I’m starting to see more signs of spring in the markets, and I’ve got a menu to celebrate. As always, a complete shopping list for the meal plan is down at the bottom of this post.

SPRING VEGETABLE PESTO PASTA

This is everything that’s good about the produce section this time of year in one bowl: asparagus, peas, and fresh herbs. It’s got heaps of vegetables relative to the pasta, so hits all the nutritious buttons. If shelling peas isn’t on your priority list, outsource to one of your kids or substitute frozen peas. Finish with a big bowl of strawberries for dessert.

SHEET PAN CHICKEN DINNER

A complete meal on a single sheet pan? What’s not to love. Potatoes, Brussels, and chicken all cook at about the same rate, give or take, so it makes meal prep easy. Clean up is a snap, too (and no additional salads or sides needed for this one-pan supper).

STRAWBERRY ARUGULA SALAD WITH TOASTED HAZELNUTS

Add any protein to the side of this salad and you’ve got a light, bright supper on your hands: Grilled chicken breasts, your favorite fish, or a simple steak would all work. Arugula and strawberries in combination make quite an impact on the nutritional end of things (ounce-per-ounce, strawberries offer more vitamin C than citrus fruits). 

EASY CHAI RECIPE

Simply steep ginger and spices with black tea, honey, and sugar, add milk, and pour. It’s a perfect way to treat yourself or a loved one. Make a double batch to enjoy and share all week.

CALIFORNIA QUESO WITH CRISPY BROCCOLI

A cheese dip that may make a veggie lover out of the veggie averse. It’s excellent paired with roasted broccoli for a snack, is just as good with cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, and is even tasty on a baked potato.