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30 Spring-In-A-Recipe Meal Ideas For April That We Personally Can't Wait To Cook

Nothing screams "spring is here" quite like these recipes...

We did it, friends. It's officially spring. I don't know about you, but our sun-warmed kitchens are begging us to start whipping up all the vibrant dishes we've been waiting all winter to cook. After combing through all the recipes we've been bookmarking lately, these are the best of the best to try this April — and rest assured, the springtime vibes are palpable (and very, very necessary). 🌷

List of seasonal produce for April including asparagus, oranges, and more, categorized by variety

1. Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowls

2. Spring Frittata with Leeks, Asparagus, and Sweet Potato

A skillet with a cooked frittata garnished with herbs, surrounded by raw ingredients

3. Assassin's Spaghetti

4. Beet And Citrus Salad with Toasted Sesame Seeds

Salad with spinach, sliced oranges, beets, pickled onions, and sesame seeds served in a black oval dish

5. Tiramisu Cookies

Four freshly baked tiramisu cookies with visible chocolate chunks on a tray

6. Veggie Packed Sweet Potato Boats


feeling REVIVED 🙌 serves 4 (or 2 with leftover slaw) 2 medium sweet potatoes (10 to 12 ounces each) 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1/2 teaspoon each chili powder and ground cumin 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 head purple cabbage, cored and thinly sliced 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 3 scallions, thinly sliced 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems Zest and juice of one lime, plus wedges for serving 4 ounces cheddar, pepper jack, or monterey jack cheese, grated (1 cup) 1 large ripe avocado, diced Toasted pepitas and hot sauce, for serving (optional) Heat oven to 425°F. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise. Whisk 1 tablespoon of the oil with chili powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and several grinds black pepper in a small bowl. Brush all over sweet potatoes. Place cut side down on baking sheet and roast until very tender, 25 to 30 min. Meanwhile, make the slaw: combine cabbage, bell pepper, beans, scallions (use both the white and green parts!), cilantro, lime zest and juice, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and several grinds black pepper in a large bowl. Toss to coat and add more lime juice and salt to taste. (You’ll likely need more salt but always better to start with less). When sweet potatoes are ready, flip them over, smash flesh with a fork, and top with cheese. Return to oven until melted, ~5 min. (Or pop ‘em under broiler for extra crispness). Top generously with slaw, avocado, pepitas, and hot sauce. Serve with lime wedges. Enjoy any leftover slaw with tacos! inspired by @Cookie and Kate’s spaghetti squash bowls 💛

♬ origineel geluid - hanna
Grace Elkus
Sweet potatoes and black beans are seriously a match made in veggie-dinner heaven. This recipe is so simple to make — just cut sweet potatoes in half, roast them in the oven (add cheese if you please), and top it all off with a mixture of black beans, red cabbage, bell peppers, avocado, scallions, and spices.

Recipe: Veggie Packed Sweet Potato Boats

7. Mediterranean Fish Skillet

A cooked dish with eggs, tomatoes, beans, and garnished with herbs in a skillet on a stove

8. Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap

A bowl of bibimbap with beef, assorted vegetables, a fried egg on top, and sauce on the side

10. Aguas Frescas

Assorted fresh juices in clear glasses on a kitchen counter, with two bottles in the background

11. Baked Salmon With Dill Sauce

Grilled salmon with asparagus topped with dill sauce and lemon slices on a plate with a fork

12. Vegan Reubens with Portobello

Person holding a sandwich with dark bread, filled with cheese and cabbage

13. Orange Turmeric Crush Smoothies

A glass of smoothie garnished with nuts and seeds, with a patterned straw, accompanied by fresh ingredients and a spoon of spices

14. Papaya Bars

Square-shaped papaya bars dusted with powdered sugar on a flecked surface with parchment paper

