Eating seasonally: Spring recipes

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Try one of these 6 recipes to get the most out of the fruit and veg in season now!

Why should we try and eat seasonally? Because strawberries are delicious and sweeter in the summer, and carrots and sweet potatoes are warming in the winter. But there are many more reasons…

  • Despite foods tasting their best whilst in season, their nutrients are plentiful and natural; If fruit and vegetables are thriving on their own, there will be little harmful chemicals used to assist the growth. This is, of course, great for the environment!
  • Price-wise, you will find yourself spending less if you are buying food that has good supply.
  • There are health benefits to eating seasonally, as the natural produce supports our immune system. Cucumber and watermelon are refreshing for the body’s heat temperature in the summer, and the leafy greens in spring are useful in detoxing the body after a long winter.
  • Often, seasonal foods can be imported locally, which means they are fresher, longer-lasting, better tasting, and you are reducing your carbon footprint.
  • It helps you get creative! Try out these recipes, with food you may not be used to buying, and see if you notice a difference in your supermarket bill or taste buds.

What is in season in May? Below are just a few!

  • Asparagus
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Cress
  • Mushrooms
  • New Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Red Cabbage
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions

You can find out more at: http://eatseasonably.co.uk/what-to-eat-now/calendar/

Asparagus Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Do many people like asparagus? It’s unique taste can make it difficult to use, but being in the top 20 health foods, an easty pasta dish such as this may be worth a try:

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Source: JustATaste

http://www.justataste.com/asparagus-pasta-salad-italian-dressing-recipe/

Rhubarb puff pastry turn over

Need I say more..? Rhubarb is most commonly used in cakes, pies, and desserts, but one of its main health benefits is it’s ability to help weight loss. If a puff pastry isn’t your thing, find a really simple rhubarb crumble recipe!

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Source: Barbara Bakes

 

http://www.barbarabakes.com/strawberry-rhubarb-puff-pastry-turnovers/

Oven-Roasted Salmon, Asparagus and New Potatoes

Refreshing and light, this meal is perfect as the weather warms. New potatoes can be done in all sorts of ways. Try whipping it up with some mayonaise, chopped spring onions, and lemon juice to accompany a salad. They are in abundance in the supermarkets right now, at such a low price.

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Source: Simply Recipes

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/oven_roasted_salmon_asparagus_and_new_potatoes/

Baked cauliflower pizzaiola

Caluiflower is undoubtedly bland, unless covered in melted cheese with a roast. But if you can keep it interesting, you will benefit from it’s huge long list of minerals, which are primarily linked to cancer prevention. I’ve recently started using cauliflower instead of rice and it is honestly unnoticeable. This recipe below suggests having some warm crusty bread as a side to this Italian one pot dish.

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Source: BBC Good Food

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/baked-cauliflower-pizzaiola

Chicken and spinach curry

This Slimming World curry has been made in my household for years. It is so easy, but we never get bored of it. I normally whole bag of spinach goes in, because of how much it wilts. Spinach is a very versatile leaf, used in smoothies, salads, or sandwiches. I like it raw just as much as cooked.

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Source: Good to Know

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/443960/Slimming-World-s-chicken-and-potato-curry

Rhubarb spice cake

Lastly, to treat yourself, a simple recipe with just two steps. I can imagine serving this up on a Sunday afternoon with the family!

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Source: BBC Good Food

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5881/rhubarb-spice-cake

 

 

 

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