Here’s a list of what you should cook this April based on what produce is in season in April for fresh, delicious and healthy recipes.
Happy April friends! I’m back again with another “What to Cook This April: Produce in Season”. I love it because it’s also helping me with preparing some yummy dishes to share with you guys. Now that it’s officially spring (THAT was fast) and the showers of rain have begun for me already, I’m all for the bright, beautiful and seasonal food.
Curious as to what produce is in season in April? Here are my favourites:
Pictured: Garlic Roasted Asparagus (Step-by-Step)
I have completely fallen in love with Asparagus! I’ve been roasting them, pureeing them and even eating them raw. They are such a delicious veg and one I plan to incorporate this spring!
Pictured: Roasted Beet Hummus
I’m pretty sure I have an obsession with beets, since it’s one of my most used ingredients on this entire blog. I made a joke about owning a beet farm, but I’m pretty sure I need to look into that. Their versatility from crunchy to smooth, velvet-y and sweet once roasted make them such a great root vegetable. That colour is also divine!
I love that you can have broccoli roasted, raw, steamed, or stir-fried and it will still taste great. It’s especially high in Vitamin C.
I love how bright and beautiful cabbage is. I’ve used it raw for a crunch factor, and I’ve also sautéed it down in coconut milk.
Pictured: Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
Out of all the ingredients listed here, cauliflower is definitely my favourite. If you’re following me on Snapchat (jessinkitchen) you’ll see that I’m using it once again because I can’t get enough! This is one of those recipes to try if you’re new to a vegetarian lifestyle or want to eat healthier without losing any of the taste. These Cauliflower Steaks are OUT of this world!
I’m a big citrus fan. We constantly stock up on limes, lemons and oranges because they work well with everything. I’ve included recipes where they are the main feature ingredient in the dish or the sauce/dressing.
Greens start to show up everywhere this time of the year. I try to keep a bag of fresh greens in my fridge at all times for spur of the moment salads, pestos, and anything else. I always use fresh herbs and you will absolutely taste the difference from dried herbs. I’m thinking of growing my own herb garden next. My new favourite herb is definitely rosemary! I’ve been using it in EVERYTHING.
Mushrooms are the kind of ingredients that everyone should try. They become soft, delectable and take on so many different notes of savoury flavours that I try to use them in everything. This Creamy Coconut Spinach and Mushroom Quinoa is easily one of my favourite mushroom dishes since they are so garlicky and tender.
Pictured: Quick Pickled Radishes
HOW am I just getting into Radishes? Not only are they so undeniably pretty, their crunch and spice factor reminds me a lot of kohlrabi which I fell in love with two years ago. Be sure to try out all different varieties of radishes including easter egg radishes (pictured above), daikon radishes and any other kinds that you can find!
Pictured: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
Last but definitely not least, the sweet potato. This is also known as the ingredient that can transform itself from sweet to savoury whenever needed. Crunchy, roasted, sweet, spicy, soft or baked, sweet potatoes are a must for this month. We use these every single week, all the time, non-stop. They are a total must!
If you try any of these recipes, please let me know in the comment section below, or tag me on instagram with the hashtag #jessicainthekitchen. What do you plan to make this month?
P.S. I’ve completely redone my Pinterest boards to be ingredient specific so you can find more great seasonal April produce. Head over to check it out!