Posted on Apr 10, 2017
Spring is a time to awaken your hibernating taste buds. This time of year brings warmer weather and a season of fresh flavors to add to dishes. Let's brighten up your spring table with color and flavor while adding a boost of healthy ingredients. When choosing to eat healthier, too many times we focus on what we shouldn't be eating rather than focusing on what we should be enjoying! During the spring season, enjoying seasonal ingredients in all of your dishes is an easy way to boost flavor and your nutrition. Here are three simple tips to create delicious spring dishes.
Enjoying fruits and vegetables in season is not only the best way to find the tastiest produce, but also a great way to save money! Choosing seasonal fruits and vegetables provide a boost of flavor and nutrition and will complement every dish you prepare. Dice them up and toss in a salad, soup or casserole. Roast vegetables and fruit to serve in sandwiches or with grilled meats. When making a sheet pan dinner or one-pot meal, simply slice and add in! Don't forget about adding fruits and vegetables to baked items. While fruits and vegetables may contain up to 95 percent water, the flavor and moisture of the produce will create a more delicious baked good (and the kids will never know)! Seasonal fruits and vegetables add delicious flavor and nutrition to any recipe.
Americans struggle to meet their daily needs of whole grains. Whole grains contain valuable nutrients for a healthy balanced diet to fuel your body. Whole grain sorghum provides vitamin B-6, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Whole grain sorghum is a good source of plant-based protein and an excellent source of dietary fiber that helps promote digestive health. Sorghum is a tasty way to accomplish your daily recommended serving of whole grains. Since sorghum is an extremely versatile grain that takes on the flavor of the ingredients you cook with, you can add it easily to nearly any dish. Whole grain sorghum cannot only be enjoyed whole, but also can be popped and milled like traditional flour – these variations make sorghum easy to add to any recipe. Finish a salad and dessert with popped sorghum, add sorghum flour to your baked items or simply use whole grain sorghum like you would enjoy your other favorite grains. Adding whole grains, such as sorghum, to your spring dishes is an easy and delicious boost of nutrition.
When creating your next dish, add in the flavor of the season with fresh herbs. Herbs are a delicious, fragrant way to pull together all of your dishes. Herb gardens are also relatively inexpensive to grow, and many are hearty enough to sustain the fluctuating temperatures of spring. Mint is a delicious spring herb to add flavor to sweet and savory dishes. Basil creates an aromatic pesto. The springtime herb, rosemary, is the perfect complement to chicken or fish. Sage pairs well with pork, beef or chicken recipes, as well as adding aromatic flavor to pasta dishes. Haven't quite mastered cooking with herbs? Start small by adding finely chopped herbs to dip, salsa, soup or salad. Add stems of herbs to vinegars or olive oil. Adding herbs is the perfect way to freshen up all of your springtime dishes.