Apartment Living

Easy Spring Recipes

admin - Thursday, April 7, 2016

Spring calls for a lot of change. It’s the season that prompts you to clean your apartment and pack away your heavy sweaters; it threatens you with pictures of bathing suits and the inevitable summer wedding series. Spring does all these things while flip-flopping between warm sunny weather, and these ~wonderful~ April snowstorms.

But, at the end of the day, Spring is a great season, full of new beginnings. Here are some (pre-tested), delicious recipes to try out in your very own kitchen that will get you in the mood for Spring.

Sausage, Egg, Cheese & Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole:

Breakfast casseroles remind me of Easter Sunday – and while that holiday has passed, it’s the simplicity of casseroles that makes them perfect for spring brunches. 

All you need is:

9×13 Pyrex pan, non-stick cooking spray

1 lb. Sausage

10 eggs

½ c. Milk

½ c. Cheese

1 bag of Hashbrowns

  1. Preheat your oven to 350, and grease your Pyrex pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a hot skillet on medium-high heat, brown your sausage. Make sure the sausage is in small pieces.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, crack your eggs and whisk them with milk. Add cheese, cooked sausage, hash browns and stir until well mixed.
  4. Pour mixture into baking ban, and cook for 45-50 minutes in the oven. You’ll know the casserole is fully cooked when the mixture doesn’t jiggle when you move the pan. Enjoy!

Mayo-Free Avocado Egg Salad

This quick and easy egg salad pairs perfectly with a glass of lemonade and the side dish of your choice. If you’re watching your carb intake, try a bowl of fresh spring fruits or a side salad with a lemon vinaigrette. Or if you’re like me – have some chips or pretzels.

All you need is:

6 hard-boiled eggs

1-1.5 ripe avocados

1-2 tbsp. Lemon juice or fresh squeezed lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

Bread for the sandwich (I used Italian rolls)

Dash of paprika on your finished sandwich

  1. Hard boil your eggs with whatever method you use. I add the eggs to a medium-sized pot and cover with a few inches of water, cover and place on high heat until it’s boiling and then cook for 10-12 minutes. Then I drain the water and immediately run cold water over the eggs and transfer eggs to an ice bath to chill for 10 minutes.
  2. Add whole eggs, peeled avocados, lemon juice and sea salt and mash everything with a potato masher.
  3. Toast your bread or enjoy your sandwich untoasted.
  4. Scoop your desired amount from the mixing bowl onto your bread, sprinkle with paprika and enjoy!

Grilled Swordfish with Roasted Vegetables

All you need is:

2 Swordfish filets

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 tbsp. butter

2 crushed cloves of garlic

Asparagus, cauliflower, green beans

2 tbsp. for sprinkling over veggies

Garlic, herb seasoning for veggies

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Marinate the fish filets. First, rinse them in water, pat dry and in your tuperware, sprinkle them with salt, pepper, garlic and a little bit of oil. Cover in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Roast the veggies. On a baking pan, lay out your veggies and sprinkle with olive oil and garlic and herb seasoning. With the oven preheated to 350, cook for 25 minutes, go in a flip over your veggies and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Vegetables should be soft, but firm to the touch.
  4. Heat your oven to 425.
  5. Remove the fish from the refrigerator, let sit and then heat up your cast iron grill pan. Melt butter on the grill pan. Grill each fish filet for 3 minutes on each side and then place in a covered baking dish (oven safe). You can sprinkle more garlic, butter, lemon into the dish. You’ll cook the fish for another 15-18 minutes. Remove and enjoy!