Do you ever feel like craving pizza, burger, or even pasta, but really not wanting anything to do with the bread and flour that come with it? All that carb can really get heavy sometimes, so try replacing it with some healthy vegetables instead. It’s time to get creative in the kitchen.

Here are some extraordinarily inventive recipes that swap the bread with healthy vegetables.

1. Eggplant Pizzas

Super tasty, incredibly healthy, and shines with a vibrant purple. What’s not to love about eggplants? Cut a few eggplants in halves and make pizzas out of them!


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2. Zucchini Crusted Breakfast Pizza

Before we go crazy about zoodles (zucchini noodles), zucchini pizza crust is a thing too! Try this ultra healthy option the next time you decide to roll out a pizza dough.

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3. Spaghetti Squash “Mac n’ Cheese”

It’s almost eerie how closely the spaghetti squash resembles… well, spaghetti. And they’re pretty versatile! You can make just about any pasta dish with this noodley squash.

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4. Zucchini Pasta

Zoodles is all the hype, and for a good reason. Refreshing with a tiny bit of crunch, zoodles are an incredible alternative for the often highly processed gluten-free pastas.

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Try the 15-Minute Zucchini Pasta with Poached Eggs and Quick Heirloom Cherry Tomato Basil Sauce Recipe by

5. Carrot and Parsnip Noodles

Before zucchini takes the crown for being the most popular vegetable-noodle, we’ve got to give the others a chance. Why not carrots and parsnips? They’re both supremely healthy and boast a high content of phytonutrients.

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Try the Cinnamon-Rosemary Carrot and Parsnip Noodles with Roasted Hazelnuts and Ricotta Recipe by

 6. Cauliflower Crusted Pizza

Cauliflower is truly becoming one of the most versatile vegetables. Cauliflower soup, cauliflower rice, and now cauliflower pizza crust? Amazing. Healthy. Delicious.
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7. Eggplant Lasagna

Lasagnas are one of my favourite dishes of all time, and adding eggplant to that? I can’t wait to try this at home. Did I mention this recipe calls for a slow cooker? Perfect for the fall weather.

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8. Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Often referred to as the king of mushrooms, the vegetarian steak, this magnificent mushroom also makes great burger buns. With its meaty, firm flesh, you won’t have to worry about your burger coming apart.

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Try the SoCal Guacamole Burgers on Portobello Mushroom Buns Recipe by

Which of these healthy vegetables are your favourites to swap out the bread and flour in your dishes? Let us know if you have any creative recipes that call for ditching the carbs for yummy veggies. We’d love to know!

Daniel is a Digital Marketing and Content Strategist at SPUD. He graduated from UBC with a degree in English and International Relations with a focus on environmental topics. A wordsmith by day and a bookman by night, he's a self-proclaimed gastronomic snob, a buck-a-shuck addict, a sub-par skier, and a devoted kingsguard of the oxford comma. He also frequents the dog park with a schnauzer named Duke. | Instagram: @dannnyellow

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