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Top 5 Quick Spring Recipes

Top 5 Quick Spring Recipes

Warmer weather calls for a change in diet. Rather than eating hearty winter meals, it’s nice to opt for a lighter lunch which is quick to make whilst healthy and filling at the same time. We’ve put together our top 5 quick spring recipes so you can whip up some tasty dishes in less than an hour! Perfect to complement a busy lifestyle, each dish is simple to make and can be eaten hot or cold.

Grilled Halibut

top 5 quick spring recipes

This white fish dish is packed with protein, potassium and vitamin B12, great for boosting energy and improving your immune system. Taking only 15-20 minutes to make from scratch, it’s quicker than ordering takeaway for delivery! Our recipe below serves one, but you can make several fish parcels with minimal effort to cook for more.

Ingredients:

  • Halibut Steaks
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • Chopped Leeks
  • Handful of Pine Nuts
  • 15g Butter per Steak
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper

Method:

First of all, take a rectangle of foil and fold the edges to create a bowl, leaving enough excess to completely cover the fish on top. Next, rub 15g of butter into each halibut steak on both sides and place into the foil. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on top, add some pine nuts and wrap into a parcel. Place the fish parcel onto the grill on a medium-high heat until cooked. The cooking time depends on the size of the halibut steak, with a 1 inch thick fillet taking around 10 minutes. When cooked, place the contents of the parcel onto a bed of spinach, chopped leeks and the remainder of pine nuts.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

top quick spring recipes cajun chicken pasta

Taking around half an hour to make, this Cajun chicken pasta is perfect for those who crave strong flavours. Serving 6, this is a quick and easy meal to make for friends or family or even to separate into portions to take to work for lunch.

Ingredients:

  • 230g Pasta
  • 1tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 slices Bacon
  • 1 Large Chopped Onion
  • 4tsp Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/2tsp pepper
  • 1tbsp Plain Flour
  • 1 can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream
  • ½ cup Chopped Green Onions
  • 450g Chicken Breast
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 3 Garlic Cloves

Method:

Start by cooking the pasta for around 10 minutes until al dente and drain once done. In a casserole pot, heat up the oil then add the bacon and onion, cooking for two minutes. Meanwhile, cut the chicken into cubes, slice the pepper and crush the garlic. Once the onions have started to brown, add in the chicken, garlic, pepper and Cajun seasoning. Stir until the onion and pepper begin to soften.

Next, add the flour and stir until everything is coated. Pour in the tomatoes, including the juice, bring to a simmer and cook for around 2 minutes until the sauce is thickened. Remove from the heat, stir in the sour cream and stir into the pasta. Serve with green onions sprinkled on top.

Cauliflower Cheese Macaroni

quick spring recipes cauliflower macaroni cheese

If you’re a vegetarian or fancy enjoying a meal without meat, this cauliflower cheese macaroni recipe is the one for you. Taking just 25 minutes to make and serving 4 people, it’s filling and delicious all in one dish.

Ingredients:

  • 300g Macaroni
  • 1 Cauliflower
  • 50g Butter
  • 50g Flour
  • 600ml Milk
  • 140g Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 50g Breadcrumbs
  • Handful of Thyme

Method:

Begin by cooking the pasta in salted boiling water for 4 minutes, then add the cauliflower and cook for 8 more minutes. Next, drain the pan but keep around 100ml of the water. In a separate pan, melt the butter over a low heat, stir in the flour and slowly add the milk. Keep stirring constantly until it thickens; let it bubble for 3 minutes then remove from the heat. Pour in the water from earlier along with the cheese, and then add it to a casserole dish with the pasta and cauliflower. Stir thoroughly so everything is coated and scatter the garlic, breadcrumbs and thyme over the top. Grill for 2-3 minutes and serve.

Maple-Chilli Glazed Pork Medallions

quick spring recipes pork medallions

Packed with flavour, our maple-chilli glazed pork medallions take just 20 minutes to make. The amount below serves 4 people but it’s simple enough to multiply or divide to suit. These are great served with asparagus, new potatoes and tomatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 1tsp Chilli Powder
  • ½tsp Salt
  • 1/8tsp Ground Jalapeño Pepper
  • 450g Pork Tenderloin
  • 2tsp Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Apple Cider
  • 1tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1tsp Cider Vinegar

Method:

Take a small bowl and mix together the chilli powder, salt and jalapeño pepper. Cut the pork into 1 inch thick medallions and sprinkle the chilli powder mix over both sides. In a pan, heat the oil over a medium-high heat, add the pork and cook until golden for around 2 minutes per side. Pour in the cider, syrup and vinegar, bring to the boil, and then reduce the heat to medium. Occasionally turn the pork until the sauce becomes a thick glaze for around 3 minutes then serve.

Crab Cake Burgers

quick spring recipes crab cake burgers

Healthier than a traditional beef burger, these crab cake burgers take just 20 minutes to make from start to finish and taste incredible. This versatile recipe can be altered to serve as many as you like and you can add whichever relish and garnish you like.

Ingredients:

  • 450g Crabmeat
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • 2tbsp Chives
  • 1tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1tsp Celery Seeds
  • 1tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4tsp Pepper
  • 1tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2tsp Unsalted Butter

Method:

Start by mixing together the crab, lightly beaten egg, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, chives, mustard, lemon juice, celery seed, onion powder, pepper and hot sauce in a large bowl.  Split the mixture into 6 burger patties and cook until golden brown in a pan with the oil and butter. After around 4 minutes on each side, check they are cooked and place onto a burger bun. Serve with chips and any garnish you wish.

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Shannon

Shannon

Features Editor

Throughout my life I've been passionate about film, music and culture from around the globe. I’m here to bring you the latest lifestyle features, from film releases and music, to cocktails and recipe inspiration, keeping you in the loop of all the latest trends worth talking about.