Raise your hand if you’ve heard of fennel. Keep your hand up if you use it in your cooking regularly. Still up there? Good for you. If not, don’t fret. Whether you’ve never heard of the thing or you’re a downright fennel enthusiast, these 18 fantastic recipes will steer you in the direction of healthyanddelicious. This veggie, existing somewhere between an artichoke and an onion, is another superfood that’s good for our bodies and adds a flavor boost to any kind of dishes you add it to.

1. Fennel Pork Meatballs: Fennel seeds are a common ingredient in sausages to give them more flavor. And now we apply this concept to the almighty meatball. (via I am a Food Blog)

2. Grapefruit, Fennel and Grilled Shrimp Salad: There are about a billion fennel-friendly salad recipes out there, and this one is thoughtfully selected in time for spring fever. (via Camille Styles)

3. Roasted Fennel and Artichoke Hearts: It’s back to basic with this grilled fennel and artichoke recipe. Though simple, we’re confident that no one will call this dish. (via Main St. Cuisine)

4. Pasta With Fennel, Kale and Lemon: With whole wheat pasta, there’s nothing to lose sleep over. (via Blogging Over Thyme)

5. Green Lemonade: This is what superheroes drink for breakfast. (via Gourmande in the Kitchen)

6. Fennel Carrot Soup With Ginger: Pureed fennel and cream is a popular combo, but add ginger and carrot to seriously impress your guests. (via The Garum Factory)

7. Grilled Fennel Tarts: With or without the cheese and dough, grilled fennel bulbs are the veggie of the future. (via Spoon Fork Bacon)

8. Fontina, Fennel and Onion Pizza: Fennel’s taste adds a lot to your familiar bread, cheese and onion situation. (via Martha Stewart)

9. Apple Fennel Salad: There’s no way this raw salad won’t blow your mind. (via Rawmazing)

10. Fennel Gratin: Make your fennel irresistible by dressing it with cheese and breadcrumbs. (via Closet Cooking)

11. Grilled Fish Stuffed With Bay Leaves and Fennel: This beautiful fish was the centerpiece of an inviting spring dinner party. What lay in the fish’s belly? Fennel. (via Design Sponge)

12. Roasted Chicken Sausage With Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Potatoes: Fennel, it plays nice with other veggies (and meats). (via Kitchen Confidante)

13. Gluten-Free Fennel Flatbread: If you’re not crazy about fennel’s somewhat bitter taste, there are plenty of solutions that will please your tastebuds — like this cheesy (but healthy!) one. (via My Name is Yeh)

14. Salmon, Crème Fraîche and Fennel Rillettes: Debuting as an item on our healthy slammin’ salmon roundup, this appetizer will wow friends everywhere. (via Aida Mollenkamp)

15. Mushroom Fennel Quinoa Stuffing: This stuffing seems like it would work not only stuffed in something but also on its own… or alongside any fish or meat you’re craving. (via Skinny Taste)

16. Cheesy Green Beans and Fennel: In case anyone is tired of green beans and cheese, you can add fennel and breadcrumbs to rekindle the love with your greens. (via BHG)

17. Pan Fried Fennel: Just like avocado fries or fried zucchini, breaded and fried fennel adds a comfort option that’s still somewhat good for you. (via Martha Stewart)

18. Pan Seared Scallops + Fettucine in Bacon Fennel Cream Sauce: Scallops and cream sauce hardly need an addition to be appealing, but the taste of fennel complements the union without stealing the show. (via Rock Recipes)

How will you make your favorite dishes super-food friendly? Let us taste the power in the comments below!