As spring is now officially upon us, our attention has been drawn to an array of recipes that are both healthy and rich in goodness.
We’ve found a selection of healthy and appetising recipes that use flavoursome and healthy ingredients we can combine to make some ideal family meals for springtime.
Kale Soup with Rye Croutons
Although using kale within recipes is seen as a relatively new food “fad,” kale is a vegetable that has been used since the middle ages, particularly during World War II to gain essential nutrients at the time of rationing. Rachel Khoo is a champion of health and local produce, and her kale soup with rye croutons, is a tasty broth if the weather hasn’t quite warmed up when you’re looking for a healthy lunch.
Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta
The name of this recipe may have you convinced of a carb heavy dish that’s rich in calories, however, Lexi at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen has flipped her creamy pasta recipe on its head, by using courgette pasta as a healthy, lighter alternative. Lexi has used her courgette spiralizer to whip up a dish full of flavour, by cooking up fresh ingredients to create a homemade, simple dinner.
Maple Teriyaki Salmon Soba Noodles
Salmon is a brilliant source of omega 3 fatty acids, an important part of human nutrition and is often thought of as brain food. Helen from Scrummy Lane, devised her healthy evening meal using a combination of salmon with soba noodles, drizzled in maple teriyaki sauce for a filling yet health conscious dish. Ideal for a healthy dinner party with friends and family.
Butternut Squash Soup
A little known fact from this homemade favourite of Jenny from Lets Talk Mommy, is that butternut squash is healthier than its other root vegetable counterparts. Compared to sweet potato, butternut squash is of no point’s value as part of the Weight Watchers programme, meaning that you can enjoy as much of this delicious vegetables as you like. Jenny keeps her recipe simple, by combining fresh vegetables with garlic, rosemary and chicken stock to create this tasty comfort soup.
Colourful Forbidden Rice Salad
We’re sometimes discouraged by the idea of healthy food when it comes to looking at a sea of green leaves and boring grains. Kath at Kath Eats has been on a mission to deter this thought, coming up with a stellar recipe that brings rainbow colours to her stunning salad. An appetising mix of rice, cucumber, red pepper, orange, walnuts, mint and parsley, this is an appealing lunch or evening meal.
If the sun does happen to shine this spring, why not clean off the BBQ and try your hand at this Turkey Burgers from The Kitchen Shed. Turkey is a health alternative to both red meat and chicken, whilst also being relatively inexpensive, serve up in a wholemeal bun to be extra healthy with a side of sweet potato wedges.
Spring Vegetable Paella
Looking for a vegetarian option for the spring to summer transition? The Flexitarian offers a range of recipes for flexible vegetarians and vegans, for people who may not want to give up meat and dairy all of the time. This spring inspired paella contains seasonal vegetables and delicious flavours, perfect for any vegetarian.
Creamy Avocado Zucchini Noodles
Pomegranates are a popular spring fruit, ideal for adding texture and a hint of a sweetness to salads and savoury dishes, as well as being a known superfood as a good source of vitamin A, C and E, along with iron. Saskia at Naturally Sassy, created a spring feast of courgette noodles, with creamy avocado sauce, which is rich in mono-saturated fats, with a sprinkle of pomegranate for a wholesome and filling dish.
British Fish Pie with Scallops and King Prawns
An opportunity to get to know your local fishmonger, why not try this traditional fish pie recipe from Andrea at the The Petite Cook. Andrea combines the goodness of fresh fish with fresh vegetables and heart potatoes, to produce mini fish pies, perfect for eating with a group or freezing for later.
Do you have any healthy spring recipes that are your go to as the weather gets warmer? We’d love to know!