The sun is shining, the breeze is getting warmer... slightly!!! and the gardens are beginning to bloom so springtime has arrived. This amazing season helps us to grow some of the most delicious produce that can make your breakfast, lunch and dinner pop with natural flavour and nutrients.
Here are some great spring recipe ideas that make the most of the season’s produce.
Breakfast bowls and smoothies
Spring is the season when some amazing fruits such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries and grapefruit are easily available in our shops and many other vegetables and fruit can be grown at home. Putting a handful of each along with some organic yoghurt and milk (of any variety) into a blender will create a great on-the-go breakfast for those of us with busy schedules. A colourful breakfast bowl with some soaked or toasted oats, cinnamon, yoghurt and fresh mandarin, banana and berries will help to keep you full and energetic for the day.
Salads and Stir Fry
Fresh avocado, capsicum, celery, cucumber, tomato and spinach are all available in abundance and all of these and more are the base of a great salad bowl with the addition of proteins such as egg, chicken or salmon to bring it all together. Stir fry is also a great way to pack a bunch of healthy ingredients into one amazing dish with spring beans, onion, zucchini, leek and mushrooms. You can add any flavour to a stir fry base with Soya, Fish, and Oyster sauce. Honey, or peanut butter will all help you to develop amazing flavours with some rice, noodles, or any other carbohydrate.
Vegetable bakes and roasts
Weeknight dinners are best when they're quick, easy, and fulfilling! Turning a typical lasagne into a smorgasbord of spring vegetables and flavour is a great way to get your fill of healthy produce. You can even replace the lasagne sheets with sliced eggplant if you're watching your carbohydrate intake. Adding egg and flour to the mix instead of lasagne sheets can also produce a great vegetable bake that refrigerates and reheats well.