The winter blues are so last season. Spring has sprung! You’ve probably noticed certain fruits and veggies looking perfectly ripe. On the flip side, maybe the apples and the potatoes are looking a little shriveled? If you’re making laps around the grocery store hoping to come across some from winter food that still looks edible, it’s time for a change.
Do not fear! A fresh new wave of delicious produce can be found at your local market. Out with the old and in with the new. It’s fun to keep things interesting!
Can you say fresh? This colorful salad screams spring time! You can eat it as a little appetizer or make the mixture a bit more filling by adding a toasted baguette. The only ingredient that needs to be cooked is the asparagus, and that only takes 3-5 minutes. Asparagus is a killer source of vitamin K which helps with blood clotting and bone health. Who knew?
If you are struggling with allergies this spring, boost your immune system by snacking on rich strawberries. Strawberries contain fisetin, which not only keeps your nose from running. Studies show it can help prevent cancer.
Goat cheese is like icing on top of your yummy salad cake. Adding this creamy spread, full of probiotics and calcium, makes your bright salad the absolute perfect combination. If you are one of those people that grimace at the thought of goat cheese, I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone. This pairing is too tasty to pass up. For a dish that only takes 15 minutes to prepare it sure packs a healthy punch.
Dare to be different. Show off your wild side with this exotic Mediterranean inspired recipe. The best part is that you can prep the ingredients and toss ‘em right into the oven. Instead of chestnuts, how about some carrots roasting on an open fire? I know, I know - why Fennel? Its jam packed with vitamins and minerals like: zinc, vitamin E and beta-carotene. Are you adding mint to that? I hope so. Mint is full of vitamin A and iron. Combining these 2 nutrient dense ingredients will give you that extra kick you’re looking for. Big things come in small packages, don’t they?
This herbalicious plate is great for your next dinner party. It’s elegant and easy. Paring it with a hearty brisket would make for the perfect meal. Or, you could keep it vegetarian and add some lentils and tempeh. This side is simple and super affordable. For the recipe click here.
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping. What better way to enjoy a warm spring day than out by the grill making blackened chicken? If you’re looking to add some gluten free grains packed with protein and fiber - voila! Quinoa. Once you are finished cooking, throw on your fresh seasonal toppings. Mango and pineapple are both rich in vitamin C, and mango packs the powerful antioxidant zeaxanthin that helps in protecting the eye from macular degeneration.
While eating these fruits, you’re probably not focusing on their health benefits. However, knowing what you know now makes you not only health conscious, but also the master of creating the most scrumptious salad entree. Life is already so complex. No need to bring that into the kitchen. Keep things simple. After only 30 minutes total cooking time, you will be sitting over a vinaigrette drizzled square meal. This main course not only satisfies, but leaves you feeling full and energized.
As you can see, spring is bursting with colorful, simple, and enjoyable produce options for your next meal. Knowing which fruits and veggies are in season, will make your shopping easier. Eating fruits and vegetables that are fresh and inseason keeps your cost down and encourages sustainable farming. When your favorite items are grown locally and eaten within a week of harvesting, they contain more nutrients and little to no preservatives. Find joy in eating the goodness mother earth provides for you!