The Perfect Easter Menu (From Drinks to Desserts)

by lydia on March 20, 2016


I’ve noticed that at times my website and the amount of recipes I’ve developed and blog articles I’ve written can, on occasion, completely overwhelm my readers. This is why I continually work to refine my work and help to guide you in easy-to-implement steps to change over to a healthier way of living and give you real applicable methods to ditch the junk food.

Meal planning has become intuitive to me, but I know that it can still be a struggle for many of you out there. With Easter coming up, I wanted to take some time to lay out the perfect Easter menu for you, your friends and family. Spring has just sprung, but we are still just coming off the holiday season. I hope you find this menu to be a perfect mixture of this seasonal transition.

Beverage – Soothe Your Soul with a Rooibos Chai
Soothe your soul while enjoying the spicy warmth of a Rooibos Chai. Rooibos is a naturally caffeine free red tea originally from South Africa. No known side effects and safe for people of all ages. Some studies now show that rooibos tea may protect against cancer. That’s reason enough for me to drink up! This savory, creamy, spiced drink is perfect to start off your guests when they first arrive or to comfort them after the meal is over.

Appetizer – Deviled Eggs Sans Mayonnaise or Curried Deviled Eggs
Eggs, eggs, eggs! I love eggs; they are such a wonderful nutrient-dense food! So long as they are pastured eggs, that is. Around here eggs are an everyday affair in some form or fashion, and a very affordable protein source to feed growing boys, I might add. This is a perfect appetizer for Easter! It’s fun and it’s festive.

Salad – Dandelion Greens Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette
I’m sure by now you’ve all heard by now to “eat local” or “eat with the seasons.” And I agree! A good rule of thumb is to try to eat the greens as they are in season. Dandelion greens are one that I don’t tend to use very often in my home, but they are beginning to come into season now. They are usually included in small amounts in mesclun, as they have a very bitter taste. In an effort to benefit from the rich array of vitamins and minerals in dandelion greens, I came up with a wonderfully simple salad that my whole family enjoys! I paired it with one of our favorite dressings – Ginger Vinaigrette. The vinaigrette adds just enough sweetness to complement the bitterness of the greens!

Entrée – Homemade Honey Baked Ham
That’s right, it’s ham time! I don’t know how this tradition came to be, but it seems to be a very common one throughout the U.S. Many families will also most likely purchase a pre-glazed or even a rather expensive honey baked ham from any number of markets. I, myself, enjoy a good honey baked ham but in an effort to make everything I consume as healthy as possible, I decided to come up with my own recipe for honey baked ham.  If I am gonna sweeten up my meat, I prefer to do it with the most natural sweeteners possible. It’s super simple to do, and you really can’t go wrong with trying it at home yourself. I mean, we are talking sweet pork here people, who doesn’t love that?!!

Side Dish #1 – Probiotic-Rich, Purple & White Fingerling Potato Salad
Years ago, I worked at a restaurant that took the time to soak their potatoes used for baked potatoes. They used a salt brine to break down the starches and that made for the best baked potato I had ever eaten. This practice is very traditional. With this recipe, I finally perfected my potato salad! Potatoes are one of those foods that waiver on the line of healthy/not-so-healthy in the Paleo-sphere. Soaking your potatoes in a salt brine can help to make them more digestible by starting to break down the starches. This pro-biotic rich potato salad will leave you feeling good about serving it for Easter!

Side Dish #2 – Homemade Macaroni and Cheese {Gluten-Free}
Nothing spells comfort food like a good ole serving of mac-n-cheese. I grew up on macaroni and cheese from the box like most Americans did.  In my early adult years, I switched to the Stouffer’s frozen macaroni and cheese (gross). One day, I finally figured out that it is easy to make my own at home and tastes WAY better! Since going gluten-free, I had to come up with a version that I could serve my family. I wanted an option that is healthier for my kids’ sake too. I make this dish about twice a year during the holidays. I am glad to have it in my arsenal to serve to larger crowds as well. It’s a great All-American go-to dish, served the healthy way!

Dessert – Wholesome Carrot Cake & Bunny-Shaped Cookies!
We deserve some indulgence and the great thing about transitioning into a real whole foods diet is that we can indulge and not feel bad about it! I love being able to create a festive event, especially when family and friends are wary about this alternative lifestyle. When you come out after dinner with this carrot cake and these cute cookies, you are sure to please everyone.

Don’t you think this is the perfect Easter Holiday Menu? If you do, go ahead and share it on your favorite social media platform and leave me a comment, letting me know you did. Also, let me know which recipe you are most excited to try!


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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather March 20, 2016 at 7:15 am

Looks great, Lydia! Have to give the carrot cake a try first probably…so spoiled for desserts!


lydia March 21, 2016 at 9:05 am

The carrot cake is divine – I hope you enjoy it!


Nancy March 21, 2016 at 8:34 pm

Thanks for sharing Lydia! Have you used your Instant Pot to make hard boiled eggs yet?


lydia March 22, 2016 at 8:24 am

Yes I have and it is the best thing ever!!!


Kelly M March 25, 2016 at 11:42 am

This menu sounds delicious! I love the idea of making your own honey baked ham. They are so expensive to buy!


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