Recipes to Make With Spring Vegetables

Spring always means a plethora of fresh, seasonal vegetables that you’ve been missing all winter. Because fresh produce tends to go bad quickly, it’s helpful to shop with a few recipes already in mind. Here are some favorite recipes made with vegetables that grow in the springtime.

Glazed Carrots in Tarragon [Fine Cooking]
Cooked carrots may bring back memories of being forced to eat your veggies as a child, but this unique recipe is a grown-up take on the common side. The tarragon adds a little kick to the carrots' sweet flavor to make a complex and delicious dish.

Quick-Braised Baby Artichokes [Fine Cooking]
Cooking artichokes in lemon juice is one of the simplest ways to prepare the tasty vegetable, but this recipe also braises them for a smoky flavor that’s perfect for warm weather.

Asparagus with Butter and Soy Sauce [Oprah]
It’s safe to say that asparagus is having a moment in the food world, and there are so many new recipes popping up that it may seem overwhelming. This easy recipe is quick to make but still adds a bit of sophistication to your meal.

Warm Three-Onion Dip [Oprah]
Adding fresh spring onions that only grow in warm weather makes this savory dip a bit more special than your usual restaurant onion dip. Serve it with crusty bread or crisp chips at your next gathering.

Use This Calculator to Find Your Recommended Fruit and Vegetable Intake

How many fruits and vegetables should you eat each day? It’s a common question, but many people don’t realize that there is no right answer. The recommended daily fruit and vegetable intake varies from person to person, and it depends on factors like age, gender and physical activity level. This simple online calculator from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can help you find yours.

Enter some simple info into the calculator, and it will estimate how many servings of fruits and vegetables you should be eating each day. It will also suggest staying active by undertaking a certain amount of exercise each day.

Once the calculator determines your recommended daily fruit and vegetable intake, it explains the best ways to meet those goals. For example, one small apple counts as one cup of fruit, and only 6 baby carrots count as 1/2 cup of vegetables. If the calculator recommends that you eat 2 cups of fruit per day, you can easily meet that goal before lunchtime!

How Many Fruits and Vegetables Do You Need? [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

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