Spring is definitely my favourite time of the year. The trees are budding, flowers blooming, the misery of winter fading… It feels like a second chance, a brand new beginning… and happiness. Spring is the time to get rid of the ‘old’ and make room for the ‘new’. That includes swopping those heavy winter comfort dishes you’ve gotten a bit too attached to, for lovely fresh and light meals for a new season and a smaller waistline…
I’ve found some mouth-watering recipes online made with fresh, in-season ingredients that you simply have to try… They’re not only delicious, but healthy too, and will definitely be a hit with your family and friends.
Grilled chicken burger with red cabbage coleslaw
We love burgers right? Well, here’s a healthier option for you… Instead of the traditional heavy double beef, bacon and cheese, swop it for a light protein such a chicken, and coleslaw and fresh peppery rocket for toppings. You can also do an olive ciabatta or Turkish bread instead of the usual hamburger bun. For the full recipe, click here.
Prosciutto, pea & lemon fettuccine
Pasta doesn’t need to be loaded with cheese and heavy ingredients to be delicious. Try this lovely light pasta dish with simple ingredients of prosciutto, lemon grind and frozen peas, perfect for a lazy lunch outside in the garden. Click here for the recipe.
Grilled fruit with pistachio yoghurt
This dessert is an Asian inspired take on the traditional fruit salad and a simply delicious treat after a light lunch. You can do the suggested pineapples and mangoes, or whichever fruit is fresh and in season in your area. Serve your grilled fruit with pistachio infused yoghurt as a dip. Here is the recipe.
Halibut with Sweet Potato Fries and Lime
What is better than fish and chips? Well, try this ‘more sophisticated’ and healthier option ideal for this time of the year, I found on MarthaStewart.com – lime infused halibut and sweet potatoes. Serve with extra lime wedges for garnishing.
Balsamic strawberry skewers
Who knew strawberries and balsamic vinegar are a match made in heaven? This is also another lovely easy-to-make, light and healthy snack option or dessert for spring. Grill your strawberries in a vinegar mixture and serve with mascarpone cheese. Click here for the full recipe.
Slow-roasted spicy beef wraps
Wraps are so versatile, you can fill them with all your favourite ingredients or you could get friends and family to ‘build’ their own… See this yummy recipe I found online made with red wine, paprika spiced beef and lime. This is a must for spring!
Salmon is a delicious protein that can be served either cold or warm. If you love salmon and the nutty, fresh flavour of pistachios then have a go at this great recipe. It’s ideal for a spring time dinner on the porch accompanied by a glass of Pinot Noir… For the full recipe, click here.
Haloumi, lentil and rocket salad
Salads are just the natural choice for spring time and summer, and what I particularly love about salads, is their versatility. You can literally toss together all your favourite ingredients and make a dish filling and satisfying enough to replace any other entrée course. Click here for a delicious haloumi, lentil and rocket version.
Pineapple and mint frappe
Of course you’ll need a cool and refreshing drink to sip on whilst enjoying the lovely weather outside. This is a super easy recipe to follow. All you’ll need is a blender, some mint leaves and sprigs, pineapple and ice to make this attractive and delicious drink. Click here for the recipe.
Maple and cinnamon frozen yoghurt
Swop the ice-cream for frozen Greek yoghurt flavoured with ground cinnamon and maple syrup this season. It will be the crown on top of any spring food feast. You can find the full recipe and instructions here.
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