skin! GET THE RECIPE

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