Get prepped for spring with these colorful rainbow recipes
Winter weather is quickly giving way to spring rain, and tiny daffodil leaves are starting to pop up through the dirt. Spring is (almost) in the air.
Which is a great reason to bring all the gorgeous rainbows of the season to your next party, if only to get your guests mind off the weather outside.
Get rid of the winter blues and scare away gloomy rainstorms by adding some red, pink, purple, yellow, and green into your life, with natural food coloring from beets, carrots, and blueberries.
Whether you make sweet cakes, vibrant ice pops, or just simply stack some fruit on a skewer, here are easy, colorful ways to celebrate spring’s arrival.
And if you want to go off the book, at least there are plenty of food dye options for those avoiding the store-bought dyes. Try your hand at these gorgeous cakes, naturally dyed Easter eggs, and more!
— Brooklyn Supper, Babble
Brighten up your plate with our favourite rainbow recipes. Make a fabulous fruit salad, a tasty pizza or a showstopping cake – all bursting with colour!
Make someone smile with these cheery rainbow cupcakes. The striped sponge and buttercream sprinkle topping are sure to brighten anyone’s day
These colourful cookies are bound to be a big hit with kids and adults alike
Our show-stopping rainbow cheesecake is sure to brighten up any party. This easy dessert has a delicious biscuit base and vibrant, colourful layers
Kids and adults alike will love these super colourful pancakes, perfect for a celebratory breakfast or brunch. Stack them up and top with whipped cream, maple syrup and mixed berries.
Forget takeaway pizzas, encourage kids to eat a rainbow every day with this colourful recipe full of fresh flavours – guaranteed to please even fussy eaters
Rainbow zebra cake
Celebrate our 30th birthday with us – or your own special occasion – with this impressive rainbow sponge. Iced with buttercream and topped with coloured sprinkles, it's a cake that has the wow factor
Veggie rainbow picnic pie
Packed with veggies, feta and egg, this vegetarian pastry is part tortilla, part pie. Bursting with summer colours, it'll provide the wow factor at any picnic
10 Bite-Size Spring Appetizers
Spring is in full swing, and if you haven&apost yet jumped into the depths of all of the great seasonal produce, we&aposre thrilled to let you know some great ways to enjoy it all. These bite-sized spring appetizers are perfect for that backyard party you&aposve been waiting to have all winter. Check out the roundup of our ten favorites that have truly given us Spring Fever.
One word: radishes. It simply wouldn&apost be spring without a heaping helping of radishes on our plates and of course, in our appetizers. These crostini bites pair radishes, brie, and arugula leaves on toast for a crunchy and bright flavor experience.
You know it&aposs spring when suddenly carrots are everywhere. Easter is this Sunday (can you believe it?) and a tart like this makes for a perfect pick-me-up before dinner is served. Serve up a hearty and clean appetizer like this that fits in all of the festive carrot flavors of the season on one pan. Using rainbow carrots is a great tip that incorporates all different kinds of colors into this festive spring tart.
What kind of meal would it be without deviled eggs around Easter? Keep in mind that deviled eggs (or any recipe requiring hard-cooked eggs) is great to whip out after Easter, when you can put all of those dyed eggs to use.
Turns out you can get the fabulous flavors of takeout from your very own kitchen with these awesome pot stickers. The extra crispy-ness of this classic takeout item is enough in itself, but when you factor in all of the homemade goodness packed inside, they become out-of-this-world good.
While these empanadas are a little heartier than the average appetizer and can definitely be served as an entree if desired, their fun hand-sized nature makes them a great grab-and-go food for backyard parties or get-togethers. Not only are they a delicious golden-brown, but they&aposre chock full of great spring veggies.
It&aposs true, blackberries reach their prime in the summer months, but if you&aposre lucky enough to be able to snag some blackberries from your local market right now, they go wonderfully with brie on these golden-brown personal sized pizzas. Not only do these colorful appetizer pizzas bring out even more of that Spring Fever, but they&aposll get you all excited for the vast array of yummy produce still to come in the summer months.
All of the iconic flavors of this southern stew come together in perfect bite-sized portions with these tarts. Shrimp, okra, and polenta rounds pair perfectly in one bite and would make a great accompaniment to this warm spring weather.
