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When spring comes, we crave a break from heavy stews and casseroles and move toward lighter, more refreshing fare like salads, vegetable dishes, and seafood.

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Close-up of Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs on a plate with chopsticks.
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Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs

A fake-out for Take-out! Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs, loaded with fresh garlic, ginger, and scallions, then baked for a quick 15-minutes to seal in all that moisture and flavor. This recipe makes excellent savory sticky and sweet meatballs that can pull double-duty – in a nod to one of my once favorite take-out guilty pleasures.

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Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus bundles on a blue plate.
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Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Asparagus is a vegetable that shouts SPRING to me, and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than firing up the grill! So when it comes to our top picks for veggies cooked on it, Dear hubby and I choose this Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus recipe. Everyone loves these tasty bundles of lightly charred asparagus wrapped in smoky, juicy bacon. Serve with a squeeze of lemon for a great side dish that’s perfect alongside just about any meal.

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Closeup of Mascarpone & Pepper Penne Pasta in a bowl
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Mascarpone & Pepper Penne Pasta

Taking inspiration from Peperonata (an Italian stewed sauce of Sweet Bell Peppers with Olive Oil, Onion, Garlic, and Tomatoes), we’ve skipped the tomatoes and concentrated on summery yellow and red bell peppers for this recipe, then stirred in mascarpone cheese and baby spinach to serve over penne pasta for a budget-friendly vegetarian meal full of saucy comforting flavor!

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Asparagus and Pea Macaroni Salad on a bowl
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Asparagus and Pea Macaroni Pasta Salad

Skip the deli! Here’s how to make this Asparagus and Pea Macaroni Salad that’s the perfect gluten-free make-ahead convenience food for a quick lunch or picnic dish + some macaroni salad history!

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Rhubarb Growing in the Garden
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Cherry Rhubarb Sauce

Are you craving a taste of Spring? Make this quick and easy Cherry Rhubarb Sauce to spoon over cheesecake, pound cake, ice cream, pancakes, or waffles. Layer it with granola and yogurt. Slather it on top of English muffins or toast. Sauce it over savory spiced meats like grilled pork and roasted chicken or simply serve it up as a sweet side to any meal!

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Roasted Chickpea Salad with Balsamic Dressing
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Roasted Chickpea Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Mediterranean-inspired Roasted Chickpea Salad with Balsamic Dressing. Quick and Simple, the salad combines spring greens, roasted chickpeas, cucumbers, and tomatoes. For the final touch, drizzle with an easy to make balsamic vinaigrette dressing to finish the recipe!

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Poached Pear & Chicken Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
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Poached Pear & Chicken Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Loaded with 5.5 grams of fiber in each medium-sized fruit, pears poached in spice-infused syrup give them a pie-like flavor that turns an ordinary salad into a remarkable bowl of tasty goodness when pared (no pun intended) with chicken, cranberries, and walnuts over sweet baby spinach greens.

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Avocado Toast with Fresh Tomato & Poached Egg
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Avocado Toast with Fresh Tomato & Poached Egg

A healthy meal doesn’t need to be complex or time-consuming. This simple combination of toast topped with mashed avocado that’s seasoned with salsa, fresh sliced tomato, and topped with a poached egg tastes extravagant. With its generous layer of creamy avocado, it’s the perfect breakfast, brunch, or even light dinner that’s big on taste and goodness to fill you up when your stomach is grumbling away.

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