Simple Spring 30-Minute Meals
Spring is a great time to think about eggs and greens, two symbols of renewal. You'll find them featured in these delicious dinner soups, sammies and salads. And don't forget Mother's Day brunch!
Chorizo & Black Bean Soup with Eggs
"My favorite tortilla chips are the healthy flaxseed kind. Use them to scoop up this hearty dish!" Rachael says.
Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Salad
Fill up on the chipotle chicken, then round out the meal with some healthy greens. Now, that's what we call a compromise!
Spring Meatloaf Patties
Who says meatloaf is just for winter? This spring version includes scallions and mint. Yum!
Risotto with Peas & Pistachios
Pretty peas try this green twist on risotto! Pistachios add flavor and color to this must-have entrée.
Birds in a Nest with Peppers & Sausage
Fancy-up the traditional Birds in a Nest recipe with this perfect-for-Mother's-Day brunch idea!
Ham Steaks with Spicy Tomatoes
Warning: This spicy tomato sauce is so delish, you'll want to mop up every last drop with crusty bread or biscuits.
Warm Greek Salad with Sliced Steak
The secret ingredient in this super salad? Potatoes! Now you can have your steak and potatoes, but with a Greek twist.
BLT & Deviled Egg Salad Sandwiches
Here's the ultimate egg sandwich! This bad boy is filled with deviled egg goodness and topped with bacon!
Chicken Paillards with Arugula Salad
Forget the side salad. Put it right on top of your bird! Rach dressed up this basic grilled chicken with a little arugula, pea and radish deliciousness.
Spinach Pasta with Asparagus Pesto
"I like it green: a spinach noodle and a pesto made with pureed raw seasonal asparagus. It doesn't get fresher than that!" says Rachael.
Cream of Chicken & Leeks on Buttered Toast
Leeks give this open-faced fork and knife sandwich spin an onion-flavor without the onions!
Leeks are a popular springtime recipe ingredient for their ability to flavor a dish without overpowering it. While their flavor is similar to that of onions and shallots, it is notably more delicate and sweeter.
This Tex-Mex egg dish is great for B, L or D --breakfast, lunch or dinner. "Migas (loosely 'crumbs') is a traditional dish using leftover bread--here, tortillas," says Rachael.
Pea & Carrot Soup with Rice
"I love recipes with pesto in them. In this soup, a parsley-mint version is mixed with rice." says Rachael.
Oven-"Fried" Fish with Not-So-Mush Spring Peas
Pretty spring peas steal the show in this 30-Minute Meal for their powerful punch of health benefits.
The alphabet soup of vitamins found in peas (A, B6 and C) fights free radicals, those cell-damaging molecules. Peas also contain a good amount of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, another important nutrient for keeping inflammation in check.
Caesar Pesto Pasta
This 30-Minute Meal takes inspiration from the classic Caesar salad and uses a caesar pesto made with kale.
Veal Dumplings in Broth with Spring Greens
"Choose your favorite greens for this dish. I like chard and baby kale," says Rachael.
Milanese Risotto Primavera
Risotto has a reputation for taking hours to cook, but this tasty spring vegetable main dish can be made in 30 minutes! You can use fresh or thawed frozen peas depending on what's available at your local store.
Quick Chicken Vesuvio
Chicken Vesuvio is a classic Italian-American dish of chicken, potato, garlic, white wine and peas for color. The dish is considered a specialty in Chicago where other dishes like "steak Vesuvio" and "Vesuvio potatoes" are also popular.
More Easy Dinners
Here are delicious and simple weeknight dinners to be thankful for: steak, chicken and -- Rachael's fave, of course! -- pasta