These bright and colorful crostini appetizers are reminiscent of spring with their bright green colors and fresh flavor. Appetizers like this are a great way to combine multiple seasonal flavors in one bite. Fava beans get the spotlight here, but the goat cheese balances out the overall flavor.
It doesn&apost get much easier than these super simple veggie skewers. If you&aposre planning on serving a heavy meal, these light and fresh appetizers are the perfect pairing to round out the flavor palate, and the creamy dilly sauce is a great accompaniment.
This great appetizer comes with an essential peanut sauce, which lends a sweet and spicy flavor to these bright and fresh spring rolls. These rolls are held together with clear rice-paper wrappers, which allow for tons of great flavor to be packed into one edible snack.
There are so many great options for spring snacking this season. what are your favorite ways to enjoy the spring produce? Also, if you&aposre up for even more deviled egg deliciousness (seriously, those dyed Easter eggs are good for more than just decoration, you know) check out this recipe for Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs below!
Conclusion to Having the Most Festive Christmas Dinner
My plans for my Christmas dinner changed with pretty much every new recipe I found, they all look so delicious. I think I might have to invite my entire neighborhood and their extended families in order to get rid of all the food I will inevitably end up making.
If I were cooking for a smaller group of people I would definitely try out the lobster stuffed beef tenderloin for a little bit of luxury, maybe even along with some of those rosemary roast potatoes.
As much as I love my traditional turkey, maybe I will try and change up my choice of centerpiece this year, with the pork crown roast or one of the many glazed ham options there are out there.
Do your family always go for the same menu on Christmas year after year? Are you willing to take the leap to try out new meat or would you rather experiment with different side dishes instead?
Fantastic Rainbow Foods for an Extra-Festive Pride
It’s June and everything’s coming up rainbows—or should be, since it’s officially LGBTQ+ Pride month. It’s a time to celebrate, commemorate, and of course, eat and drink with the folks we love.
This year, though, there are shadows hanging over all of us: first, coronavirus concerns led (rightfully) to many public Pride celebrations being cancelled for the health and safety of the community. More recently, nationwide protests sparked by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor (to name but a few Black men and women killed in this country)—many of which have begun peacefully but been marred by destruction and violence—have forced uncomfortable truths into the light, exactly where they belong.
Black rights and LGBTQ+ rights have long been intertwined Marsha P. Johnson is synonymous with Stonewall, after all, and there have been many prominent members of the LGBTQ+ Black community before and since. Despite significant advancements in legal protections and general public acceptance—and even celebration—of both LGBTQ+ and Black people, they remain marginalized and more likely to suffer violence.
That doesn’t mean Pride shouldn’t be celebrated this year—if anything, let’s make the rainbows even brighter, and our voices ever louder. But if yourself aren’t a member of these groups, be sure to amplify the voices of Black and LGBTQ+ people too—share their stories, in their own words donate your time and money to supportive causes as you can and always, always vote for change.
Bowl food recipes
Nourish your body and lift your spirits with our beautiful bowl recipes. Fill them with colourful curries on top of rice or noodles and even fruit smoothies.
Burrito bowl with chipotle black beans
This healthy burrito bowl is chock full of veggies and greens, perfect for a filling lunch. This is one vegetarian meal that tastes just as good as it looks
Quick sushi bowl
Serve this quick and easy sushi bowl when you're short on time midweek. It contains a tasty mix of salmon, sushi rice, carrot, radish and pickled red cabbage
Poke is a Hawaiian staple and is convenient, nutritious and filling. Our easy bowl uses fresh sushi-grade tuna and shichimi togarashi – a Japanese seven-spice mix
Green goddess smoothie bowl
Add a splash of colour to your morning with this vibrant breakfast bowl of blended avocado, spinach and nut butter, topped with fresh fruit and seeds
28 Easy and Refreshing Popsicle Recipes to Help You Keep Cool This Summer
The ultimate frozen treat for when you're having some fun in the sun!
Summertime is right around the corner, which means it's officially time for some delicious grilling recipes and lounging on our favorite pool floats. When it comes to cooling off in the summer heat, though, everyone knows there's nothing better than indulging with an ice-cold popsicle &mdash these frozen hand-held treats are basically heaven on a stick, and they are so easy to make at home, too. All you need is some fruit juice and a few ingredients, along with some wooden sticks (forget expensive ice cream makers!) &mdash and then a couple hours in the freezer to solidify. The only hard part? Figuring out which of the hundreds of amazing popsicle recipes to make!
