10 Easy recipes for eating local and vegetarian in April

Eating healthful meals during busy weekdays in early spring can be as easy as throwing a few ingredients into a casserole dish and putting them in the oven. We've gathered 10 great springtime recipes from soups to bakes, from vegetables to cookies. Enjoy!

spicy mushroom stir-fry photo© Jaymi Heimbuch
Spicy mushroom stir-fry [Vegan]: Simple, speedy and spicy. Couldn't ask for a better recipe for a busy weekday meal.

baked bean and onion photo© Jaymi Heimbuch
Baked white beans with caramelized onions [Vegetarian]: A handful of ingredients makes a casserole that can last all week as delicious leftovers for speedy lunches and dinners.

vegetable soup photo© Jaymi Heimbuch
Hearty vegetable soup with pasta shells [Vegan]: We are well into spring but there is still that occasional cold snap. Warm up with this healthy soup.

artichoke kale ricotta pie© Jaymi Heimbuch
Artichoke, kale and ricotta pie [Vegetarian]: A simple, easy bake that you can throw together, toss in the oven, and serve up hot on a busy week night.

spinach salad photo© Jaymi Heimbuch
Spinach and avocado salad with garlic mustard vinaigrette [Vegan]: A beautiful and healthy spring time salad that brightens any meal.

quinoa kale patties© Jaymi Heimbuch
Savory bite-sized quinoa and kale patties [Vegetarian]: These tasty morsels satisfy that fried food craving the healthy way.

cauliflower salsa verde photo© Jaymi Heimbuch
Cauliflower with herb salsa verde [Vegan]: A great way to sneak cauliflower in as a zesty, spicy addition to round out a meal.

swiss chard casserole photo© Jaymi Heimbuch
Swiss chard and goat cheese casserole [Vegetarian]: This quick dish comes together quickly for a week night meal, and makes excellent leftovers for a healthy lunch the next day.

tagine photo© Jaymi Heimbuch
Moroccan tagine with root vegetables [Vegan]: Kelly writes, "This is a nice recipe to make at this time of the year where I live, a bit of a goodbye to celeriac for the season, anticipating the spring vegetables that will hopefully be coming in this week or next in Toronto."

Chocolate, hazelnut and oatmeal cookies photo© Jaymi Heimbuch
Chocolate, hazelnut and oatmeal cookies [Gluten-free]: It can be hard to find gluten-free baking recipes that actually taste good -- which is why I'm so excited about this cookie recipe. They're delicious!

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