Spring forward and color your eating habits healthy with the following 10 quickly and easily prepared vegetable recipes, best for this time of year.
1. Grilled Asparagus With Orange Wasabi Dressing
Spice up that asparagus with some Asian-inspired wasabi sauce. But what about the health benefits of asparagus? We’ll have you know asparagus leads the pack in terms of folic acid content in a 5.3 oz. serving, you’ll get 60% of your daily recommended folic acid. Folic acid plays an essential role in blood cell formation and prevention of liver disease.
2. Stinging Nettles Pasta
First off, don’t stress! The process of preparing stinging nettles for this pasta will completely eliminate that famous stinging property you might’ve experienced at some point while hiking the great outdoors. As for the health benefits: For 2,000 years and counting, stinging nettles have been praised by health scientists for their ability to purify the blood and aid against internal/external bleeding occurrences. In addition to the aforementioned benefits, especially when served as a tea, stinging nettles actively subdue skin irritation and mucus congestion.
Link: Stinging Nettles Pasta
3. Watermelon Mango Salad
Keep an eye out for the freshest mango and juiciest watermelon that your local grocer has to offer. Though watermelon’s 92% water, it also possesses naturally high occurring levels of lycopene, which has been linked with improving heart, bone and prostate health!
Link: Watermelon Mango Salad
4. Avocado Baked Eggs
There’s a reason that we can note a huge trend and generally universal captivation with the avocado the green goodness tastes incredible! Avocados come packed with more potassium than bananas, they’re loaded with a high amount of fiber, and as many as 8 studies have shown that avocados can greatly cut cholesterol levels as well as blood triglycerides by upwards of 20%.
Link: Avocado Baked Eggs
5. Carrot Chips
Chips might just be the most notoriously irresistible munchies of them all; tasty and ever full of rich and addicting flavors. It can be a tough and grueling business resisting the temptation of a freshly opened bag of chips. Who says you have to cut out chips completely? Carrot chips retain that crispy chip-like texture, but consist almost entirely of just carrots. Additionally, each batch of carrot chips is a small 79 total calories, while a bag of regular potato chips clocks in 160 calories.
Link: Carrot Chips Recipe
6. Carrot Fettuccine
This recipe’s especially relevant to the healthy minded members of the paleo diet community, as it’s gluten free. This is pasta made up of carrot ribbons, mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and of course a tastefully sprinkled serving of basil. With such a wide and complex flavor range, your palate’s in for quite the entertaining dining experience. Plus, carrots provide you 210% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A in just one serving!
7. Stuffed Artichokes
After you’ve worked the rounds and grown well accustomed with the preparation and cooking that goes into putting together a solid artichokes dish, don’t stop there! As a creative and inspired off-road, consider stuffing those artichokes with a well spiced and sinfully tasty breadcrumbs mixture using this recipe!
Link: Stuffed Artichokes
8. Spring Farro Salad With Peas and Fava Beans
We’ll have you know that one of the star players in this salad favo beans is rich in lean protein and packed full with a high concentration of vitamins K and B6, copper, zinc, and quite a few others! The salad’s a refreshing dish well suited for the warmer and greener days brought on by an agreeable spring!
Link: Spring Farro Salad With Peas & Fava Beans
9. Linguine with Leeks, Radicchio and Walnut Pesto
Toss out the pine nuts and embrace that which is in-season by mixing in some leeks and walnuts. Perhaps the most impressive of the benefits of this particular dish is that digestiing leeks produces sulfenic acid, a compound able to rapidly neutralize free radicals that might exist within your body.
10. Umbrian Fava Bean Bread Salad
We’ve covered at length the great benefits within the fava bean, and we figure why not provide you yet another fava-inspired recipe to engage that tasting palette in newfound ways? This salad’s perfect for those evenings you find yourself looking for a lighter dinner.
Link: Umbrian Fava Bean Bread Salad