By ALLIE MYSZKA

As you and your family emerge from “winter hibernation mode,” maybe you’re like me and you’re craving some light, springy cuisine. Put aside the piping hot soups and hearty casseroles for now, and give one of these light, easy dinner options a try. Flavorful accents from spices and sauces add a little extra flair, and using seasonal veggies sends the nutritional value of these meals skyrocketing. The best part? They all use just one pan, dish or skillet—easy cleanup, for the win!

(photo via The Inspired Home)

  1. Hawaiian BBQ Chicken and Vegetables

Nothing reminds us of the warmer summer days to come like pineapple! This super-simple dish is chock-full of protein, veggies, and delicious flavor. Use whatever vegetables you like when you make this—just be sure you cut them into similar sized pieces, so they’ll cook evenly. Click here for the recipe.

(photo via A Healthy Life for Me)

  1. Baked Shrimp with Tomato and Feta

If you’re longing for summer days on the beach, hang tight! They’re coming. Until then, get a taste of the seaside life with this baked shrimp recipe. Cherry tomatoes make this dish colorful—and it tastes as good as it looks! Click here for the recipe. 

(photo via A Saucy Kitchen)

  1. Honey Lime Salmon

Speaking of the seaside life, salmon is a wonderfully light source of protein this spring—and any time of year! This super simple skillet salmon recipe can be paired with fresh veggies from the farmers’ market, or pack it on top of a salad for a delicious and healthy lunch. Easy! Click here for the recipe.

(photo via Platings and Pairings)

  1. One-Skillet Steak and Spring Vegetables

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous (and have some time to prep and cook!), give this one a try. A homemade mint mustard sauce adds something extra special to this dish, and the veggies give you the fresh taste you’re craving this spring season. When you scroll through the recipe, be sure to check out the recommended wine pairings below it if you’re feeling extra fancy! Click here for the recipe.

(photo via Amanda’s Cookin’)

  1. Lemon Lush

Don’t forget about dessert! Lemon doesn’t just taste like spring—it LOOKS like it too! Bright yellow layers in this easy dessert are sure to lift your spirits. Just try not to eat the whole pan… Click here for the recipe.

 

What are some of your favorite springtime recipes?