Seasonal Cooking for April

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**This is our monthly series that aims to help you cook more seasonally to save money and be healthy (visit the first one, Seasonal Cooking For May, for an introduction and definition of “seasonal”)**

Ahhh, April – more and more vegetables and fruits are available in all parts of the country. Of course, I guess I should say, vegetables and fruits that grow in our country, as the stores are full of all kinds of produce from other countries no matter what the time of year.

However, our purpose in shopping and cooking seasonally is to eat mainly what would naturally be grown in our area in any given month (or our half of the country – so citrus from California is seasonal for us here on the West Coast, Florida Citrus in the East), for economy, health (more pesticide use in other countries), and environment.

Produce In Season For April

    • Apples (stored)
    • Asparagus
    • Avocados
    • Beets
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbage
    • Carrots/Parsnips (stored)
    • Cauliflower
    • Celery
    • Chard/Kale
    • Citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit)
    • Garlic
    • Green Onions
    • Herbs: Mint, Rosemary, Thyme
    • Leeks
    • Lettuce
    • Mushrooms
    • Onions (stored)
    • Peas
    • Pears (stored)
    • Potatoes (stored)
    • Purple-sprouting broccoli
    • Radicchio
    • Rutabagas/turnips
    • Spinach
    • Strawberries

From the Freezer and Pantry

*March, April, and May are the months to make a point to use up any produce from last season that you “put up” in the freezer to make room for the new season’s bounty to come*

Recipes for April

Cheesy Crust Ham Pie
I love using leftover ham this way.
 

Chicken-Lime Enchiladas
Not your average enchilada…
 

Asparagus Noodle Salad
A refreshingly different way to have tender spring asparagus.
 

Asparagus and Shrimp Over White Bean Puree
Oh, I can’t WAIT to have this again with my garden asparagus- it’s SO good!
 

Spinach, Bacon, and Fried Egg Salad
This sounds odd, I know- but trust me, it’s one of the easiest, frugal, and flavorful meals there is!
Hmmm…two salads and two dishes with spring asparagus. Sounds like I’m ready for the warmer spring days already, huh?

How do you like to use the seasonal foods of April?

-Jami

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