HUNT VALLEY, Md., April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grab your grocery totes and head out the door, farmers markets across the country are reopening for the season! There's a bounty of spring produce just waiting to be chopped, roasted, tossed or blended into seasonal snacks, sides, sauces and salads. Complement fruits and veggies with pure flavor from McCormick spices to create tasty dishes even kids will devour.
"I love spring, especially in New York, because there's suddenly this flood of fresh, colorful produce to cook with," said award-winning Chef Seamus Mullen, who recently sat down with a group of kids to talk about making fruits and vegetables more yummy by adding spices and herbs. "Kids will eat fresh produce when you add the right flavors – beyond butter and salt -- and serve it in a familiar way, from asparagus 'tots' to cinnamon roasted carrots."
Asparagus 'Tips': Go beyond the spear, add chopped asparagus to everything from veggie tots to wontons and shrimp salad.
- Try it now: Asparagus Cauliflower Veggie Tots, Avocado Asparagus Wontons or Asparagus and Shrimp Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette.
- Kitchen tip: While green asparagus is the most common, other varieties are often available at farmers markets, like the sweeter purple or milder white. Asparagus pairs well with spices and herbs like dill, basil and garlic.
Oh Snap!: Peas are the ultimate symbol of spring and they're perfect for easy appetizers or snacks.
- Try it now: Sugar Snap Pea Crisps or make a spring spread out of fresh peas to layer on toast and top with prosciutto.
- Kitchen tip: Use fresh peas within a couple of days or freeze so they keep for several months. Italian seasoning and lemon juice complement this seasonal veggie well.
Go Green: Think beyond salads and try serving seasonal greens in less traditional ways, like pureeing to make a sauce or wilting and serving with eggs.
- Try it now: Spinach and Shallot Egg Clouds or Arugula & Pine Nut Pesto tossed with pasta or served with bread.
- Kitchen tip: When buying spinach and arugula, look for vibrant leaves. Greens go well with richer ingredients like cheese, nuts, eggs, garlic and thyme.
Artichoke App: Artichokes may be intimidating, but at the "heart" of it, these vegetables are a good source of dietary fiber and make for a delicious starter.
- Try it now: Crispy Roasted Baby Artichokes with Lemon Dipping Sauce
- Kitchen tip: While artichokes are commonly served with a sprinkle of salt and dipped in butter, they actually pair well with tangy flavors. Try making a dip out of honey, light mayo and Perfect Pinch® Lemon & Pepper Seasoning.
The Fruit of Spring: Strawberries and rhubarb are ripe for the picking during early farmers market season.
- Try it now: Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler in a Mug, Chipotle Rhubarb Chutney, or Cool Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips.
- Kitchen tip: Add pure vanilla extract and cinnamon to fruit salads to round out the sweetness and boost the flavor. Use this recipe as a base and tailor to the seasonal fruits available at your farmers market.
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