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Healthy & tasty Easter recipes

Healthy & tasty Easter weekend recipes | www.ricottaandradishes.com

One more week until Easter!  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for egg decorating, Sunday dinner and a visit from the Easter bunny.  That extra day off work doesn’t hurt either ;)

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, now is the perfect time to get reacquainted with fresh produce and lighter dishes.  Peas, radishes and asparagus are out in full force and they happen to make the perfect accompaniments to classic Sunday dinner mains like glazed ham and roast chicken.  Spring vegetables have a vibrant, fresh flavour that helps cut some of the heaviness associated with traditional Easter main courses.

To inspire you to serve a few lighter, veggie-heavy dishes this Easter weekend, I’ve rounded up a collection of gorgeous spring recipes from some of my favourite food bloggers.  There are also a few meat dishes in there as well as desserts to balance things out.

Wishing you and yours a very “hoppy” Easter!  Hah…never get sick of that one.

  • Springtime granola {Kiwi and Bean} – If you’ll have guests over this weekend, consider setting out a morning spread of this homemade granola along with some chopped fresh fruit, yogurt and maple syrup for drizzling.  It’ll give you the right amount of energy to power through the day without feeling weighed down by a large breakfast.
  • Crustless asparagus and goat cheese quiche – These individual-sized quiches are a simple and easy-to-make option for Easter brunch.  No crust means less hassle, fewer calories and more room for tasty asparagus and goat cheese.

Individual crustless asparagus and goat cheese quiche

  • Roasted carrots with kale pesto and spiced Greek yogurt {She Eats} – I’ve featured this recipe before as part of my Sunday Links series, but I couldn’t help bringing it back again in time for Easter.  Carrots are a clear winner as far as Easter sides go–they’ll help lure the Easter bunny, duh!–but this creative recipe brings more flavours and textures than your standard carrot dish.  In other words, it’s special enough for your Easter dinner table.
  • Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus – Tender asparagus gets a salty, smoky kick with thin slices of prosciutto.  This classic appetizer never seems to get old and is just perfect for Easter.

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus | www.ricottaandradishes.com

  • Moroccan carrots with apricots and almonds {Swirls and Spice} – Another carrot recipe, this time featuring fragrant Middle Eastern flavours. This beautiful side is somewhat unconventional as far as traditional Easter dinner goes, but its global vibe would pair nicely with roast chicken or rack of lamb.
  • Herbed potato salad with yogurt and snap peas {A Couple Cooks} – You can’t go wrong with potato salad for any holiday get-together.  Made with tangy yogurt and fresh snap peas, this recipe has a springy feel to it that makes it a nice side for Easter brunch or dinner.
  • Shaved asparagus salad – Tender raw asparagus makes a superb salad when thinly shaved with a vegetable peeler.  In this recipe I’ve served it with millet and hard-boiled egg to make it a complete meal, but for Easter it would be suitable on its own as a simple side.

Shaved asparagus, millet and egg salad

  • Rack of lamb with Mediterranean tapenade {Foodland Ontario} – If you’re going to enjoy meat, especially delicate spring lamb, it might as well be for a special occasion such as Easter.  As far as Sunday dinner mains go, this recipe is a nice departure from the usual glazed ham.
  • Pork chops with Dijon maple sauce {Cookin’ Canuck} – This lighter take on pork chops makes good use of another in-season ingredient in these parts: maple syrup!  This recipe would be a crowd-pleasing yet not overly traditional main dish for Easter dinner.  It also takes just 15 minutes to make!
  • Vegan coconut macaroon bird’s nests {Radiant Rachels} – How adorable are these little bird’s nest treats?  The pastel-coloured eggs are made from coconut, almond milk, stevia and natural food colouring (beet juice, pureed blueberries and carrot juice).  If you can’t go without chocolate, or don’t have time to whip up the homemade eggs, fill the nests with Cadbury mini eggs.

 That’s all for now.  Have a great long weekend!

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