Asparagus and trout loaf. Picture: Supplied
Asparagus and trout loaf. Picture: Supplied

3 healthy spring foods and how to use them

By Lutho Pasiya Time of article published Sep 6, 2021

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Spring is here! This changing of the season marks a time for all things to come alive and experience renewal – that includes food.

When you eat foods that are in season, they're not only more affordable, but they're also fresher, and packed with the highest amount of flavour and nutritional value.

So, say goodbye to stews and slow cookers, and start blasting away those extra winter kilograms with these spring foods. To help you incorporate them into your diet, we have also included our favourite recipes.

Spring onions

No, they're not the same things as scallions or green onions. Unlike scallions, spring onions have more of a bulb at the bottom, as they're regular onions that have been plucked out of the ground, before they are fully mature.

Because of their sweetness and sturdiness, spring onions are prime candidates for roasting and grilling. But they're also incredibly versatile, whether you want to put them into a quiche or salad.

AVOCADO and stuffed egg, and spring onions.

Avocado and stuffed egg and spring onions

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado

Juice of ½ lemon

1 hard-boiled egg

1 spring onion, sliced

Drizzle of olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Lettuce leaves, optional

Method

Slice the avocado in half and drizzle with lemon juice to prevent discolouring. Sprinkle the cavities with salt and pepper.

Separate the hard-boiled yolks and whites of the eggs, and chop finely.

Mix the chopped egg whites with the spring onion. Fill the avocado cavities with the chopped egg white, and sprinkle the chopped yolk on top. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve on a bed of lettuce leaves, optional.

Radishes

If you need a pop of colour and something crisp and refreshing, radishes have you covered. Whether mild or peppery, radishes shine when raw and cooked. Radishes are naturally sliced over a salad and tucked into sandwiches and tacos. Or roast them simply with some olive oil, salt, and pepper, topped with fresh herbs.

RADISH, blue cheese, and juniper salad.

Radish, blue cheese, and juniper salad

Serves: 8 as a side

Ingredients

300g breakfast or mixed radishes

3 little gem lettuce hearts

50g walnut pieces

12 juniper berries

1 tbs white wine vinegar

4 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tub essential Waitrose salad cress

50g Danish blue cheese, crumbled

Method

Wash and trim the radishes. Cut the little gem lettuce hearts into thin wedges, discarding the root. Cut the radishes into thin slices. Scatter the little gem wedges and the sliced radishes over a platter.

Warm a frying pan over medium heat. Add the walnuts and dry fry for two to three minutes, or until fragrant and starting to colour. Finely chop the juniper berries and mix with the vinegar, oil, and some salt, and pepper, then whisk together.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad, then cut the cress from its roots and scatter over the top, together with the walnuts and cheese. Serve immediately.

Asparagus

Nothing else says spring as much as a bunch of asparagus. Asparagus will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

ASPARAGUS and trout loaf.

Asparagus and trout loaf

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

250ml flour

5ml baking powder

5 small courgettes, grated

1 bunch of spring onions, chopped

250ml grated mature cheddar

Grated rind of 1 lemon

60ml chopped dill

100g smoked trout, chopped

250g thin asparagus spears, blanched

5 eggs, beaten

Extra smoked trout to serve

Cream cheese to serve

Method

Put the flour into a mixing bowl.

Add the baking powder.

Mix in the courgettes, spring onions, cheese, lemon rind, dill, smoked trout, and most of the asparagus spears, chopped.

Reserve about 5 whole spears for the top.

Add in the beaten eggs.

Spoon the mixture into an 18cm x 10cm loaf pan, that has been greased and is base-lined.

Arrange the spears on top.

Bake at 180°C, for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the loaf comes out clean.

Remove and cool for 10 minutes, before turning out onto a cooling rack.

Serve with cream cheese and slices of extra trout.

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