Springtime Veggie Pasta Primavera
1 lb. pasta of your choice, 2 cups fresh broccoli florets, 2 cups asparagus spears (trimmed and cut into 2-in. pieces),
1 large sweet pepper (diced), 1 medium onion (diced), 4 cloves garlic (minced), 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 cup fresh spinach (roughly chopped), 1 cup frozen peas, 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved), 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil, salt and pepper to taste, grated Parmesan cheese for topping.
- Cook pasta according to package instructions, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute broccoli, asparagus, pepper, onion, and garlic in olive oil until veggies are just tender, about 7-10 minutes. Stir in spinach, peas, and cherry tomatoes and continue cooking an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove cooked veggies from heat and stir in cooked pasta, 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta cooking water, lemon juice, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top pasta primavera with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve warm.
- Store pasta primavera in refrigerator up to 4 days.
Cucumber Tomato Salad
For the salad:
Approximately 3 cups peeled & sliced cucumbers, 3 Roma tomatoes (sliced into chunks), 1/3 cup chopped red onion, 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
For the dressing:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon dill weed, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste), 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
- Place salad ingredients in large bowl and toss.
- Mix dressing ingredients in small bowl; stir to combine well & drizzle over salad.
Berry Salad with Honey Lime Dressing
Ingredients for the fruit salad:
1 pint strawberries (hulled and quartered), 1 pint blueberries, 1 pint cherries (pitted and halved), 1/2 pint blackberries
Honey lime dressing:
1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- Wash berries and place in a big bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lime zest and juice, and mint until well blended. Taste and add additional honey, lime, or mint as desired. Pour sauce over fruit and stir gently to coat.