Seasonal Sundays (Week 13) Late March

Well, hello, spring! Your arrival is most welcome! To celebrate, this week's recipe collection focuses on spring flavors, no, not asparagus and strawberries quite yet, it's a little early. But still, lighter, brighter, simpler ... just for spring.
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

What a shock, albeit welcome, this weeks-early, early-early spring. We opened the summer porch this week, just in time to celebrate a miracle of medical news from my husband's daughter: scans free of cancer!

The entire neighborhood filled with the brutal noise calls of two pairs of Canada geese in full head-bobbing courtship. The new bluebird houses already have occupants. The daffodils down by the creek have popped open.


But throughout the week, we also observed one sign after another of a planet out of control. The first fly. The first mosquito. The first "drone" bumble bees. Even, in freaking March, the first black swallowtail butterfly.

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: The back-ordered Ukrainian flags arrived and the twin grandsons helped raise fresh flags on the flagpole. They took home a second flag, it flies proudly at their house too.

Ukraine On My Mind

Ukraine Resources ♥


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Carrot & Chickpea Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dressing, another healthy vegan salad ♥ Low Carb. Low Fat. Weight Watchers Friendly. Great for Meal Prep. Gluten Free.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Corned Beef with Red Potatoes, Carrot Chunks, Cabbage Wedges & Cheese Sauce ♥, a classic recipe for corned beef with all the trimmings, a long-time family favorite!


Detox Chopped Salad, another healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture with broccoli, cauliflower, dried fruit, seeds and nuts. Vegan, great for potlucks and parties.
  • "The salad was and still is delicious! It's the way I like to eat. I gave my neighbor a big container, she's a fan too. I even had some with a scrambled egg yesterday, great for brunch." ~ Christy
  • THE RECIPE Detox Chopped Salad

Flavors That Shout "Spring"!

Watch the food blogger world as long as I have (going on 17 years!) and it's fun to watch a sort of communal sense of seasonality. Before the holidays, it's not just cookies and cranberry, it's "peppermint" and "eggnog" and "molasses" flavors.

I have my own ideas about seasons and seasonal flavors, you'll see them listed in Kitchen Parade's Recipe Box.

For Spring & Early Summer (which to me is a food season), these are the flavors which appeal. Have I missed a favorite of yours? Let me know!

Spring Recipe Ideas – Suppers

Slow-Cooked Greens & Smoked Turkey ♥, healthy leafy greens cooked until tender and luscious with a smoked turkey leg or ham hocks. Low Carb. Low Cal. High Protein. Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep and Weight Watchers.

Baked Chicken with Herb-Roasted Potatoes ♥, my mom's recipe, just chicken brushed with sour cream and roasted potatoes alongside.

Falafel Burgers (Lentil Burgers), another Meatless Monday recipe ♥ Naturally Gluten Free. Low Cal.

Spring Recipes Ideas – Breakfast

Simple French Eggs ♥, how to cook eggs, slowly, in the French style. Light, airy and delicious.

Crustless Quiche with Roasted Peppers, another easy healthy breakfast ♥ Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. High Protein. Gluten Free. Vegetarian.

Spinach Brownies, another easy, healthy breakfast ♥ A Veggie Venture. Fresh & Flexible. Year-Round Kitchen Staple. Great for Meal Prep. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Low Cal. Vegetarian.

Spring Recipes Ideas – Sweet

Rhubarb Muffins ♥, less sweet, all whole-wheat, moist and fruity.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with Poppy Seeds ♥, bright and lemony, really charged with lemon flavor.

Lemon Meringue Pie ♥, a long-time favorite in the South and Midwest. Not too sweet, not too sharp, a classic.

One Last Pot of Chili

White Chicken Chili ♥, spicy-but-not-too-spicy, just chicken, spices, chilies and white beans.

Chocolate Chili ♥, my oldest (and still best!) recipe for homemade chili with lots of spices and yes, cocoa powder. Weight Watchers Friendly. Whole30 Friendly. High Protein. Gluten Free.

Vegetable Chili with Sweet Potatoes & Chipotle ♥, a confetti of colorful vegetables and beans warmed with chili spices.

Lunch at the Kitchen Table

My Everyday Creamy Herb Salad Dressing, another Master Recipe ♥, quick, easy meal prep. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Good to Know

How to plant Lenten Grass, an old Finnish tradition ♥, helping children mark the season of Lent.

