Season’s greetings, season’s eatings.
If winter was all about cozy comfort foods to get you through the cold weather, spring is all about embracing fresh produce and feel-good meals that feel sunny and bright. Here are some great recipes that are perfect for ushering in the start of spring.
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Perfect for weeknight dinners, this two-ingredient meal calls for just salmon and sweet Thai chili sauce. Serve it with rice or soba noodles and your favorite vegetable.
Recipe: Sweet Chili Salmon
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Start with your favorite homemade or store-bought pizza crust and load it with creamy mozzarella and juicy, ripe tomatoes. Top with fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil for good measure.
Recipe: Caprese Pizza
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Give your basic roast chicken a flavor boost with the help of a fresh herb marinade. You can let them sit in the cilantro lime mixture as long as overnight, then just toss them on the grill.
Recipe: Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs
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These beer-battered fish tacos taste totally restaurant quality, but they’re easy enough to make at home. Top them with creamy chipotle mayo and cabbage for some crunch.
Recipe: Baja Fish Tacos
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When you’re craving something nutritious but still want to feel like you’re treating yourself, look no further than this hearty salad full of veggies and topped with shredded buffalo chicken.
Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Salad
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This dish takes one of winter’s best comfort foods but upgrades it for springtime with the help of some seasonal produce like radishes, peas, leeks, and asparagus.
Recipe: Spring Chicken Pot Pie
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Fancy-tasting pasta in just 15 minutes? You bet. Start with fresh or frozen shrimp and the rest is mostly pantry staples.
Recipe: Shrimp Scampi
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A fresh take on Greek avgolemono soup, orzo, chickpeas, and veggies are simmered in a rich, lemon-y broth thats made with eggs in place of cream.
Recipe: Lemony Orzo Chickpea Soup
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Not your average lettuce wraps, this Chinese-inspired dinner is made with thinly sliced pork, cabbage, mushrooms, and carrots that are cooked until tender and tossed in tasty hoisin sauce.
Recipe: Moo Shu Pork
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You can get creative and top these polenta bowls with your favorite ingredients or really, whatever is in your fridge. If you want some inspiration, this Mexican-inspired combination of pinto beans, ground chicken, and pico de gallo never disappoints.
Recipe: Creamy Mexican Polenta Bowls
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You can use whatever veggies are in your fridge — like kale, broccolini, potatoes, or tomatoes — and crack some eggs on top. Top it with a drizzle of pesto or Sriracha and call it brunch or dinner.
Recipe: Sheet Pan Eggs With Spring Vegetables
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Keep this veggie-packed pasta meatless or add your favorite protein. In any case, it’s a filling dish that tastes even better the next day.
Recipe: Mediterranean Orzo Salad
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Classic chicken soup gets an Asian-inspired kick with toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and some fresh herbs. I always like adding some rice noodles into the mix, too.
Recipe: Asian Chicken Soup
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Far from your average nachos, this comfort food gets fancy. Fried wontons are topped with lightly seared ahi tuna, diced avocado, cilantro, green onion, jalapeño, and sesame seeds. Top it all with a drizzle of spicy mayo and dig in.
Recipe: Ahi Tuna Wonton Nachos
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Hummus bowls are the new power bowls. Start with a scoop of store bought or homemade hummus and load it with chopped veggies, ground meat or roasted cauliflower, and a handful of crumbled feta.
Recipe: Mediterranean Hummus Bowls
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The best thing about baked eggs is that you can eat it any time of day: breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Recipe: Green Shakshuka
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Even a novice baker can’t mess up this no-bake ice box cake, which is layered with graham crackers, whipped cream, sliced bananas, and fresh strawberries.
Recipe: No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake
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Made with buttery shortbread on the bottom, juicy blueberry filling, and sugary crumble topping, these dessert bars are nothing short of heavenly.
Recipe: Blueberry Crumble Bars
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Take advantage of the last legs of fresh citrus season with this light and zesty bundt cake topped with sweet lemon glaze.
Recipe: Citrus Almond Loaf Cake
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Looking for a new cookie recipe you’ll want to make on repeat? These lemon shortbread cookies are dipped in white chocolate and topped with salty crushed pistachios.
Recipe: Lemon Shortbread Cookies
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This sweet and savory filling is made with just three ingredients: cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and lime.
Recipe: Easy Key Lime Pie
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Don’t let the name fool you into thinking these cocktails are overly complicated. Grab some hibiscus tea bags, orange juice, and rum, and you’re half-way there.
Recipe: Orange Hibiscus Mai Tai
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Looking for a drink to serve a crowd? You can easily whip up a pitcher of these springy five-ingredient cocktails.
Recipe: Peach Julep
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