Spring is just around the corner, and most of us are more than ready for it!  We wanted to offer you some fabulous Spring recipes to get you – and your taste buds – ready for Spring.

This recipe made our mouths water!!  Lettuce wraps are wonderful, fresh, and sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Cherry Chicken Lettuce Wraps

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root

1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken

breast halves, cut into bite size pieces

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

1 tablespoon honey

1 pound dark sweet cherries, pitted and

halved

1 1/2 cups shredded carrots

1/2 cup chopped green onion

1/3 cup toasted and sliced almonds

12 leaves of lettuce

DIRECTIONS:

1.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ginger and chicken and saute until cooked through, about 7 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

2.

In a large bowl, whisk together remaining 1 tablespoon oil, vinegar, teriyaki sauce and honey until mixed together. Add chicken mixture, cherries, carrot, green onion and almonds; toss together.

3.

To Serve: Spoon 1/12 of the chicken/cherry mixture onto the center of each lettuce leaf; roll up leaf around filling and serve.

 

Pasta is perfect for Spring eats.  You can try this wonderful recipe, or toss your own combination of ingredients in the mix to create your very own signature Spring pasta recipe!

 

Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

INGREDIENTS:

1 (16 ounce) package dried penne pasta

5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast

halves - cut into cubes

salt and pepper to taste

garlic powder to taste

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 bunch slender asparagus spears,

trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch

pieces

1 clove garlic, thinly sliced

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

1.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.

2.

Warm 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in chicken, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until chicken is cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken to paper towels.

3.

Pour chicken broth into the skillet. Then stir in asparagus, garlic, and a pinch more garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cover, and steam until the asparagus is just tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet, and warm through.

4.

Stir chicken mixture into pasta, and mix well. Let sit about 5 minutes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, stir again, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

 

Of course we had to include a grilling recipe!!  It is Spring, after all.  Fire up that grill and let this pizza recipe light up your dinner tonight!!

Crispy Grilled Pizza Margherita

INGREDIENTS:

1 (16 ounce) package pizza dough, at

room temperature

1/4 cup olive oil

4 ounces shredded Asiago cheese

3 large tomatoes, thinly sliced

1 cup packed whole basil leaves

1 (8 ounce) package fresh mozzarella

cheese, shredded

salt and ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

1.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

2.

Place pizza dough in a bowl to rise 2 to 3 times the original size, about 1 hour. Flour a work surface and a rolling pin. Divide dough in half; roll each half to a 10- to 12-inch diameter circle.

3.

Place pizza dough rounds on the preheated grill using a wooden paddle (pizza peel) and close lid; cook until grill marks appear on the bottom of each round, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from grill and flip over on a work surface. Lower grill heat to medium.

4.

Brush each round with olive oil. Spread half the Asiago cheese on each crust; add tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper.

5.

Transfer pizzas to grill with wooden paddle and close lid. Cook until bottom of rounds is cooked with grill marks and cheese is melted, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from grill and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

 

With any luck, winter – and all the nasty weather it has brought us this year - will be over very soon and you can give that grill of yours the workout I’m sure you’re craving it to give!!

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