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5 Top Ingredients to Use For Spring 2015

I think one of my favorite things that I love about the spring is the return of the delicious seasonal ingredients and fresh produce. The strawberries are sweet, mangos are plentiful on the shelves and the tomatoes are so delicious that you could just eat them in your hand before you even check out. Oh and it’s the season for black cherries! In celebration of the warmer weather, we wanted to showcase the best ingredients to try this spring with a helpful guide.  Try new things or spice up favorite dishes with these delicious ingredients that will do nothing more than delight.

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Spring Guide to Seasonal Ingredients 20151. Parsnips

The parsnip is a root vegetable closely related to the carrot. It is most often eaten cooked or but is also enjoyed in raw form. It’s popular for being mixed with other spring vegetables and is high in vitamins and minerals especially potassium. It also contains healthy antioxidants that will boost your immune system. Ready to try them yet?

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Seasonal Ingredients for Spring

 

I wanted to find a great recipe that would  showcase the fresh flavor from the parsnips in a different way. I decided to share this recipe, white bean & chicken chili Verde with roasted carrots & parsnips from the Simply Real Health blog. The recipe calls for honey, which is a clever ingredient to bring out its earthy flavors.

2015 Seasonal cuisine guide2. Zucchini

Zucchini is known as a summer squash that can be cooked anyway you like; however, I recommend to grill them.  It has a soft texture and goes well with light proteins, pasta, and other spring related vegetables. Zucchini is usually eaten raw of cooked and will add a bright green color to your dish.

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Zucchini is so versatile while you can add it to just about any dish. I wanted to recommend a creative way of using it which is why I wanted to suggest this Zucchini and watercress Soup recipe from Food and Wine Magazine.

 

seasonal guide to spring ingredients3. Apricots

There are two types of apricots, the whole fruit and the dried prune, which is also known as the apricot. Dried apricots are a type of traditional dried fruit that are high in fiber. Dried apricots are also an important source of carotenoids (vitamin A) and potassium. They serve as wonderful additions to sauces and salads that brighten up not only the color but also the flavor of a dish.

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Seasonal Ingredients for Spring

I love the idea of taking something traditionally hot and spicy to something sweet and refreshing, which is why I had to recommend this spicy apricot wings recipe, also from Food and Wine. This will truly be a hit at your next potluck.

Seasonal guide to spring ingredients in 20154. Millet

A fast-growing cereal plant that is widely grown in warm countries and regions with poor soils. The small seeds are used to make flour or alcoholic drinks. Currently, restaurants have been using millet as an as the main course, instead of using more trendy grains, such as quinoa or barley.

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Seasonal Ingredients for Spring

Try this delicious Farro and Millet Risotto recipe from 101 Cookbooks. The combination of the creamy sauce along with the smaller and robust grain is going to become your new go-to meal. Farro is another type of grain that enhance the texture of the dish, as well as balance out the flavor.  Also, don’t be shy to add your favorite vegetables, such as wild mushrooms.

2015 Spring Ingredients5. Artichokes

The globe artichoke is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as food. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. Artichokes can be an exquisite addition to a variety of foods, from pizza to desserts. This beautiful and fragrant plant will bring your meals from ordinary to extraordinary.

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Seasonal Ingredients for Spring

When I think of the spring, I think of rainy days, which sometimes keeps us indoors. To make use  feel extra cozy on those days, imagine baking this recipe of roasted chicken, artichoke, and lemon. Combine with a salad, and you’re going to feel like you’re dining at a 5-star restaurant without ever stepping outside.

Hungry yet? Have fun with new ingredients and see what recipes you can come up with. There are many reasons to celebrate the spring, and the good cuisine is one of them.

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Rachael is the Marketing Manager at Zippy Shell and works closely with her team to create custom marketing strategies that best encompass who they really are in the digital media space. After completing a Bachelor's in mass communications, Rachael continued her work in a multitude of media fields, later shifting her specialties towards the growing trend in blogging and digital communications. When she is not in the office, you will often find her zipping past on her red bicycle or building a something crafty.

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