Spring is a time of renewal, and what better way to celebrate than by trying out some new recipes in the kitchen? With an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce available, it's the perfect opportunity to experiment with vibrant flavors and ingredients. Whether you're in the mood for a fresh grilled shrimp skewer or a hearty and comforting risotto, these spring recipes are sure to satisfy your cravings. So grab your apron and get ready to whip up some delicious meals that are perfect for the season.
1. Spring Vegetable Risotto
Risotto is a classic Italian dish that's perfect for showcasing the flavors of spring. This recipe incorporates fresh asparagus, peas, and mint for a dish that's bursting with flavor and color. Begin by sautéing diced onions and garlic in olive oil until they're translucent. Then add in Arborio rice and toast it for a few minutes before slowly adding in vegetable broth, stirring continuously until the rice is cooked through. In a separate pan, sauté asparagus and peas until tender, then add them to the risotto along with freshly grated parmesan cheese and chopped mint. Serve hot.
- ● 6 cups vegetable broth
- ● 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ● 1 onion, finely chopped
- ● 1 garlic clove, minced
- ● 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
- ● 1/2 cup dry white wine
- ● 1 cup chopped asparagus
- ● 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
- ● 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- ● 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ● 1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint leaves
- ● 1 tablespoon butter
● Salt and pepper to taste
*You can adjust the amounts based on the number of servings you want to make. Enjoy!
- 2. Lemon Blueberry Scones
These scones are a sweet and tangy treat that's perfect for breakfast or dessert. Begin by combining flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add in cold butter and use a pastry cutter or your hands to mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in fresh blueberries and lemon zest. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and shape into a circle. Cut the circle into eight wedges and place them on a baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown.
- ● 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ● 1/3 cup sugar
- ● 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ● 1/2 teaspoon salt
- ● 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- ● 1 cup fresh blueberries
- ● 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- ● 2 large eggs
- ● 1/2 cup heavy cream
- ● 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ● 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ● 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3. Grilled Lemon Garlic Shrimp Skewers Recipe:
Grilled Lemon Garlic Shrimp Skewers are a delicious and healthy option for a spring barbecue or outdoor gathering. Begin by preheating your grill to medium-high heat. While the grill is heating up, prepare the marinade by combining minced garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and black pepper in a small mixing bowl. Thread peeled and deveined shrimp on skewers and brush the marinade onto each skewer generously. Once the grill is ready, place the skewers on the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until the shrimp turn pink and opaque. Remove the skewers from the grill and sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving. These Grilled Lemon Garlic Shrimp Skewers are the perfect combination of tangy and savory flavors that are sure to be a hit at any summer gathering.
- ● 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- ● 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ● 1/4 cup olive oil
- ● 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- ● 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
- ● Salt and pepper to taste Whether you're looking for ways to incorporate bright and flavorful produce like asparagus, peas, and blueberries, or you're simply eager to try out new recipes, there are countless options for making the most of this season's bounty. Tell us what you think, what you try, and what you’re most looking forward to in this season of renewal!
Ashley Cox is a certified IHP (Integrative Health Practitioner), wellness innovator, and writer based in San Diego, CA. When she’s not with her dog at the beach, or skiing in the mountains with family, she enjoys empowering others through research-forward writing and holistic skin education.