Six Spring-Inspired Dishes with Fresh Flavours
Vibrant recipes for the new season—with wheat!
Celebrate the upcoming season with vibrant spring flavours in your favourite snacks and treats featuring life’s simple ingredient! Using wheat as the base of your dishes, you can create full spectrum deliciousness by adding fresh flavours as we head into the season of growth. Check out some of our favourite dazzling recipes for spring!
Flaky pastry, sweet vanilla cream and tart berries… could you ask for a better flavour combination? Start off with a base of croissants (small, medium or large—we don’t judge), cut them in half and stuff with vanilla heavy cream and the first of the season berries to get the perfect tangy-sweet-flaky dish that’s just indulgent enough to make you feel like you’re enjoying brunch at a fancy inn.
Rhubarb is abundant in Alberta in the springtime and making use of in-season produce while it’s here is something we’re all about! You can make these parfaits for an easy make-ahead dessert or even have as a breakfast or snack if you’re craving a delicious weekend treat. The sweetness of the graham cracker base and tang of the lemon zest create a super flavourful dish that you’ll be making time and time again.
When the weather starts to warm up, we start thinking about fresh, crunchy salads that we’ve missed all winter long. Instead of roasting a pan of veggies, try making this lemon herb couscous salad with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and herbs to kick off the spring season. Couscous is a quick-cooking pasta so you can whip this one up for a ready-to-go lunch through the week. Full of heart-healthy fibre and micronutrient-packed chopped veggies, this salad is just as good for you as it is yummy.
Using whole wheat pizza crust as a base, get creative with your favourite toppings and let the family decide how they’d like to dress their ‘za! Try tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil for that classic margherita or go all-out with a veggie-packed one topped with peppers, olives, onions and whatever else your heart desires! Whole wheat crusts are perfect for you and your kids because it’s a source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.
It’s the season for green! As we see more green buds pop up after a dormant winter, it inspires us to create recipes where fresh ingredients come first. For this pasta with pesto, you can create it all fresh yourself with homemade pasta noodles and fresh pesto with pine nuts, basil and garlic. Try adding a side of your favourite greens like broccolini, asparagus or a side salad with spinach and topped with berries and seeds. Now that’s one healthy pasta dinner!
If you’re noticing a lemon trend in these recipes, you’d be right. The fresh flavour of lemon is a perfect way to introduce lighter recipes into your springtime dish mix and these Meyer lemon bars are an ideal post-lunch pick me up. With a tasty shortbread layer (thanks, wheat) as the base and a lemon layer on top, you’ll have to work hard to limit yourself to just enjoying one or two.
We hope you enjoy the first few moments of warmth in 2022 with some fresh, spring-inspired recipes with full spectrum deliciousness. With wheat as your base ingredient, you can keep adding seasonal produce and flavours to your heart’s content.