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Here’s one of my favorites, courtesy of Ina Garten! It makes a great side dish with any meal and will brighten your plate and taste buds.

Roasted Asparagus

Total Time: 35 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • High-quality olive oil
  • Kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Head over to the Food Network for instructions on how to make this yummy side dish.

Pro tip: If the asparagus stalks are especially thick, peel them.

Pasta Primavera

A quintessential springtime dish, brimming with fresh veggies and flavor.

Total Time: 30 min
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Servings: 4


  • Kosher salt
  • 12 ounces fusilli or other type of corkscrew pasta
  • ½ pound of sugar snap peas, halved lengthwise. Or you can use broccoli florets, or a combination of the two.
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus a little extra for drizzling
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint of halved cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup roughly chopped fresh mint
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese

Food Network Magazine has the skinny on how to throw this delicious main dish together.

Pro tip: Throw precooked turkey or chicken sausage in towards the end for some protein to balance out those carbs.

Lemon Yogurt Cake

A delicious, zesty spring dessert – make for guests, your family or keep it all for yourself!

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Prep Time: 20 min
Inactive Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 50 min
Servings: 1 loaf


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plain, whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 extra large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest – 2 lemons
  • ½ teaspoon pur vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

The Barefoot Contessa has the deets on this delicious dessert. Click here to get in the know.

Pro tip: Add a dash of ground cardamom for a bit of intense, aromatic spiciness. And don’t forget the coffee!

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