The start of meteorological spring may not be a signal to brush off our gardening tools and dig deep into the earth to plant your favorite veggies and flowers. It is, however, a signal that even in colder climates the first vestiges of local harvests will begin to appear. If you’re itching to visit a local market for fresh produce (or plant your own garden), you may also be craving some recipes to use your delectable finds in. These 6 recipes will get your kitchen humming in the right direction.
Creamless Asparagus Soup
When the soil reaches about 50 degrees, tender stalks of asparagus begin to poke through the ground. The emergence of this early crop is as much a spring ritual as the appearance of tulips and daffodils in our flower beds. Yet even as we’re plucking stalks from the earth, the air temperature may still lend itself to “soup and comfort” style dishes. That’s where recipes like The Spruce’s Creamless Asparagus Soup come into play. Creamy, warm, and loaded with spring’s bounty, this dish is a sweet balance of the seasons in a bowl. This recipe does include butter, but as the author notes, you can easily substitute olive oil or another favorite dairy-free alternative if you’ve avoiding milk-based products.
Asparagus and Chickpea Casserole
Casseroles can be a lifesaver for a busy household. You can prepare your dish ahead of time and just pop it in the oven to bake in that small window between the business of the day and the schedule of meetings, classes, and activities of the evening. They can be one-pot wonders that reduce the time it takes to clean up after. Finding an allergy-friendly casserole, however, can take a little effort. This Asparagus and Chickpea Casserole from Fat-Free Vegan is one to consider. The dish is dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free on its own. Some quick, and easy substitutes — like swapping out wheat flour for an allergen-free thickening agent — will make this one safe for a number of different allergy families.
Bacon Pea Lemon Pasta Salad
As the weeks begin to stretch from early spring to mid-season, sweet and snappy pods fill the upward stretching vines of peas. While these legumes are delicious in their own…