If you're looking for easy, inexpensive ways to eat—or get your entire family to eat—more fruits and veggies, buy produce that's in season. Not only will seasonal produce cost less overall, but it will also taste better compared to products that are available year-round. Fruits and vegetables that are in season during spring include:
- fava beans
- garlic/green garlic
- morel mushrooms
- spring onions
The following recipes bring out the best of spring's tender greens, mild onions and sweet fruits. The easy cooking techniques, such as roasting and grilling, coax the natural sugars out of the produce, thus enhancing the flavor of the entire dish.
Roasted Chicken and Asparagus With Creamed Leeks
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 lemon, cut into thin slices
- 1 pound asparagus, rough bottom ends trimmed
- 2 large leeks, ends and dark green stalks removed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
- 1 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup organic cream
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Chop leeks (take care to rinse between the layers well as sand and dirt can get trapped inside) into 1/2-inch pieces. Place in the bottom of an oven-proof glass or ceramic dish, and pour white wine on top of leeks. Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Place chicken breasts on top of the leeks, and top chicken with lemon slices.