As winter draws to a close and signs of spring start revealing themselves, some of our habits naturally begin to change. Perhaps for your family, that means spending more time outdoors or making plans for this year’s garden. For many of us, spring brings an urge to throw open the windows, clean out dusty corners and closets, and generally, just air things out.
This year, why not bring that “spring cleaning” spirit to your refrigerator and pantry? It’s the best time to freshen up your kitchen and meal menus, and we’re here to help! After all, we’re passionate about bringing fresh and affordable options – everything from produce to quality meats and more - to you and your family, no matter the season.
But let’s focus on produce! Spring is such an exciting time because all kinds of beautiful fruits and vegetables are coming into season. So, let’s celebrate that! While we’ll never get tired of comfort-food classics, the warming temperatures provide renewed inspiration to lighten up meals with lots of fresh seasonal produce like the ones we’ve listed in this blog.
Asparagus is a classic spring vegetable that’s nutrient-dense and packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. Besides steaming, grilling or roasting, there are plenty of other ways to prepare asparagus. In fact, here are a few of our favorites utilizing this nutritious seasonal produce item.
All The Things Green Salad
With this salad recipe, a quick blanch is all you need to do to get the perfect texture from your fresh asparagus. And besides this green springtime veggie, the other ingredients in the salad also keep the green theme going. That’s right! Here are some of the other green items that get tossed together in this recipe - baby spinach, peas, avocado and herbs. As you can see, this vibrant salad is like springtime in a bowl! Enjoy it for lunch and add a little protein like grilled Nature’s Promise chicken breasts or a salmon filet. You can also make it for a light dinner!
Caesar Grilled Asparagus
Take grilled asparagus to the next level with this easy yet flavorful vegetable side dish. Made with six ingredients, plus a little salt and pepper, our Caesar Grilled Asparagus is affordable to make and is a tasty way to prepare this springtime seasonal produce item.
And with its Caesar flavor, this grilled dish pairs well with Mexican meals like tacos or fajitas, or even a grilled steak with seasonings like cumin, garlic salt, cayenne pepper and chili powder. So, get your grill ready and check out the full recipe here!
Easy Everything Bagel Asparagus
Asparagus is a common side dish for proteins like roasted chicken or salmon and is often simply dressed with lemon juice and garlic. But, we’re here to give you inspiring ways to use this specific type of seasonal produce.
Try this fun twist for something a little different, which tops roasted asparagus spears with zesty everything bagel seasoning! So, if you and your family are big fans of our fresh everything bagels in our Bakery department, this may be a huge hit at the dinner table. Give it a try!
Peas are green veggies whose peak season is also spring. Sweet and bright in flavor, peas can work in all kinds of dishes, from pasta to pot pie. Additionally, shelling fresh peas is a satisfying activity (especially for kids), but frozen peas work just as well in most recipes! And speaking of recipes, here are a few you can try for dinnertime.
Bacon Pea Salad
The robust smokiness of bacon nicely balances the fresh, sweet flavor of peas. That’s just one reason why we love this Bacon Pea Salad! Another reason is that this side dish comes together in just 20 minutes and is a knockout option for pretty much any occasion, including backyard picnics, family barbeques and so on.
Besides peas and bacon, here are some other ingredients you may need to add to your grocery shopping list for your next trip to Food Lion:
- Ranch dressing
- Cheddar cheese
You’ll also mix in some salt, pepper and paprika to season this creamy side dish.
Cauliflower Fried Rice with Sugar Snap Peas
Is fried rice one of your family’s favorite dishes for dinnertime? Enjoy this quick and easy spin on fried rice, with a homemade and nutritious cauliflower rice substitute. Paired with carrots and the fresh seasonal produce item, peas, this dish is full of flavorful vegetables, as well as egg for a serving of protein. And if that isn’t reason enough to give this recipe a try, this meal can also be made for under $10!
Want to make this low-carb recipe and enjoy some fresh sugar snap peas as a part of your dinnertime meal? View the full recipe and get the simple step-by-step instructions on our recipe portal!
Spring also brings about the return of berries, which is very exciting news for fruit-lovers! From strawberries and blueberries to blackberries and raspberries, you’ll find beautiful, fresh varieties of berries, some of which are sourced from local farms, at your neighborhood Food Lion! Nothing quite beats eating fresh berries by the handful, but this seasonal produce can also be a fabulous addition to various dishes (both sweet and savory), as well.
Blackberry Mint Mimosas
For the adults in the family, we have a drink recipe just for you! For a brunch treat, try an inspired cocktail of fresh blackberries, mint and sparkling wine. This juicy, slightly minty concoction is a fun, extra refreshing spin on the traditional orange juice-based version.
And if you want to really embrace berry season, feel free to add strawberries or blueberries to this drink recipe as well, or maybe even both. Snag the full recipe here!
Breakfast Smoothie Bowl
Colorful, better-for-you and pretty popular these days, smoothie bowls are a great way to start the morning! This recipe calls for both strawberries and blueberries for an extra dose of antioxidants and vitamins, as well as:
- Toppings, like shredded coconut and granola
You can also add a scoop of protein powder to make your smoothie bowl a bit more filling.
Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce
The rich sweetness of strawberries makes an amazing addition to BBQ sauce, which enhances the bold flavors of grilled steak, chicken or pork chops. You can use fresh or frozen berries in this recipe. But, since it’s berry season, why not try using fresh strawberries, right? It’s the perfect opportunity to use this sweet seasonal produce!
This BBQ sauce recipe is also blended with chiles in adobo sauce for a zesty, robust punch of flavor, as well as Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, ground mustard, pepper and a few other ingredients. Together, these items make a flavorful sauce that you’ll want to use on grilled meats time and time again.
Other Seasonal Produce for Springtime
Besides the three produce items we highlighted above, there are many other things coming into season this spring. So, get excited! Here are just a few:
- Lettuces: Try them in lettuce wraps.
- Radishes: Their earthy flavor and crisp texture make them a wonderfully fresh topping for tacos.
- Leeks: With a subtle onion taste, leeks can be used to quickly enhance potato soup.
Your neighborhood Food Lion is your destination to find fresh, affordable options to help you bring wholesome, delicious dishes to your table this spring. And you can always shop with confidence thanks to our Double Your Money Back guarantee. So, stop by to pick up all the ingredients you need to make all your family’s springtime favorites!