Spring has sprung and with that brings warmer weather, longer days, and an opportunity to shake up your weekly menus! For many families, meals are the perfect time to come together and connect. Spring is the season of growth, so taking advantage of all the fresh produce that becomes available during the season is key. With that in mind, we are going to talk about a few easy-to-make recipes your whole family is sure to enjoy.
Steamed Baby Carrots with Orange-Dill Butter
A lot of different produce hits its peak growing season during Spring, and this is true for one of nature’s most versatile vegetables, carrots. This steamed baby carrot dish from Vegetarian Times will bring lots of color to any plate, and the light butter sauce is perfect for an evening meal or midday snack. The best part? This dish can easily be thrown together in 10 minutes. Have a little one at home working on their self-feeding skills? Try throwing this recipe into the Olababy Steambowl. The bowl allows parents to easily go from meal prep to serving for their child. If you have any vegetarians at the table, they will love this meatless option.
Arts and Crackers - kid-friendly!
With the season changing many kids have one thing on their mind, Spring Break! Whether your children are still learning from home or back in their classrooms, this week-long vacation will allow for a lot of free time. Get the little ones involved in the kitchen with this kid-friendly recipe from Taste of Home. We love this because it’s a snack and activity in one and can be put together in under 30 minutes. Break out the cookie cutters and have your kids make tons of fun shapes out of the cheese. This snack will be a hit in your home because it mixes salty and sweet with the addition of Springtime favorites such as peaches and apples.
Fusilli Pasta with Spinach, Tomato, and Bacon
For any busy parent, the best options for weeknight dinners are something hearty, easy and delicious. Writers at Southern Living recommend this bright pasta dish for the perfect Springtime dinner. This sheet pan recipe is great for families because it requires very few steps and more importantly, very little clean-up. Since you are using one pan to cook all the main components, this will save you plenty of time to get other stuff done while it is in the oven. While pasta dishes can often be heavy, we love this recipe because the addition of the tomatoes, spinach and lemon zest keep the meal feeling complete and fresh. With crispy edges and gooey cheese, this is sure to be a family favorite.
During Spring, one snack many families gravitate towards is fruit. Incorporating these into your desserts is a sure way to make a delicious Spring sweet. Strawberries are a favorite among adults and children, and this versatile fruit will light up any treat. As the weather warms up, your family will be looking for ways to cool down. This strawberry shake recipe from Taste of Home is an easy way to bring the family together. This dessert can be served to little ones in the Olababy Training Cup with Lid + Straw, easy to pick up for small hands and essential for avoiding big messes. With the total prep time under 5 minutes and very few ingredients, we love this recipe for its simple refreshing flavors.