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Recipes for Spring

Posted by: Mira Roberts

Spring has almost sprung, and that means all things are coming into bloom, including your favorite fruits and vegetables. When seasons change, so do our appetites and taste buds. Staying connected to the shifts in nature can go a long way to keep you connected to your body and overall health, and taking a seasonal approach to your diet can make big impact in how you feel.

In winter, we rely on hearty root vegetables to keep us nourished in the cold. Now that the weather is growing warmer and brighter, it's time to lighten up our weekly meals so that we have the energy we need to keep us moving right into summer's heat. In spring, honeydew melons, pineapple, mango and strawberries are at their ripest. Vegetables like green beans, asparagus, snow peas and spinach come into season and are at their freshest.

Blending the flavors of spring produce is an art, but with a little planning, you'll be creating seasonal fare like an expert. We've selected some of our favorite recipes to help you incorporate the freshest produce possible into your weekly diet, and we've chosen meals that are easy to make and won't break your budget. We always encourage you to shop local and consider participating in your nearest CSA to help support regional farmers. And, as always, enjoy!

  1. Bean and Asparagus Salad. Perfect as a side dish at lunch or dinner, or an excellent option to bring to a potluck, this light salad incorporates fresh asparagus and packs a protein punch.
  2. White Pizza with Arugula. Make pizza night the freshest ever with this delightful twist on a white pizza from Ina Garten.
  3. Orange Glazed Blueberry Scones. Blueberries are at the ripest at the end of spring, and baking with their ripe sweetness makes for incredible desserts. These scones are a perfect afternoon sweet snack or a delicious way to start your day.
  4. Spring Pasta with Fava Beans and Peas. Balance hearty pasta with light, refreshing vegetables and flavor when you prepare this truly spring-inspired meal.
  5. Chicken and Strawberry Salad. Salad season is here at last, and our favorite way to do salad is by merging the sweet with the savory. This recipe is a winner!
  6. Rum-Spiked Grilled Pineapple with Toasted Coconut. Be prepared to be blown away by this phenomenal dessert recipe that reworks pineapple into a dish you'll want to serve for years to come.
  7. Garlic Rubbed Pork Shoulder with Spring Vegetables. Juicy pork shoulder and bright, spring vegetables make this a perfect meal after a long week. Filling but still healthy, this recipe will impress even the heartiest eaters in your bunch.
  8. Spring Vegetable Stew. On those rainy days in March and April, only stew will do. This refreshing recipe will fill you up without weighing you down, every time.


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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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