Spring Asparagus & Fennel Sauté

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from Recipe to Nourish.

Nothing says SPRING like ASPARAGUS! These beautiful green spears are abundant in all grocery stores during the spring months. At home, I prepare asparagus a few times a week during peak season. Asparagus is known to be excellent for supporting the kidneys + helps support digestion. It’s a great source of folate + vitamins A, B6, C, E and K. It has antioxidants + supports natural cellular health. Its also perfect for weight management due to its Inulin content. Since it does not have a long shelf life, it is important to store bottoms sitting in water {like in a mason jar} or wrapped with a damp, clean kitchen towel to help keep it fresh.

Asparagus Broccolini Salad with Zesty Pine Nut Dressing

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from 101 Cookbooks.

A bright and colorful blend of healthy green vegetables tossed with a cheerful dressing to please the palette and immune system. Asparagus and Broccolini offer a multitude of phytonutrients for blood pressure, metabolic, blood sugar, and digestive support. Radishes are rich in folate, fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. A delectable salad for spring and summer entertaining, or to kick off your favorite week-night meal.

Spinach Asparagus Pesto with Rice Pasta

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from Simply Recipes.

An ideal spring dish to prepare on the fly during a busy weeknight. Loaded with phytonutrients from the asparagus and spinach for your daily vegetable intake. Can be eaten alone on a meatless dinner night or served alongside sustainable wild-caught fish or your favorite meat course. Leftovers store well for lunch the next day - although there may not be any left! Any unused pesto can be stored in the freezer for later use when you are in a pinch for a quick sauce, defrosts well.

Fresh Asparagus Caesar Salad

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from A Food for Thought.

There’s something wonderfully exciting about seeing a recipe that completely changes the way you think about food. This is a new take on the classic Caesar salad using asparagus as the "greens". Classic caesar dressing incorporates anchovies (loaded with vitamin A, calcium, and potassium) as the main flavor component, however, if you are completely freaked out by the idea of having to chop up the little fillets, you can use a little Worcestershire sauce , but I think it’s better to go for the real deal. Your brain and eye-sight will thank you!

Easy Baked Eggs + French-Inspired Asparagus

If you like baked eggs and asparagus, you'll love this combination for a quick protein-rich breakfast or a speedy "breakfast for dinner" option. The key is to remember to set your eggs on the counter for a while and get them to room temperature - makes for better baking! You can dip gluten-free toast into the yolks for a whole-grain boost or add leftover cooked quinoa to the asparagus bake.

Wild Rice Asparagus Salad with Walnut Lemon Dressing

A main-dish salad is a perfect destination for grains. Tossed with a vinaigrette, a selection of vegetables and herbs, perhaps some walnuts to add crunch and flavor, and you've got all you need for the center of your plate. I love the contrast of textures and colors in this salad. The wild rice is earthy, the brown rice nutty, and both are chewy in different ways. Walnuts and walnut oil not only add perfect complementary flavor and crunch, but also contribute omega-3 fatty acids to the mix. You can make this up to a day ahead, but don't add the asparagus, parsley, and herbs until shortly before serving, because their colors will fade. I usually cook a few servings of wild or brown rice each week and toss cooked leftovers in soups and salads to save time in the kitchen.