Spring into Spring with these Recipes
As the weather begins to get nicer, and visions of summertime start creeping at the edges of your mind, you know it is springtime! Some of us dread it and others of us love it.
Due to the stay-at-home order, we are not quite able to experience all of that nice weather by doing outdoor activities at this time. That does not mean we have to lose touch with nature however! Instead, by eating with the season and using beautiful springtime produce you can appreciate natural springtime bounty in the safety of your home.
Also, because most of us are spending more and more time in the kitchen due to the quarantine these recipes can help you freshen up your routine and feed your family something new and seasonal.
I have created this comprehensive list of springtime recipes, that can all be used as a base for inspiration in your own cooking; the list includes breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, all made with fresh, bright, and healthy ingredients. If you can’t find all the necessary ingredients for each recipe, simply get creative in the kitchen, get in touch with nature, and embrace this period of self-reflection and creativity.
When cooking and eating this delicious food you will likely not even notice that you’ve been staying inside the house for the last month.
First, the most important knowledge to be armed with this spring, is to know what exactly is in-season!
This list just scratches the surface, but consider incorporating some of this produce in your springtime meals:
- Beet and Avocado Toast
- Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Berries
- Easy Strawberry Scones
- Chive Omelette
- Bacon and Leek Casserole
- Bran Muffins
- Poached Eggs and Ramps on Toast
- Green Smoothie Bowl
- Pea Pancakes (…just give this a try)
- Shakshuka (One of my favorite breakfasts)
- Panzanella (BREAD SALAD!)
- Pesto Asparagus Noodles
- Chickpea and Avocado Salad
- Pesto Kale Salad
- Spinach and Artichoke Pizza
- Green Pea Falafel Bowl
- Artichoke Pasta Salad
- Roasted Veg and Lentil Salad
- Tuna Melt with Fresh Tomatoes (One of the most underrated sandwiches)
- Strawberry Cobb Salad (Springtime take on the classic salad)
- Southwestern Pasta and Black Bean Salad
- Asparagus and Mushroom Pappardelle
- White Bean and Artichoke Toast
- Soba Noodles with Peas and Eggs
- Zucchini Noodle Chicken Stir Fry
- Poached Salmon with Artichokes (Sounds hard. Is easy.)
- Spring Vegetable Fried Rice
- Goat Cheese, Black Bean, and Spinach Lasagna (A hearty lasagna with a springtime twist)
- Quinoa-Stuffed Baked Tomatoes (Yes, you heard that right, they aren’t baked potatoes)
- Grilled Salmon with Avocado-Mango Salsa (Can you say REFRESHING)
- Green Zucchini Yogurt Curry with Rice
- Steak with Herbed Sage Butter (For all you carnivores out there)
- Fish Stick Tacos (A major upgrade from frozen fish sticks)
- Garlic Parm Salmon (An easy way to get picky eaters to try and like salmon)
- Lemon Asparagus Chicken Pasta
- Cilantro Lime Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
- Greek Chicken Thighs with Spring Veggies
- Roasted Cod with Tomato Sauce
Snacks or Sides
- Beet and Ricotta Hummus
- Mango Lassi
- Lemon Roasted Asparagus with Pistachios
- Jamaiccan Grilled Eggplant (I used to hate eggplant… but I am now converted)
- Whole Roasted Cauliflower
- Spanakopita (Greek feta and spinach pie)
- Garlic and Pea Soup (You don’t have to stop eating soup just because it is spring)
With these creative and seasonal list of recipes under your belt you are more prepared than ever to experiment and have
fun in the kitchen!
Making these recipes or trying your own thing with seasonal produce can help you stay in touch with nature and allow for even more bonding time with whoever you are quarantined with.
I encourage you to stay home, stay safe, stay cooking, and stay seasonal!