Of course, that's why we've rounded up some of the best popsicle recipes to make at home to inspire your greatest, most refreshing creations this summer. Whether you're partial to fruity and sweet or chocolatey and decadent, pick one of these homemade popsicle ideas &mdash and then bite into them for the most delightful no-bake summer desserts ever. And for adults for who want a little extra kick in their pop, we've got some of the best boozy popsicles too &mdash including everything from fruity rosé popsicles to ones that involves vodka gummy bears (yes, you definitely need to try those).
Taste the Rainbow! 7 Colorful Recipes to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
White cake mix (we used an 18-1/4-ounce box)
Food coloring (red, blue, green, and yellow)
Whipped cream (optional)
Prepare your favorite white cake mix, then divide the batter evenly among six small bowls. Following the chart below, dye each bowl of batter a rainbow color.
RAINBOW COLOR DROPS FOR FOOD COLORING:
Purple: 9 red and 6 blue drops
Blue: 12 drops
Green: 12 drops
Yellow: 12 drops
Orange: 12 yellow and 4 red drops
Red: 18 drops
Line 16 muffin pan wells with baking cups. Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups, then the blue, and so on, following the order shown. As you go, gently spread each layer of batter with the back of a spoon to cover the color underneath.
Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe directions. Before serving, remove the paper wrapping.
50+ Easy Trifle Recipes That Will Brighten Up Any Dessert Table
Classic trifles&mdashlayers of cake, fruit, and custard in a glass bowl&mdashdeserve more credit than they typically get these days. The only thing better than how impressive a trifle looks is how good it tastes. Our favorite trifle recipes have it all: smooth, creamy pudding, delightfully airy cake, fresh berries, and a whole lot of color. If you're still making up your mind about which Christmas desserts should get a spot on this year's dinner menu, might we suggest one of these multi-layered beauties? After all, you just can't go wrong with something as gorgeous as a trifle. These desserts are easy to make, fun to look at, and can feed a large crowd. What more could you ask for?
These recipes use different Christmas cakes to layer in the trifle that pack some incredible flavors. Whether you opt for chocolate trifle recipe that'll appeal to even the most discerning sweet tooth or a classic English trifle with old-fashioned charm, there's at least one recipe on our list for you and your guests. We've got gingerbread cookie trifles with a crunchy, unexpected layered of chopped pecans, strawberry trifle recipes with refreshing cream (which, by the way, you can reuse for all your 4th of July parties come summer), and more seasonal peppermint trifles with pretty pink and red details. Whip up one of these crowd-pleasing recipes in no time for a hassle-free, showstopping sweet treat&mdashjust don't be surprised when it rivals the beauty of your array of Christmas cookies.
Rainbow Paper Garland
I am loving this fun rainbow garland! We crafted it using paper rounded into circles for a whimsical and unique take on the rainbow garland trend. With Saint Patrick’s Day coming, and a spring sky filled with clouds today – the hope of a rainbow is seemingly everywhere. This easy to craft rainbow garland is a great solution for last minute St. Patrick’s Day decor. Plus, it’s one of those party pieces that works to brighten up moods on any old day.
If you happen to be planning a rainbow party (and why wouldn’t you be?) this rainbow garland is a fun jumping off piece. Pair it with rainbow waffles, rainbow candles and any one of these rainbow crafts to host a gathering that will part the clouds and melt the snow (*claim not scientifically proven).
Paper Rainbow Garland
To make the paper rainbow garland:
Cut 2 inch lengths of bright colorful paper. Our circles are 12 inches by 2 inches (made using 12×12 scrapbook paper). The garland can be made smaller or larger depending on your paper size.
Glue the circles together overlapping onto a thin piece of floral wire. The floral wire is necessary – using string will not allow the circles to stand up when hung horizontally. Mismatch the colors and the sides sporadically as the garland is created, for a fun and whimsical take on hanging a rainbow indoors!
(Photography done by Jocelyn Noel for A Subtle Revelry).
PS. Looking for more garland ideas? We’ve got you covered, check out the garland gallery!