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Veggie stacks are an easy snack

Easy prep, these light stacks are great for pre or post workout snacks

— by Caela Fenton

Surprisingly simple yet incredibly gourmet looking, vegetable stacks are one of those dishes that never fail to impress. If you’re searching for a new healthy pre- or post-workout recipe, or cooking for a vegetarian or vegan tri buddy, vegetable stacks are a great option.

Lemon rosemary vegetable stacks with lentils

Nitrate-rich beets and slow-burning sweet potatoes, when combined with plant-based protein like lentils, make for a runner super-meal. This whole recipe can be prepared in advance and then assembled, if you’re a think-ahead kind of cook.

Roasted vegetable stack with garlic, lemon and coriander oil

This simple vegan stack takes only 30 minutes to make and contains just a handful of ingredients. Simplicity for the win.

Rosemary sweet potato stacks

This fool-proof recipe makes 12 stacks–perfect for feeding a crowd. All you need are a few sweet potatoes, some coconut oil/butter, rosemary and Parmesan cheese for a decadent sprinkling on top. These stacks make for a great carbohydrate side dish.

Breakfast veggie stack

This recipe proves that veggie stacks are not just a dinner dish. Step up your morning meal with this combination of portobello mushroom, spinach, zucchini and red pepper, topped with a bit of feta. Get your dose of veggies in first thing in the morning.

Grilled balsamic veggie stack

Eggplant and roasted red pepper form the basis of this veggie stack (although portobello is an adequate swap for eggplant if you prefer). You can use store-bought roasted red pepper to save time, or this recipe’s author will teach you how to make your own.

Vegan rainbow lasagna veggie stacks

Judging by this recipe’s name, it’s got something here for everyone. This recipe is beet-based (which is always a good call for runners) and it tells you how to make vegan ricotta. For the non-vegans, regular ricotta works just as well.

Roasted vegetable caprese stack

This veggie stack is inspired by the traditional capers salad, which features fresh tomatoes and mozzarella. Instead, recipe author Sara opts to swap the mozzarella with extra firm tofu, making this stack a complete and low-fat meal.

Stacked beet salad with crispy shallots and herb-infused oil

This recipe doesn’t stop at just one type of beets. It combines red beets and gold beets for the ultimate oxygen-uptake-improving meal. Definitely a good one to add to the meal plan during heavy training weeks.

Tofu and shiitake stack with bok choy ginger puree

This recipe is one of those “don’t knock it till you try it cases.” Plus, ginger is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient. Runners could do to have more of in their diets.