Put an Egg on Top aka "How About Eggs for Dinner?"

Why should breakfast get all the eggs?! If eggs for dinner were a club, I'd be president, chief marketing officer, resident evangelist, public advocate and ... hey, wanna join my club? Start here!

How to Transform Your Morning Oatmeal with Creamy Oatmeal ♥, half steel-cut oats and half old-fashioned rolled oats cooked in part milk, part water. Great texture. Great for meal prep. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Something New to You? A Challenge!

It's one thing to know what we like. It's another to get caught in a rut of repetition. Every so often, I may offer a challenge to try something that just might be new. The challenge is yours to accept – or y'know, not – but I hope to pique your palate!

Lazy Man's Ciopinno ♥, a simple but celebration-worthy stew packed with fresh fish and fresh shrimp in a light tomato-y broth. Low Carb. High Protein. Very Weight Watchers Friendly.

Savoring Sweet Potatoes: A Challenge

So usually my "challenges" are, well, a challenge, an undertaking, an endeavor, a project. But here? For a few weeks, I hope you'll throw a few sweet potatoes onto your grocery list, knowing there'll be a simple recipe to tackle. Who's game?!
Simple Sweet Potato 'Potato' Salad with Hardly Any Mayonnaise ♥ Great crunch, touch of sweetness, a few dried cranberries.

Meal Prep

Our Daily Bread: My Easy Everyday Bread Recipe ♥, the one I make again and again, every few days. It's an easy bread to make often, to fit into small spaces of your cooking life.

This Week's Soup

Easy Turkey Chili ♥, zero points for Weight Watchers, extra-easy with frozen vegetables and canned beans.

Finnish Food

Homemade Finnish Mustard ♥, homemade mustard Finnish-style, a creamy, spicy mustard just like the amazing mustards in Finland.

Lookin' for Love

We're all proud of our best recipes that family and friends (and the Internet!) just love. But what about the recipes we love but are, ahem, so far under-appreciated? This recipe is just that, it could use a little extra love!

Simple Chickpea Salad, just three ingredients ♥ Lunch, anyone?

Recipes That Stand the Test of Time

To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. The result is a fascinating collection of recipes, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years. Here's just one.

Asparagus Tapenade, another healthy vegetable appetizer ♥ Fresh & Seasonal. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Great for Meal Prep. Vegan. Gluten Free.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on "usefulness". See? Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade.

Soups & Salads Especially for March

March is such a funny month for cooking, some wintry days (yo, soups!), some spring-like days (hey, salads!) and so many days neither one nor the other, just smack in the middle. So what grabs us depends on the day, yes? That's why I spent a year gathering all of A Veggie Venture's best soup and salad recipes into easy-to-scan month-by-month collections.

Dig into Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes for March, tons of ideas!

Here's a sample!

Weight Watchers Spinach & Tortellini Soup, another healthy soup ♥ A Veggie Venture. WW Friendly. Low Carb. Low Fat. Easily High Protein. Great for Meal Prep.

Feeding a Sugar-Conscious Sweet Tooth

You too? We're cutting back on sweets without demonizing dessert, usually with smaller batches, smaller servings, shareable desserts or fruit desserts in addition to limiting frequency. But some times?

Carrot Cake Cupcakes ♥, a cupcake adaptation of Cook's Illustrated's carrot cake recipe. It's made in the food processor!


Who else loves seeing old photos pop up, quick memories from years past? Welcome to a recipe timehop ...

Mexican Gashouse Eggs ♥, a takeoff on the classic Gashouse Eggs, just an egg fried in the center of a tortilla, with salsa and cheese.
  • THE RECIPE Mexican Gas House Eggs The new game in town, an egg fried in a tortilla.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Gashouse Eggs The old-time comfort food, just an egg and bread fried together, with so many names.

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing, another easy homemade salad dressing ♥ A Veggie Venture


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Should Cooked Pork Be Pink? and (Sloooow) Baked Potatoes (How Long to Bake a Baked Potato). But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

DIY Substitute for Baker's Joy ♥, just three ingredients and works like a charm.

Potato, Cabbage & Rapini Colcannon ♥ The classic Irish combination, creamy-good, low-carb potatoes.

Just Updated!

Rustic Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Carrots ♥, an unexpectedly magical marriage of two everyday vegetables.

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Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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