Food

Bring the Beauty of Spring Straight to Your Kitchen

Depending on where you are in the country, spring might be in full, bright, brilliant bloom – or just peeking its head around the corner to say hello.

Throwing open our windows to let in warm breezes, taking glorious walks in the sunshine and shedding winter coats are just a few of the activities that we’re all looking forward to with the end of winter. But of course, our favorite way to welcome a new season is to devour what’s fresh!  

Rachael always says that we eat first with our eyes, and these 14 recipes will certainly make for a beautiful table. Here’s a full rundown of what’s in season, if you want to dive deeper, too.

Oven-Fried Fish with Not-So-Mushy Spring Peas

This fish has a fresh spring trick: Its crunchy, crispy coating comes from baking it in breadcrumbs in the oven (no frying required). Don’t forget a squeeze of lemon to brighten the flavors.

Quick Veggie Soup with Spring Lettuce

Grab anything fresh, green and leafy at the farmer’s market and toss it into this light and delish veggie soup. Rachael’s recipe is a guide that you’re welcome to make your own. If you’re looking for more big-batch recipes, try this French Spring Chicken Pot, with green beans, mushrooms, celery and, peas, and herbs.

Quick Cherry Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti

This light and simple dish is quick to prepare – and it will probably be gone from your plate even faster. If you’re feeling more springtime Italian meals, you’ll also love Rachael’s Spring Pea-sto with Whole Wheat Penne Pasta or Spaghetti with Spring Meatballs.

Aren’t these dishes adorable? Get a set for your table, here.

Roast Half Spring Chickens with Potatoes, Olives and Lemon

Citrus and olives bring bold, fresh flavors to traditional roast chicken. This dish is delish hot or cold, and we recommend taking the chicken out on a picnic, with soft rolls and a green salad, for an even bigger dose of springtime. 

Lamb Chops with Roasted Vegetables and Spring Pea Risotto

Lamb is an essential staple for spring. In this meal, tender meat also gets paired with fresh greens for a well-balanced plate. You might also love Rachael’s Grilled Pork Chops with Scallions, Garlic and Herbs to get grilling outside.

Mayo-Less Egg Salad

This classic picnic dish is just asking to be eaten outside, in the sunshine, and on a blanket. And if you’re loving this recipe, try Deviled Egg Salad, which uses a secret trick – grating fresh onions right into the mixture – for even more flavor. And for a punch for your tabletop, check out Rachael’s Rise collection (pictured above!).

Pasta Primavera with Chicken

“Primavera” literally means “spring” and always refers to dishes that feature loads and loads of springtime veggies. Keep the theme going with Spinach Fettuccine Primavera and Rachael’s 15-Minute Meal: Red Pasta Primavera.

Did we miss your favorite springtime dish? Tell us about it in the comments!

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