Make the Most of Philly’s Farmer’s Markets with These Warm, Hearty Veggie Dishes
The harvest is in, and Philly’s farmer’s markets are stocked with local produce. You might be thinking of veggie-based dishes as a summer thing, light and zesty flavors enjoyed in warmer weather. If that’s the case, you’re missing out on a whole world of Autumn veggie dishes—stick-to-your-ribs options that’ll warm you up without the heaviness of your typical cold weather fair. To help you get off to a healthy start to the colder seasons, we’ve collected our ideal all-veggie recipes.
Ratatouille, the low calorie French Provençal vegetable stew, is filled with nutrients that help with blood sugar control and heart health. The dish contains a variety of kinds of fresh produce, including tomatoes, yellow squash, eggplant, zucchini, and bell pepper. It can be served hot or cold, or as a side dish to a meat or fish course, though the vegetable-packed recipe makes ratatouille filling enough to eat on its own.
Aloo Gobi is an authentic Indian dish containing spiced potatoes and cauliflower. The mildly spicy stir-fry-like dish is high in fiber, and low in saturated fat, and requires only a few ingredients and a single pan to prepare.
Stuffed green peppers are a flavorful combination of rice, vegetables and tomato sauce, all packed into the shell of a pepper which functions as a kind of edible bowl. Tasty and nutritious, the green bell peppers in this dish come packed with vitamins A and B-6, which help to keep both the nervous and immune systems functioning properly.
Zucchini a Gratin is a hearty zucchini casserole dish packed with several different kinds of cheese––traditionally including cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan, and a layer of bread crumbs that create a tasteful sensation of both creamy and crunchy. The zucchini base of the meal is high in fiber, which can help to keep the heart healthy, and vitamin C, which can help with eye health.
Vegetable stew is a classic American dish full of vegetables, starches, and savory broth that is low in fat yet rich enough to stand alone as an entire meal. Plus, the broth is sure to provide some added warmth on chillier days.This is a paid partnership between Independence Blue Cross and Philadelphia Magazine's City/Studio