Everything gets better when spring comes, especially food. But cooking for the entire family can get exhausting, and you may need more motivation. Don’t let burnout get to you. Manzanilla Sophia knows you are busy with life, so we gathered 5 delicious meals you can prepare with little time at home.
Eating nutritious meals is a great way to strengthen your immune system and reduce the risk of developing chronic health conditions. Fresh homemade meals give you energy throughout the day, promote better sleep, and manage existing health issues.
Spring season food is one of the best ones available. Vegetables and fruits are blossoming again, and supermarkets are filled with colorful foods. Are you ready to take your cooking to the next level? If so, keep reading.
Celebrate spring with delicious meals
Spring is a beautiful time. All things are blooming again. Farmer’s markets are reopening, and the smell of pie is everywhere. Spring makes you want a meal that matches the feeling of not being cold anymore! So, let’s get to the 5 delicious recipes you can make without much fuss.
#1 - Strawberry salad
Nothing beats a box of bright red delicious strawberries. They are sweet and loaded with many antioxidants and vitamin C. Strawberries are a spring crop, so you’ll find the sweeter juiciest ones in the spring. Head to the supermarket and pick a box of strawberries, your favorite greens, feta cheese and let’s get to cooking.
All you need to do first is wash your greens. We recommend baby arugula, watercress, or spinach. Wash and mix your greens. Chop if needed. Wash and chop the strawberries. Mix the strawberries and leafy greens. Toss in a dash of turmeric, garlic, powder, salt, and squeeze some lemon to taste. Finally, top it off with feta cheese and enjoy. Wasn’t that easy?
#2 - Asparagus pesto rotini
These delicious stalks are chock-full of vitamins and minerals. Give your body a dose of vitamins A, C, and K with asparagus. They are also high in dietary fiber, making them a great addition to your meals. To prepare your pesto rotini, you’ll need the following ingredients; rotini, pesto, asparagus, onions, lemon, and garlic.
Bring water to a boil in a small pot. Cut the asparagus into bite-size chunks. Wash and boil for 5 minutes. Bring a big pot of water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook the garlic and onions, add the pasta and pesto, then top off with the asparagus. Sprinkle some cheese and season to taste.
#3 - Honey-dijon salmon
Cooking with spring vegetables can be fun. Fresh leafy greens and colorful vegetables bring a new sense of freshness to your kitchen. Have you tried spring salmon recipes? Manzanilla Sophia brings you this quick honey dijon salmon with a side salad. This will be delicious and provide lots of omega-3 acids that help your eyes. Keep your vision healthy with tasty salmon.
For this quick recipe, start by mixing honey dijon mustard with salt, garlic powder, and lemon juice. Cover your salmon filet with the honey mustard mix and set it on a baking pan. Bake your fish at 400 F for about 20 minutes or until the desired color is reached. Mix your favorite leafy greens with croutons and pomegranate seeds. Make a bed of your salad and top it off with your filet. Enjoy a quick, effortless meal.
#4 - Tomato Basil flatbread
Some spring foods in season include lots of herbs. Lucky for you, we have many recipes for that. Did you know that basil fights inflammation in the body? Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and provide high amounts of vitamin C. Eating these vegetables at the peak of their season will nourish your body. Give your body lots of vitamins and minerals with this tomato basil flatbread.
To start your flatbread, mix some melted butter with pesto. Spread your pesto mixture over a long piece of naam and set aside. Slice red onion, bell peppers and cook until tender and roasted. Add your peppers to the coated naam. Then top off with cheese, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Then place your naam on a baking sheet and broil until the cheese is melted and golden. You can top it off with fresh chives or green onions or enjoy it as is.
#5 - Tofu Stir Fry
We have something for everyone. So here is something for vegetarians. Tofu is high in antioxidants, supports heart health, and lowers blood sugar. Pair tofu with delicious fresh spring vegetables for a healthy meal everyone will love.
For this tasty stir fry, you’ll need extra firm tofu, bok choy, soy sauce, sesame seeds, cornstarch, and your desired vegetables. Mix the soy sauce with a dash of cold water and cornstarch. Pat dry and cut the tofu into slices. Heat oil and fry the tofu. Add your vegetables and cook down for a few minutes. Then stir in your soy sauce mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top off with sesame seeds.
#6 - Bonus Recipe: Dessert
Of course, we wouldn’t leave dessert out! Fruits are also in season during spring. Some of those are blueberries. How does a pound cake sound? Choose your favorite cake mix, add a dash of lemon, lemon zest, and some blueberries to the batter. Bake as directed and allow it to cool off. Easy as that. Enjoy a quick delicious dessert after your spring meals.
Hit the share button if you love these recipes. Manzanilla Sophia hopes this blog has inspired you to cook delicious meals at home for you and your loved ones. You can build your spring kitchen menu to save time and meal prep. If you are new to cooking and have questions, join our Facebook group, Amigas. There you can ask questions about all things motherhood, cooking, and wellness. We hope to see you there!
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