Lighten the load

Spring has sprung, so let’s freshen up by eating in season and packing a nutrient punch to our favourite dishes. Who says wholesome can’t be delicious too?

It’s Spring, the days are getting longer, the afternoons warmer and we can all feel the hint of Summer on the horizon. So, it’s natural for us to want to be switching up our diets and lifestyles a bit, lightening up after Winter and giving our overall wellness a boost. Wherever you are in the world and however much you’re staying at home, there is so much we can be doing to give our mind-body-spirit well-being an extra boost. And our kitchens are a great place to start.

Shop in season

Shopping and eating in season and locally, is so beneficial in terms of nutrient density, but it’s also a great way to save money on your shopping bill too. Early Spring in Australia and New Zealand brings an abundance of fresh produce to the fore, including: artichokes, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, fennel, leeks, mushrooms, rhubarb, silverbeet and spinach. So, these are the vegetables we can be stocking up on. In terms of fruit, Lady William apples, avocados, cantaloupe and honeydew melon, strawberries and pineapple are the stars. Check out our recipe suggestions below for just some tastes of how delicious seasonal eating is. Go ahead and enter these ingredients into the search bar here on Cookidoo® for way more inspiration and ideas.

Shine a light on silverbeet

The Mighty Mushrooms

We love mushrooms for their versatility and now, while they’re abundant, diverse and plentiful, is the time to be adding extra nutrients and flavour to your dishes with these beautiful morsels. Check out our Focus on mushroom collection for 10 mushroom-y recipes to get your taste buds going.

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Cauliflower forever

Cauliflower has turned into a bit of a superhero vegetable due to its versatility and lower carb content. We love it as a substitute for rice, as a puree instead of potatoes, as a meat substitute in so many recipes and also as a hidden vegetable for smoothies, sauces, curries etc. Now, in season and therefore more affordable than ever, be inspired and get your cauliflower on. Here are some of our favourite recipes.

Try these tasty cauliflower recipes on your next meat-free Monday

Who says strawberry is only for sweet?

Fresh, sweet and juicy, strawberries are beautiful on their own as a sweet snack or an addition to your breakfast bowl, but who’s to say we can’t delight in strawberries in our savoury recipes too. Think about adding strawberries when you have tart, creamy flavours like goat’s cheese or strong salty ingredients like prosciutto. We love this Strawberry salad with caramelised sherry vinaigrette for its balance of sweet, tartness and texture. We think you’ll love it too!

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Okie dokie artichokie

Artichoke is another super star vegetable in Spring and comes with so many health benefits – one of our favourites is the prebiotic powerhouse the Jerusalem artichoke is. So, give artichoke a try and get creative including it in your seasonal menu. Here are some of our top picks off Cookidoo®.

Artichoke is for way more than antipasto platters

Load up the food you love

Read our article on how to bring a healthy twist to the recipes you love and bring more natural deliciousness into your life.

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