Kick-Off Spring With These 4 Meals

By  //  April 18, 2022

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Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start your spring cleaning, pack away your winter clothes, and trade in the warm soups and stews for more refreshing meals. 

The change of seasons is the perfect time to add some new recipes to your repertoire and to try out new dishes. Here are four amazing recipes to help you start your spring menu and get excited for the warmer days to come. 

What Ingredients are in Season in the Spring?

Eating foods that are in season is the best way to have the freshest and most flavorful ingredients in your meal. In-season produce is generally less expensive and better for the environment. Here are a few of the fruits and veggies that are in season in the spring that you should be incorporating into your spring meals.

■ Arugula

■ Asparagus 

■ Carrots 

■ Herbs 

■ Mango

■ Pineapple 

■ Radishes 

■ Spinach

■ Strawberries 

1. Lobster Tails 

Nothing says warm weather quite like an East-Coast lobster cookout! If you’ve never cooked lobster tails before, fear not. While it may seem like an intimidating dish, it is actually relatively easy to make. The easiest way is to boil the lobster in a large pot of water until the shells turn bright red. Serve the lobster with melted herb butter and a side of arugula and strawberry salad. 

Depending on where you live in the country, you may be able to find lobster tails on sale at your local supermarket. If not, you can order fresh or frozen lobster tails online and have them delivered right to your door. 

2. Cauliflower Tacos with Mango Salsa

For any vegetarians or vegans, cauliflower tacos are a great light and fresh meal for spring. Roast your cauliflower in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 400°. Add the roasted cauliflower to a flour or corn soft taco shell and top it off with homemade mango salsa and cilantro. 

To add a bit more dimension to this dish, try coating your cauliflower in coconut. If you’re not vegetarian or vegan, you could substitute cauliflower for shrimp or battered fish. 

3. Greek Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are a great spring meal because they are refreshing and super easy to make. Once you’ve cooked your pasta according to the instructions on the package, throw it into a large bowl along with the classic Greek salad ingredients. This could include kalamata olives, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and an oil-based dressing. Leave the salad in the fridge to cool and to allow the flavours to blend together. 

4. Asparagus and Lemon Pasta

Spaghetti al Limone is a great way to enjoy the comfort and warmth of a hardy pasta dish while incorporating fresher, spring flavors. To your cooked pasta, add olive oil, garlic, lemon zest and juice, red pepper flakes, and basil leaves. According to Bon Appétit, the key to adding asparagus to your lemon past is cutting thinly on a diagonal so that you can twirl it using your fork with the pasta.