Spring has sprung! The days are longer, the sun feels warmer and the trees and flowers are blooming. Changing seasons bring energy and inspiration to the kitchen. It’s an ideal time to try new dishes and incorporate garden-fresh ingredients into your meals. Often, warmer months also encourage us to eat healthier.
Today, I’m sharing light and refreshing dish ideas to enjoy on these invigorating days. If you can, head down to your local farmers market to grab some ingredients. It’s also a great time to purchase herbs to plant in small gardens, in pots on your patio, or in window boxes. There’s nothing like picking your own ingredients for meals! The recipes below use fresh mint, basil and parsley—so those would be great starters.
4 fresh recipes to liven up your spring
SLIDESHOW: Springtime Veggie Pasta Primavera from Whole and Heavenly Oven
This pasta is full of fresh vegetables that are abundant in the springtime. For a main dish, add a source of protein like chicken, or enjoy as a side dish.View Recipe
SLIDESHOW: Peach Salad with Grilled Basil Chicken from Cooking Classy
Fresh fruit like peaches add extra sweetness to a springtime salad. Top with chicken to make this recipe a main dish.View Recipe
SLIDESHOW: Minty Pea Soup by Bon Appetit
What says spring more than the color green? When nature is in full bloom, this flavorful soup offers a refreshing appetizer.View Recipe
SLIDESHOW: Broiled Halibut with Shaved Spring Vegetable Salad by Martha Stewart
This beautiful entrée is a delicious and balanced way to incorporate spring vegetables into your diet. Feel free to sub out the halibut for another source of protein.View Recipe
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