We’ve sprung into Spring, which means time for fresh new produce to show up in the markets.  Below are three good dinners, one batch cook idea, and a bonus recipes. The shopping list for everything is at the bottom of the page.

SPRING FARRO RISOTTO 

Farro Risotto with Asparagus and Peas

I’ve yet to buy my first bunch of Spring asparagus, but I plan to this week to make this easy oven risotto (no endless stirring required). If you find fresh English peas at the market, buy them. They are terrific in this dish. If not, go for frozen and it will still be plenty tasty. 

CAJUN FISH WITH LEMON CAPER SAUCE
Cajun Fish with Caper Sauce

The best way I know to dress up a mild white fish, such as sole or tilapia, is with a favorite spice blend, lemon, with a creamy dressing on the side. This recipe has all three. It cooks up in a matter of minutes and is perfect paired with a salad of arugula or baby greens. Lightly buttered whole grains, such as brown rice or barley, or little roasted potatoes would round out the meal.

SLOW COOKER BALSAMIC CHICKEN

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes

This continues to be a popular one of the blog, in part because it’s ridiculously easy. You can make it in either the slow cooker or the Instant Pot, your choice.  It’s packed with leafy greens and served over pasta or grains, which makes it a complete meal in one. Top with Parmesan cheese, and if you happen to have a bottle of red wine around, pour yourself a glass.   

CARDAMOM MAPLE SEED BRITTLE

Maple Seed Brittle

This is brand new to the blog and I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed. This Maple Seed Brittle topped the Wild Blueberry Parfait recipe I posted on Wednesday and I’ve been snacking on it ever since. The entire batch has just 2 tablespoons of sweetener (honey and maple syrup) and loads of good-for-you nuts, seeds, and quinoa. I hope you like it as much as I do. And don’t miss out on the parfaits. They are tasty, too. 

 

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FRESH PINEAPPLE 

How to Choose, Cut, and Use Fresh Pineapple

As we await strawberries, rhubarb and other seasonal favorites, how about cutting and storing a big beautiful pineapple? Follow the link above and you’ll find the “how to” on preparing this fragrant fruit. Keep it within easy reach for topping yogurt, tossing into fruit salad, or making a savory salsa for tacos, chicken, or pork. 

 

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