Food & Nutrition

7 Registered Dietitians Share Their Favorite Vegetable Recipes From Their Cultures

When it comes to healthy eating, there are lots of different approaches you can follow. But one thing is true of pretty much any effort to eat a more nutritious diet: Vegetables are really good for you. However, most of the veggies we hear about in popular culture and media in the U.S. when it comes to healthy cooking and meals are part of a Eurocentric diet (kale, I’m looking at you). The underlying message is that in order to be healthy, you have to eat one certain kind of food and, if you’re not white and/or your cultural or ethnic background is anything but Eurocentric, you have to give up the foods you grew up with, or that are common in your family, community, or culture. I’m here to tell you that that is not the case.

Of course, there are plenty of people who are food, healthy eating, and vegetable enthusiasts who already know and love vegetables from various places and cultures and grew up eating them. But if you're not familiar with some of these veggies—or if you are but want some new recipe inspiration—I definitely recommend giving the recipes here a try—because they come straight from registered dietitians who love to cook and eat. Bonus: the more variety in your diet, the more variety you get in nutrients. Plus, the more ways at your disposal to prepare and eat delicious food. Check your local supermarket or specialty grocery stores to get your hands on these veggies.

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