After a long winter, there’s nothing better than fresh springtime veggies and fruits. Although spring’s arrival might have gone unnoticed this year, it has certainly arrived! Take advantage of the changing of the season with springtime fruits and vegetables that can boost your mood and pack more flavor per bite.
To help you embrace the new season, we’ve put together a list of favorite springtime recipes. Most are quick and easy with minimal food prep. Enjoy these delicious springtime recipes and treat your tastebuds.
1. Grilled Apricots & Ham
We might not think of apricots often, but they are extremely nutritious and low in calories. They can improve digestion and eye health. The best way to enjoy an apricot is whole and unpeeled since the skin is full of fiber and nutrients, but don’t eat the seed.
If you’d like to try a yummy ham and apricot meal, try this quick 30-minute meal. It’ll have you singing apricot’s praises. Fire up your grill outside or use a grill pan to bring out a sweet, smoky apricot flavor.
2. Pineapple Mango Chicken
Both mangoes and pineapples have impressive lists of health benefits. They both help facilitate healthy digestion. Mangoes are known to lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Pineapples can boost immunity and speed up the recovery from surgery.
Bring a sense of the tropics into your home with this sweet and spicy pineapple mango chicken dinner. In ten minutes flat you can chop, dice and mix this simple pineapple mango salsa. Be sure to remove the jalapeno pepper seeds and wear gloves to avoid that jalapeno burn. Once done, prepare the chicken then serve.
3. Avocado Smoothie
Avocado is an amazing superfruit that you can easily use in every meal. They are a great source of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that can reduce your risk of heart disease.
While most people just eat them, did you know you can also drink them? Try this avocado, kale, pineapple, coconut smoothie that packs a punch of health benefits. Prep your produce, throw them in the blender and hit the puree button.
4. Artichoke & Olive Oil Dip
Artichokes might seem overwhelming and mysterious, but they’re actually easy to cook, great for you and fun to eat. They are rich in folic acid, vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, and many more minerals. Artichokes help lower cholesterol, reduce free radicals and ensure optimal metabolic cell function.
You can broil them for about 20 minutes or put them in a pressure cooker for 12. Afterward, you can dip them in garlic-infused and olive oil. After you try this recipe, we’re sure this will be a mouthwatering addition to your plate. Go here for a step-by-step guide and recipe.
5. Quick Salmon Zucchini Linguini
Salmon season runs from late spring through summer. It’s no wonder its rich and buttery flavor has made salmon one of the most popular fish to eat. Not only that it’s full of nutritional benefits! Eating salmon can lower your chances of cardiovascular disease, some cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s and ease symptoms from autoimmune diseases.
Try this super quick flexible dinner recipe that allows for vegetable substitutions based on what’s in your kitchen. You can substitute the linguini for zucchini noodles, butternut squash noodles and more. Try this fast and flexible salmon recipe today.
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