Ring in the spring with 12 healthy recipes you can cook with seasonal produce
Spring has officially begun and there is a pleasant tasting freshness in the air that you don’t get in other seasons. A variety of flowers are in bloom, there’s more sunshine to soak up, and the shelves at your favorite farmer’s market are filled with juicy seasonal produce. While you can get some fruits and veggies all year round, there’s nothing quite like biting into a bright red strawberry during prime time. Even foods like fish tend to come and go with the seasons, like wild salmon which is very rich and succulent in the spring.
Enjoy a spring full of flavor and use seasonal produce like mushrooms, apricots and pineapple to liven up your meals. More the produce, the better the bite. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner looking for simple yet delicious meals, continue with 12 recipes you can make in your kitchen for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Scrambled breakfast with mushrooms, spinach and eggs
Wake up your kids, roommates or neighbors to the smell of mushrooms sautéed in melted butter and garlic. Add a few heaps of hearty spinach, spices and a cracked egg and you have a remixed hustle; I like my eggs sunny side up, but you can cook your eggs as long as you need to avoid a runny yolk. See the recipe here.
Strawberry Rolled Oats
Overnight oats are all the rage on the internet right now, especially on TikTok, and for good reason. Not only are they quick and easy to make, but you end up with a healthy and delicious breakfast of juicy strawberries, maple syrup, and fiber-rich chia seeds. This recipe even calls for vanilla extract to kick your oats up a notch overnight. See the recipe here.
Vegan avocado toast
Skip spending $12 on avocado toast at your favorite hipster restaurant and whip up your own tasty plate at home. It’s incredibly easy and nutritious: all you need is hearty multigrain toast, crispy radishes, fresh avocado, and common spices you probably already have in your cupboard. You can also add hemp seeds, which are loaded with nutrients and protein. Feel free to spice up this recipe with your own additions like a boiled egg or pickled onions. See the recipe here.
Strawberry kiwi smoothie
A smoothie is a classic breakfast for people on the go or people who want to pack their breakfast with a dose of nutrition. Although the recipe doesn’t necessarily call for it, adding greens like spinach and kale to it is a great way to enhance your smoothie. You can barely taste them behind the sweet and sour kiwi and fresh strawberry flavors, but they make your smoothie even more nutrient dense. See the recipe here.
Grilled lemon chicken skewers
Warmer weather and sunshine mean you can rip the lid off this grill and fire it up. Skewers are a fun BBQ recipe with endless limitations on what you can load onto your skewers. To get the most out of your spring barbecue, cook Lemon Garlic Chicken and add it to the grill along with sautéed mushrooms, onions and peppers. See the recipe here.
Green Goddess Salad
This is another recipe that is making the rounds on the internet. It’s called the Green Goddess because of all the vibrant green fruits and vegetables it’s made with (both raw and cooked), including cucumber, avocado, and asparagus. Not to mention the dressing filled with herbs that you mix yourself in a blender. Honestly, it can’t get any cooler than that. For the crispiest, greenest salad you can imagine, the Green Goddess is a must. See the recipe here.
Split pea soup
Next time you plan to make ham, don’t even think about getting rid of that bone. Instead, use it to make yourself a pot of split pea soup. It’s a classic homemade recipe that uses some of the best spring vegetables: carrots, onions, celery and garlic. This soup is the perfect comfort food for rainy spring afternoons or evenings when you want to cozy up with a blanket and a hot meal. See the recipe here.
Pork lettuce wraps
If you’ve ever been to PF Changs, you know their chicken lettuce wraps are second to none. But, wouldn’t they be super filled with pork tenderloin? This is a twist on the classic chicken lettuce wrap with corned pork as a protein replacement. Seasoned with brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice and sesame oil, this tasty spring breakfast recipe gets your hands dirty in the best way. See the recipe here.
Hawaiian salmon pineapple bowl
Bring home a taste of Hawaii with this sweet and salty combination of fresh pineapple with rich, flavorful salmon. Preparing that dinner is also a rewarding task, as it can look like it came straight out of a Pinterest board. Cut the pineapple from the fruit and use the shell as the perfect bowl for your chicken and rice combination. Finish with a mango, avocado, onion and cilantro salsa and you’re ready for a tropical fusion of flavors. See the recipe here.
Chicken with tangy apricots on rice
A friend of mine is gluten free and swears by this recipe as her best meal ever. Combining sweet and tart apricots with melt-in-your-mouth onions and colorful crunchy carrots, it’s the epitome of “win-win chicken dinner.” Serve over jasmine rice or with a side of sautéed asparagus and you have yourself a hearty and healthy dish. See the recipe here.
Stir-fried chicken, mushrooms and broccoli in sauce
This one-pan stir-fry only takes about 20 minutes to make, but your loved ones will think you bought takeout from the family’s favorite Chinese restaurant. By using simple ingredients like broccoli and mushrooms for the dish and honey and sriracha for the sauce, you can whip up a delicious and easy dinner that uses some of spring’s most delicious vegetables. See the recipe here.
Spinach and Lemon Risotto with Prosciutto
For an easy dinner for two, try a big plate of lemon spinach risotto with crispy slices of prosciutto. Unlike your average creamy risotto, this one uses plentiful greens and spring produce that give it a vibrant green color and savory taste (plus, the cream is optional). See the recipe here.
The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical or health advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goals.
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