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Family Meals Made Easy: Spring Edition - 5 Foods That Signal the Beginning of Spring

As the cold winter fades and spring begins to blossom (well maybe not, today since it's -7C), our meal choices often shift to reflect the fresh and vibrant produce available during this rejuvenating season. Spring brings with it a bounty of fresh flavors that can transform your family meals into a celebration of new beginnings. Here’s a guide to five springtime foods that are perfect for easy, nutritious, and delicious family meals.

1. Asparagus: The Spear of Spring

Nothing quite says spring like the arrival of fresh asparagus. This versatile vegetable can be grilled, roasted, steamed, or sautéed and serves as a fantastic side dish or a main course when paired with proteins like salmon or chicken. Try incorporating asparagus into a creamy pasta dish or a refreshing salad to bring a touch of spring to your family table.

2. Strawberries: A Sweet Start

The sweet, juicy strawberries that come into season in spring are perfect for more than just desserts. They can add a fresh, tart element to salads, be a delicious topping for breakfast pancakes or waffles, and make excellent smoothies that everyone in the family will love. Plus, they’re packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

3. Peas: Popping with Freshness

Fresh green peas are a hallmark of spring and add a burst of sweetness to any meal. Whether tossed in a salad, stirred into risotto, or simply steamed with a bit of butter and mint, peas are a simple way to add nutrients and color to your family’s diet.

4. Radishes: Crunchy and Peppery

With their distinctive crunch and peppery flavor, radishes are a great way to add pizzazz to spring meals. Slice them thin for a zesty addition to tacos and salads, or serve them roasted with a dab of butter to mellow their bite and bring out their natural sweetness.

5. Artichokes: A Springtime Delicacy Artichokes may seem a bit intimidating, but they’re a delicious and fun food to eat. Steamed whole and served with a dipping sauce, they make for a playful and interactive appetizer or side. Artichokes can also be trimmed and added to pasta dishes, pizzas, and salads for a gourmet touch.

Spring is a wonderful time to explore the variety of fresh produce available and to introduce new flavors and textures to your family meals. These five foods not only signal the start of spring but also offer endless possibilities for creating easy, nutritious, and family-friendly meals that celebrate the season.

What are your favorite springtime recipes? Share your go-to spring dishes on Instagram @nutrition_check and let’s inspire each other with the fresh flavors of the season!

a bowl of strawberries


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