25 Fast and Fresh Spring Dinners
Leeks, oven-roasted asparagus and lemon peel add flavor and pretty spring color to creamy risotto.
Sunday Beef Rib Roast
Baby carrots, small red potatoes, baby spinach and butterbeans surround a rib roast cooked with zesty Herb-Bacon topper.
Spanish Rice with Chicken and Shrimp
This quick and easy recipe from a Southgate, Michigan reader starts with a package of rice pilaf mix. You can have this main dish on the table in about 30 minutes.
Lemon, basil and olive oil form a pestolike sauce to complement the linguine and kidney beans. From start to finish, this five-ingredient dinner takes only 25 minutes.
Spring Pork and Noodles
Seasonal veggies, pork and soy sauce dressing flavor this bright-tasting chilled noodle dish. Make this easy main dish ahead of time so it's ready for a light weekday dinner.
Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl
Use a wok or skillet to stir-fry sirloin steak strips and broccoli. Combine with salad greens, chopped sweet pepper and bottled ginger vinaigrette salad dressing for a meal that's on the table in 20 minutes.
Crisp-tender asparagus and zucchini bring color to this healthy, crowd-pleasing casserole. Each serving has just 84 calories and 2 grams of fat.
Spring Pasta with Morels, Ramps and Peas
Toss linguini with a rich sauce of morels, ramps (or leeks), peas, ham and cream. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese, if you like.
Can't find morels? Substitute the same amount of stemmed shiitake, cremini and/or button mushrooms in the recipe. Or check online for dried morels.
Lemon-Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
This roasted meal will remind you how easy it is to cook a whole chicken. Potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots make this a one-pan meal.
Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake
Combine artichoke hearts, spinach and tomatoes with bow tie pasta and chopped cooked chicken for a rich, creamy casserole.
Tender-Crisp Spring Braise
Almost meatless, this main dish recipe gets rich flavor from only a couple of chicken thighs cooked with potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and asparagus.
Goat Cheese and Spinach Tart
Goat cheese gives this tart a fine, velvety texture. The recipe comes from Judy Schad at Indiana's Capriole Farmstead Goat Cheeses.
Herbed Chicken, Orzo and Zucchini
Team basil-seasoned chicken breasts with fresh zucchini and seasoned orzo for a fast and flavorful dinner.
The Stone Barn's The Modena
Marinated chicken, sweet onion, mushrooms, snap peas and feta top an oiled crust in this recipe from the Stone Barn in Nelson, Wisconsin. "The flavors, accented by feta and balsamic vinegar, blend for a creamy, tangy taste," says Stone Barn owner Pam Taylor. "The vegetables add a crisp, element."
Greek Chicken Salad
Toss this salad together in just 15 minutes using deli-roasted chicken, a package of spring mix salad greens, chopped veggies and bottled Greek salad dressing. Leftovers? Tuck them into a pita for lunch the next day.
Gingered Chicken and Fried Rice
Carrots, sugar snap peas and fresh ginger give crunch and flavor to this quick and easy Asian-inspired recipe.
Potato Chips Meet Fish
How do you get your family to eat fish? By serving them tilapia coated with potato chips, herbs and honey-mustard dressing. "Quick, easy and and very good!" writes one of our website reviewers.
Sweet peppers, garlic and tomato add color and flavor to this quick-and-easy pasta dish. If you like, add cooked chicken strips or shrimp.
Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl
Top fettucine with skillet-cooked salmon, fresh baby spinach, roasted sweet peppers and reduced-calorie dressing for a meal that's ready in just 20 minutes.
Chicken-Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
Jazz up classic macaroni and cheese with parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken and broccoli for dinner in 20 minutes.
Oven-Roasted Prime Rib with Dry Rib Rub
The dry rib rub is a family recipe from Linda Fridley, who used the rub to season meats served at the South Dakota governor's residence. Beef rib roast makes an elegant option, but the spice rub complements pork or chicken, too. Serve with Brussels sprouts or your favorite vegetable.
Mushroom, Asparagus, and Tofu Quiches
Tofu and soy cheese boost the protein in these mini vegetable-and-egg casseroles.
It’s everything cherry at Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor, Michigan. Staffers put their tangy fruit salsa to good use in this white bean and chicken chili.
Lemony-Soy Herbed Pork Tenderloins with Rice Pilaf
Season pork with oregano, then marinate in lemon juice and soy sauce to make this low-calorie grilled meal. Mandarin oranges, chopped veggies and seasonings give the rice side dish a boost of flavor.