3 Easy to Fix Springtime Recipes

May 9th, 2017

recipesThe warmth of springs brings a craving for lighter fare that is quick and fresh. Here in the South especially the weather can heat up quick! Have your list of easy to fix meals prepared because the long hot days are ahead. Below we’re sharing 3 of our favorite recipes that keep things light and simple making use of seasonal favorites.

Shrimp & Grits

This traditional southern dish becomes light fare with fresh spinach and shrimp. This dish is perfect for an intimate gathering where food is served immediately. Serve with a tall glass of sweet ice tea!

Ingredients

½ tsp Salt
1 C. Stone Ground Grits
½ C. fresh grated Parmesan
½ tsp pepper

Shrimp Sauce

1 lb. medium-size raw shrimp, peeled
¼ tsp pepper
1/8 tsp Salt
1 T Olive Oil
1 T All-Purpose Flour
1 1/4 C  Chicken broth
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 T fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp Hot Sauce
2 C. fresh baby spinach

Directions

Grits: Bring 1/2 tsp. salt and 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually whisk in grits. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until thickened. Whisk in cheese and pepper. Keep warm.

Creamy Shrimp Sauce: Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper. Cook in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes on each side or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove from skillet. Reduce heat to medium. Add oil; heat 30 seconds. Whisk in flour; cook 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in broth and garlic, lemon and hot sauce; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened. Stir in shrimp and spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach is slightly wilted. Serve immediately over grits.

Roasted Spring Time Veggies

This recipe is the perfect side dish for this time of year. The fresh flavors remain intact with simple roasting. Serve alongside grilled ham steaks for a simply delicious and colorful meal.

Ingredients

3 T White Balsamic Vinegar
1 T Shallots, chopped
1 lb. baby carrots
1 T Olive Oil
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black Pepper
12 fingerling potatoes, halved
2 C. asparagus slices (2 inch)
1 T Chopped flatleaf parsley
1 T Chopped fresh chives

Directions

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Combine vinegar and shallots in a small bowl; set aside. Combine carrots, olive oil, salt, pepper, and potatoes in a roasting pan, tossing gently to combine. Bake for 20 minutes, or until vegetables begin to brown. Stir occasionally. Remove pan from oven, add vinegar mix and asparagus tossing to combine. Return to pan and bake additional 5 minutes. Stir in parsley and chives before serving.

BLT Pasta Salad

This recipe is easy to make in about 20 minutes or less. Make it the shining center piece of a weeknight meal or a side dish for a BBQ. Save bacon back from a weekend and store in air tight container for use in this recipe.

Ingredients

2 ½ C. uncooked bow tie pasta
6 C. torn romaine lettuce
1 medium tomato, diced
4 Applewood smoked bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
½ C Ranch Dressing
1 T. BBQ sauce

Directions
Cook pasta per package directions. Drain and place in a large bowl with the lettuce, tomato, bacon toss to combine. Drizzle ranch and BBQ sauce over, gently toss to coat. Serve immediately.

While ham and bacon may be more commonly associate with cooler months, there is plenty to do with both as the temperatures rise. Our pre-cooked hams especially will keep you out of a hot kitchen by using them in chopped or sliced for salads and sandwiches. Share some of your favorite ham, bacon or simply summer time recipes in the comments below.

Written by Laura Oberle

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