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March is a transition month when most parts of the country begin to see winter fade away to spring. This is also a month in which fresh produce starts to become a focal point of many menus. You will enjoy your March recipes the most if you choose produce that is in season. Some great fruits and vegetables to consider when menu planning this month include asparagus, broccoli, avocado, carrots, citrus, and mushrooms. Here are 15 of the best recipes to consider putting into your March rotation.
There is no better way to prepare carrots than by roasting them. These honey roasted carrots bring out the best flavors of this popular spring vegetable. The addition of honey adds a bit of sweetness while the vinegar offers a contrasting flavor. Fresh parsley and thyme add another depth of flavor. Do not wait until Easter to prepare this side dish. It is great any time during the month of March. Even the pickiest eaters will devour their veggies when these are on the plate.
It could not get any easier to bring together this honey lemon garlic salmon recipe. You will only need five ingredients and less than 30 minutes to get this on the table. The recipe features salmon filets, butter, garlic cloves, honey, and lemon. Garnish with salt, pepper, and parsley should you choose. Serve these brightly colored salmon fillets with the grain and vegetable of your choice and you have a healthy meal that is both light and filling.
This sesame chicken and green bean stir fry is perfect for those busy weeknights. Most people have the majority of these ingredients always on hand, making it an easy meal to pull together on a whim. The ginger, peppers, hoisin sauce, and garlic create a flavor explosion that will have everyone reaching for seconds. Serve this stir fry with brown or jasmine rice and you have a complete meal that harnesses some of the best produce of the season.
Looking for a special breakfast treat brimming with color and flavor? Consider this orange creamsicle baked oatmeal, featuring flavors reminiscent of that favorite summer cold treat. The baked oatmeal is sweetened naturally with pure maple syrup and orange juice, adding the perfect amount of sweetness. You can amplify this flavor by topping it with a bit of homemade orange yogurt. The key to bringing out the creamsicle flavor is to use both vanilla and almond extract. You can eat this oatmeal either warm or cold, making it versatile for any occasion.
What is March without a traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebration? This corned beef and cabbage recipe is a must-have meal for the month. This meal cooks up in the slow cooker, allowing you to set it and forget it so that you can enjoy the rest of the day. After cooking on slow and low all day, the meal just falls apart when you shred it. The carrots, cabbage, and potatoes add some nutritional punch to this meal. You cannot commemorate March 17 without this classic meal.
Sticking with the St. Patrick’s Day theme, your family will devour this recipe for colcannon potatoes. This Irish favorite is a mixture of traditional mashed potatoes and your choice of kale, cabbage, or other type of leafy green. The greens pair with green onions to add a festive color to the potatoes while the cream and butter makes them extra creamy and delicious. You can serve these potatoes alongside corned beef or with any other protein of your choice. This is definitely stick to the ribs comfort food.
Need one more recipe for a St. Patrick’s Day meal? Consider these easy cabbage rolls. The cabbage leaves are stuffed with a mixture of ground pork and ground beef along with white rice, diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, and seasonings. After stuffing them to the brim, the rolls are covered with tomato sauce and tomato soup. These cabbage rolls will make your kitchen smell wonderful as they bake in the oven. Serve these rolls with a nice green salad and a loaf of bread for a meal that makes the perfect transition from winter to spring.
This egg roll noodle bowl is a great choice for when you want the taste of your favorite Chinese takeout restaurant without all of the calories and cost. The taste of this recipe mimics the flavor of egg rolls with ingredients such as ramen noodles, onions, garlic, bell pepper, ginger, cabbage, carrots, and your choice of minced pork, beef, or chicken. The sauce that brings it all together includes brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, and sriracha for a bit of heat. As a bonus, you can get this meal on the table in about 30 minutes from start to finish.
Nothing says spring is here quite like this light and bright cavatelli with asparagus, lemon, and fresh ricotta recipe. The fresh spring asparagus pairs wonderfully with the creamy ricotta cheese and the zesty lemon. If you cannot find fresh ricotta, you can use the kind found in plastic tubs in your grocer’s cheese section. While this recipe is vegetarian, you can certainly add shrimp or chicken for a heartier dish. However you decide to customize this dish, it will look beautiful on any spring dinner table.
Although this roast rack of lamb with garlic and herb crust recipe looks as if you have slaved over an oven all day, it actually bakes up in about 20 minutes. The Mediterranean-inspired garlic and herb marinade brings out the natural flavors of the lamb for an elegant dish worthy of any occasion. Lamb is typically associated with the Easter holiday, making it a natural fit for the month of March. Serve this lamb with a mushroom medley and some roasted broccoli for the quintessential spring meal.
These mushroom Cuban quesadillas make a mouth-watering or a fun appetizer. The fresh in-season mushrooms blend perfectly with the dill pickles and dijon mustard to provide that iconic Cuban flavor profile. The earthy taste will make you look forward to all of the fresh produce coming in season in the coming spring and summer months. Serve these quesadillas with rice and black beans to play up the Cuban theme. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of prep time for these quesadillas because the mushrooms will need at least eight hours to fully marinate.
Even the pickiest kids will like this broccoli mac and cheese. This crowd pleaser is an easy way to sneak some veggies into everyone’s diet. The creamy sauce is made with butter, flour, and milk before adding the pasta to cook right up in this goodness. Then you add your cheddar cheese and broccoli. You can also choose to add chicken or ham to this dish for more heft. The base recipe is extremely customizable so do not be afraid to get creative.
Add a pop of color to your table with this cardamom citrus fruit salad. This is a great time of the year to eat fresh citrus. You can use a combination of your favorite oranges, including navel, tangerines, blood oranges, or mandarins. The cardamom makes for a delicious contrast to the honey-sweetened fruit in this lovely side dish. This is also a good dish to make ahead of time and chill to give all of the flavors the chance to come together. Serve this as a side dish or as a healthy dessert option.
Kick up your daily routine with this nutritional avocado smoothie. Although it may sound strange to add avocado to a smoothie, you likely will not even be able to discern its flavor. However, its addition adds a delicious creamy texture and thickness. The smoothie recipe also includes milk, vanilla extract, and the sweetener of your choice. Be sure to add a scoop of protein powder for an additional nutritional boost.
Sometimes it is the simplest of recipes that taste the best. You do not need to overthink these garlic mushrooms. The earthy mushrooms are cooked up in unsalted butter, olive oil, garlic, and the herbs of your choice. Good options include thyme, parsley, rosemary, basil, or oregano. A splash of dry white wine will take these mushrooms to another level of good. Eat these mushrooms alongside your eggs at breakfast or as a delightful side dish for your steak dinner.
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