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2 Recipes To Celebrate The Start Of Spring

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What better way to celebrate the start of a new season than with some fresh, new recipes?! After a cold winter full of hearty meals, it’s time to add some light recipes into your diet full of colorful vegetables and herbs. Continue reading for two recipes that are perfect for the start of spring.

Farfalle with Spring Vegetables

The lemony pasty full of green vegetables and herbs is ideal for a beautiful spring day. For four servings, you will need:

  • 2 slices (1 cup) of white sandwich bread, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup plus 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 tablespoons snipped chives

  • 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 bunch broccolini

  • 1 pound farfalle

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 fennel bulb—halved, cored and thinly sliced

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed, or 1 pound fresh peas, shelled

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and filling a pot of water to boil. Toss the bread with ¼ cup of oil on a baking sheet. Toast the chopped bread for about ten minutes, stirring once, until it is golden brown. Let the bread cool, then stir in half of the parsley (one tablespoon,) chives (one tablespoon,) and tarragon (½ tablespoon,) and season the crumbs with salt and pepper.

In the pot of boiling salted water, cook the broccolini until tender for about one minutes, then transfer to a cutting board using tongs and coarsely chop. Boil the farfalle until al dente and drain, reserving one cup of the pasta water.

In a deep skillet, melt the butter and the leftover six tablespoons of oil. Add in the garlic, fennel, scallions, peas, and broccolini and cook over medium heat for about six minutes. Then, add the pasta, lemon juice, and pasta water and season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook over medium heat until the water is nearly absorbed, stir in the remaining herbs, and sprinkle with bread crumbs before serving.

Recipe via: foodandwine.com

Lemon Pie Bars

After a delicious dinner, it’s only right to follow it up with a sweet dessert! These lemon bars are simple to make, yet everyone will be asking you for the recipe. You will need:

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees, and mix two cups of flour and confectioners’ sugar together. Next, cut in the butter and mix until well until the dough resembles the consistency of pie dough, and press it into a 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the dough is golden brown. As it is baking, beat together the eggs, sugar, four tablespoons of flour, lemon juice, and lemon rind for at least one minute. When the crust is done, pour the mixture over it, and bake for another 20 minutes. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar when cooled, and enjoy!

Recipe via: Allrecipes.com

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