Green sprouts and afternoon sun have us dreaming of dinners that centre around fresh veggies and herbs. With early mint, peas and asparagus as the stars, we’ve rounded up spring recipes that will have you throwing your winter coat and slow cooker into storage. These nourishing recipes are something the whole family will enjoy and we bet they will quickly become part of your regular mealtime rotation.
Lamb is a meat that is traditionally served in spring. These Middle Eastern-inspired lamb pitas are nicely balanced with mild spice and fresh mint and pickled veggies.
The combination of pureed and whole peas gives this risotto a mild sweetness that kids love. A dose of Parmesan cheese doesn’t hurt either! Paired with the rich flavour of spring salmon and fresh herbs, this is a spring classic.
We find lamb reaches its full potential on the grill, especially a nice lamb rack. The cooking method uses both direct and indirect heat to ensure an even cook and a nice sear. Sweet new potatoes and zesty green beans complete this meal, which will impress family and guests alike.
We’ve been making this tart for years and it’s still our favourite spring meal. It requires a bit of work but is definitely worth the effort. Fresh peas elevate the flavour.
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This lemony pasta is a family favourite and one we make regularly because of its simplicity. Stir in peas for a pop of colour.
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Fish tacos are a fast and fresh meal that tastes great with a variety of toppings. The kids can assemble their own and with just a quick fry of the fish, this can be made last minute. This version uses seasonal kohlrabi and carrots to make the most of spring produce.
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Asparagus is at its finest in spring. This salad highlights asparagus’ unique flavour and balances any bitterness with creamy avocado and sweet cherry tomatoes. If your kids don’t like gorgonzola sub feta.
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A great accompaniment to any salad is this no-knead bread, which is the best baking hack we’ve found. The recipe is easy, reliable and requires no special equipment or elbow grease. For a whole-wheat loaf, sub half the all-purpose flour for whole wheat.
We admit this recipe isn’t exactly light spring fare, but we have to celebrate the morel mushroom that pops up in early spring. Incorporating these mushrooms into a sauce makes a small amount go a long way. If you think your kids might not eat chunks of mushrooms, puree the sauce once its finished cooking.
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Nothing says spring (and an easy dinner) like eggs. This delicious frittata includes seasonal asparagus and a few other ingredients that you’re likely to have on hand.
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Soup might warm the soul on a winter’s day, but it can be equally refreshing and light. This simple mint pea soup is a perfect weeknight dinner.
When the weather starts to turn and vegetable stalls are full of colourful produce, we hope these recipes will help you make most of family dinners this spring.
By: Alex Cubitt