April Seasonal Meal Plan
Looking to get organised with your meals this spring? Here are some recipes to make for lunch and dinner using the best produce of the season.
April brings with it the beginning of spring, meaning plenty of delicious plants are in season and at the height of their freshness and flavour. If you’re looking for inspiration to create a 5-day meal plan that’ll use the best of what this season has to offer, look no further than this drool-worthy roundup, using a range of ingredients that cross over between different meals to insure everything gets used up.
Lunch seasonal meal plan
This soup heroes peas which are well into their prime this season, making for a fresh and light lunch you deserve. It takes less than 15 minutes, requiring minimal stovetop time too, so it’s a great working-from-home lunch if you don't want to spend your entire break rustling something up.
As the name suggests, this tart utilises some of the amazing greens now in seasons for a crisp, buttery and tasty tart. It’s easily amenable to other greens and veg you may have on hand, but this version uses asparagus, courgette, peas (a crossover ingredient that features many times in this list, you're welcome) and broad beans.
It takes a while for the weather to warm up, even in spring — so it was only right that we include a warming and hearty soup into the mix. Get a hefty handful of greens in there — we love spinach, which is just coming into season this month.
Inspired by Greek spanakopita, these crisp parcels of spinach and vegan feta cheese are the perfect little lunch or a fantastic picnic food to share now the weather is getting brighter, sunnier and warmer.
Radicchio is in season in April, and this underrated plant has a punchy and slightly bitter taste that works beautifully in this salad when coupled with the sweetness of pear and caramelised pecans and crunchy croutons.
Dinner seasonal meal plan
Spring onions are now in season, so if you needed a reason to make this delicious charred spring onion and sesame noodle dish, here you are. It’s super savoury, umami goodness and the charred onion adds a deep caramelisation that makes it morish.
Cauliflower is in season, and for that we are thankful this beautiful cauliflower steak recipe exists. Charred cauliflower in a herby, zesty, salty and sweet glaze gives each steak a mediterranean feel that makes for a very special dinner centrepiece.
Got any leftover greens to use up from lunch? Add them to this hearty any-bean stew, with a rich and flavour packed stock and a medley of tinned beans and asparagus. It’s a great, light dinner and perfect pick-me-up after a long day.
This vegan paella is a great way to make the most out of crisp, fresh peppers in season. It uses both red and green, and is coupled with more peas (we weren’t lying when we said this would be a key staple throughout) and a rich stock.
Broccoli is an April favourite, so get stuck into making this spicy pasta for a satisfying weeknight dinner. You only need five ingredients and it’s the perfect dinner to have around this time of year — warming and comforting but still fresh and spring-like.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.