Easter is on the horizon again, and whilst for most the image of chocolate springs to mind, perhaps we should look at the spring produce that provides us with nutritious and colourful foods for the warmer
Spring is personally my favourite season, the sun is coming back out, the days are lighter and longer, but best of all it’s the perfect crop season for all my favourite vegetables.
If you follow the ‘eat the seasons’ trend whereby you eat local and seasonal food, you will know that April is associated with asparagus, broccoli, lettuce and salad, rocket, spring onions and new potatoes.
When you think of these types of foods your immediate reaction may be that they’re salad foods and lettuce and rocket can’t be used for much else. But vegetables are so much more versatile than just salad, they make a great accompaniment and add flavour to some much more exciting dishes, from pasta to pizza and meat dishes.
All these seasonal greens can make some incredible looking, and tasting, healthy meals. So, after you’ve stuffed your face with chocolate for Easter weekend, why not try one of the below dishes:
- Spring Vegetable Risotto including spring onion and asparagus – a classic easy risotto that the family will love.
- Asparagus omelette – not all quick meals have to be unhealthy, this takes no time but makes the most out of the seasonal greens.
- Broccoli Lemon Chicken- a super healthy idea for a quick spring lunch.
- Cod with bacon, lettuce and peas – add some colour to a typical fish dish by adding 2 of your 5 a day.
- New potatoes with spring onion and bacon – this low-fat dish combines all the good stuff that can be used as a side dish for a roast or part of a salad.
- Egg and rocket pizzas – indulge in a pizza the kids will love the healthy way by using seeded tortillas as the base.
- Spaghetti with prawns, chilli and rocket – a summery use of the classic pasta that is packed full of delicious flavour.
Lamb is known as the Easter meat just as turkey is associated with Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you have to have a lamb roast. Lamb can be the staple for many dishes and is more versatile than you first may think.
Why not try…
- Fruity lamb tagine – easy one pot recipe that feeds the whole family if you are having a gathering, cook 2 days before to save time or save for 2 days after to provide lunch!
- Lamb saag – this family curry is quick yet beautiful and is sure to go down a treat.
- Lamb lasagne – a classic treat if you don’t want to go too fancy and want a hearty family meal using the traditional Easter meat.
- Shepherd’s pie – a classic recipe that the whole family will love, simple to make and can always be reheated to provide a mid-week lunch.
All recipes are available on the BBC Good Food website.
If you want to know more about the ‘eat the seasons’ trend or see what foods are associated with which month see here: http://www.eattheseasons.co.uk/
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