What to Cook in April

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what to cook in april

April here in Kansas City is when it really starts to feel like spring. Flowers are blooming. The world looks bright and new and full of color. Around our house we’ve also decided that this April will bring with it a flurry of activity. We have a long list of house projects we’re checking off. Including painting Molly and Clara’s bedroom and moving them from the kid beds they’ve slept in since they were 3 to bunk beds! In our house these bunk beds have been the most anticipated item of 2021 (and 2020), so we’re all excited to make the move. It’s also birthday month here – 4 of the 5 in our household celebrate this month! And while the celebrations will still be different than they’d be in normal times, we’re determined to make them great.

Hopefully your April is bringing with it something good – perhaps even just more time outdoors. But no matter what your April looks like, we’ve all got to eat. Spring meals are some of my favorites – asparagus, greens, strawberries, peas, and radishes that we pull straight from the garden.

Below are some of my favorite spring recipes to cook in April.

1. Spring Cobb Salad with Creamy Herb Yogurt Dressing

spring cobb salad in white bowl

With a light, creamy herb yogurt dressing, spring vegetables and bacon (of course!), this Spring Cobb Salad is a fresh twist on the classic. We use radishes from our garden and make this colorful salad every year.

2. Carrot Top Cupcakes

Carrot Top Chocolate Cupcakes

April is this weekend, but really the cupcakes are fun throughout spring. The chocolate-dipped strawberries are easy to make and you can use any chocolate cupcake recipe for the base.

3. Strawberry Semolina Yogurt Cake

strawberry semolina cake on a wooden board

This is an oldie but a goodie – a twist on my  Semolina Yogurt Cake made with strawberries. Deliciously made with yogurt and semolina flour, this Strawberry Semolina Yogurt Cake needs only ONE bowl and is moist and light. Great cake for spring & summer!

4. Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with Honey Mustard Glaze

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with Honey Mustard

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with Honey Mustard Glaze are an irresistible twist on a classic ham and cheese sandwich. Using store-bought pizza dough as the base makes this an easy lunch or dinner with only 7 ingredients.

5. No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie

No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie

Summertime calls for desserts that are light, fresh, and don’t require the oven. No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie is super fluffy, filled with fresh strawberries, and is served chilled for a beautiful, refreshing dessert.

6. Sesame Ginger Kale Salad

Sweet Sesame Kale Salad

Sesame Ginger Kale Salad is a bright, fresh salad with less than 400 calories is packed with protein, full of color and can be enjoyed year-round. A vinaigrette with sesame oil and fresh ginger adds just the right balance of sweet and savory.

7. Muffin Pan Strawberry Shortcakes

Muffin Pan Strawberry Shortcake

Make strawberry shortcake the easy way – in a muffin pan! These light and fluffy biscuits are great filled with fresh strawberries and whipped cream or ice cream.

8. Broiled Honey Lime Salmon

honey lime salmon on a sheet pan

Honey Lime Salmon has layers of flavor from a quick marinade, sweet and sour glaze, and is finished with more fresh lime juice. It cooks on a sheet pan under the broiler, resulting in tender fish with a golden brown surface.

9. Pesto Pea Soup with Tortellini

a bowl of pesto soup

Pesto and Sweet Pea Soup is a 30-minute meal and is light and fresh but hearty enough to serve all on its own with crusty bread.  This soup is spring in a bowl – sweet and fresh and topped with tortellini. And it’s super fast since it uses frozen peas, but if you had fresh sweet peas (lucky you!), this would be a great way to use them.

10. Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps

No chopping or lengthy prep required for this easy weeknight meal of crisp lettuce wraps filled with saucy Korean ground chicken. The sauce is sweet and savory – spice it up as much as you’d like!

11. Creamy Shells with Peas and Baconcreamy shells with peas and bacon in a cast iron skillet

Like a grown-up version of mac and cheese, this creamy weeknight-friendly pasta is equal parts familiar and cozy with a bit of fancy thrown in. Creamy Bacon and Pea Pasta Shells have a fresh pop of flavor from sweet peas and the crunch of savory bacon in every bite.

12. Pesto Flatbread with Shaved Asparagus and Bacon

Pesto Flatbread with Shaved Asparagus and Bacon

This Pesto Flatbread with Shaved Asparagus and Bacon is seriously easy but feels fancy enough for a celebration. It can be made in 30 minutes with just a handful of simple ingredients.

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About Jess Smith

Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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