Scrumptious ways to simplify springtime meals 

Scrumptious ways to simplify springtime meals. (Photo courtesy of Family Features.)

Make weekday dining a breeze with easy, delicious recipes 

(Family Features) From everyday weeknight dinners to picnics in the park, warmer weather and longer days mean families want to spend more time together and less time in the kitchen. This spring, look for kitchen hacks that can make fresh and healthy weeknight seasonal recipes a cinch. 

Skipping complicated prep work is the first step toward simplifying springtime meals. Rather than recipes that call for a lot of prep or cooking time, consider easy dishes that require only a handful of steps and use everyday ingredients you may already have in your pantry, fridge or freezer. 

For example, these Shrimp, Broccoli and Potato Skewers with Lemon and Thyme can let you put a little spring in your weeknight dinners. Grilled skewers keep the whole family happy and come together in less than 30 minutes, making them perfect for quick and healthy meals without the hassle. The versatility of potatoes means you can grill them, and this version calls for a 5-minute microwave steam first to cut down on grill time. 

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Shrimp, Broccoli and Potato Skewers with Lemon and Thyme 

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Cook time: 20 minutes 

Servings: 4 

1 pound bagged Little Potatoes  

1 bunch broccoli  

12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined  

1 1/2 lemons, juice only 

3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped 

2 tablespoons olive oil 

Salt, to taste 

Pepper, to taste 

In large microwave-safe bowl, microwave potatoes on high 5 minutes. Chop broccoli into large pieces. Add broccoli and shrimp to bowl once potatoes are steamed. Add lemon juice, thyme and olive oil; evenly coat potatoes, shrimp and broccoli. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Build skewers and grill 10 to 15 minutes on medium-high heat, until shrimp is cooked through. 

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