Spring Recipe Rotation
Each season I choose 16 or so recipes that we love and want to rotate through for the 3 months of that season. I always share our seasonal recipe rotation here on the blog as a way to resource you and give you some ideas for what to cook. I see women all the time on Facebook asking for recipe ideas, saying they are in a "food rut." This is something that I just don't experience with a seasonal meal plan. It might not be sexy but it gets our family fed in a simple, healthy and sustainable way. Because most of the meals on our rotation are ones we know and love, I don't struggle during the week to figure out what to make for dinner. I also rarely get bored of what we're eating because we rotate for 3 months, then switch things up all over again. By the time I'm ready for some new recipes, it's time for a new season to begin. This keeps meals exciting but still simple. For a busy mama of two, that's all I can ask for ;) To make your own seasonal recipe rotation, grab your Seasonal Meal Planner in the shop. I will be teaching a class all about how to seasonally meal plan for SMP owners this month!
A FEW NOTES: I've listed what we will make for a side in parenthesis. Usually a roasted vegetable, because I'm pretty basic about side dishes. I've also included any substitutions I'll be making to the original recipe below it. Looking at the substitutes may seem overwhelming, but they are honestly so second nature to me since I am used to cooking Paleo, I tend to do them without even thinking. If you're new to eating a healthier diet, keep at it. The more you make a recipe, the easier it gets. Recipes that have a * are ones that are great for company. If you have any questions at all, leave a comment and I will answer them.
If you want to know more about the gut-healing diet I am currently on, read this post or this post. It is basically Paleo but a bit more restricted. I'm doing this for those of you out there dealing with Candida or other gut issues and need help finding good recipes, since most of the "candida friendly" recipes I've found online taste horrible. If you have no gut problems, just make the recipes as is! No problem :)
- I'm mixing some recipes here - my heirloom tomato tart, adding meat to make it more filling, and swapping the filo dough for a grain free pizza dough our whole family loves and is safer for me to eat. All recipes are linked individually in the words above.
- I'll make a big batch of homemade Italian sausage like I did at the beginning of the Winter. Takes no time and saves doing it over and over. I am also going to try my hand at doubling or tripling this pizza dough recipe that we love and freezing discs of it for future meals. I'd say 6x-ing the sausage and pizza dough is a good number if you plan to eat this meal once every other week for the whole season (3 months).
- I can't have corn, so we are going to try roasted fennel bulbs instead! I'm excited to try this new vegetable that's in season during the Spring.
- This meal seems a bit more involved because of the way it's written, but I promise it becomes second nature after cooking it 2 or 3 times. I found this recipe the first year we were married and we've loved it ever since. Full of flavor!! I swap tofu for chicken.
- Since I'm not eating grains or gluten, I'll be skipping the galette and making the mixture to add to a big omelette or frittata
6. One Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken (roasted asparagus) *
- swap regular milk for coconut milk in equal amounts.
- Will be swapping chickpeas for chicken.
- Don't mind the horrible food photography in this one, I swear it's delicious! Ha! I shot this when we were unpacking after moving and didn't have my camera ;)
14. Classic Spaghetti *
- Brown rice pasta for kids, sautéed cabbage for adults (I buy the big bag of already shredded coleslaw).
15. Whole30 Tuna Cakes with Smoked Paprika Aioli (salad)
16. Slow Cooker Pork Ragu *
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