Rainbow-hued food is all over Pinterest and Instagram—mostly, though, in the relatively unhealthy form of ROYGBIV bagels and pretty tie-dye lattes (yes; a thing). But there are health benefits of a real fruit-and-veggie-based rainbow meal, even more than you probably know. Fresh produce is home to more than 25,000 health-boosting chemicals called phytonutrients (which are also the source of those bold colors). And not only do you get perks from each type of produce—green veggies may help prevent cancer, blue and purple varieties can boost the good bacteria in your gut, red guys can contribute to bone health—but research shows that you get even more of the benefits if you eat fruits or veggies together. Adding avocado or other heart-healthy fats to vegetables also helps your body absorb nearly seven times the beta-carotene from foods like carrots and red peppers. Since most of us are better at cooking in shades of beige—so much pasta!—than in multi hues, here’s help. Enjoy, and get ready for the most Instagrammable meal of your life.
Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza1 package store-bought naan flatbread (2 pieces)
½ cup tomato sauce (store-bought or homemade)
½ cup shredded mozzarella
4 cups total bite-size mixed veggies: chopped broccoli, green peppers, yellow peppers, orange peppers, grape tomatoes, red onions, thinly sliced purple potatoes
2 tsp. olive oil
Preheat oven to 425°F. Slather naan with tomato sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella. Top with veggies, laying same-color vegetables in rows for a rainbow effect, and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Gimme Some Oven blogger Ali Ebright, who developed this recipe, suggests adding freshly grated Parmesan and red pepper flakes, to taste, after baking. Serves 2.