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How are you doing? I hope you are hanging in there, and keeping your spirits up. Remember, a happy mind = good health.
Have you thought about the good parts of self quarantine? Such as, what can you do to take advantage of this special time, that maybe you couldn’t do before?
Like going to Home Depot for spring garden supplies while wearing a mask. (Haha.)
Cooking is certainly one thing that many of you might have more time for now. And that is a good thing!
In fact, it’s become a mighty necessity to cook food at home in order to minimize the risks of food delivery and all.
There’s also more people at home to cook for. That’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Am I right? (Yes, it’s more work, I know. I’m feeling it too.)
Well, keep up your spirits my undaunted cooks, and I encourage you to focus on cooking healthy food, since healthy food is very supportive for immunity and overall happiness.
For those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, it's springtime. This is a time when we want to get active, but unfortunately that is difficult for many.
That brings us back to cooking. It can be extremely rewarding, and it is active. Further, there's something magic that happens when you eat the right foods for the season.
I’ve got at least 7 easy spring recipes for you today that check all the following boxes:
- Light and bright for spring
The first recipe is a surprising arugula salad.
This simple salad is a surprise because in just a handful of ingredients, it delivers such a satisfying punch of palate cleansing flavor.
Next time you are shopping, remember to buy some baby arugula, a shallot, and a fresh lemon, and then it's olive oil, salt and pepper, which I’m guessing you already have in stock.
You can pair this salad with heavier foods, like eggs, grilled cheese, or pasta, to bring balance to your lunch or dinner.
The second easy spring recipe is an Instant Pot (or regular pot) beet soup with greens.
I know I am on a beet kick recently, but it really is the best possible food for this season. Remember, I shared the reasons why a couple weeks back.
This beet soup is packed with veggies. In addition to beets, there’s carrots, celery, onions, and kale (which you can substitute for another green if you like).
Then there’s my fun soup garnish, made with dill pickles and sour cream, that doubles as a ripple chip dip (not kidding!).
See the recipe for Beet Soup with Dill Pickle Garnish
See the recipe for Arugula Salad
Why Soups Are An Ideal Spring Food
I have been eating a lot of soups this spring, particularly those made in my Instant Pot.
Soups are perfect for spring because they are light and easy to digest, which is what your body needs.
In spring, your body has to digest the extra fat it stored in the winter to keep you warm.
Since you don’t need it anymore, the fats dump into your blood and it naturally gets more fatty at this time of year.
In fact, the phenomenon contributes to why a lot of people get allergies, the flu, and congestion in the spring.
You might also find that your appetite is lower, and this is totally normal. Sometimes you don’t even want to eat food.
And nature mirrors that. If you observe nature, it is a naturally lean time of year.
So if your appetite is low, then a vegetable soup is going to be appealing and enough to satisfy.
With the Instant Pot you can make a nourishing healthy soup in like 5-10 minutes.
To me this is Incredible! Amazing! and every additional superlatives I can dream up to say about it. I love my Instant Pot.
So do check out the the following spring soup recipes, which includes 5 recipes for spring soups.
8 Easy Spring Recipes
Thanks for reading, and do take care out there.
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