This Family Dinner Menu Is All About Spring
Celebrate the new season with an easy, delicious meal.
What's on the menu for dinner tonight? Spring abundance! This family meal combines some of our favorite springtime produce along with crowd-pleasing elements for a seasonal weeknight dinner. Start with finger food: little cucumber boats filled with carrot slaw. Then top creamy pea mash with cheesy chicken and spring greens for a mouthwatering main. An herby twist turns our already tasty garlic bread into a spring side. And who would complain about ice cream for dessert? Make a fast rhubarb compote to spoon over vanilla ice cream for a winning finale to this warm-weather meal.
Cucumber and Carrot Bites
Scoop out the center of cucumber rounds to turn them into bite-sized vehicles for carrot slaw in these delicious Cucumber and Carrot Bites. Spring carrots are so sweet and tender. Kids will not only be excited about assembling this appetizer, but they'll also enjoy eating it—the bites are so easy to pop right into your mouth. Using sour cream rather than mayo adds creaminess while keeping this appetizer light.
Chicken with Herbed Pea Purée and Spinach
Double down on green vegetables while simultaneously upping the appeal of this dinner with crispy cheese-topped Chicken with Herbed Pea Purée and Spinach. Have you tried pea mash before? The creamy texture is similar to mashed potatoes, but this mash also has a pop of sweet pea flavor. Bonus: While you can use fresh peas if you have them, this mash is great when made with those frozen peas. Swap any spring green for the spinach if you like.
Crisp Garlic Bread
The vegetable quota of tonight's dinner is fully covered, so get a little decadent for your side. Our Crisp Garlic Bread is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Boiling the cloves for just two minutes mellows the bite, but you skip this step if your family members are big garlic fans. For a seasonal touch, chop fresh, leafy garden herbs (hello parsley!) and sprinkle on top.
Spring rhubarb adds a pretty pink color and a sweet, tangy bite to any dish. Make a batch of this Rhubarb Compote, then spoon it over ice cream to make rhubarb sundaes. Crumble shortbread cookies over the top for crunch. Leftover compote is delicious with yogurt or simply spread on bread. Consider making a double batch and freezing some so you can enjoy rhubarb in the offseason. (You may find that it never makes its way to the freezer once the family explores all the ways to use rhubarb compote.)