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Welcome fresh herbs, spring vegetables to dinner

Spring temperatures make me crave foods lighter than casseroles and slow-cooked meats but I'm not quite on the salad kick that summer brings.

Right now there's an abundance of springtime vegetables and herbs with vibrant colors and fresh, bright flavors. Use fresh herbs and spring vegetables to give your weeknight dinners a taste of spring.

For an Easter weekend meal, my friends prepared chicken and steak kabobs with peppers, pineapples and zucchini. A bow-tie pasta salad with tomatoes, basil and Italian dressing was a perfect side dish.

Here are some tasty dinnertime ideas that will leave you with plenty of time to enjoy a pre-dinner spring cocktail on the porch before the summer humidity arrives.

About 45 minutes is all you need to make Roast Chicken with Spring Vegetables.

These Fish Tacos with Mandarin Orange Salsa from look amazing. Fresh cilantro and bell peppers mix with mandarin oranges in this inventive salsa.

Giada de Laurentiis offers chicken burgers with garlic and rosemary mayo. These would be perfect for a quick weeknight dinner with friends.