Spring Vegetable Salad with White Beans and Parmesan

Spring Vegetable Salad with White Beans and Parmesan | Fork Knife Swoon

It’s just about that time of year when fresh, bright green vegetables begin popping up in the market, cheerfully ushering in the start of Spring. We love the combination of asparagus, English peas and snow peas in this salad, which celebrates the verdant arrivals of the season with a quick sauté and a simple dressing of lemon and Parmesan that lets the vegetables shine. Perfect as an easy Spring side dish, the addition of protein-packed white beans also makes this salad satisfying enough for a light lunch.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Lighter Slow Cooker Tukey Chili

We live a bit outside of town, where farmland regularly intersects with a scattering of houses and small neighborhoods. It’s peaceful here. Open. Quiet. Plenty of land to meander through with the pup. This winter, it’s been especially still, with occasional falling snow and misty, foggy days.

When the weather grows chilly, I turn to a handful of my favorite comfort recipes; tried-and-true soups and stews, warming roasts and a few other cozy dishes, including this hearty Turkey Chili. Not only is this flavorful chili a perfect cold-weather antidote, I love that it mostly cooks itself, simmering away all day in the Slow Cooker, awaiting our return from a late-afternoon walk in the fields.

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Chicken with Cannellini Beans and Fresh Herbs

Braised Chicken with Cannellini Beans and Fresh Herbs

Phew! Did you survive the holidays? Did your waistline? I certainly overindulged in the seemingly endless supply of holiday baked goods, Christmas cookies and other festive treats. I made four batches of these cookies alone.

But as the new year begins, I’m craving fresher, healthier meals packed with lots of seasonal fruits and veggies. Simple dishes that are flavorful and nutritious yet satisfying in our still frosty, winter weather. This roasted Chicken with Cannellini Beans and Fresh Herbs is just that; perfectly juicy chicken and lemony white beans with aromatic garlic and fresh herbs. A delicious winter comfort meal without the guilt.

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