For those of us living on the Northern Hemisphere, spring has sprung. Gone are the heavy winter coats and never-ending snow tracks across our floors. (Well, at least for some of us!) So I invite you to ponder as we shed our outerwear and give our homes a clean start, why not lighten our wintry diets as well? Sure, heavy, filling foods helped us survive the frigid temperatures that come with the snow boots and parkas, but now lighter options are looking more and more appetizing as we embrace the change of the season. Read on for my tips on how to transform your dietary mainstays into their less dense, yet equally satisfying counterparts.
A bowl of your favorite warm and hearty soup plays double duty in the winter months, nourishing you in more ways than one. But there’s no need to retire your spoon just yet. Try a lighter cucumber soup or a cold gazpacho chock full of vegetables, might just be filling enough to cure your hankerings for soup. Martha Stewart has a creamy cucumber soup that will hit the spot.
Pie is a hard thing to say “No” to, so I suggest you say “Yes.” Upgrade your pie choices with a lighter and delicious compromise of grilled fruits and crumble topping. By not adding excess sugar or dairy, this sweet dessert is satisfying and easy to make. Plus, the oats in your crumble will give you plenty of energy to splash around in a few May showers.
Heavy sides are a staple through the holidays and are usually high in starch, fried or covered in cheese, some are all three…I’m looking at you, mac n’ cheese. Go for gold and switch up the usual tuber game with some in season veggies like chard, radishes, garlic scapes, peas, and arugula. Salads are a safe choice, but I say mix it up and try your hand at a side of garlic scape hummus or radish kimchi.
It’s time to put down the bleu cheese, alfredo and other cream-based sauces in favor of less rich, but more vibrant flavors. Spring is all about fresh ingredients and simple recipes. Spread some spring greens mix pesto on your next pasta dish and you’re sure to please without all the heaviness of dairy.
Coffee is technically a year-round beverage, but why not lighten this up too? Start replacing your daily cup of joe with refreshing cucumber water. Or if you crave the jolt of energy a cup of coffee has, give Kombucha Tea a try. Fizzy and full of healthy probiotics that improve digestion, it’s a win-win!
What’s in your kitchen this season? Share your spring dishes with Krrb. Yum!