4 RECIPES TO HELP YOU TRANSITION FROM WINTER TO SPRING

For many of us, making the transition from winter to spring can be complicated. Depending on where you live, it may be too early to get a wide selection of fresh vegetables, but if you serve your family another bowl of "hearty soup," they might end up begging for takeout instead. But a happy medium does exist, which is why we've gathered a few tasty (and easy) spring recipes, with just enough winter comfort food flavor thrown in to help you make a smooth transition into spring. Grab your fork and let's dine in!

1. Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese

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When you're looking for spring recipes, mac and cheese might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But for those dreary days full of spring showers, you can't fail with this warm comfort food classic. One of our favorite spring recipes is Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese. We gave this signature dish a nutritious spring boost–it still has the creamy, familiar taste of your momma's recipe, but packs in extra nutrients and flavor with savory roasted vegetables.

With just 25 minutes of prep time, this meal is ready and on the table in less than an hour. The recipe calls for broccoli and Brussels sprouts, but we think it tastes great with any roasted vegetable. Looking for a sweeter version? Try subbing in Birds Eye® Seasoned Garlic Cauliflower and Lightly Seasoned Sweet Potatoes for the broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Want to really spice things up? The Birds Eye Steamfresh® Flavor Full Buffalo Cauliflower brings in the peppery tang of classic hot wings, packed with nutritional benefits.

2. Pork Mole Street Tacos

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Spice up your next taco night–Tuesday or otherwise – with a batch of pork tacos that bring that simmered-all-day taste to the table in about half an hour, thanks to smoky Red Mole Skillet Sauce from Frontera®. The recipe features crisp spring radishes as a garnish, and you can also up the crunch factor and sprinkle on some chopped red cabbage. And while they’re on the stove, make a batch of fresh, chunky guacamole and pair it with some tortilla chips. We love the heat factor in the Frontera Spicy Guacamole mix, but if you have younger eaters, split up the mashed avocados and make a separate batch of the original recipe, too.

3. Avocado, Orange and Spinach Salad with Zesty Tomatoes

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Spring might not be peak season for fresh vegetables like summer is, but that’s no excuse not to squeeze in your greens. This bright, citrusy spinach salad uses ingredients you’ll find at the grocery store year-round, but still brings in the fresh with the flavors of tangy orange and tomatoes, which are brightened up with a zesty honey and rice vinegar-based dressing.

This one's the star of the show in its own right, but if you want to serve it as a side, it makes a great accompaniment to Honey Glazed Soy Poached Chicken, featuring P.F. Chang's® Home Menu Soy Sauce.

4. Apple Slices with Creamy Peanut Butter Dip

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If you’re finding that most of your family’s midday snacking comes from a chip bag, we’re here to help you refresh: It’s always good to have a few nutritious snack recipes in your back pocket that can be whipped up in a moment’s notice. We brought a just-indulgent-enough twist to jazz up an iconic childhood snack combo–fruit and peanut butter–with a secret ingredient: smooth, creamy vanilla pudding. Our Apple Slices with Creamy Peanut Butter Dip combine rich Snack Pack® Vanilla Pudding with Peter Pan® Honey Roast Creamy Peanut & Natural Honey Spread. It’ll sate your sweet tooth, yes, but the added protein in the peanut butter and fresh, fiber- and vitamin C-rich apples make for a filling afternoon snack. No need to stick with apples–try your favorite spring fruits like strawberries or melon.

Eating with the seasons can be fun if you know how to do it. Each season provides its own unique flavor that allows you to experience a variety of tastes, textures, and flavors. The transitions don't have to be unbearable. They're an opportunity to mash things up and be creative. When it comes down to it, that's what cooking's all about.

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