What's your favorite easy recipe for an Easter or Passover meal?
Ham is the meat of choice at Easter in our family. I recently had trouble finding a "cheap" gluten free glazed ham. I decided to purchase unglazed and create my own glaze to put ontop....which saved me some major money!!! Here is my blog post with the glazed ham recipe. http://usasillyyaks.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-ham-dilemma-and-ham-glaze-recipe.html
A staple on the seder plate, the apple mixture called Charoset is one of our family favorites. Unfortunately, traditional charoset contains nuts. So, we use this delicious nut and wine-free recipe that everyone scarfs down before I can even finish serving it!
6 cups peeled, cored, and grated Granny Smith apples
1 lemon, juiced
1 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup honey
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp brown sugar
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and serve. Serves at least 8.
Meals prepared by me are usually free of the top 8 food allergens (peanuts, treenuts, soy, wheat, eggs, dairy, fish and shellfish). I also keep away from most seeds like poppy, sunflower etc. Apart from the traditional ham, my favorite dishes for Easter are reflective of the crisp fresh spring air:
1. Grilled vegetable (green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers, squash, zucchini) lasagna made with dairy-free cheese (Daiya) and gluten-free lasagna sheets. The lasagna is bursting with the flavors of fresh herbs - basil, cilantro et al!
2. Sauteed asparagus (olive oil, salt and freshly cracked pepper)
3. Sauteed green beans(olive oil, minced garlic, red pepper flakes and salt
4. For the kids: Allergy Friendly cupcakes decorated in spring colors and Easter theme.
5. Allergy Friendly Bread Pudding (made from glutenfree bread and oat/ hemp/ Dari-free/ coconut milk).
6. Chilled spring drink made from fresh carrots and coconut milk.
I love the elegance of a simple quiche Lorraine for an Easter brunch. You can easily use a store bought pie crust, bake it ahead of time and warm up individual slices at brunch time. Have picky eaters? Consider making this recipe in mini pie tins or in muffin tins and individualize.
My favorite Easter Breakfast is also my favorite Christmas breakfast. I love Sugar and Spice muffins with fresh fruit and a great cup of coffee. These muffins taste like donuts and never disappoint. They are great made the night before and will disappear quickly!
If you do make these be sure to get up early...you'll be disappointed if you don't!
Vegan lasagna with garlic bread and a huge green salad!
Roasted lamb shanks - It requires a little preparation - but not much at all. Makes a lovely hearty meal for both young and old (and if you don't like meat like myself at the moment) then have the delicious mashed potato that you serve the shanks on with some yummy sauce.
Recipe can be found here http://www.bettybake.co.za/2009/12/lamb-shank-and-husbands-birthday.html
I promise it is sooo easy and delcious and it smells delicious. Its one of those dishes that fills your house and makes it smell like home :)
For Easter this year, I'll be making some of my Cake Batter Truffles. No baking and less than 10 ingredients! These are not your standard "cake balls" with precooked cake crumbs and frosting. These truffles are more like candy and taste like cake batter coated with chocolate or candy melts. You can shape the truffles into the shape of an Easter egg, make them round, or shape them as desired. You can also coat the truffles in a variety of colors and vary the sprinkles inside for a completely custom look!
I love eating seasonal vegetables and this time of year is best for asparagus. I've found that kids like eating asparagus if you tell them that their pee will smell funny if they try it. Kids think that's hilarious - and you've gotten to eat a green vegetable. A win-win combination!