How To Eat Like Spring When It's Actually Still Winter
Find comfort in dishes that are lighter — but still hearty and satisfying.
Waiting for the transition from winter to spring is always difficult — especially when you’ve just gotten used to long stretches of cold weather. There are plenty of times when I happily settle for snuggling under the blanket and vegging out! But then, all the sudden, the temperature starts to rise, and the week is full of sunny days. This early taste of spring sends everyone into a frenzy: the way we dress, our social activities and yes, even the way we eat, is affected by this quick change.
Confused by fluctuating weather? There’s one thing I know for sure: good food can get you through any transition, even this one! That’s why I’m sharing some of my favorite pre-spring meals. They feature lighter ingredients but are still hearty enough to help us ride out the last days of winter (and any surprise temperature changes that may come our way).
Loaded Cauliflower Casserole (pictured above)
Give your classic winter casserole an upgrade with cauliflower. Take out the starchy potatoes and sub in a super veggie that is just as comforting (with cheesy and bacon, of course).
A salad can be filling and refreshing — especially when it’s bursting with the delicious flavors of chicken breast, fresh spinach, red grapes, roasted pepitas and bacon. Yum!
Asparagus is starting to pop up in the supermarket again and what better way to enjoy it than in a creamy soup flavored with sautéed onions, shallots and spinach? For the perfect finish, top it with crispy pancetta and fresh herbs.
Lighten up pasta by incorporating early spring vegetables like radishes and radicchio. You’ll have a garden full of colors and flavors in one bowl!
Bring the fiesta any night of the week with these pan-seared chicken tacos. Loaded with fresh, crunchy veggies they’re the perfect dinner for the change of season.
Still feeling stew? Try this lightened-up version which features fish and green bell pepper. Serve with toasted bread for that classic, comfort food feeling.