Cooking this week: Spring dinners

A fennel and shrimp salad is one of the spring recipes we chose for you this week.

We've gone through one of the chilliest, snowiest winters yet, but now it's time to get excited for spring!

Besides the warmer weather that we're all looking forward to, this season brings in a whole new crop of fresh produce and the perfect ingredients for healthy dinners.

Using a variety of spring fruits and veggies, such as asparagus, artichokes and strawberries, we've got you covered this week with meals ranging from stews to salads and pizzas.

Celebrate the start of spring by lightening up your dinners with these recipes below. Remember, beach season is coming up!

Monday: Strawberry, pistachio and goat cheese pizza

Strawberries are at their peak this time of year, so enjoy this refreshing pizza with a nice fruity twist. Also topped with pistachios, goat cheese and lemon juice, this low-calorie meal is a lighter variation of traditional pizza.

Per serving: 273 calories 12.4g fat, 30.9g carbohydrates, 10.7g protein, 1.9g fiber

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Tuesday: Mediterranean artichoke and fresh fava stew

This fiber-filled dish mixes fava beans and artichokes; two foods that are in season right now. This dish is based on a Greek olive oil recipe, but water is substituted for less oil.

Per serving: 316 calories 11g fat, 43g carbohydrates, 17g protein, 18g fiber

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Wednesday: Fennel and spinach salad with shrimp and balsamic vinaigrette

This fresh spring salad takes less than 20 minutes to make! Get your vitamins and protein from the spinach and shrimp in this wholesome spring meal.

Per serving: 274 calories 13.5g fat, 11.2g carbohydrates, 27.5g protein, 3.5g fiber

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Thursday: Creamy asparagus pasta

Enjoy another spring veggie – asparagus – in this pasta meal. With whole-wheat penne, lemon juice, garlic, and parmesans cheese, this low-fat dish is less than 400 calories.

Per serving: 359 calories 10g fat, 55g carbohydrates, 18g protein, 7g fiber

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Friday: Black bean and salmon tostadas

This Mexican meal features fresh spring avacados and only takes 25 minutes to make. Black beans and salmon round out the list of healthy ingredients in these tasty tostadas.

Per serving: 319 calories 11g fat, 43g carbohydrates, 16g protein, 12g fiber

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