What do you like to eat during Easter? One of the main things that go on is Easter egg hunts. These are run for the kids as a way of having fun on this day. Eggs are a food that is high in protein and also a source of cholesterol.
Here are some egg ideas for your Easter recipes. Scoop out the yolk from the eggs and allow the kids to eat the egg whites. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. The eggs can also be used to make deviled eggs. Deviled eggs are a yummy addition to any Easter dinner. Since you boiled and decorated and hid all of those eggs, you now have to eat them. When making your filling for the egg white, try to cut the use of egg yolk by fifty percent. Mix with fat-free mayonnaise, a little vinegar and some mustard. Sprinkle the top with paprika.
How about your dessert? One thing that is a staple of traditional Easter recipes is chocolate candy and those marshmallow bunnies called Peeps. Dessert alternatives to traditional Easter recipes can include:
* Jell-O Easter eggs and bunnies
* Dark chocolate spoons or candy bunnies
* Low-fat carrot cake
* Pudding with whipped cream
You can purchase Jell-O molds or use cookie cutters. Mix your gelatin and then pour into the molds. Kids can shake, jiggle and then eat their treats.
Chocolate is not all bad. Darker chocolate contains more cocoa solids and has more of an antioxidant benefit. Create your own chocolate by melting dark chocolate and pouring on plastic spoons. Allow them to set. It makes a perfect sweet treat for children.
As for Easter cake, replace part of that flour in your carrot cake with whole wheat flour. You will have fewer calories. Also you can replace some of the oil with applesauce to cut the fat.
What about the main meal? Some people have ham or lamb. If you choose the lamb, get it from a butcher. Ask them to remove as much of the fat as they can, even going so far as to butterfly the piece of meat. Rub the outside with various herbs and even some olive oil before roasting.
Ham can be a salty dish. Opt instead for a roasted, glazed turkey breast or a whole roasted chicken. Want some pork in the dish? Cross a couple of pieces of bacon on the top as a tasty and decorative addition.
Wherever you can, try to trim the fat and calories from your favorite dishes for your Easter recipes. Enjoy the day and the food without gaining extra pounds in the process.
Normally, the vegetable dishes at an Easter feast are primarily side dishes. This year why not make them the main course in your vegetarian Easter meal with these vegetarian Easter recipes ideas.
Healthy Easter Recipes
1. Braided Greek Easter Bread (makes 2 loaves).
* 2 packages active dry yeast
* 9 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
* 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
* 8 tablespoons melted, cooled butter
* 5 eggs
* 1 egg lightly beaten
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon orange zest
* 1 tablespoon lemon zest
* 2 hardboiled eggs, dyed red
* 2 tablespoons black cumin seeds or poppy seeds
* 2 cups warm milk
Stir yeast and warm milk together in a large bowl until yeast is dissolved. Add 1 cup flour and 1 1/2 cup sugar, stir, cover, and set aside for 1 hour. Then, stir in 1/2 cup water and add the butter and 5 eggs. Stir thoroughly. Combine the remaining 8 cups of flour and salt, and sift into the dough. Add the zests, working them in with a wooden spoon.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, adding flour as needed. Then let dough rise in a covered, oiled bowl until doubled in bulk (about 2 hours). Then, divide dough into 6 parts of uniform size and roll into ropes about 15 inches long.
Braid 3 strips together, turning the ends under when finished. Repeat with the other 3 strips. At the end of each braid, press one of the dyed eggs. Lay braids on a greased cookie sheet, cover, and let rise again for about an hour. Brush each loaf with beaten egg and sprinkle with cumin or poppy seeds. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes.
2. Meatless Meatballs
Serve these tangy, savory vegetarian “meat”-balls in the middle of your meal as a main course.
Mix the following in a bowl:
* 3/4 cup ground walnuts
* 1 1/4 cup crushed soda crackers
* 4 eggs
* 3 1/2 cups grated cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or Monterey Jack)
* 1 small onion, minced
* 1 1/2 teaspoons sage
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 3 tablespoons fresh parsley flakes, or 1 1/2 tablespoons dried
* 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
Form into 1″ balls and place in a single layer in a baking dish.
In a saucepan, combine:
* 3/4 cup apricot jam
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 1/4 cup oil (such as safflower, canola or olive)
* 1/2 cup ketchup
* 2 tablespoons grated onion
* 2 tablespoons oregano
* 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Bring to a boil and pour over “meat”-balls. Bake at 350 for 1/2 hour.
3. Beans and Greens
Your meal has to have something green! Here is a recipe for greens that is nutritious and quick.
* Olive oil
* 2 minced garlic cloves
* 2 bunches of greens such as kale, chard, and/or turnip greens
* 2 bunches of broccolini
* 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
* 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
* 1 15-ounce can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Prepare greens by removing the stems and tearing into pieces. Trim the florets from the broccolini. Heat oil in a large skillet and add the garlic. Sauté for a minute or so, then add the greens, broccolini and red pepper flakes. Add salt to taste, then remove mixture from the skillet and keep warm.
Add some more olive oil to the skillet and sauté the tomatoes about 5 minutes, or until the skins brown and split. Stir in the beans and heat through. Serve the bean mixture over the greens, topping with the cheese.
We hope this Easter recipe ideas helps you enjoy a healthy Easter feast this year!