Extra Vegetable Fried Rice from Cookie and Kate: Who doesn’t love fried rice? It’s the ultimate comfort food, comes together quickly, and is filling enough to make a great dinner. This recipe for Extra Vegetable Fried Rice is great because it allows you to sneak in some extra spring veggies: onions, carrots, peas, asparagus, and cabbage, plus whatever else your heart desires. Locavore tip: This fried rice is a great way to clean out the fridge at the end of the week. Toss in those CSA veggies you didn’t know how to use, the other half of that onion you never got around to, and the semi-wilted cabbage in your vegetable drawer to ensure that none of your local veggies go to waste.
Devil’s Chicken Thighs + Braised Leeks from Smitten Kitchen: I’m up for eating devlish chicken if it’s coated in rich breadcrumbs and served over tender braised leeks the way it is in this recipe for Devil’s Chicken Thighs + Braised Leeks. This might be the ultimate weeknight meal, perfect for getting you through the mid-week hump. Locavore tip: Use pasture-raised chicken from a local farm.
Rainbow Slaw with Peanut Ginger Dressing from Edible Baja Arizona: Sure, this Rainbow Slaw with Peanut Ginger Dressing requires a lot of chopping. But get this: You don’t have to turn on the stove or the oven at all. At times like these, when temperatures are nearing the 100 degree mark in Baja Arizona, that means everything. It doesn’t hurt that this wonderfully colorful slaw makes great leftovers! Locavore tip: Use whatever raw seasonal veggies you like. It would be great with the addition of cabbage, snap peas, and red onion.
Easiest Lemon Ricotta Asparagus Ravioli from Half Baked Harvest: I can’t get over how incredibly delicious this Lemon Ricotta Asparagus Ravioli looks. Asparagus has such a short season that I always try to eat as much of it as I possibly can every spring. This homemade ravioli recipe, which promises to be easy, is the perfect way to add this sweet and tender vegetable to your week. Locavore tip: If you can’t find basil yet, replace it with spinach or another mild green.
Asparagus Soup with Leeks from Edible Baja Arizona: This light and lemony soup is the perfect way to immerse yourself in spring’s most delicate and flavorful produce. Locavore tip: Skip the spoon and soak this soup up with a
slice loaf of Barrio Bread.