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15 Spring-Ready Recipes

Posted Mar 14 2013 5:17pm


I feel like I say this all the time, but has anyone been suffering from day-later syndrome this week? Yesterday I found myself wandering around the house at multiple points moaning, whhhhyyy…whhhyyyy isn’t it Thursday already?! But hey, now it is! And it’s absolutely beautiful outside!

Since daylight savings time has so graciously, well, saved us an entire hour of daylight in the evenings, Ben and I have been able to get out for a nice walk in the sunshine after he gets home from work the past couple of days. It was still chilly earlier this week, but nobody seemed to care as the whole ‘hood was still out and about – running, walking, and making merry. It feels so deliciously spring.

Since warmer weather is on the way this weekend (50s tomorrow – whee!) I decided to dig into the IGE archives to rustle up some light, fresh, and spring-friendly recipes that will be perfect to make in the upcoming weeks and months ahead.

A reader commented to me yesterday that she felt like a lot of older recipes seem to get lost in the shuffle, and that a themed roundup every now and again would be a good way to bring some oldies but goodies back into the spotlight. I agree, and hope you do too, so here are 15 Spring-Ready Recipes from the vault!

(Psst: gender reveal coming tomorrow! Squeak!)


Wispy angel hair pasta swirled with briny capers, fresh basil, and creamy artichokes makes Chicken & Artichoke Angel Hair Pasta as flavorful as it is fast. The recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart too, so how bad could it be?!

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Chicken & Artichoke Angel Hair |

It might be another month or two before you can find cherries in the grocery store, but I just HAD to include this recipe so you’d have it on the ready. Warm goat cheese slices are crusted in almonds then quickly baked before being drizzled with balsamic reduction. So, so elegant, yet easy. The burst of sweet, juicy cherries in each forkful is just the cherry on top! ; ) (Sub red grapes for the cherries if you just can’t wait!)

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Almond-Crusted Warm Goat Cheese Spinach Salad with Cherries |

If you can’t wait to get the grill out just yet, pop summery baby back ribs into the oven to cook low and slow while thinking about warmer days ahead. These ribs turn out so tender and succulent, it’s pretty ridic.

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Speaking of summer, get the taste without the bustling garden with Caprese Pasta Skillet. Warm pasta, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, gooey mozzarella and a barely-there sauce are perfect for when you want to keep supper light.

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Caprese Lasagna with Spicy Turkey Sausage |

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Artichoke Salsa & Roasted Asparagus is one of the very first recipes I posted here on IGE, and it continues to remain a favorite. The recipe is from one of my favorite hangouts in Minneapolis, and is crazy flavorful. Asparagus season is coming up fast, so be sure to give this one a go sometime soon.

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Lemon Pepper Chicken with Artichoke Salsa & Roasted Asparagus |

Broccoli Beef is the perfect, filling-yet-fast entree to make then get out the door for your nightly springtime walk. One of my favorite stir fry recipes to date!

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Broccoli Beef |

If you’re looking for something unusual, but really, really delicious, then Grapefruit Chicken Satay is your answer. A creamy, savory peanut sauce mingles with tart, fresh grapefruit slices in this really unique recipe.

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Grapefruit Chicken Satay |

These California Quesadillas are from one of my favorite pizza joints in college that opened a location here in town. The only thing better than the hot & crispy quesadillas with a super fresh filling, is the sweet-tart dipping sauce – which is also really good on fresh salads!

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California Quesadillas with Honey-Balsamic Dipping Sauce |

Fast. Fresh. Flavorful. Need I say more? How about family-friendly, customizable to use any and every veggie you’ve got on hand, and also really darn good. Think I might make this for dinner tonight!

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Easy Chicken Lo Mein |

A meat-free Mexican meal that’s Ben-approved too? It does exist! Vegetarian Enchiladas for 2 are packed with a creamy, cheese and spinach filling then smothered in enchilada sauce and a modest amount of shredded cheese. They are mouthwatering. If had corn tortillas in the house, I’d be making these for dinner tonight instead!

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Ok, I know I just posted this recipe the other week, but it deserves a second mention. The flavors of sweet corn, fresh basil, and tender zucchini, with crispy gnocchi is out of this world. Perfect for spring.

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Crispy Gnocchi with Zucchini, Sweet Corn and Basil |

Another recipe that highlights asparagus for ya’! This Shrimp & Asparagus Risotto marked one of my first attempts at making risotto  Real, stir-stir-stir, ristto. And it was a smashing success. Creamy, chewy, and totally worth a little elbow grease! (You’ll also love it’s summery sister, Tomato-Basil & Spinach Risotto !)

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Simple Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto |

Every time I think of Warm Steak, Feta & Artichoke Salad I blush because it also makes me think of Curtis Stone, who wrote the original recipe. The  cheek-kissing, Aussie-dwelling, mega-hunk Curtis Stone . Swoon! Ahem. Besides all that, this warm pasta salad is wicked good. Perfect for this time of year.

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Warm Steak, Feta & Artichoke Salad |

Spring marks the start of grilling season, and nothing tastes better than charred sweet corn mixed with bbq chicken, melted cheese, and a creamy, savory sauce. That is to say, I HEART this light yet satisfying quinoa dish!

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BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad |

Once you do fire up the grill, make this Chipotle-Mango BBQ Chicken Salad one of the first things to get a flame kiss. The homemade mango BBQ sauce is crazy good, and perfect for keeping on hand all Spring and Summer long.

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Chipotle-Mango BBQ Chicken Salad |

Happy spring, everyone!

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