Happy Spring everyone! Spring is officially here, even if the weather is not fully cooperating. With the changing of the season comes a new crop of in-season produce. It’s time to leave the heavy winter fare behind in favor of light and fresh fruits and vegetables!
What exactly does it mean for a fruit and vegetable to be ‘in-season’? Well, it means that that particular crop is grown or available in your region at that time of the year. In-season produce gives you the best value for your money and is at its freshest giving you the best nutritional value!
Stock up on these seasonal goodies listed below and I will give you some yummy recipe ideas.
Fresh, juicy apricots will give you a boost of beta-carotene, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. The peak season for these delicious fruits is between May and August. The possibilities are endless for using apricots– jams, jellies, salsas, or salad topping! You can also dry them for a healthy snack. Check out these recipes below for your apricot haul.
Recipe and photo courtesy of The Midnight Baker
How delicious does this look?! This recipe for apricot chicken utilizes a sauce made of fresh apricots and apricot preserves baked with chicken thighs. Could also work for chicken wings too! Yum!
Apricot Loaf Cake
Recipe and photo courtesy of The Iron You
Here’s a sweet treat that would work for breakfast or dessert! Use fresh apricots, whole-wheat flour, and Greek yogurt for this ‘skinny’ apricot cake. Healthy and delicious? Sign me up.
Asparagus has a lot of nutritional value; it is rich in iron, B vitamins, vitamin C, and fiber. Asparagus is also versatile as it can be grilled, sauteed, or roasted.
Roasted Garlic Asparagus and Mushrooms
Recipe and photo courtesy of Ahead of Thyme
Garlic, asparagus, mushrooms, and olive oil roasted together in the oven. Kind of a no-brainer how easy this side dish is! Lots of great flavors together and would be great with chicken.
Artichokes are low in calories and high in fiber. They are also a good source of iron, potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamin C. There are a lot of ways to use artichokes– dips, salads, pasta dishes, and more!
Artichoke and Spinach Roasted Salmon
Recipe and photo courtesy of Little Broken
This recipe is interesting and has a great mix of flavors. A very healthy dish using salmon, artichokes, spinach, lemon, and Greek yogurt. This recipe is the epitome of the Mediterranean diet! And best of all, you throw everything on a sheet pan and roast! Super easy. I, for one, am a big fan of sheet pan recipes.
Fresh peas including sugar snap peas, green peas, and snow peas are a spring staple. Like other legumes, peas are high in fiber and are a good source of plant protein. Peas also provide vitamin C, zinc, and B vitamins.
Pea and Mint Soup (just 5 ingredients!)
Recipe and photo courtesy of Lauren Caris Cooks
This soup just screams fresh, no? It’s also very easy– just calls for a potato, onion, peas, vegetable stock, and mint. Bring this soup together in no time for a fresh, healthy, and quick weeknight dinner.
Radishes are also abundant in the spring and provide a lot of flavor without all of the calories. These root vegetables are a good source of vitamin C. Radishes are very versatile and work well in soups, condiments, and other cooked dishes. You can also eat the green tops which can provide a peppery twist to salads.
Roasted Radish Chips
Recipe and photo courtesy of Sugar-Free Mom
Okay, this snack is a total game changer! Thinly slice your radishes (or another root vegetable like sweet potatoes), drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and pop them in the oven. Then presto you have crispy, savory chips! These are so good and a great alternative to fried potato chips. Give these a try!
Rhubarb is a confusing plant. It is technically a vegetable but is often used as a fruit. Rhubarb is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. Rhubarb stalks are very tart but when sweetened give a rich, deep flavor to sauces and pies.
Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade
Recipe and photo courtesy of Self-Proclaimed Foodie
This drink makes me so ready for summertime! This lemonade looks SO delicious and refreshing. I am sure this flavorful concoction will quench any thirst.
I hope you enjoyed this roundup of delicious recipes to take advantage of your spring in-season produce! As you can see, there are many ways to prepare and use your bountiful harvest. Get creative!
Do you have any favorite recipes to share featuring these ingredients? I would love to see them!
Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone!