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Listen, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. And while you have more than a week to prepare heartfelt notes and small treats, you’ll likely encounter red, pink, and white-packaged temptations everywhere you turn. And that’s great! We’re all for daily dessert—but to balance the sweets, you might want to pack lunches with some extra vegetables.

This week, lean on hearty winter vegetables, like brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, or cabbage. Blend leeks and potatoes into creamy soup, mix pan-roasted brussels sprouts into salads of grains or greens, or stuff marinated kale between thick slices of bread. Here are 14 vegetable-filled meals that will support you in eating as many sweets as your heart desires.

Start with Salads

Roasted Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Kale Sheet Pan Salad
Roasted Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Kale Sheet Pan Salad
Spice-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Tahini Drizzle
Spice-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Tahini Drizzle
Joshua McFadden's Bitter Greens Salad with Melted Cheese

Joshua McFadden's Bitter Greens Salad with Melted Cheese by Genius Recipes

Kale, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad

Kale, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad by Kenzi Wilbur

Black Lentil, Roasted Cauliflower, Kohlrabi & Apple Salad
Black Lentil, Roasted Cauliflower, Kohlrabi & Apple Salad
Gabrielle Hamilton's Endive Salad in the Roman Puntarelle Style
Gabrielle Hamilton's Endive Salad in the Roman Puntarelle Style

Sprinkle in some Soups

Radish Top Soup and Slow-Roasted Radish Roots with Fennel Seeds
Radish Top Soup and Slow-Roasted Radish Roots with Fennel Seeds
 Carrot-Ginger Zinger Soup

Carrot-Ginger Zinger Soup by Kallee Lins

Melissa Clark's Seared Broccoli and Potato Soup

Melissa Clark's Seared Broccoli and Potato Soup by Genius Recipes

Constellation Cauliflower Soup
Constellation Cauliflower Soup

Serve yourself Sandwiches

Vegetarian Muffuletta
Vegetarian Muffuletta
Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad Toasts

Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad Toasts by Alexandra Stafford

Avocado and Marinated Kale Salad Sandwich

Avocado and Marinated Kale Salad Sandwich by fiveandspice

Cauliflower Crostone with Anchovy and Caper Sauce
Cauliflower Crostone with Anchovy and Caper Sauce

What’s your favorite vegetable-filled lunch? Share your packing tips in the comments below!

Automagic Spring Menu Maker!
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Tags: Lunch, Make Ahead, Meal Plan, Not Sad Desk Lunch