Hot soups and hearty stews may be the name of the game during the cold winter months, but we're well into May and it's time to swap the stock pot for the fresh, seasonal bounty of your local farmer's market. Wow your family at the dinner table this month with one of these light and delicious May meals.

Insalata Caprese

This Italian specialty may be a salad, but don't let the name fool you โ€” it's hearty enough to serve as a meal. Layer slices of the season's best vine-ripened tomatoes with slices of fresh Mozzarella cheese, and then top with chopped garlic and fresh basil leaves. Season generously with salt and pepper, and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste.

Serve this salad with a loaf of crusty Italian bread for dipping.

Pasta With Asparagus Pesto

Asparagus is in abundance during May, but let's face it, the stalky green vegetable is not always a family favorite. One tasty way to prepare it? Whip up this Pasta with Asparagus Pesto for a delicious spring meal straight from the farmer's market. (Call it Shrek Pasta and your kids may even ask for seconds!)

Spinach and Bacon Quiche

Quiche is a go-to meal for many busy families because it can be made ahead of time, served at any time of day, and used to mask all kinds of fresh vegetables behind kid-friendly layers of eggs and cheese. This simple Spinach and Bacon Quiche has only 6 ingredients โ€” including a healthy dose of fresh baby spinach โ€” and pairs well with a light and healthy fruit salad.

Pasta Salad With Seasonal Veggies

Sometimes, you don't need a recipe to create a delicious dinner. For an easy May meal, toss whatever fresh veggies you have on hand (think broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, etc.) with cooked pasta and your favorite Italian dressing, and then refrigerate for several hours to allow the flavors to blend. For extra kick, add diced cheeses and ham or salami to the mix.

What types of meals do you prepare in May? Do you use fruits and veggies from your local farmer's market in your cooking?