I love spring, but there are some things about spring I don’t love so much. Being woken up in the middle of the night by the oh-so-loud chorus of peepers (aka cute little frogs), for instance. Or walking my dog through ankle-deep mud at the park so she doesn’t destroy our apartment due to lack of exercise. But things start to look up a bit on those walks when I see the first bright red buds on maple trees and smell that iconic “spring” smell in the air. Then I see them: my neighbor’s first stalks of asparagus poking through the ground. That’s my signal to get to the farmers’ market for the first local asparagus of the year.
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Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But are the days of getting sloshed on green beer in a packed pub behind you? Instead throw a dinner party at your place. The highlight of the meal is one of our easiest recipes ever: Irish Lamb Stew. Full of potatoes, leeks and carrots, it will cure what ails you. And since it’s made in traditional Irish fashion (i.e., nothing is browned first, just all thrown together), all you do is cut up the ingredients, put them in your slow cooker and turn it on. When you get home, dinner is practically done for you.
Get the recipe: Irish Lamb Stew
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My secret weapon for quick weeknight meals? Frozen wild salmon. I buy individually packaged portions in bulk and can quickly defrost a few pieces in water or the refrigerator to make easy salmon recipes for dinner. Plus, I’m doing my body good by eating this fatty fish packed with EPA and DHA—omega-3 fatty acids that help heart health by slowing growth of arterial plaque, lowering triglyceride levels and reducing the risk of irregular heartbeat.
A few quick recipes to try:
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Few things are more comforting than baked chicken. And Maple-Mustard Baked Chicken is one of my favorite recipes because it’s just as good cold the next day as it is hot from the oven. It’s my go-to recipe for picnics, and I’m even going to bring it to the March Madness party my friends are hosting later this month. The chicken is quickly marinated in mustard and maple syrup, then coated in breadcrumbs and baked for that crispy, delicious crust we all love. But since it’s not deep-fried, it’s way healthier than the crispy chicken-in-a-bucket from you-know-where.
Get the recipe: Maple-Mustard Baked Chicken
Some of my other favorite baked chicken recipes:
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My mother-in-law and I are die-hard beet lovers, but even we don’t usually think of having beets on a weeknight because cooking them whole can take up to an hour—who has time for that? So I was thrilled when she and I finally got to chat about 4 quick and healthy beet recipes in the February issue of EatingWell and she practically shouted, “I can’t believe I never thought of cutting beets before cooking them!” A revelation!
If you cut beets up first, they need only about 10 minutes in the steamer (see Tip, below). And once you steam them, beets go well with so many flavors. I especially love Brown Sugar-Glazed Beets, lightly sweetened with orange juice and brown sugar.
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