Seasonal Recipe Round Up: March – April
When you’re shopping in the supermarket, you may see prices fluctuate across the seasons and there may be an abundance of certain fruits and vegetables.
This usually means these products are in season and it’s the best time of year for them to grow!
By enjoying seasonal produce, not only will you be supporting local farmers and greengrocers, you’re also reducing the distance that food has to travel.
If you can buy locally grown, seasonal veggies, it’s likely it won’t have travelled to you by plane from the other side of the world.
To help you make the most of March and April’s seasonal food, we’ve put together a list of the fruit and vegetables that you can expect to find in season in the UK throughout March and April, as well as some ideas for tasty meals that they can be used in.
This time of year is perfect for carrot lovers!
Sweet and crunchy, we use carrots not only cooked in recipes but also on their own: chop them into crudites or batons and you have an instant snack on hand in the fridge.
Carrots make a great side dish to pretty much anything, but by using maple syrup you can amp up the sweetness for special occasions or alongside a Sunday roast with our Maple Glazed Carrots.
Another vegetable to make the most of right now is leeks: with a mild onion-like flavour they are a great base vegetable.
You can use them in place of onions or for recipes that call for more bite, like pies and casseroles.
Our Chicken Bacon and Leek Cottage pie uses leeks for flavour and texture, and it works wonderfully with the smoky bacon and succulent chicken.
You can even use them in dishes you might not expect, like our Ham and Leek Cannelloni!
For something light and refreshing, cucumber is one of our faves and it is in season throughout the spring.
Because of the high water content in cucumber, it’s really low in calories while adding crunch and texture.
Never tried radish? Now’s the perfect time to try!
With a tangy, earthy flavour, they make the perfect addition to salads and sandwiches.
They’re also brightly coloured which adds a welcome burst of summer to your plate.
You can use them in hot dishes too like our Duck Salad.
The clue is in the name! Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a bunch of fresh spring onions.
Not only can you enjoy them sprinkled on top of salads, jacket potatoes and sandwiches, but they work really well in Asian inspired dishes.
Stir-Fried Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion showcases these delicious, mild veggies perfectly!
With an earthy, fresh flavour, beetroot adds real depth to dips and dishes alike.
We like it alongside fresh garlic in our Beetroot and Garlic Soup.
If you don’t like raw beetroot, all is not lost! Try it in a sweet dish and you may be surprised at how the flavours change, like in our Chocolate Beetroot Muffins.
Small and quick to cook, it’s hard to beat a handful of new potatoes as a side dish this spring.
You can boil them until they’re soft, or try roasting or airfrying them as a roast potato to skip the chopping!
Kale and Spinach
Both kale and spinach are full of goodness and packed with extra vitamins and iron.
It’s the ideal time of year to up your spinach and kale intake!
We use spinach in so many recipes, not only for the taste but to add a touch of colour to the finished dish, like our Creamy Lemon Chicken.
In a similar fashion, kale has a slightly stronger flavour and thicker leaves, so makes a tasty addition to salads like our Very Green Zingy Kale Salad.
If you have some leftover, toss it in a Bacon, Spring Onion and Kale Hash for a hearty leftover lunch or dinner.
Fruity and locally grown, rhubarb is a comfort food that we remember from years gone by.
It’s sweet and budget-friendly, so is great for batch cooking plenty of puds for those days where you need a sweet fix but don’t fancy starting from scratch.
For a cracking crumble, cook the rhubarb with sweetener according to your favourite recipe and add a layer of the topping we’ve used in our Apple Crumble.
What are your top tips for eating seasonally during March and April? Which recipes do you think make the most of seasonal veggies? We’d love to know, so head over to our Facebook Group and tell us!
If you’re new to seasonal eating then our food planner is a great tool to have on hand. There’s loads of space to plan out your meals for the week ahead and jot down ideas for dishes that you’d like to try!