Create Spring Veggies They Can't Resist with These Easy Recipes


Taking advantage of seasonal produce offerings is the first step in creating healthy side dishes with maximum flavor.  Kick Spring veggies up a notch with these easy additions to create irresistible dishes for your Easter or Passover table and beyond.

Roasted Carrots - Spice it up!  Before roasting toss 1 lb peeled carrots with 1 TBSP olive oil, 1 tsp Za'atar seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.  Note za'atar seasoning usually contains salt.  So taste before adding any additional.  Cook until tender.  Toss with 1 TBSP honey and roast an additional 2 minutes.  Serve topped with toasted chopped pistachios. 

Green Beans - Add some 'Zest'!  Gremolata is a tasty garnish for Spring veggies as well as meats, fish and poultry.  In a small bowl, combine the zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped; 1/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped; and 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped.  Cook green beans as desired and serve topped with gremolata. 

Asparagus - Give it some crunch.  Roast asparagus and mushrooms.  Meanwhile, heat 1 TBSP olive oil over medium heat.  Stir in 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs and 1 clove chopped garlic.  Cook 2-3 minutes until lightly browned, stirring constantly.  Stir in 2 TBSP chopped parsley.  Combine roasted asparagus and mushrooms.  Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over top and serve. 

Peas - Enhancing the beauty and flavor of spring peas is easy-peas'y with leeks, proscuitto and fresh basil.  Cook a few slices of proscuitto in a saute pan over medium-high heat until crisp.  Remove from pan, crumble and set aside.  Add a thinly sliced, washed leek, white and pale green parts only to the pan and saute over medium until tender and translucent.  Toss peas with proscuitto, leeks and a couple tablespoons of fresh chopped basil. 

Beets - Add some heat.  Horseradish sauce is the perfect compliment to sweet and tender early Spring beets.  Simply combine 1/2 cup sour cream with 1 TBSP fresh chopped dill and 3 TBSP horseradish.  Serve passed with roasted beets. 

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