The coming of spring means so many exciting things, including, in no particular order: trading in puffy winter coats for denim jackets; treating yourself to bouquets of fresh flowers 💐; freewheeling bike rides through unexplored neighborhoods; and catching up with friends on back patios, front stoops, and park benches.
It also means the return of so much glorious seasonal produce after the long winter. As farmers pick the first crops of the year, market shelves start to fill up with all things green, leafy, and tender, which are a breath of fresh air if you’re craving vibrant, verdant flavors. Much like spring fashions, spring veggies are colorful, cheeky, and a little bit sassy, helping to clear out any lingering winter doldrums.
We’ve pulled together a handful of spring-perfect dishes from our epic recipe collection featuring some seasonal produce greatest hits. So, sharpen your chef’s knife, pop open a bottle of rosé (or mix up a zero-proof spritz), open up the windows, crank some tunes, and get cooking!
Spring is the official start of brunch season, so why not invite your crew over for a healthy, nourishing plate of shakshuka? This traditional classic North African and Middle Eastern dish can be enjoyed any time of day, but it hits different when it’s the first meal of the day (preferably with lots of coffee).
The ZENB version of shakshuka of course packs in extra veggies, with a heap of fresh spinach leaves and our Sweet Carrot & Tomato Marinara Gourmet Sauce. Though you can find spinach all year-round, spring spinach tends to be tender and sweeter, so consider buying two bunches and making a simple spinach salad as a side dish.
Asparagus season starts in some places as early as February, but it really starts popping off in May. These slender stalks are nutritional powerhouses, packed with fiber, folate, and vitamins E, A, and C.
Asparagus and plump, juicy shrimp make a super-tasty pair in this ZENB Rotini Pasta Skillet, which is loaded with even more nutrition, thanks to our protein-rich 100% whole yellow pea pasta. This would be a great one to chill and pack up for a picnic!
Hot tip: To store asparagus, place the entire bundle in a mason jar filled about one-third full with cold water, similar to how you store herbs or display flowers.