Spring looks very much to be on its way if the recent sunny spells are anything to go by – the clocks will soon go forward and millions of us across the land will be waiting in earnest for the end of dark mornings and the march into summer.

Whilst those long lazy days punctuated by barbeques, beers and sunbathing aren’t quite with us just yet, there’s no reason why you can’t start thinking about light and delicious additions to your diet to ease yourself into a summer of alfresco gastronomic delights. To give you a helping hand, here are our Top Five Spring Recipe Ideas

Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken with Spring Vegetables

A nice and easy meal idea to ease you in to the spring and one that’s particularly appealing to those who just can’t give up the notion of enjoying hearty, warming platters of a winter’s evening. Just leave a chicken thigh roasting in a grill pan for 15 minutes whilst you chop up radishes, spring onions and butternut squash. Chuck in the vegetables, return to the oven for a further 20 minutes and you’re done. Not too heavy, not too light and best of all, you’ve only used one piece of cookware – so no laborious washing up afterwards!

Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

Baby carrots, baby courgettes slim green beans, parsley, mint and chives – they all make an appearance in this nourishing yet easy to prepare dish. Just melt 85g of salted butter over 1 tablespoon each of chopped parsley, chives and mint, wash 200g carrots, thickly slice 200g courgettes and trim 200g green beans. Bring a Cerasure pan to the boil and add in 400g tagliatelle and cook for 10 minutes. Whilst this is happening, add the veg to another pan and cook for 3-5 mins. Finally, drain the pasta and veg, return to the pan and add the herb butter you made earlier. Stir for a bit, fire in some lemon juice and then serve with a dusting of black pepper and scattering of basil. Simple and delicious.

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Spinach Salad

Everyone loves bacon and eggs but not everyone likes the idea of unhealthy eating – this fresh and light salad lets you indulge in both those things without the stodge! Simply boil two eggs, fry three rashers of smoked bacon until crispy, adding in sliced red onion and button mushrooms along the way and cooking until caramelised. Arrange 220g baby spinach on a plate, slice the bacon into strips, peel and slice the eggs and then arrange on top, serving with a drizzle of honey and mustard dressing. Bacon + Eggs + Salad = Tasty non-artery clogging brilliance!

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

If the homely aroma of short-crust pastry baking and rays of sunlight piercing the clouds doesn’t conjure up images of spring then we don’t know what does. Indulge in your own storybook springtime by rustling up a quick and easy cherry pie. Use a shop-bought short-crust pastry to save prep time and line an 8×2-inch baking tin with it, trimming off excess pastry at the edges . Next, heat 150g cherry jam in a Tower saucepan until it bubbles, add in 750g fresh red cherries (stalks and stones removed), 100ml cold water, a tablespoon of ground arrowroot, and simmer until thick and smooth. Spoon the mixture into the baking tin, fashion a lid from the remaining pastry, brush with a beaten egg, place on top and bake in the oven on 200°C for 30 minutes until golden brown. Serve with vanilla ice cream, eat needlessly quickly and then go and have a little lie down.

Banana Smoothie

Banana and Almond Smoothie

Those hot days where you wish you could be anywhere but work or school might be few and far between in springtime but that’s no reason to avoid the cool, creamy refreshing power of the smoothie. This banana and almond concoction is super-simple to make and healthy(ish) to boot. Just throw a large frozen banana, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, 4ml plain yoghurt, and a drizzle of honey into your Tower blender, pulse for 1 minute until smooth, pour into a chilled tumbler and the gulp down until you’re all smoothied out.

We think that little lot will keep you going until the glorious British summer comes into view, but if you’ve got any of your own springtime recipe ideas that you’d like to share, leave them in the comments below and we’ll do our best to share them with our readers. Better still, head over to our Pintrest page and have a go at making some of the creations on there and let us know how you get on.

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