Gerhard’s Appliances – Enjoy an easy spring weeknight dish with pasta primavera

Now that spring is almost here, everything from food to fashion will receive a colorful boost. If you've been trying your hardest to come up with new, exciting and healthy meals for your family, you can put your Gerhards appliances to work whipping up a quick and easy recipe – pasta primavera!

One of the best features about this recipe is its flexibility. Combining a mix of veggies, pasta and olive oil, you can quickly adapt the dish's ingredients to suit your family's tastes. When cooking up the pasta, you can add vegetables like carrots, broccoli and peppers into the boiling water so they can cook evenly.

While the pasta is draining, you can combine a mixture of olive oil, chopped garlic and red pepper flakes into a pan and then add a mixture of chopped cherry tomatoes. This will create a delectable and refreshing sauce that you can use to top the pasta.

Best of all, this dish will stay fresh for days, so you and your family can use it for lunches or a delicious leftover meal. This is just one of many spring-inspired recipes that can help your family eat healthier and make your weeknight meals much easier.

Gerhard’s Appliances – Wow your friends during March Madness with a chorizo queso dip

March Madness is one of the most exciting times of the year for basketball fans, and if you're holding a party in the coming weeks, whipping up a few tasty appetizers is always appreciated by your guests. This year, skip the salsa and the guacamole and try a tasty chorizo queso dip instead.

According to the Food Network, this recipe couldn't be easier and it will yield fantastic results. All you need is a ½ pound of Mexican Chorizo, a cup of Mexican melting cheese or pepper jack cheese, two scallions and tortilla chips for dipping.

After coating a pot with olive oil, you can cook up the sausage and remove it from the casing while it's cooking. When it's fully cooked, you can start to melt the cheese in a separate pot. Coat the bottom of a baking dish with the sausage and pour the cheese right on top and bake for about 6 to 7 minutes on 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

This recipe will make great use of your new Gerhards appliance and can be a welcome change from your game day staples.

Gerhard’s Appliances – Put a healthy twist on an old favorite with chicken chili

If you're just getting your start at your first job, it can be tempting to go out for lunch every day, but the added expenses of eating out will add up quickly. Sooner or later, you'll find that bringing your own lunch is far cheaper, but you may start to get sick of sandwiches. Instead, consider making a pot of chili for the week that you can bring to work and reduce your food costs.

Beef chili is delicious, but it isn't exactly the best thing for you. You can easily substitute the beef for chicken or turkey to reduce the amount of cholesterol and fat content. There are countless recipes out there to work with from the traditional cumin and kidney bean filled version or a white bean and chicken chili.

Best of all, if you happen to have any leftovers at the end of the week, you can easily incorporate them into a new dish. Since March Madness is coming up, keep a bit of the chili in your fridge to put onto nachos, chili dogs and other game day fare.

Whether you make it in a slow cooker or with your new Gerhards appliance, you can save money on meals during the week and improve your overall nutrition in the process.

Gerhard’s Appliances – Turkey burgers are a great way to get your kids to eat healthier

There are few things that are more delicious than a good hamburger, and it's one of the easiest dishes to whip up for your family. However, eating excessive amounts of ground beef isn't good for their health, so finding a nutritional alternative should be a top priority. Turkey burgers are a great change of pace for your weekday dinner menu and they can be customized to suit your family's tastes.

Making turkey burgers is just as simple as making beef patties, but since turkey isn't as flavorful as beef, you'll have to compensate. Consider chopping a few garlic cloves, peppers and onions to add to the batch to give the burgers a tasty boost.

You can choose to cook the burgers in a pan or simply throw them on the grill. Instead of adding cheese to the burgers, consider whipping up an aioli spread or roasting some onions to put on top. Lastly, opt for wheat rolls instead of white bread to give your family a healthier option.

With spring on the horizon, now would be the perfect time to invest in a Gerhards appliance for the kitchen or the outdoors to improve your culinary capabilities.

Gerhard’s Appliances – Impress your friends at your next social occasion with a delectable 7 layer dip

Spring party season is on the horizon, so if you're planning to attend a friend's birthday party or some kind of outdoor bash, it's time to adapt your party dishes to this time of year. If you're looking for something quick and easy to bring to your next bash, put your Gerhards appliances to work and whip up a delicious 7 layer dip.

A 7 layer dip can be instructed with ready-made ingredients you can find at the grocery store, but it's best to make it from scratch. According to the Food Network, start by heating up refried beans, and then transfer them to the bottom of your bowl when fully cooked. Next, add olive oil to the pan and sear some scallions, cilantro and green salsa and layer that over the beans.

Beans are the next layer, so heat up some black beans seasoned with cumin and then add those on top of your dip. Next, you'll need a layer of salsa, then sour cream and finish with homemade guacamole. This is very easy to make – simply combine the meat of two avocados, lemon juice, jalapenos, garlic and salt and place it on top of your dip.

Finish with a bit of Mexican cheeses and a few fresh cut tomatoes and you're sure to have a winning recipe for your next party.

Gerhard’s Appliances – Paninis make for a delectable weekend night meal

After a long day of errands and picking up your children from their extracurricular activities, you may not feel like making a full-scale meal when you get home. Instead of ordering takeout or reheating some leftovers, paninis could be an easy way to give your kids exactly what they want without creating a bunch of dirty dishes.

Unless you have a panini maker handy, one of the easiest ways to whip up these sandwiches is with a grill pan. Let your kids assemble their sandwiches, and make sure to pick up bread with thick slices that can trap in the flavor of all the ingredients. You'll also need a panini press, which is a rather inexpensive item you can find at any home goods store.

A good rule of thumb when cooking paninis on a grill pan is to coat each side of the sandwich with olive oil. You could use butter, but olive oil is a much healthier alternative. Allow the sandwich to cook for about three minutes on each side and serve with a side salad or pasta salad for an easy and nutritious dinner.

If you're in the market for a new stove or cooktop, this kind of recipe is a great way to take advantage of your new Gerhards appliance.