April might be one of the hardest months of the year -- because, taxes -- but when it comes to food it's easily one of the best. April means that root vegetables are no longer the spotlight of the produce section since fresh green vegetables have finally come into season. (Asparagus, artichokes and leeks to name a few.) This spring month is the first glimpse of many more great things to come.
The warming weather also means lighter meals start to replace the heartier dishes that define winter -- but not entirely. While salads are coming to the forefront, the brisk cool evenings of spring still beg for soups, big entrees and anything involving melted cheese. Here are 22 dishes that will help you take advantage of everything April has to offer. And they'll make sure you're very well fed, too.