Are you itching to get outside, dying to shed your sweater, and aching for warm weather? Sounds like you’ve got spring fever! Well don’t break out in hives, cure yourself with seasonal recipes featuring artichokes, peas, asparagus, apricots, and chives! 

Strawberries
Strawberries are natural aphrodisiacs. They are not only tasty, but also rich in vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and folic acid. Delight your taste buds with our strawberry recipes.

  • Strawberry-Mango Crisp
  • Strawberry-Banana Muffins
  • Chick’n With Strawberry Salsa
  • Strawberry Pancakes

Basil
There are more than 60 varieties of basil, including sweet, purple-leaved, lemon, and cinnamon. With all these choices, it’s easy to add basil to your menu. Try these delicious recipes featuring basil.

  • Sun-Dried-Tomato-and-Pesto Linguine
  • Vegan Lemon Chicken
  • Thai Tempeh
  • Ginger-Chili Tofu With Asian Salad

Artichokes
Looking for a veggie aphrodisiac with a lot of heart? Look no further than artichokes to add romance to any recipe. Low in saturated fat and high in dietary fiber and Vitamin C and K, artichokes are good for you and good for your love life. Heat up a spring fling with one of these recipes.

  • Artichoke Puffs
  • West Coast Soy-Sausage Artichoke Lasagne
  • Spinach and Artichoke Dip
  • ‘Chicken’ With Artichokes and Olives

Peas
Looking for a legume that’s sweet and snappy? Then give peas a chance. Like all legumes, peas are low fat and packed with protein and fiber. Enjoy these peasful recipes.

  • Pasta Piselli
  • Green Pea and Cauliflower Curry
  • Green Pea and Dill Salad
  • Split-Pea Soup

Aparagus
Spring is truly the dawning of the age of asparagus! As healthy as it is delicious, asparagus contains no cholesterol, no fat, and very little sodium but is high in fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and B6, and potassium. This spring, treat yourself to these asparagus recipes.

  • Asparagus With Asian Vinaigrette
  • Cream of Asparagus Soup
  • Sesame Tofu With Asparagus
  • Garlic-Lemon Roasted Asparagus

Apricots
Apricots are one of the best natural sources of Vitamin A, which is essential not only for healthy skin but also for good eyesight and protection against colds and other common ailments. Check out these appetizing apricot recipes.

  • Crunchy Apricot Toast
  • Fresh Apricot Crisp
  • Sesame-Apricot Cookies
  • Mustard and Apricot Glazed ‘Ham’

Chives
We may be accustomed to seeing chives on baked potatoes or as a garnish. Because of their delicate onion flavor, chives can enliven many savory dishes. Try using chives in these recipes.

  • Crusty Baked Tomatoes With Chives
  • Chilled Chive Finger Sandwiches
  • Creamy Chive Mashed Potatoes
  • Garlic-Potato Crostini With Chives

Pineapples
Pineapple is packed full of vitamins A and C and also contain an enzyme called bromelain that aids digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties that have proved beneficial in treating a variety of maladies, including arthritis, heart disease, and upper-respiratory infections. Try adding pineapples in these delicious recipes.

  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
  • Coconut-Pineapple Bread
  • Pineapple ‘Chicken’
  • Grilled Pineapple

Broccoli
Broccoli is packed full of beta carotene, vitamin C, calcium, and fiber. It has been shown to be a stellar cancer-fighting food. Here are a few righteous recipes that will be sure to send broccoli-loving boys and girls over the moon.

  • ‘Beef’ and Broccoli Stir-Fry
  • African Broccoli
  • Creamy Broccoli Soup
  • Broccoli Salad

Dill
You don’t have to be a pickle to appreciate dill. With a simple, clean taste, dill is perfect for salads, garnishes, soups, sauces, and a variety of vegetables. Enjoy these dillicious recipes.

  • Healthy Herb Onion Bread
  • Spicy Dill Dip
  • Dill and Mushroom Soup
  • Creamy Dill Potato Salad
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