15. One-Pan Roast Chicken With Shallots

16. Hoisin Tofu Baguettes


HOISIN TOFU BAGUETTES 🌱get the full recipe with notes in the SO VEGAN App and on our website (follow the link in our bio!) ✌️ Protein, calcium, iron, amino acids, tofu has got ‘em all - and for this epic baguette we score ours, then we bake it in a rich hoisin sauce and layer it with avocado, spinach, cucumber and Sriracha mayo. 📚 did you know we also have a new cookbook? EASY is out now and is packed with 100 QUICK + EASY plant-based recipes - check out the link in our bio to get your copy! Makes 2 baguettes For the hoisin tofu: 🌱 400g (14oz) extra-firm tofu, drained (see notes) 🌱 1 tbsp tomato purée 🌱 2 tbsp hoisin sauce 🌱 2 tbsp maple syrup 🌱 2 tbsp soy sauce, see notes 🌱 2 tsp sesame oil 🌱 salt + pepper For the sandwich: 🌱 1/3 cucumber, sliced 🌱 1 lime, juice only 🌱 1 avocado 🌱 2 tsp Sriracha sauce 🌱 3 tbsp vegan mayonnaise 🌱 2 demi baguettes, see notes 🌱 2 handfuls of baby spinach 🌱 2 handfuls of roasted peanuts, chopped (optional) Preheat the oven to 200°C fan / 425°F and fully line a baking tray with baking paper so it covers the sides. Slice the tofu into 4 rectangular pieces. Score each piece in a criss-cross pattern, then transfer them to the baking tray. Combine the puree, hoisin sauce, maple syrup, soy sauce, sesame oil, 1/2 tsp of freshly ground black pepper and 2 tbsp of water in a bowl, then pour it over the tofu pieces and use a spoon to push the sauce into the grooves. Bake the tofu for 15 mins. Then spoon the sauce collected in the tray over the top of the tofu and bake for a further 20 mins. Meanwhile, add the sliced cucumber to a bowl with the juice from half of the lime and a small pinch of salt and pepper. Mix, then leave to one side to pickle. Slice the avocado in half, remove the stone and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Add the juice from the remaining half of lime and mash until smooth. Next combine Sriarcha and mayonnaise in a bowl. When you’re ready to build the sandwiches, slice the baguettes in half lengthways. Spoon the mashed avocado across the bottom halves, then top with the spinach leaves, tofu, cucumber, roasted peanuts (if using), Sriracha mayo and the top halves of the baguettes. Enjoy! Big love, Roxy + Ben #vegan #veganfood #recipes #foodtiktok #veganrecipes #plantbased

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Baked tofu soaks up a flavorful hoisin sauce marinade to form the backbone of this oh-so-satisfying sandwich. It cooks up pretty quickly for a fun lunch at home or a laid-back dinner. You can marinate the tofu a bit in advance or simply cook it in the sauce.

Recipe: Hoisin Tofu Baguettes

17. Spring Asparagus Galette

asparagus galette with a slice taken out, on parchment paper

19. Deviled Eggs

A plate of deviled eggs garnished with paprika and chives

20. Tuna Niçoise Salad

21. Greek-Marinated Shrimp Skewers

Grilled shrimp and sliced vegetables on a bed of rice with lemon and sauce on the side

22. Cauliflower Salad With Dates And Pistachios

Roasted cauliflower salad with mixed nuts and herbs in a bowl with a serving spoon

23. Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Two glasses with a red beverage and garnished with orange slices and herbs on a light background

24. Spring Pea And Asparagus Pasta

A bowl of pasta with peas and greens, garnished with pine nuts

25. Crockpot Chipotle Pot Roast Tacos

Three tacos with meat, garnished with cheese and herbs, presented on parchment paper next to limes and a knife

26. Spring Pea Farro Salad

A bowl of grain salad with greens and feta cheese on a table with plates and a cloth in the background

27. Citrus Ricotta Breakfast Bowls with Honey

A plate with yogurt, granola, honeycomb, and slices of banana and citrus fruits

28. No-Cook Mediterranean Tostadas

Plate with hummus topped with chickpeas, tomatoes, and herbs, next to a lemon

29. Carrot Cake Loaf

30. Emergency Oreo Fridge Pudding

If you bookmark any of these recipes for your April cooking, tell us which one(s) you picked in the comments below. Be sure to let us know if you have anything else on your "to cook" list this month that we should try!