Our Best New Recipes From the April 2020 Issue of EatingWell Magazine

Massaged Kale Salad with Grapes & Cheddar

Spring has arrived with these new recipes from the April issue of EatingWell. Recipes like Asparagus & Purple Artichoke Pizza and Herb-Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Olives & Feta celebrate the new season with fresh vegetables and bright flavors. We hope you love them as much as we do.

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Massaged Kale Salad with Grapes & Cheddar


The kids participating in the California Farm to School Network who inspired this salad knew that they could make kale more tender and appealing to fellow students by massaging it first to break down tough cells in the plant. You probably won't find crumbled Cheddar at your market, but all you have to do is buy the cheese as a brick and then slice before breaking it into little chunks. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Whole-Wheat Strawberry Muffins


Kids in the Massachusetts Farm to School program used smart recipe swaps when they created these strawberry muffins: applesauce to replace some of the oil lowers calories, and whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour brings added fiber and more nutrients. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Orange Ombre Cake

Orange Ombre Cake

People will ooh and aah over the light-to-dark-shaded ombre-style frosting, but they'll be even more impressed to learn the colors come from fruit alone. The pro look of this ombre cake may seem daunting but it's easy to pull off. Just be sure that the three shades of frosting you mix differ enough to contrast nicely on the cake. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry with Spinach


This stir-fry recipe calls for buying shrimp that's already peeled and deveined, which saves you about 10 minutes of prep time. Want this on the milder side? Swap ketchup for the chili-garlic sauce. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Hand Pies with Curried Beef & Peas


These samosa-inspired savory hand pies call for curry powder and garam masala, spice blends that allow you to add the power of 10 spices in just two ingredients. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Poached Salmon with Fennel & Lemon


This poached salmon recipe uses an aromatic broth to infuse the fish with flavor while keeping it moist. Cook it with the skin on and keep the simmer gentle to ensure the fish stays intact. If you can't find a fennel bulb with its greens still attached, don't panic. Just grab some dill to use instead. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Quiche Lorraine


Quiche Lorraine is a classic French dish that makes for a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs


Looking for a seriously crowd-pleasing appetizer? Your search ends here with our easy deviled eggs recipe that celebrates the classic Southern spread.

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Sugar Cookies with Berry Royal Icing


Here's a great, all-purpose recipe for sugar cookies, but the real gem is the method for making a beautiful set of royal icings to decorate them. We've used a trio of berry powders to make the colors here, but you can make other colors with almost any freeze-dried fruit (or vegetable).

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Bunny Cupcakes


These adorable bunny cupcakes are oh-so-simple to make. A split marshmallow dusted with colored sparkling sugar makes "ears" that say "rabbit" at a glance.

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Pasta Salad with Arugula-Lemon Pesto


If you want proof that school gardens help create sophisticated and adventurous eaters, look no further. Just say "arugula-lemon pesto" to yourself and marvel that the origin of this pasta salad recipe is a cookbook that is an offshoot of school garden programs in Vermont.

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Beet Burgers


This sophisticated beet burger recipe tastes like a veggie patty from a restaurant. Maybe that's because Dave Horner, the food service chief in Vermont's Chittenden East school district who created it, taught at the New England Culinary Institute before cooking for the kids.

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Baked Parsnip Chips


These parsnip chips have only 4 ingredients and couldn't be easier to make. They're best when the parsnips are sliced thinly and evenly, so if you have a mandoline this would be the perfect time to get it out. Recipe adapted from VT Feed.

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Naturally Red Velvet Doughnuts


Cake batters require a lot of food coloring or they end up looking faded. For these un-fried doughnuts, we use both sweet red beets and powdered freeze-dried pomegranate arils to deliver a rich, natural red color along with bonus antioxidants and fiber.

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Shortbread Cookies with Blueberry Sparkling Sugar


Store-bought decorative sugars just add color and sweetness to baked goods. But when you make your own, like the blueberry sugar here, you add flavor and antioxidants as well.

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Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad


The folks who promote California strawberries sponsored a national cook-off for kids and challenged them to come up with a quick creative recipe. A 12-year-old from Maryland took the prize for this grain salad, which the cook-off judge, a former MasterChef Junior winner himself, proclaimed easy, healthy and, of course most important, delicious.

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Chicken Massaman Curry with Turmeric Brown Rice


Massaman curry is a traditional Thai-style curry, popular for being milder in flavor and rich in taste. When students in Georgia were challenged to use local ingredients to come up with a creative dish that could be easily made in cafeterias, this recipe was a finalist. The kids wanted to cook their rice in milk with turmeric to give it a creamy texture and golden color, but they swapped in rice milk to keep the dish dairy-free. Regular milk works just as well. Adapted from Georgia Farm to School.

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Blackberry & Blueberry Cake Bars


These incredibly easy-to-make cake bars get a touch of sparkle and crunch from a sprinkle of turbinado sugar over the top. If you use frozen berries, thaw and pat them dry before topping the batter with them.

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Sumac Chicken Thighs with Purple Cauliflower


Cauliflower has gone full technicolor, leaping from white to bright orange, neon green and—you guessed it—purple. The roast chicken in this recipe gets its hue from a marinade that's seasoned with tangy sumac.

