With the weather being up and down in April, I love a good mixture of hopeful Spring dishes and cozy cold-weather dishes because, in Wisconsin, you just never know if it’s going to be 30 or 70 in any given week!
What should I cook in April?
As springtime arrives, fresh asparagus is everywhere! Being in Wisconsin, we are just at the very start of fresh vegetable season, so I always get very excited this time of year.
Beyond asparagus, you will find some great broccoli, greens and herbs around as well. And, it’s the best time of year to get excited for fresh citrus flavors, like lemon!
Vanilla scones with orange glaze – I love this recipe alongside my morning coffee so I’m always thinking of it for brunch events like Easter. You could even save this one for May and give it as a food gift to any loving Mom in your life!
Yogurt lemon chicken and feta – this salad is topped with chicken, marinated in yogurt and lemon, giving it the most amazing flavor. Plus it’s super easy to make, you can enjoy it as lunch or as lighter dinner.
Crispy chicken and arugula salad – the combination of parmesan and lemon are the perfect compliment to arugula and all brought together with a beautifully crispy chicken breast.
Arugula salad with roasted chicken and potatoes – one more arugula salad that combines some of the same flavors I talk about above; lemon, arugula and chicken. Plus, this salad can be made as a simple sheet pan meal; my favorite!
Fire-roasted lemon garlic tilapia with asparagus fries – I created this recipe many years ago, but had to be sure to share these amazing asparagus fries during asparagus season!
Balsamic mushrooms over arugula and cheesy polenta – this vegetarian dish is balanced bold flavors on the mushrooms with rich, creamy polenta. A combination you’re going to love!
5 ingredient sheet pan pork chop – sheet pan meals never go out of style and pork is a great option for feeding a family. I like to make this recipe with broccoli on the side, making it perfect this time of year.
Instant Pot Asian shredded beef bowls – I love using my Instant Pot for quick dinners that are packed with flavor. This one is topped with quick pickled vegetables and cabbage, giving it the perfect mixture of texture.
Chilled lemon basil beet soup – another older recipe that I had to dig up from the archives so you could enjoy it this spring. The combination of beet and lemon helps create an airy soup that you can enjoy in any weather.
OTHER (Dessert, Sides and more!)
Challah bread – light and airy and perfect on a brunch table!
Grilled cabbage – when I discovered you could make cabbage this delicious by simply making it on the grill, we ended up eating it on repeat all summer long. So, as soon as the weather warms up, recipes call for the grill!