The Healthy Spring Meal Plan We’re Obsessing Over

This spring, step up your culinary game with some amazing recipes that will excite the whole family. Instead of cooking your go-to meals, try adding in some of these seasonal treats to your shopping list. Baby beets, asparagus, and artichokes are just some of spring’s best produce. Look for local farmers markets to start popping up or shop for these must-add ingredients at your local supermarket. Planning a healthy dinner for your family doesn’t have to be boring and dry. The more colorful the meal, the better it will taste, and the healthier it will be. The days are already feeling much longer with sun shining well into dinner time, so set the table in the backyard and add this spring weeknight meal plan to your agenda.

Monday: Roasted Asparagus and Baby Artichokes

Roasted Asparagus and Baby Artichokes

Photo by Christopher Testani via MyRecipes; Styling by Kira Corbin

Monday nights can feel a bit busy as you have the week in front of you. Try to get to a local market on Sunday to prep for Monday’s dinner with the family. On Monday I like to serve something a bit lighter after a weekend full of eating out at restaurants. Planning Monday right helps get the entire family started off on the right foot. I typically choose to pick a meal made with veggies and greens, and this recipe for Roasted Asparagus and Baby Artichokes is a delicious choice. This specific meal is best when prepped a day or two in advance, so it’s a perfect post-weekend option. 

Tuesday: Spring Vegetable and Quinoa Salad With Bacon

Spring Vegetable and Quinoa Salad with Bacon

Photo by Jennifer Causey via MyRecipes, Styling by Lindsey Lower

On Tuesday night try this Spring Vegetable and Quinoa Salad With Bacon for a healthy, guilt-free salad. Don’t be scared off by “bacon” as this recipe only calls for a little bit. The rich taste of this meal will trick your family members—they won’t even realize how healthy they are eating. You can replace the quinoa with other grains like farro or bulgur. My family loves this meal so much, they request it all year round.

Wednesday: Soft-Scrambled Eggs With Asparagus

Soft Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese and Asparagus

Photo via A Couple Cooks

Breakfast for dinner, what a good idea! Our family loves a surprise night of having breakfast for dinner and so do I as it is so easy to put together and really yummy. Soft-Scrambled Eggs With Asparagus is one of our favorites. I serve it with whole-wheat English muffins and a beautiful fruit salad. When shopping, look for the thinnest asparagus you can find so it will become crisp and tender with the heat. Cook this meal slowly on low heat and stir often so the eggs are creamy and soft. If you and your family have other veggie favorites, you can easily add those in as well.

Thursday: Spinach Pesto Pasta With Shrimp

pasta-with-pea-puree

Photo by Jennifer Causey via Cooking Light

If by Thursday you have been hitting the gym hard all week, you may need to need a few carbs to your life. Try any of these amazing Spring Pasta Recipes to replenish yourself. An all-time favorite of mine is the Spinach Pesto Pasta With Shrimp. A great recipe with shrimp in the spring and summer months is always a hit. If you have access to a grill you can also grill the shrimp for a crunchy, savory texture.

Friday: Artichoke and Arugula Pizza With Prosciutto

Photo by Oxmoor House via MyRecipes

Friday night is always a great night to splurge on pizza but you do have the option to make it healthy. Cuddle up on the couch with a glass of wine, a good movie and this amazing Artichoke and Arugula Pizza With Prosciutto. After a long week this recipe will hit the spot. Whether you invite friends over or simply try to catch up on some rest, a pizza party is always a great start to a relaxing weekend.

What healthy spring recipes do you love to make in the spring?