Spring is here! Days are longer, the air is fresher, and people’s mood is getting better. This change of season marks the time for renewal. Every season brings its own splendor, but you have to admit spring is extra special. Spring means life. This season never fails to cheer people’s heart seeing flora sprouting and coming to life. The muddied soil is slowly being replaced by green grass. Rose bushes are teeming with new buds and leaves.
For health and diet, spring means leaving behind the heaviness of winter food and embracing all things light, fresh, and healthy. Spring offers a wide array of fruits and veggies that nourish the body while gently cleansing it. They also strengthen your digestive and immune systems. This season is the time for cleansing and getting rid of unhealthy food and habits.
Here are some healthy recipes to enjoy this spring:
Spring Vegetable and Quinoa Salad with Bacon via MyRecipes
This rich quinoa salad can be prepared with whatever grain you might have in your pantry. If you have farro or bulgur, that would be perfect. You will need herbs for freshness and balance them out with robust flavors like Dijon mustard or toasted almonds. If you’d like to prepare a vegetarian version of this dish, use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. And of course, remove the bacon.
Classic Tangy Lemon Bars via Cooking Light
These scrumptious lemon bars are, without a doubt, straight-up perfection. When making these bars, mix the filling together just before you take out the crust from the oven, make sure to pour the filling into the crust, so it will set quickly.
Spring Pasta Salad via Food Network
To prepare this salad, you will have to toss asparagus, peas, and cherry tomatoes with cavatappi pasta. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, honey, garlic, lemon zest, juice, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. To prepare the pasta, toss it with asparagus, peas, tomatoes, shallots, dills and roasted peppers. Pour the dressing over the salad. Let it settle for a bit to soak up the flavor. Once you’re ready to serve, bowl it up and garnish with ricotta salata.
Fresh Arugula and Black Bean Tacos with Pickled Radish and Feta via Cookie and Kate
These tacos are fresh, light and filling made with cumin-spiced black beans. They’re beautifully topped with lime, arugula, pickled radishes, avocado, and feta.
Poached Salmon with Artichoke Confit via Bonappetit
The salmon and artichokes are poached in herb-soaked liquids and spice. This helps create layers of aromatic flavors. You can poach the artichokes a day ahead. Make sure to keep them in oil, cover them and chill.
Pasta Primavera via Food Network
This vegetable-packed pasta could feed a lot of people. It has all the beautiful spring vegetables in it – carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, summer squash, and fettuccine. If you don’t like wine, you can use chicken broth as an alternative.
Roasted Asparagus and Baby Artichokes via MyRecipes
You’d love this roasted asparagus recipe. Make sure to get a head start by preparing the recipe through step 2 at least two days in advance. Shortly before serving, make sure to place the asparagus on pan and then proceed with step 3.
Spring Pizzas via Food Network
You can cut down on prep time by starting off with store-bought pizza dough for the mini rounds. Then, top them off with ramps and scallions.
Strawberry Rhubarb Trifle via My Recipes
The tartness of strawberries and rhubarb balances out the sweetness of the custard. This creates an amazing dessert that will definitely impress your family and friends.
Shaved Radish, Fennel, and Parmesan Salad via Whole Living
The farmer’s market is one of the best things about spring. It’s full of vibrant and flavorful spring delights. Grab some of the ingredients to this recipe from your local farmer’s market and whip up a crisp and fresh fennel slaw and pair it with a delicious main course.
Prepare These Spring Dishes with Our Reversible Butcher Block
Our beautiful and functional reversible butcher block can be a great addition to your kitchen. It is made of eco-friendly bamboo with natural antibacterial qualities. So, chop veggies, slice fresh fruits, prepare these delicious recipes, and serve them in this highly versatile butcher block. Get your own chopping board here.