29 Spring Recipes to Welcome the New Season
This spring, shake away your winter blues by busting out fresh new recipes. We always talk about spring cleaning, but sometimes it isn't our house that needs refining. Whether you're Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, Keto, or just looking for a change, there's a recipe here for you. Try one of these 29 dishes the next time you cook to welcome in the new season.
Steel Cut Oats: Sweet or savory, hearty steel cut oats are a nutritious base for any meal. We like pairing them with bold ingredients like kimchi, sesame oil, and a tasty fried egg.
Blood Orange Smoothie: Blood oranges aren't just beautiful; they're totally delicious too. Squeeze the juice into your next morning smoothie for a citrusy pick-me-up.
Egg Clouds: Cloud eggs are extra Instagrammable. A fluffy-yet-crispy exterior paves way to a creamy egg yolk that doubles as a sauce.
Filling Green Smoothie for Beginners: Making green smoothies is honestly an art — when you're starting out it's best to follow a recipe, or you could wind up drinking something bitter, brown, or both. Master this easy recipe first, and then you can start experimenting.
Gluten-Free Potato Crust Quiche Lorraine: Spring is brunch season, so it's time to brush up on some new recipes. Quiche Lorraine is a total classic, but you can update it with a crispy potato crust that keeps things gluten-free.
Vegan Froot Loop Milkshake: Vegan food isn't all salad and greens. One sip of this sweet and whimsical Froot Loop milkshake, and you might start seeing veganism in a new light.
The Best Fried Eggs: Fried eggs seem simple, but frying them in olive oil transforms them into something very memorable.
Easy Blender Soup: Packed with veggies, this green soup is what you'll crave on chilly spring nights. It's blended to silky smoothness.
Easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a staple of our diet, but they can take *so* long to cook. This hack cuts down that time with a quick zap in the microwave before roasting.
Wild Rice: Nutty wild rice with a pleasantly chewy texture is one of our favorite side dishes. All it really needs is a pat of butter.
Super Crunchy Casserole Topping: Topping your favorite casseroles with something crunchy helps add some texture so you never get bored. Make a batch of this crunchy topping, then store it in the freezer until the next time you need it.
Twice-Baked Greek-Style Potatoes: Baked potatoes have always been a favorite, but they need a little makeover when the weather gets warm. Feta, cherry tomatoes, and spinach freshen things up, and Greek yogurt adds a creamy touch.
The Best Roasted Broccoli: Broccoli gets a bad rap, but this veggie is having a comeback moment. Forget the mushy green veg you remember from childhood — when you blast broccoli with high heat in the oven, it gets pleasantly brown and crunchy on the edges while staying crisp-tender inside.
Easy Couscous: If you have boiling water and dried couscous, you can have dinner or a side dish on the table in five minutes. Dress it up with your favorite spices, swap water for broth, and add in some nuts for protein if you're feeling fancy — it'll still take less than 10 minutes to make.
Gluten-Free Baked Avocado Fries: Crispy outside, creamy inside, these baked fries will satisfy all your cravings.
Vegan Sheet Pan Supper: Sheet pan suppers are a total life-saver, and you don't have to eat meat to make them work. Veggie sausages, potatoes, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts cook up together to make this German-inspired meal.
The Best Asian Marinade: Use this one with chicken, fish, meat, or tofu for a satisfying meal even when your brain's too fried to think up a menu for the night.
Paleo Shepherd's Pie: The best part of shepherd's pie is the fluffy-yet-crispy topping, which sadly isn't usually Paleo. Cauliflower brings it up to code, so you can enjoy your favorite comfort food without going back on your Paleo path.
10-Minute Trader Joe's Stir-Fry Dinner: Rely on quick meals in the spring and summer, so you eat up then enjoy the last few hours of sunshine. You can get everything you need for this simple, vegan stir-fry at Trader Joe's.
Easy Baked Ziti: Baked ziti is delicious, but making it can be a total pain. Soak your pasta ahead of time, however, and you can get this comforting dish on the table even when you're super busy.
Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowls: If you're following a Keto diet, chances are you occasionally get tired of eating so much rich food. Reset with this Keto-approved chicken and cauliflower rice bowl.
Spiralized Primavera Pasta: Sometimes zoodles on their own just don't cut it. Lighten up your traditional pasta by combining it with zoodles and other spiralized veggies to get the best of both worlds — a little bit of refined carb goodness, a little bit of vegetable nutrition.
Foil Pack Chicken and Broccoli: Foil pack meals make dinner and clean-up even easier than ever. Throw your ingredients inside with your preferred spices or marinade, and you're on your way to a moist and flavorful dinner in minutes.
Cinnamon Roll Palmier Cookies: Crunchy, flaky, and drizzled in icing, these heart-shaped cinnamon palmiers are what you'll want to reach for the next time you're sipping a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream: Coconut whipped cream is the ultimate indulgent vegan dessert topper. Super thick and luxurious, it can stand up to everything from chocolate cake to a bowl of sliced strawberries.
Easy Blue Majik Vegan Nice Cream: Bananas make a creamy, sweet base for all your vegan ice cream needs. Add some Blue Majik spirulina powder, and you've got a 'grammable dessert that's healthy enough for breakfast too.
Paleo Almond Joy: Nothing's better than learning how to recreate a beloved food at home. Paleo almond joys aren't just as good as the kind you get from the store — they're even better, because they're made with wholesome ingredients.
Vegan Aquafaba Whipped Cream: Made from chickpea brine (we know, but stay with us), aquafaba whipped cream is a light, mildly flavored, and airy topping for your desserts. You can customize it by adding vanilla, almond extract, or even orange blossom water for a unique flavor.
Galactic Margaritas: Beautiful blue margaritas are a showstopping drink that tastes good too.
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Justina Huddleston is a food writer living in Los Angeles. When she's not busy writing, she spends her time in the kitchen creating both virtuous and decidedly junky vegan food. Buffalo chickpea pizza, anyone? She's also been known to eat a plain block of tofu or beans straight out of the can for lunch, but somehow those culinary adventures don't make it to her Instagram. You can follow Justina on Twitter or see what's cooking in her kitchen on her blog, A Life of Little Pleasures.