If you’re not a big salad eater, getting your daily recommended two and a half or three cups of vegetables isn’t an easy task. To increase her greens intake, Marisa McClellan of Slashfood enjoys Trader Joe’s green protein smoothie, which allegedly “tastes like strawberries.” She also notes that Alanna Kellogg at A Veggie Venture offers a selection of green smoothies you can make at home. Personally, I don’t think I could stomach a straight-up veggie drink, but if you go easy on the greens, Kellogg claims that you can enhance the sweet, fruity flavors of a traditional smoothie:
The first smoothie, I started with a single leaf of Swiss chard—and the taste was all fruit. For the second, I used two leaves of chard, brightened with lemon juice—and this tasted decidedly bright and green and VERY alive. I loved it. The third, I used three leaves of chard, that was a bit much.
If the idea of puréed chard and bananas still doesn’t float your boat, the Baltimore Sun offers a recipe for tomato crumble that’ll help make the most of your late-season produce. Scientifically speaking, a tomato is really a fruit, but tossing a mixture of breadcrumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano, pine nuts, and butter over some summer squash or zucchini could also make a savory crumble that will make it easier to up your veggie consumption.