Better Homes & Gardens March 2015 Recipes

Sesame Garlic Beef Tacos
Dazzling springtime cakes, perfect meatballs, and creative carrot ideas are the perfect recipes to beat the winter blues. Plus, we're sharing five weeknight-ready recipes. These are the dishes you've been waiting for, right from the pages of the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens!

This spring, we're giving classic favorites like yellow cake and Italian meatballs a modern makeover. Plus, we're sharing inventive recipes featuring sweet spring carrots.

Blogger Beth Kirby of Local Milk puts creative twists on classic cakes, and the results are incredible. Don't just take our word for it -- we're sharing five sweet-as-can-be cake recipes.

Dark Chocolate Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream

Part cake, part fudgy brownie, this dessert was made for chocolate-lovers. We dare you to stop at just one slice of this cake that's stacked high with the most decadent butter-filled frosting.


Lavender-Thyme Cake with Vanilla-Creme Glaze

One editor called this "the anytime cake." It's just sweet enough for dessert tonight yet totally appropriate for breakfast tomorrow.

Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Cream

A double-dose of puckery lemon flavor helps this cake stand out from the rest. For wow-worthy presentation, pile the frosted cake with sugared Meyer lemon peels.

Yellow Cake with Salted-Chocolate Ganache

Ditch the boxed cake mix. Our buttermilk-infused take on the classic is so good, you'll never miss it.

Editor's Tip: Don't skip the sprinkle of flaky sea salt to finish. It brings out the rich dark chocolate flavor.


Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Mascarpone Frosting

This delicious and simple version of classic carrot cake gets a modern makeover with aromatic cardamom. We use tangy mascarpone cheese for the heavenly whipped frosting.

Ditch the Dyes!

Get our recipes for pink, purple, orange, and even green naturally-colored frostings.

What's the secret to perfect meatballs? Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani shares his tips and tricks, plus four thoroughly modern recipes.

Ricotta Meatballs

The secret's out: These may just be the best meatballs you'll ever make. Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani shares his tricks -- and his recipe -- for the most tender, juicy meatballs.

Sweet and Spicy Meatballs with Mango Salsa

Put a party-perfect twist on classic meatballs. With a subtle heat and tropical salsa, these crowd-pleasers deserve a spot on your antipasti platter.

Chicken Meatballs with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Buh-bye boring meatballs -- these chicken bites are anything but. Plenty of herbs and sun-dried tomatoes pack a flavor punch.

Italian Herb Turkey Meatballs

Give everyone's favorite barbecued meatballs an Italian twist with our sticky-sweet balsamic sauce.

Get creative with carrots! The veggie-drawer staple shines in four easy main-dish recipes.

Vietnamese-Style Carrot Salad

A playful riff on the classic banh mi sandwich, this salad is perfect for mixing up your lunch game. Spicy pickled carrots are the star here, along with crunchy cabbage and cucumbers.

Cream of Carrot Soup

This soup is all about carrots ... and bacon. If you've never tried the two together, now's the time. This creamy soup is ready in just under an hour -- perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Turkey-Carrot Goulash

When cooked with ground turkey and prunes, carrots lend a subtle sweetness to classic goulash. We love our bowl with a spoonful of sour cream.

Spicy Carrot Chicken Salad

Your chicken salad has been missing something -- carrots! Plus, we've thrown in good-for-you ingredients like Greek yogurt, almonds, and golden raisins.

No need to wonder what's for dinner -- we've got it covered with five easy and delicious recipes.

Tex-Mex Chopped Salad

Regular old lettuce just won't do here. We've skipped the leafy green and swapped in crunchy veggies like corn and sweet peppers.

Fresh Basil and Navy Bean Soup

Classic pasta soup gets major flavor with the help of fresh basil and chopped Kalamata olives. Add the olives just before serving so the soup doesn't get too salty.

Three-Herb Chicken and Mushrooms

An abundance of fresh herbs makes this dinner extra-delicious. We love the combination of parsley, thyme, and rosemary, but it's all about using what you have on hand.

Ravioli, Zucchini, and Brown Butter

Short on time? This pasta toss works with your schedule. It doesn't need to be served piping hot -- it's delicious at any temperature.

Sesame-Garlic Beef Tacos

Wake up your weeknight dinner with this Asian-inspired taco. We've borrowed bold ingredients like sesame oil, soy sauce, and rice vinegar for an irresistible fusion of flavors.

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