Tasty Spring Time Recipes!

Looking for fresh new recipes for this spring season? Check out our list of what fruits and vegetables are in this spring to make these tasty meals, created with seasonal ingredients like zucchini, asparagus, strawberries and more! Happy Cooking!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound asparagus (trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 5 ounces prosciutto, diced
  • 2 cups sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil)
  • 8 ounces grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Toss pasta with olive oil.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, roast asparagus, broccoli, bell pepper, and zucchini until flecked with dark brown. Set aside.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Saute garlic with prosciutto and sun-dried tomatoes until heated through. Toss with penne, roasted vegetables, and Parmesan. Place in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, until hot.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • 2.5 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 8 strawberries, quartered
  • 2 kiwi, peeled and sliced

Directions:

  1. Mix together raspberry vinegar, raspberry jam, and vegetable oil in a small container.
  2. Combine spinach, nuts, strawberries, and kiwi in a salad bowl. Toss with raspberry dressing.

What’s in this spring?

 

After a long winter, there’s nothing more welcoming than the sight of spring’s first vegetables: Crisp lettuces, earthy mushrooms, slender spears of asparagus, leafy spring onions, fresh peas, and green beans, and piles of bright rhubarb join year-round staples like garlic and beets as well as winter favorites nearing the end of their season. Below is a list of fruits and vegetables to look for this season as well as some expert tips for buying the best of spring’s bounty!

  • Spring Peas: Peas should be tender and the pod plump.
  • Blackberries: Ripe berries are large, plump, and deeply colored.
  • Swiss Chard: Harvest leaves under 4 inches and when tender.
  • Strawberries: Berries will have an even deep red all around.
  • Celery: Ripe when the stalks are 6 inches in length and clustered together.
  • Parsnips: Roots should be 1 to 2 inches wide and 8 to 12 inches long.
  • Beets: Best when harvested young, smaller than 6 inches.
  • Leeks: Harvest when stalks are around an inch wide.
  • Oranges: Ripe when the fruit has a firm texture with thin, smooth skin.
  • Carrots: Mature carrots will have a firm and tender texture.
  • Broccoli: Ready when the buds of the heard are firm and tight.
  • Rutabaga: Ripe when it is smooth and has purple-tinged skin.
  • Cauliflower: Ready when the heads are compact, white, and firm.
  • Avocado: Ripe when it has a slight sponginess to it and is dark in color.
  • Raspberries: Ripe berries are plump, large, and brightly colored.
  • Peaches: Ready to each when the color is deep golden.
  • Mushrooms: Freshest right after the veil breaks open.
  • Asparagus: Ready when spears are deep green or violet tinted.
  • Brussels Sprouts: Ready when the heads are firm and 1 to 2 inches.
  • Rhubarb: Freshest when the stalks are at least 10 inches long.
  • Cabbage: The heads should be firm all the way though when squeezed.
  • Bok Choy: Leaves may be anywhere from 6 inches to 2 feet when ready.
  • Radishes: Fresher when harvested young, roots no wider than an inch.
  • Artichoke: Look for a firm bulb with tightly closed inner petals.
  • Lettuce: Leaves will be well-ruffled and deeply lobed when mature.
  • Plums: Ripe when texture is semi-soft has a deep, even color.
  • Zucchini: Will be a deep green and around 6 to 8 inches in length.

 

Chili Cornbread Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 c. frozen corn
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

Cornbread Topping:

  • 1 c. cornmeal
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled
  • Sour cream and sliced jalapenos for topping

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F and lightly coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Brown ground beef with onion in a large skillet. Once meat is cooked and onion is soft, add in garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Cook until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in crushed tomatoes and corn, then simmer for 5-7 minutes. remove from heat and stir in black beans and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and butter. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Pour chili into prepared baking dish and top with cornbread batter. Bake for about 28-35 minutes or until cornbread is slightly golden.
  5. Top with sour cream and jalapeno slices if desired. Enjoy!

Grocery Delivery Service

It’s a very popular service that is now available almost everywhere and makes buying groceries a whole lot simpler. Retail giants like Google, Amazon and even your local grocery stores are offering this convenience. Yep, you guessed it, grocery delivery is an up and coming luxury that is quickly becoming the norm.

