Quick and Delicious Spring Recipes

Denise Austin
by Denise Austin | 

When it comes to food, I love spring - a bounty of yummy produce is ready to be eaten, and what better time to use them than in some quick and delicious spring recipes?! My latest magazine, Fit Over 50: Spring Into Shape, has an entire section devoted to nutrition (including ways to boost your metabolism via food, spring produce to add to your cart, and fat-busting foods), and includes quick and delicious spring recipes, too! Each takes less than 30 minutes to make, and offer up plenty of nutrients as well as taste. 

I include breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, treats, beverages and more - all under 30 minutes each! Quick, delicious, and nourishing - you can't ask for more than that!

Below are two of my favorites - get all my quick and delicious spring recipes when you buy Fit Over 50: Spring Into Shape!

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Ragin’ Cajun Salmon

Quinoa is terrific because it’s so rich in protein and fiber, and it’s super versatile too.  I like to use it in salads, casseroles and more!

TIME: 20 minutes | MAKES: 1 serving


1 6-oz. piece salmon filet 
Cajun seasoning
1 cup quinoa
1 cup green beans 
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1⁄2 tsp. minced garlic


1. Coat salmon in Cajun spices and broil, about 3-4 minutes per side for a 1/2-in. thick piece (cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of fish).

3. Sauté green beans in olive oil
and garlic over medium heat until tender and crisp, about 3-5 minutes. Place quinoa on a plate and top with salmon. Add green beans on the side.

2. Cook quinoa according to package directions.

Peach Smoothie

I absolutely love this peach smoothie: It’s tangy, sweet and filling! Plus, it has added fiber to keep your digestive system running smoothly!

TIME: 5 minutes | MAKES: 1 serving


4 oz. lemon yogurt
4 oz. whole milk
1⁄2  cup frozen or fresh sliced peaches
1⁄2  cup orange juice
1⁄4 cup toasted wheat bran
3 ice cubes


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!