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Asparagus & Purple Artichoke Pizza


Lemon and pecorino top off this delicious and easy homemade pizza that gets vibrant color from asparagus and artichoke. Shiso is a fuzzy-leafed herb in the mint family that's used in a variety of Asian cuisines. Devoted fans grow it in their gardens; look for it at Asian and farmers' markets. Note: Baby artichokes hardly have chokes, so you can use a paring knife to extricate any fluff. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Coconut Black Rice Bowls with Tofu & Purple Asparagus


Black beans, black rice and black sesame seeds all contain anthocyanins, potent antioxidant compounds that have been shown to reduce inflammation. So "forbidden" rice isn't just striking, it's also a serious nutrition upgrade. Simmering it in coconut milk adds rich aroma and flavor.

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Purple Power Slaw with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette

Purple Power Slaw with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette

Combining a trio of purple vegetables—cabbage, carrots and daikon—makes for a stunning slaw recipe. It would be equally delicious tossed with a classic creamy dressing.

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German-Style Purple Potato Salad


Steamed potatoes are usually the base of this warm German potato salad, but here the roasted potatoes add another layer of flavor. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Roasted Purple Carrots with Black Sesame Dukkah


We love how the Egyptian nut, seed and spice blend dukkah adds aroma, flavor and texture to this otherwise simple purple carrot recipe. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Soft Scrambled Eggs with Truffle Butter


The technique for how to make soft scrambled eggs, which has its origins in France, requires you to whisk the eggs constantly as they cook and transforms the humble eggs into a light, savory custard. This is where the toast comes in: use it to scoop up every drop. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Shaved Asparagus Salad with Truffle Vinaigrette


Raw asparagus and mâche give this salad a crisp bite and a spring vibe. Along those lines, chef Vitaly Paley, of Paley's Place in Portland, Oregon, sometimes swaps thinly sliced raw artichoke hearts for the asparagus to deliver a similar mild, fresh crunch. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Beet Carpaccio with Truffles


Put a vegetarian spin on this classic Italian dish. Thin slices of beet, glossy with olive oil, make this salad look like beef carpaccio, especially if you use red beets. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Scallop Crudo with Truffle Vinaigrette

Scallop Crudo with Truffle Vinaigrette
Eric Wolfinger

This scallop crudo recipe gets a flavorful addition with shaved truffles. To make thinly slicing the scallops easier, freeze them until they are firm but not frozen, about 20 minutes, and then slice. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Kohlrabi & Carrot Salad with Cheddar


Kohlrabi's slightly sweet, broccoli-stem-like flavor adds excellent crunch to this salad. Either the green- or purple-skinned variety will work for this jazzed-up carrot salad recipe. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Honey-Chile Glazed Baked Brussels Sprouts


We jump-start this baked Brussels sprouts recipe by preheating the baking sheet for quick roasting. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Herb-Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Olives & Feta


Roasting everything in one pan melds the flavors. The herby baked chicken absorbs the briny taste of the olives and the potatoes cook in the chicken drippings, making them extra savory. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Pea Shoot & Crispy Ham Salad


Pea shoots are the tender leaves and stems of sugar snap pea plants--not to be confused with the more delicate pea sprouts, which, like microgreens, are the sprouted seeds. Turn leftover ham into a crouton-esque topping with a quick sear in a hot pan. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Asparagus & Potato Rösti


Preshredded potatoes for the rösti are the key to making this crisp pancake quickly. Top with fried eggs and a salad and it becomes a meal. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Melting Potatoes

Melting Potatoes

The name for these spuds hints at their creamy interior. Roasting these melting potatoes at high heat ensures they get crunchy on the outside. Then, adding a little broth at the end allows the potatoes to absorb the liquid, making the insides extra moist. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Cheesy Baked Potato Skins


Serve these crispy baked potato skins as a side or cut them into 1-inch pieces and serve as an appetizer. Refrigerate or freeze the potato flesh to make mashed potatoes another night. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Sheet-Pan Steak Fajitas


These flank steak fajitas make for a tasty, healthy dinner in a pinch. Preheated sheet pans sizzle the meat and vegetables just like in a skillet, but with a whole lot more hands-off time. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Crispy Cod with Charred Snow Peas & Creamy Herb Sauce


This crispy cod recipe shows you how to make golden fish that's not deep-fried, to put a healthy twist on a classic. Pat it dry and dredge it with a bit of flour before sautéing in a hot pan. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Easy Chicken Cutlets with Rhubarb Sauce


Sweet white balsamic vinegar balances tart rhubarb in a simple pan sauce for this quick chicken cutlets recipe. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Honey-Mustard Chicken with Asparagus Farrotto


Risotto gets a whole-grain upgrade by swapping in farro (a type of wheat) for the white rice. The farrotto adds a chewy bite and nutty flavor, plus 4 extra grams of fiber per serving. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Spiced Grilled Chicken with Cauliflower "Rice" Tabbouleh

spice grilled chicken

Chicken breasts on the grill have a smoky flavor that's enhanced with an easy spice rub. We chose flat-leaf parsley in this salad because it has a stronger herbal taste than its sometimes-bitter curly counterpart. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Grilled Pork Chops with Chile & Pineapple

Grilled Pork Chops with Chile & Pineapple

Never grilled pineapple? Get ready to be wowed. It caramelizes beautifully for a deeper flavor. Plus it's a totally tasty match with a grilled pork chop, cilantro and a little heat from serranos. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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