It’s finally time to say goodbye to the rich and carb-heavy comfort foods of winter and welcome the vibrant, lighter flavors of springtime produce. Head to the grocery store or local farmers market for the freshest spring fruits and vegetables, and follow these inspirational suggestions for how to fill your table with seasonal flavors and spring produce:
Get your veggie fix with the season’s ripest vegetables, including:
- Spring Greens
- Fava Beans
Many of these flavors can pair well together for some delicious spring vegetable dishes. Choose your favorites from the list and keep it simple with roasted veggies. Fill the baking pan with a drizzle of olive oil and then load it up with chopped vegetables, sprinkle on salt, pepper and seasoning of your choice and then pop it all in the oven for an hour or so. Check every 20 minutes or so to rotate them. If you’re a fan of cheese, sprinkle some over the veggies during the last five minutes of cooking for a crispy coating. Pair with a piece of fish or chicken and you have yourself a healthy yet totally tasty spring meal. For another easy mid-week dish, pair any of these vegetables with your favorite pastas.
If you get bored of pasta, mix it up with this spring vegetable risotto with poached eggs recipe from Bon Appetit. For a different kind of side dish, sautee peas, asparagus and fava beans with oil and lemon, then top them with bacon bits for some extra flavor. If there’s still a slight chill in the air and you fancy cozying up with something warm, try this pea, mint and spring onion soup from BBC Good Food. Don’t forget the parmesan biscuits for a crispy and totally delicious alternative to bread or crackers.
Top your salads and flavor your dinners with spring’s juiciest fruits, such as:
Strawberries pair well with almonds, feta and spinach for a fabulously fresh and naturally sweet salad. This spinach fruit salad from Primavera Kitchen adds walnuts, blueberries and pineapple to the mix. You only need four ingredients to make this apricot chicken recipe from Genius Kitchen, which pairs well with steamed vegetables and rice. Of course, lemon and garlic is a classic combo to flavor poultry, fish or vegetables, and this recipe from Home & Plate proves grapefruit and honey are a delicious duo for transforming your next chicken dish.
With fresh fruits galore, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with tasty pies and delicious baked goods all season long. Strawberries and rhubarb are the stars of spring pies, but they also work well in tarts, crumbles, scones, galettes, oatmeal bars and even pancakes. Plus, you can’t forget about classic strawberry shortcakes! Check out these strawberry-rhubarb dessert recipes for spring from Country Living for baking inspiration. Saveur also served up some fabulous spring dessert recipes, including pineapple tea cookies, almond cheesecake with strawberries and mint, lemon custard tart and strawberry rhubarb yogurt pops.
Time to shed the winter coat and get cooking!