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May is here, and that means that we are taking advantage of the beautiful May weather we get here in Charlotte.

We’re thinking of grilling season, picnics, and all things outdoors! In this list of What to Cook in May, I’m sharing my favorite grilling recipes, tons of salads and fresh veggies, what’s in season, and what we are most excited about this month!

Recipes to Cook in May

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May is one of my favorite months. It’s the month that bridges Spring and Summer. The weather has turned lovely in most areas of the country, which means we’re ready to get outside, enjoy local produce, and get to grilling!

The local produce is teeming with green produce, fresh fruits, and colorful vegetables. The summer crops are getting planted by our wonderful farmers and in personal vegetable gardens. With that in mind, we’re sharing a list of recipes packed with fresh ingredients that we’re excited to make and eat in May!

Seasonal Market Finds

Farmer’s markets are opening back up for the season, and farmers are bringing their very tasty greens.

In May, some sweet fruits like strawberries and cherries are starting to appear in different parts of the country, greens, and hints of summer are on their way!

  • Asparagus
  • Artichoke
  • Avocado
  • Radishes
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Garlic Scapes / Green Garlic
  • Arugula
  • Blueberries
  • Bok Choy
  • Chard
  • Chives
  • New Potatoes
  • Rhubarb
  • Cherries
  • Citrus
  • Green Beans
  • Leeks
  • Greens (lettuce, spinach, arugula)
Smoothie Freezer Packs in the freezer

30 Smoothie Freezer Packs (Budget-Friendly): Smoothies are a delicious and easy way to have a nutritious breakfast QUICK. Today we’re giving you a guide on how to make 30 smoothie freezer packs, with 5 different smoothie recipes, using one shopping list, that’s budget-friendly and can be prepped in under an hour!

Strawberry overnight oats.

Strawberry and Cream Overnight Oats: Overnight oats are the perfect make-ahead breakfast, and the flavor on these is just out of this world!

instant pot hard-boiled eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs: This instant pot hard-boiled eggs recipe is ready in a total of 15 minutes!

Chocolate covered cherry smoothie.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie: This easy Chocolate Cherry Smoothie is the perfect creamy and flavorful on-the-go breakfast to add to your morning routine! It uses antioxidant-rich frozen cherries and cocoa powder to get a chocolate-covered cherry flavor!

Diner-Style Gluten Free French Toast: This easy French toast recipe is made up of your favorite gluten-free bread soaked in a subtly sweet cinnamon batter. It is perfectly fluffy in the middle with a golden and crispy exterior.

Spring Vegetable Quiche: This quiche is loaded with vegetables and fresh flavors that everyone will love! It’s perfect to serve for brunch!

My Basic Overnight Oats Recipe: These overnight oats are great for meal-prep and great to adding in spring fruits. This healthy breakfast takes just a few minutes to prep and will be ready for tomorrow’s breakfast!

Sheet Pan Greek Meatballs with Veggies and Chickpeas: his Sheet Pan Greek Meatballs with Veggies and Chickpeas is a delicious dinner that will make the whole family happy! The greek meatballs have a healthy dose of spinach and a nice bright lemon and herb flavor to complement the veggies and Crispy Chickpeas (in the Air Fryer or Oven)

Gluten Free Chicken Milanese: This Gluten Free Chicken Milanese is my spin on a classic Italian dish. It’s made with the best paleo and gluten-free breaded fried chicken over a lemon dressed arugula and tomato salad. It’s the perfect grain-free, out-of-this-world delicious chicken dinner!

Sushi Poke Bowls: These bowls are a nutritious, fresh, colorful, and delicious crowd favorite! They’re packed with veggies, fresh sushi-grade fish, Instant Pot sticky rice, a delicious marinade, and an easy spicy mayo drizzle.

Instant pot lemon chicken.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Artichokes and Asparagus: This recipe is on repeat for us in the spring! It’s bright, delicious, and a quick Instant Pot meal.

 Greek Veggie Bowls

Greek Veggie Bowls: These Greek Veggie Bowls with Greek Cauliflower Rice are a weeknight favorite of ours!

Marinated Flank Steak

Garlic and Lime Marinated Flank Steak: You can find me on my porch grilling anytime the weather means I can move dinner preparation outside, and this flank steak recipe is perfect for that. Serve it with a quick Easy Cucumber Salad with Lots of Herbs for the best meal.

Oven Baked Beef Tacos: These tacos are a quick and easy dinner that serves a crowd! 

5 Chicken Marinades

5 Chicken Marinades (Freezer-Friendly): We’re sharing 5 super simple chicken marinades that turn plain chicken breasts into something magical! They’re freezer-friendly and perfect for making ahead of time. They are all gluten-free, with some Paleo and Whole30 options as well.

Air Fryer Salmon Bites: These little bites of juicy salmon are marinated in the perfect sweet and salty teriyaki flavor combination and air fried.

Air Fryer Asparagus

Air Fryer Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan: The quickest and most delicious way to cook asparagus!

Air Fryer S’mores: These Air Fryer S’mores are one of the quickest and easiest ways to enjoy a classic summer treat any time of the year. They’re made with buttery graham crackers, air fryer toasted marshmallows, and your favorite melty chocolate!

Cherry Pie Bars

Gluten-Free Cherry Pie Bars: These pie bars have all the deliciousness of a cherry pie without the time needed to actually making one! It uses nutrient-dense almond flour to make the crust and the crumble on top and is packed with fresh cherry flavor.

Gluten-Free Funfetti cookies.

Gluten-Free Funfetti Cookies: If you like buttery, chewy, and soft cookies that are full of sprinkles and also gluten-free then you must make these!

Carrot zucchini bars

Healthy Carrot Zucchini Bars: These bars feel like a bridge between spring (carrots!) and summer (zucchini!) and are really delicious, with a healthy twist.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Balls: These Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Balls tastes just like chocolate chip cookie dough!

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  1. Hi Lexi! These are some great easy and healthy options. Spring and summer are great with all the fresh produce in season making it more accessible to healthy and fresh meals! I like to add in some fresh greens, like kale and spinach, to my smoothies so that I can get even more nutrients out of my meal.