Spring is officially here! Along with blooming flowers and rainy, warmer weather, it brings delicious seasonal vegetables. These include peas, broccoli & cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus, and rhubarb. Luckily, we have plenty of delicious plant-based recipes with all these ingredients. We put 15 of them together here for you to help you enjoy spring vegetables the most you can!
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1. Creamy Pea and Mushroom Gnocchi
Source: Creamy Pea and Mushroom Gnocchi
2. Potato Pea Curry
Source: Potato Pea Curry
3. 15-Minute Zucchini, Pea, and Watercress Minestrone
This 15-Minute Zucchini, Pea, and Watercress Minestrone from 15 Minute Vegan is a traditional minestrone with a seasonal twist. Spring pea and zucchini offer a fresher flavor to this soup. Although it’s a light meal, it will satisfy all the family. This recipe calls for small strands of broken spaghetti in this dish because you likely have a box on hand, but feel free to experiment with other small pasta varieties! Keep this soup chunky and serve it with wedges of crusty bread.
1. Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus Salad with Yogurt Lemon-Dill Dressing
This Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus Salad by Teri Macovei is a combination of flavors and textures that go so well together. Potatoes and asparagus are a perfect match. Roasted veggie goodness in one salad. Plentiful, comforting, and full of tempting flavors and crispy textures, this salad aims to please. It’s a tasty bliss ready to satisfy your family or guests for the upcoming holidays.
2. Lemon and Asparagus Pasta in a Cashew Cream Sauce
This Lemon and Asparagus Pasta by Gabrielle St. Claire is quick, easy, requires a handful of staple ingredients, colorful with the lemon and asparagus, rich with flavor, rich with healthy fats and protein with the cashews, perf for spring/summer, can easily be made in bulk, perf for entertaining, and you can easily add whatever protein you like to this dish!!
3. Cream of Asparagus Soup
Source: Cream of Asparagus Soup
What’s fab about this Cream of Asparagus Soup recipe by Gabrielle St. Claire, is truly everything. It’s a handful of staple ingredients, quick easy, creamy, cheesy, has a gorgeous color, perfect for spring, can easily be made in bulk, perfect for spring entertaining, packs tons of veggies, healthy fats, flavor, and is so good you could eat it in the burning hot sun!
1. Spicy Cabbage Rice
Source: Spicy Cabbage Rice
2. Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad
Source: Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad
Shredded cabbage and carrots make up the bulk of this Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad by Crissy Cavanaugh with edamame, mandarin oranges, scallions, and red peppers sprinkled throughout. Roasted almonds and noodles are tossed in for crunch and the sweet soy dressing makes this Asian cabbage salad spectacular! The noodles that are used are packaged ramen noodles. Toss out the flavor package and just keep the noodles. This salad is so healthy, filling, easy, and delicious––give it a try!
3. Simple Red Cabbage Coleslaw
Source: Simple Red Cabbage Coleslaw
Broccoli & Cauliflower
1. Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheesy Mac
This Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheesy Mac by Caitlin and Riley Gladney-Hatcher is one satisfying meal. Warm, creamy, and flavorful, the creamy sauce is made from carrots, potatoes, and nutritional yeast with savory seasoning. Tender broccoli and cauliflower and stirred in to add a dose of veggies. Sprinkle this with a few turns of cracked black pepper and dig in!
2. Broccoli Chicken Kale Pesto Cauliflower Crust Pizza
The crust in this Broccoli Chicken Kale Pesto Cauliflower Crust Pizza by Paris Marash gets delightfully crispy in the oven first and holds together after you top it with a million ingredients as I did!
3. Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry
Source: Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry
Colorful, crunchy, and jam-packed with veggies, this Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry by Christin McKamey is the perfect 20-minute dinner when you want something healthy and hearty. This dish is colorful and an easy way to make sure you’re eating a rainbow of foods. The sauce, a gingery and peanut butter concoction, ties the whole dish together.
1. Rhubarb-Marinated Tofu Steaks
Source: Rhubarb-Marinated Tofu Steaks
This Rhubarb-Marinated Tofu Steaks by Heather Thomas is a meatless barbecue recipe that highlights one of the most robust vegetables to be harvested in spring, rhubarb. It marries well with spices and soy sauce to make a suitably tangy marinade.
2. Rhubarb Cherry Cake
Source: Rhubarb Cherry Cake
This Rhubarb Cherry Cake by Valentina Chiappa is great on its own or topped with vegan whipped cream. It has a simple base with a fruity cherry and rhubarb filling. Great for all occasions! Bring it to a party and it will be a big hit! No one will even guess that it doesn’t have any eggs or dairy. The flavors are so delicate and compliment each other so well! You have to try this rhubarb cherry cake!
3. No-Churn Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream
Strawberry rhubarb is a magical summer combo! Why not try them in ice cream form? This no-churn strawberry rhubarb ice cream has a deliciously rich and creamy consistency from soaked cashews and coconut milk. Stay away from light coconut milk and go for full-fat for best results. It’s also sweetened with dates, which is great for sweetening ice cream because it helps achieve a creamy texture when frozen. As a general rule, it’s best to avoid liquid sweeteners in ice cream since they tend to make your frozen treats icier rather than creamy. This No Churn Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream by Mitra Shirmohammadi is dairy-free, vegan, naturally gluten-free, and free from refined sugar. Don’t let summer go by without trying this delicious treat!
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