Family Dinners: Seasonal Recipes Grown-ups and Little Ones Will Eat Up
If they’re available to you, opting for fresh, in-season fruits and veggies is a great way to add some variety to your usual meal rotation. Below, I’ve rounded up five delicious recipes that the whole family will love, and each one utilizes fresh spring produce!
Even little ones will love this dish! Fresh avocados lend a silky, creamy texture to the pasta sauce, and the seasoned chicken on top offers your family some healthy proteins.
The recipe calls for pine nuts, which I love (who doesn’t enjoy a little crunch with their creamy?), but if your kids aren’t a fan, you can always serve them in a dish on the side so that everyone can add exactly the right amount.
I think that miniature versions of food are so cute and fun. I also like that they’re conveniently pre-portioned and kid-friendly!
This recipe calls for frozen peas and carrots, but you can easily substitute fresh snap peas, chopped carrots, minced celery, and in-season onions instead! You can even grab fresh thyme and oregano instead of using store-bought seasonings.
Growing up, I was always skeptical of asparagus. It looked a little weird, smelled a little strange, and never seemed to taste very good. My skepticism carried on through adulthood until I discovered that I could roast asparagus stalks and turn them into a flavorful, crunchy side dish.
If you don’t have an air fryer, you can just use your oven instead (definitely do a quick broil at the end for extra crunch!). These fries are so good that I rarely even miss making “real” fries at home anymore.
(Bonus tip: This works really well with fresh green beans and snap peas too!)
Strawberry and rhubarb go together like peanut butter and jelly (or fries and ketchup, if you’re into that). Rhubarb is an incredibly healthy yet wildly tart vegetable, so it’s difficult to eat by itself. However, when you pair it with the scrumptious sweetness of fresh strawberries and toss it all with a little sweetener, it makes a mouthwatering pie that’s perfectly refreshing.
The fact that these are minis means less cleanup and easy portions! Plus, they look adorable with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream on the side, so they’re great for any post-vaccination gatherings you might attend.
Whether your kids are going to school or staying home, we all know that they are endless snack monsters! Where do they put all of those snacks? I wish I knew. But, if you’re looking for alternatives to fresh fruit, crackers, or peanut butter and jelly, then these fresh orange muffins might be exactly what you need.
I love the citrusy taste, and you can even add fresh orange zest in addition to the juice and fruit pieces that go into the recipe. You can even get creative and pack other fresh fruits into the muffins as well. Boysenberries, apricots, strawberries, and raspberries are all in season during the spring, too.
If you’re feeling uninspired, why not take the family to your local farmer’s market and see what everyone wants to try! You can look for other recipes that incorporate what each person picked out, and you can get the whole family involved in meal prep!