Wonderful spring recipes.

So, here we are: The first day of spring. According to the calendar, anyway; the weather here in the Midwest is anything BUT springlike.

Nonetheless, I’m feeling a gradual shift toward a lighter way of cooking, with more seasonal vegetables as they roll into the farmers’ markets. I’m thinking of simple pasta dishes tossed with the freshest veggies and dusted with Parmesan. Easy side dishes. Grilling. Berries.

In that spirit, here are a few of my favorite spring recipes. Enjoy!

best spring recipes

spring vegetables with pasta—peas, asparagus, spinach, chard or kale; pretty much any spring vegetable is perfect when sautéed and tossed with fresh tortellini

spring vegetable frittata—the frittata is a perfect preparation for spring’s best veggies, and it’s a great way to use leftover cooked vegetables. This is our weeknight go-to meal.

spring pasta with vegetables recipe #writes4food  spring vegetable frittata recipe

grilled 3-cheese and arugula sandwiches—load peppery, spring-y arugula onto your favorite grilled-cheese sandwich

grilled flatbreads—as the weather warms and we start grilling out, this easy flatbread recipe one of our favorite side dishes

spring vegetable grilled cheese recipe #writes4food  grilled flatbread recipe #writes4food

arugula salad with pistachios and cranberries—in my garden, arugula is just sprouting now, and I can’t wait to dress it up with crunchy pistachios and zingy cranberries; it’s the perfect flavor/texture pairing.

raspberry almond squares—even though raspberries are more of a summer fruit, their bright flavor seems fitting for spring, too.

spring arugula salad recipe #writes4food  raspberry squares recipe #writes4food

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