You know spring has officially arrived and summer is just around the corner when you start to see farmer’s markets cropping up near our UDR luxury apartment communities. From roasted asparagus to watercress salad topped with peas, there are plenty of ways to lighten your daily cooking by tossing in some spring fruits and veggies. Here are a few of our favorite recipes.
This nutrient-rich food tastes delicious lightly sautéed in olive oil, roasted or grilled. You can also enhance your favorite linguine recipe by adding 1 pound of asparagus cut into inch-long pieces and 4 ounces of sugar snap peas when the pasta is 4 minutes shy of al dente. Mix with sauce, season to taste and serve. Or, try this lemony asparagus pasta.
Say goodbye to the heavy pies that are commonplace during the holiday season and hello to lighter spring fare with a sophisticated flavor. This rustic cherry tart with ricotta and almonds is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without requiring too much extra time at the gym.
Sweet cherries are harvested in the late spring and early summer, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy them year-round. Put some in a freezer bag and save them for the dog days of summer. Nothing is more refreshing when you’re lounging by the pool than a handful of frozen cherries—except maybe a glass of sparkling cherry lemonade.
When you grow tired of noshing on fresh spring peas as an afternoon snack or tossing them on your salad at lunch, try cooking this pea and bacon risotto. Pair it with a nice pinot noir and you’ve got a delectable dinner.
This root vegetable boasts a distinct flavor and very few calories. In fact, one cup of sliced radishes only has about 25 calories. Toss a handful on your favorite spring salad for a palate-pleasing punch, or top grilled chicken, fish or pork with this nectarine and radish salsa.