Your Kitchen – Spring Ingredients – Recipe Ideas
The seasons of Spring into Summer is the best time to enjoy fresh foods such as carrots, fava beans, asparagus, chives, artichokes, radishes, peas, avocados, and berries. You can prepare different types of mouth-watering dishes in your kitchen by using these fresh and healthy ingredients. Though it’s true that many foods you enjoy during March, April and May are found throughout the year at the market, but will however fail to get that true freshness in them.
If you have a lovely kitchen and enjoy cooking in it, then spring is the perfect time to surprise your loved ones by serving amazing fresh foods to them at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In fact, if you are looking forward to improve your cooking skills you can try plenty of springtime recipes in your kitchen. Some of the popular springtime recipes include ‘spring salmon with minty veg‘, ‘asparagus, sun-dried tomato & olive loaf’, and ‘roast salmon with peas, potatoes & bacon’
Here are some interesting seasonal dishes that you can try at home during springtime:
Use Spinach To Prepare Healthy Vegetable Salad
If you want to stay fit, start including spinach in your diet by using it when preparing super healthy salads. Since spring is all about taking the maximum advantages of fresh produce, make sure that you spice up your salad preparing skills. You can prepare a healthy bowl of vegetable salad by using ingredients like spinach, radishes, carrots, onions, cucumber, tomatoes, ginger, cheese, olive oil, finely ground black pepper and salt.
All you have to do is finely chop the vegetables, then combine them in a bowl. After that, add olive oil, grated cheese, salt and black pepper in to the bowl and then mix it all to complete the process. Anyone with basic knife handling skills can make this vegetable salad, so you could try it at your home today if this isn’t a regular inclusion in your diet.
Use Strawberries For Making Fruit & Nut Salad
There is little dispute on the fact that strawberries are excellent for your health, which makes them a perfect addition to a spring recipe. You can use strawberries as a feature of a fruit and nut salad, which is incredibly tasty, healthy and fresh. Apart from using strawberries, you can also use delicious and nutritious ingredients like raspberries, black grapes, oranges, apples, figs, almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts, and mint leaves and honey for garnishing.
It’s very simple to prepare Fruit & Nut Salad because all you have to do is cut strawberries, oranges, and apples and then mix them with other fruits like raspberries, and black grapes in a big bowl. Side by side you can roast almonds, pistachios and cashew nuts in a pan over a medium heat. Once your nuts are roasted, you can add them to the fruits in the bowl. After mixing the fruits and nuts together, you can garnish them with mint leaves and honey. Then just serve!
Use Asparagus While Preparing Pasta
Fresh asparagus is only available from February to June, so make sure you look for it during these months. You can use asparagus in various types of dishes when it comes to enhancing their flavour, and pasta is one among them. Asparagus is an antioxidant springtime food which contains vitamin C and K, and it tastes its best when roasted. Apart from using asparagus, you need ingredients like cream, finely chopped pieces of chicken, ginger, garlic, and salt to prepare pasta.
When it comes to using it in pasta, the first thing that you have to do is take a pan and stir-fry it over a medium heat. Meanwhile, boil the pasta and then pour it into a strainer to remove the water. Make sure that you keep one cup of pasta water aside to use later on. Once you are done with it, you can heat some vegetable oil in a skillet and then add finely chopped ginger and garlic into it. Add cream, pasta water and finely chopped pieces of cooked chicken into the skillet. After that add the boiled pasta and let it cook. Once your pasta is ready you can add the stir-fried asparagus to it.
Spring is a great season to have some quality time with your loved ones and to enjoy seasonal produce. So don’t forget to try some seasonal dishes this time around.
Written by David Milsont. David is an avid writer who loves to write on lifestyle, health, fashion, travel and more. You can follow David on twitter @DMilsont.