Rainbow Delicious Changes & May Spring Dinner Recipes

Happy May everyone! This week I’m excited to share with you five May spring dinner recipes that are fresh, delicious and healthy. May is my favorite month because the weather starts really warming up, I get to plant my garden, we get to celebrate Mother’s day, and it is my birthday month ( I’m turning 30 next week!)

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Whenever I hit a milestone birthday I evaluate my life and write out changes and goals. It feels more personal to do this life assessment around my birthday, instead of on New Years. Do you do that too? Whether you are a birthday goal-maker or a New Year’s resolution person, what are you current life goals and intentions?

As I enter this next decade of life I’m hoping to live in a more minimalistic way (thanks Marie Kondo for helping me only keep/buy what brings me joy), eat more home cooked meals (Michael Pollan lays down why that’s important), drink more water, prioritize experiences over things, and focus on intentional, present parenting. I’m going to wear more sunscreen and sun hats, try to purchase clothing made in sustainable and ethical ways (just watched the documentary ‘True Cost‘), get more sleep (Thank you, Arianna Huffington), and I’m very excited to start a new chapter on this blog.

I’ve loved cooking up and then sharing weekly meal plans with you every Monday but Im feeling the urge to cut back on those specifically so I can spend some of that time and energy on other posts that I think you are going to love. You can still count on a post from me every Monday; I will continue to share a colorful and seasonal meal plan the first Monday of each month. The other Mondays I am excited to share new recipes, how-to kitchen tutorials, recipe round-ups, original videos, gift guides, holiday menus, sponsored content and more, so stay tuned!

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And now, on to a week of May Spring dinner recipes! Click here for grocery list.

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May Spring Dinner Recipes

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One-Pot Basil Halloumi Chicken from Buzzfeed

Prep Time:  15 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients: chicken, halloumi, red cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic, lemon.

A friend shared this recipe on facebook and I knew that I had to try it because halloumi is a favorite cheese of mine (click here for more halloumi recipe inspiration) You can find halloumi in most grocery stores in the specialty cheese section but I sometimes call ahead and ask if it is in stock just to be safe. Trader Joe’s sells it for the cheapest price that I’ve seen, but they only carry it part-time so when I see it I stock up. Halloumi is on the expensive side, but in my opinion, so worth it! There is a video that shows how to execute this recipe (linked above) so you know exactly what you are getting into.

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Soup from Peas and Crayons

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 hours Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients: cauliflower, sweet potato, vegetable broth, onion, garlic, green onion, dried thyme, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, milk, cream cheese. Optional Toppings: bacon, green onion, cheese, croutons, red pepper flakes, hot sauce.

I’ve been trying to make a crockpot recipe once a week lately because it is so simple, and usually there are leftovers for my husband to take to work. I used my immersion blender which makes pureeing the soup so simple, but if you don’t have one you could always use your blender. (click here for a week of crockpot recipes)

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Leek and Feta Tart from Delicious

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients: pie crust, butter, leeks, feta, cream, whole milk, eggs.

This recipe is from the UK so you will need to make some temperature and measurement adjustments. I rounded up and baked mine at 350 degrees F, used 1/2 C feta, 1 C cream and 1/2 C milk.  For the “knob” of butter I used about 1 T. I used a pre-made crust and my whole family enjoyed this quiche.

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Creamy Chicken Asparagus Pasta from Cooking Classy

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients: chicken breasts, olive oil, basil, oregano, dried thyme, penne pasta, asparagus, butter, flour, garlic, milk, cream, cream cheese/Neufchatel cheese, parmesan, bacon.

Creamy pastas always go over well in my household and we especially loved the asparagus and bacon combo. We added a little fresh basil on top too.

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Artichoke Potato Arugula Salad from The Forest Feast

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients: red mini potatoes, garlic cloves, olive oil, salt, pepper, artichoke hearts, arugula, vinaigrette.

This salad reminds me a little of my roasted potato and feta arugula salad but it has the lovely addition of artichoke hearts. I think a little parmesan or feta would be a welcome garnish for fellow cheese lovers.

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Comments

  1. Those recipes look delicious! I want to try the creamy chicken asparagus pasta and the salad looks amazing! Pinned for later.

  2. Fabulous! Pinned.

  3. The Leek Tart sounds amazing and my husband would actually eat it!

  4. All of these look so delicious! 🙂 I especially want to try that first chicken recipe!

  5. So many great healthful family meals! I especially love that asparagus pasta

  6. The cauliflower soup looks so very delicious! That is definitely going in my recipe book!

  7. Happy early birthday! 😀 I love your meal plans and will be sad to see less of them, but I totally get it – you gotta do what you’re motivated and excited to do! It’ll show through in your content if you’re doing something you enjoy 😀

    • Thank you, Chrisy for your birthday wishes and for your feedback! I’m hoping that although the meal plans won’t be as often they will be better than ever, and I’m excited about upcoming content so I hope you stick around 😉

  8. All your spring dinner idea are stunning! Love that chicken halloumi cheese, so inspiring with beautiful pictures

  9. Look at all that delicious food! That arugula salad is calling my name!

  10. Happy Birthday Month!! That leek and feta tart looks so tasty. Totally something I would want to try.

  11. Such great ideas – I always need them 🙂

  12. I also set a lot of goals / assess my life around my birthday too. I have a lot of similar goals to you, I am trying hard to be more present when I’m with the kids (even if I know I could be doing something more ‘useful’!) and cook from scratch more. I love artichoke at the moment so I’ll be giving that one a go!

    • Birthdays are such a good time for assessments I think. Being present can be difficult, but I’m always so happy when I make the effort and do my chores later. Good luck with cooking from scratch (I hope you find some inspiration here!) I love artichokes too, especially dipped in lemon garlic aoili!

  13. I am working on being minimalistic and eating more meals in, too! Good luck. Birthdays are such a good time to take stock.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  14. Angela Stevenson says:

    Em, I totally agree with you on making changes and I LOVE your site so much. As a dietitian, it’s so hard to find a collection of just good recipes…your website is always my go-to when I’m meal planning 🙂

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