29 Fresh and flavorful recipes to make before May is over

May 20, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. ET

With our inaugural farmers market trip under my belt last weekend, I'm finally feeling like summer is just around the corner. All that glorious produce has me itching to make super-fresh and flavorful meals, fire up the grill and cool off with frozen (bonus if they're boozy) desserts.

If you're feeling like I'm feeling, then add these must-make recipes to your list, and start enjoying the delicious flavors of the season.

Breakfast

1. Mexican breakfast hash recipe

mexican breakfast hash

I would definitely be willing to wake up 25 minutes earlier to make this Mexican breakfast hash.

2. Easy coconut-kale breakfast smoothie recipe

Easy coconut-kale breakfast smoothie recipe

As someone who does not love kale, even I have to admit that this green smoothie with tons of coconut and pineapple sounds pretty darn good.

3. Lavender whole-wheat muffins recipe

Lavender whole-wheat muffins recipe

Get out of your herb rut, and add fresh lavender to your whole-wheat muffins for some unexpected spring flavor.

4. Tie-dye waffles recipe

Tie-dye waffles recipe

Nobody will even think about Eggos with these homemade tie-dye waffles on the scene.

Main dishes

5. Gluten-free veggie burrito bowls recipe

Gluten-free veggie burrito bowls

Move over, Chipotle. This burrito bowl is giving you a run for your money.

6. Artichoke heart grilled cheese sandwich recipe

Artichoke heart grilled cheese sandwich

You might think this ridiculously cheesy sandwich is the best part of the recipe, but you haven't seen the smoked Gouda dipping sauce yet.

7. Slow cooker skinny supreme pizza mac and cheese recipe

Slow cooker skinny supreme pizza mac and cheese recipe

It's pizza and mac and cheese combined. And it's skinny. Winner.

8. Low-carb, low-calorie fish taco lettuce wraps recipe

Low-carb low-calorie fish taco lettuce wraps recipe

Make some swaps to traditional fish tacos, and you're chowing down on these beauties that you don't even have to feel guilty about.

9. Strawberry raspberry jalapeño gazpacho recipe

Strawberry raspberry jalapeño gazpacho recipe

Branch out with your gazpacho — sweet and spicy is the new way to go.

10. Penne with pesto, potatoes and peas recipe

Penne with pesto potatoes and peas recipe

This penne looks like the perfect use for the fresh peas sitting in my crisper. And that runny egg isn't hurting my feelings either.

11. Open-faced garbanzo bean salad sandwich recipe

Open-faced garbanzo bean salad sandwich recipe

Open-faced garbanzo bean salad sammies are the perfect option for Meatless Monday lunch.

12. One-pan Thai basil chicken recipe

One-pan Thai basil chicken recipe

No excuses for not making dinner tonight. This Thai basil chicken is a one-pot wonder and takes only 30 minutes.

13. Triple melon mozzarella salad with lime dressing and mint recipe

Triple melon mozzarella salad with lime dressing and mint recipe

This melon-mozzarella salad only looks like a fancy dish you'd get at a restaurant. It's actually super easy to make.

14. Baked tilapia with olives, red pepper and feta recipe

Baked tilapia with olives red pepper and feta recipe

Tilapia is such an underrated fish, and this one-pan meal with tons of fresh Mediterranean flavors is a delicious way to try it out.

15. Tabbouleh-stuffed peppers recipe

Tabbouleh-stuffed peppers recipe

These stuffed peppers are the perfect recipe when you need to use up all those herbs you have no clue what to do with.

16. Oven-baked orange-soy pork ribs recipe

Oven-baked orange-soy pork ribs recipe

For those of you in areas where it's still too cold to think about grilling, these Asian-style oven-baked ribs will satisfy your barbecue craving.

17. Raspberry spinach salad wraps recipe

Raspberry spinach salad wraps recipe

So many good things in this lunch wrap: fresh raspberries, candied walnuts, blue cheese, spinach, oh my!

18. Fresh mango chicken tinga recipe

fresh mango chicken tinga recipe

Mangoes and jalapeños give tons of sweet and spicy flavor to this easy chicken dish.

19. Easy tea sandwiches

tea sandwiches

Brunch season is in full swing — you're going to want to bookmark these easy but impressive tea sandwich recipes.

20. Spicy grilled shrimp kebab lettuce wraps recipe

Spicy grilled shrimp kebab lettuce wraps

It's totally acceptable to eat with your hands when it's grilled shrimp lettuce wraps with spicy corn salad.

21. Healthy veggie power bowl recipe

Healthy veggie power bowl recipe

Pick from three tasty homemade salad dressings to really amp up the flavor of this veggie power bowl.

22. Hawaiian pizza pita pockets recipe

Hawaiian pizza pita pockets recipe

Pizza night twist — serve Hawaiian-style toppings (with plenty of cheese) in a pita pocket.

23. Strawberry avocado goat cheese panini

Strawberry avocado goat cheese panini

Strawberry and avocado might sound like an odd flavor combo, but don't knock it till you've tried it. It just might become your new favorite sandwich.

24. Grilled chicken with kiwi salsa and coconut rice recipe

grilled chicken with kiwi salsa

This grilled chicken meal brings the flavor — big time. And it's pretty easy too.

Dessert

25. Chocolate-espresso cupcakes with fresh raspberry filling recipe

Chocolate-espresso cupcakes with fresh raspberry filling recipe

These decadent cupcakes have a fresh fruit surprise inside. (But really, I just want to lick that frosting off the top.)

26. Strawberry mojito cupcake recipe

Strawberry mojito cupcake recipe

Cocktails turned into cupcakes sounds like a fantastic idea to me.

27. Homemade boozy Dole Whip recipe

Homemade boozy Dole Whip recipe

No need for a trip to Disney for this adults-only version of the luscious Dole Whip.

28. Triple-layer margarita ice pops recipe

Triple-layer margarita ice pops recipe

The next best thing to margaritas has got to be spiked margarita pops.

29. Pineapple-coconut no-bake cheesecake recipe

pineapple no-bake cheesecake

Any cheesecake that takes only 10 minutes to prep is fine by me. Even better when it's no-bake.

More must-try recipes

Chocolate-sour cream Bundt cake is a foolproof homemade dessert
Healthy turkey burrito wraps swap tortillas for fresh greens
No-bake strawberry cream bars you won't believe are vegan

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