Google Express is the new way to shop online at all your favorite stores at the same time. With nearly 40 stores to choose from, including Walmart, Target and Costco, there’s hardly a reason to make a trip to the store. Free two-day delivery is available on orders over $25-$35 depending on the store. No membership is required to shop with Google Express. You simply add items from your favorite stores to your cart and pay for everything at once in a single transaction. If you have Google Home device, you can add items to your list with voice command.

For another added convenience you can download the app and add things to your cart on the go. This service is great for ordering all of your household products and non-perishable food items.

Amazon is also getting in on the grocery delivery business, but currently only offers the service in select cities. Amazon Prime Fresh is available for $14.99 a month, which is charged separately from the Amazon Prime cost of $99 a year. Non-Amazon Prime members are able to try both services for free with a 30-day trial. Amazon uses your preferred method of payment for all items. You can shop Amazon for specific products or shop directly from Whole Foods Market. Orders below $50 will have an added $9.99 delivery fee, but for all orders above $50 delivery is free. In eligible cities, this service is an added convenience for Amazon lovers, having almost anything you could want at your fingertips and making trips to the store a thing of the past.

In addition to services like Google Express and Amazon Prime Fresh, many local grocery stores have also jumped on the delivery train. If you visit your favorite local grocer’s website, you will be able to shop online and have your groceries delivered to you on the same day.

Most stores will offer discounts like money off or free delivery on your first order. It’s common for stores to add on a small delivery fee, but the time saved and added convenience of shopping from home really makes the small extra cost worth it.

Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:
– 1 large butternut squash
– 2 carrots
– 3 stalks of celery
– 1 large onion
– 5 cloves of garlic
– 6 sage leaves
– 1 sprig of rosemary
– 1/4 tsp. cayenne red pepper powder
– salt and pepper to taste
– 2 tbsp. olive oil
– 3 1/2 cups vegetable stock

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Peel, pit and chop the butternut squash into 1” squares, add to a large roasting pan
3. Chop the carrots, celery and onions into big chunks and add to the pan
4. Peel the garlic and add cloves whole
5. Add herbs, red pepper powder, salt and pepper – add olive oil and toss to coat
6. Roast for 1 hour (roast for an extra 15 minutes if veggies are not soft)
7. When veggies are roasted, remove stems and add to food processor with
1 cup of vegetable stock – puree
8. Pour mixture into large saucepan and add the remaining vegetable stock – stir well
9. Simmer on low for 10 minutes

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It’s Time For Spring Cleaning!

Spring is in the air, so open-up those windows and let that fresh air in. Spring is the perfect time to take care of that cleaning you’ve been pushing off through the winter months. Here are some simple tips to help make your Spring cleaning a breeze!

While opening those windows, go ahead and give them a good scrub as well. The best cleaner to use is either a window spray, like Windex, or just soap and water. To make sure the cleaning solution does not dry before you’re able to wipe it clean, avoid the sun and do your window washing on a cloudy day. Another helpful hint is to purchase a window squeegee (Lowes or Walmart) to get a flawless finish.

The next things that are easily forgotten are the cabinets. Over time they can collect anything from dust to fallen food or grease particles to pet hair and anything in between. An easy way to get rid of the build-up, is to use a wash cloth or towel and a cabinet cream (try Home Depot or Amazon). Wipe down all cabinet fronts and in-between spaces and presto, your cabinets are like new!

Another area of your apartment home that probably needs some love is the carpet. The carpet is often forgotten about when cleaning. It’s a huge pain to pull out the vacuum cleaner and maneuver around the furniture, and it’s only really necessary to do a deep clean three to four times a year. So, skip the fuss and hire the pros to do your Spring carpet cleaning.

Now that the carpet has been brightened up, take a look at your closet. How long have you had that striped shirt that still has the tag on it? Have those jeans been on the shelf untouched for years? Well, there’s no time like the present! Clean out that closet and give yourself a fresh start. When putting things back, turn all your hangers the opposite direction. This will make it easier to see what you wear most often and what you should get rid of next time you thin out your clothes.