Our busy schedules might not always permit us to prepare an elaborate five-star meal. For those evenings when all you want to do is have a simple dinner with family and friends, here are some easy dishes for a delightful spring meal. Light, healthy, and utterly scrumptious, these dishes bring spring straight to your dining table.
Asparagus Artichoke Salad
These two in-season vegetables make the perfect combination for this salad. This recipe from Simple Recipes has asparagus and artichokes with a smattering of shallots, cherry tomatoes, garlic powder, and a sprinkle of vinaigrette. The asparagus is grilled to give it a smoky flavor while the marinated artichoke hearts add zest to the salad. To stay true to its natural flavor, the asparagus should not be overcooked and the rest of the ingredients should all be fresh.
The perfect choice to start a meal, this asparagus artichoke salad recipe is easy to follow and takes about 20 minutes to prepare.
You can never go wrong with pasta, which is perhaps the easiest meal to make for the entire family since most of the ingredients are readily available in the pantry.
This 40-minute pasta primavera recipe from Reader’s Digest contains a lot of vegetables that instantly remind you of spring. This dish has carrots, tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, and asparagus boiled in broth then tossed in fettuccini pasta. Incidentally, primavera is the Spanish word for “spring,” making this vegetable-laden pasta dish a good match for the season.
Marinated Chicken Bruschetta
This dish from BJ’s Solutions is the perfect companion to your pasta primavera! Marinate the chicken fillet halves in Italian dressing then let it set. While marinating, combine the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl then marinate as well. You can grill or broil the chicken until tender, add in the vegetables afterwards, and serve.
Taking about an hour to prepare and cook, this dish can be your main entrée for the night.
Strawberry Banana Creams
No meal is ever complete without dessert. Since spring is the season for strawberries, these low-calorie Strawberry Banana Creams from FitSugar.com are the perfect way to end your meal.
In this recipe, the middle of the strawberries are carved out to make space for the banana-yogurt mixture. Top off the strawberries with sliced almonds then serve.
Because this recipe takes only about 15 minutes to prepare, you still have time to chill the fruits if you prefer to serve them cold.
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