Spring has finally sprung and besides brightly colored blooms, fresh air and warmer weather, we are excited to reintroduce fresh springtime flavors to our daily diets. If you are looking to freshen up your weekly menu with some new dishes, here are some springtime foods, and recipes, perfect for the new spring season.
Spring schedules tend to fill up fast, which can create crazy calendars. One of the best, easiest and most delicious ways to enjoy a more mindful meal is by creating a homemade bowl. It’s super simple! Raid the fridge, search shelves and take a peek in the pantry to see what ingredients are available then get creative. Leftover bison? How about a Ground Bison and Cauliflower Bowl? If there’s any pulled pork leftover from your Sunday family dinner, whip up this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Banh Mi Bowls. Easy to take to the office or enjoy on the go, DIY bowls are perfect for those extra busy days during the spring and summer months.
#2 Garden Fresh Salads
Spring is synonymous with beautiful blooms and fresh flowers, but depending on the current climate, some backyard gardens may have begun to yield fresh herbs and produce. Take a springtime stroll through your current crops and see what’s popping and ready for picking. Gather those garden finds and create a fresh springtime salad for lunch or dinner. If your springtime garden isn’t sprouting up quite yet, hit the local community farmers market.
Chop up some chives and cilantro for this Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt Bleu Cheese Dressing. If you prefer a combination of flavors like savory and sweet, try this Apple, Bacon and Duck Breast Salad or this Asian Pork Salad. Can’t wait for the first flavors of summer? Fire up the grill and throw on a few burgers to create this delicious Grass-Fed Burger Salad.
#3 Handcrafted Sandwiches and Wraps
Sandwiches are a great option for lunch, but do your stomachs and taste buds a favor and ditch the basic peanut butter and jelly and whip up a handcrafted springtime sandwich or wrap instead! BLT sandwiches are a favorite beloved by many, but how about a BBLT? That’s right a BBLT, more fondly known as a Bison, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich! If you prefer something lighter, swap out those two slices of bread for a wrap like these Lamb Pistachio Kafta-Kebab Wraps with a Spicy Salad. Ditch the buns all together and use a lettuce wrap to create Carnitas, Fajita Lettuce Wraps with Chipotle Aioli or Slow Roasted Pork Wraps.
#4 Homemade Soups
Make your own version of a you pick two and add a bowl or cup of soup to your garden fresh salad or handcrafted sandwich. Some of our favorite springtime soups include:
- Beef Soup
- Creamy Potato Soup
- Gut Healing Chicken (But Really Pork Sausage) Soup for the Soul
- Polish Easter Soup
- Pork Shank Stoup Recipe
Top any one of these recipes with a sprig or two of fresh herbs from your springtime garden. Someone pass us a spoon please!
#5 Spring Pastas
Although spring does not quite beckon us to the lighter fare of summer foods just yet, we may still crave something that’s light yet filling. One of the best springtime options is pasta like this Kale and Cashew Pesto Chicken Pasta Recipe perfect for springtime.
There’s also nothing wrong with the classic standby of Spaghetti and Meatballs. No one says you need to make fresh pasta from scratch, though you can. You can also focus on other elements you can make homemade like Baked Pork Meatballs, Beef Chuck Pasta Sauce or these Meatballs with Artichoke Hearts. If you aren’t a fan of traditional pasta, try zoodles instead.
As we shift away from the warming comfort foods of winter hibernation, enjoy the fresh flavors of spring with these springtime recipes perfect for the new season ahead. Happy spring everyone!
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Ashley Martens is a Health and Wellness Writer based in Chicago, IL. With a background in digital marketing coupled with her knowledge of general nutrition and a lifelong passion for all things health, wellness, fitness and nutrition, Ashley offers a healthy alternative to traditional writing. You can learn more about Ashley and her writing over at her blog, Three to Five a Day.