5 Faves: Virtuous (Post-Holiday) Vegetable Dishes

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Had a few too many handfuls of chips and salted nuts on the Fourth? Here’s five dishes guaranteed to make you feel healthier.

Organic Roasted Beets
Cosmo Café
You’ll relish this delicate, beautiful beet salad: colorful chunks of the earthy root vegetable are prettily tossed with feathery greens, toasted pistachio nuts, creamy avocado and bits of sharp feta cheese.
1000 K Street, Sacramento, (916) 446-9800; http://paragarys.com/go/prg/locations/cosmo

Gang Pak
PGR Thai Noodle

A colorful medley of vegetables – from red bell pepper and broccoli to mushrooms – is bathed in PGR’s fragrant, spunky red curry sauce with tofu and fresh basil leaves. This is a lively way to get your five-a-day.
3672 J Street, Sacramento, (916) 739-0694

Panzanella Toscana
Biba Restaurant

Revel in the glorious flavors of summer with Biba’s panzanella Toscana, a Tuscan-inspired salad of ripe-from-the-vine tomatoes, chunks of bread (which sop up those yummy juices), bits of red onion, cucumber, and fresh basil.
2801 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, (916) 455-2422; www.biba-restaurant.com

“Total Veg Out” Sandwich
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op
Crammed with a long list of healthy items – including grated carrots, tomatoes, avocado and sunflower seeds – this toothsome (and meatless) sandwich is a real rib-sticker.
1900 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento, (916) 455-2667; www.sacfoodcoop.com

Oven-Roasted Vegetables
Danielle’s Creperie and Gallery

Robust and comforting, Danielle’s olive oil-brushed, oven roasted vegetables – which often include carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, broccoli and zucchini – are intensely flavored, just-soft-enough and even better when sprinkled with feta or gouda cheese.
3535 Fair Oaks Blvd # B; Sacramento (in the Arden Town Center), (916) 972-1911; www.daniellescreperie.com