OUR FAVORITE SPRING RECIPES
Author: Melissa Johnson
Spring has sprung, and with the new season comes new fresh flavors to explore. This vibrant seasonal recipe collection highlights the tender, fresh veggies that will soon become abundant as the days grow longer and heat up. It is our hope that these recipes will inspire you to get creative in the kitchen and possibly explore a new veggie that you find at your local market or at area pantries. Celebrate the season with some flavorful recipes!
1. VEGETABLE BRUNCH PIE
If there is a season that works well with brunch, it’s springtime. This recipe puts a new spin on a classic, welcoming substitutions of whatever fun vegetable you have on hand. This recipe is great for bringing to gatherings and freezes well to be used as a quick (and healthy!) option when you are limited on time.
2. SPRING VEGETABLE SAUTÉ
Sautés are the simple but always delicious go-to for springtime. Chop fresh veggies you have on hand, add a pinch of salt, pepper and other spices if you choose and wa-la! Elegant but oh so simple. What’s not to love?
3. PASTA PRIMAVERA
This seasonal classic pairs the pantry-staple pasta with fresh veggies in an Italian-inspired flavor explosion. Often times this dish is prepared using a “sofrito“, an aromatic blend of ingredients cut into smaller pieces and then sautéed in a cooking oil.
4. ASPARAGUS WITH GREMOLATA SAUCE
Asparagus is a great produce item to take advantage of in season, as it will be more budget-friendly and is most likely locally grown. A nutritional powerhouse as well, asparagus has folate, fiber and vitamins A, C, E and K. Treat yourself this springtime to a dish loaded with antioxidants and other important nutrients that support your body’s overall health.
5. BERRIES AND BANANA CREAM
This recipe is a great one to use up bananas that are starting to over-ripen. Make your own “banana cream” with yogurt, banana and fruit juice, then top fresh sliced strawberries for a delicious dessert or snack. Add honey and cinnamon for extra flavor.