8 non-starchy veggies and 24 recipes to use them in

From carrots to cauliflower, these recipes can help you up your intake of non-starchy veg.
Published 15 September, 2021

From a high fibre and water content to a range of essential vitamins and minerals, all vegetables have an impressive nutrient profile.

The NHS recommends that we eat at least five portions of fruit and veg each day, and that these food groups should make up just over a third of the foods we consume daily.

People who eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.

In this article, we're diving into the world of non-starchy vegetables. As well as being colourful, delicious and a great addition to a wide range of meals, non-starchy vegetables contain smaller amounts of carbohydrate than starchy vegetables.

They're a healthy addition to any diet, particularly for people living with diabetes.

Below are eight non-starchy veggies to consider adding to your diet, and delicious recipes to use them in.


This root vegetable is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin K1, beta carotene, fibre, potassium and antioxidants. Plus, it's crunchy and delicious!


Bell peppers come in a variety of colours and are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. They're a great way to add crunch to any dish.


Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable high in many nutrients, including fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium. It also boasts more protein than most other vegetables.


This pretty purple food contains a variety of vitamins and minerals and is high in antioxidants. Fun fact: while often considered vegetables, aubergines are technically fruits.


Courgettes are rich in vitamins, minerals and water, which can help with digestion. Plus, they're incredibly versatile and can be used in a range of delicious dishes.


Tomatoes are a major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They're also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.


Cauliflower is high in fibre, vitamins, antioxidants,and choline - an essential nutrient that many people are deficient in. It's a fab low-carb alternative to grains and legumes. Cauliflower rice is a great place to start!


Mushrooms are extremely versatile and are available in a range of shapes, sizes and colours. They're high in vitamin D and loaded with minerals and antioxidants.