Healthy Recipes for Easter

Healthy Recipes for Easter

Here are some ways to make your Easter meals a little healthier:

Eggs are food that is high in protein and also a source of cholesterol and of course, are common at Easter, so here are some egg ideas. 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.

So what about your dessert? One thing that is a staple of Easter is chocolate candy and those marshmallow bunnies called Peeps. Dessert alternatives can include:

  • Jell-O Easter eggs and bunnies
  • Dark chocolate spoons or candy bunnies
  • Low-fat carrot cake
  • Pudding with whipped cream

You can buy 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 at Easter. so you can enjoy the day and the food without putting on the weight.


Easter Chocolate Bunny Bread

Easter Chocolate Bunny Bread

Easter Chocolate Bunny Bread

Easter Chocolate Bunny Bread Ingredients:

3 1/4 to 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2/3 c Sugar
1/3 c Unsweetened coca powder
2 pk Rapid rise yeast
3/4 ts Salt
2/3 c Milk
1/4 c Water
1/4 c Butter/margarine
1 Egg
1 tb Pure vanilla extract
1/3 c Milk chocolate or peanut Butter morsels

Easter Chocolate Bunny Bread Directions:

  • In large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, cocoa powder, undissolved
    yeast and salt. Heat milk, water and butter until very warm (120-130
    degrees).Gradually add to dry ingredients; beat 2 minutes at medium speed
    of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • Add egg, vanilla and 1/2 cup flour, beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping
    bowl occasionally. With spoon, stir in enough additional flour to make soft
    dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4-6
    minutes. Cover, let rest on floured surface 10 minutes. Divide dough in half.
  • For body, knead chocolate morsels into 1 half, form into ball. Place on
    bottom end of large greased baking sheet; flatten to make 5-inch round. For
    head, remove 1/3 of remaining half, form into ball. Place on large baking
    sheet above body, flatten slightly, pinching to attach.
  • For nose, pinch off 1/2 inch ball from remaining dough; place on center of
    head. Divide remaining dough into 4 equal portions, roll each to form 6-inch rope.
  • For arms, arrange 2 ropes across body; attach by tucking one end of each
    under body.
  • Shape remaining ropes into ears; arrange above head. Attach by tucking
    one end of each under head.
  • Cover, let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30-45
    minutes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until done, covering aluminum foil after 20 minutes to prevent excess browning. Remove from sheet; cool on wire rack. Decorate your Easter chocolate bunny bread as desired.
Easter Chick Cupcakes

Easter Chick Cupcakes

Easter Chick Cupcakes

Ingredients for Easter Chick Cupcakes:

36 Spring Oreo or Oreo Double Stuff Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions
1 (16 ounce) can prepared vanilla frosting
Decorator frosting or gel, assorted colors

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Daffodil Easter Cake

Daffodil Easter Cake

Daffodil Easter Cake Ingredients:

1 cup egg whites
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 egg yolks
2/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
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Bunny Patch Dessert

Bunny Patch Dessert Ingredients:

1 (10 3/4 ounce) package frozen pound cake, thawed and cut into 10 slices
1 (21 ounce) can pie filling, any flavor
1 (12 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Green food coloring
Jelly beans and assorted Easter decorations

Bunny Patch Dessert Instructions:

Line bottom of a 12 x 8-inch baking dish with cake slices. Top with pie filling and whipped topping. Refrigerate one hour or until ready to serve.
Tint coconut pale green with food coloring. Sprinkle over center of whipped topping. Decorate with Easter candies and decorations.
Serves 15.

The kids will love this Bunny Patch Dessert at Easter.

Scalloped Zucchini

Scalloped Zucchini

Scalloped Zucchini Ingredients:

2 small zucchini, cut up and peeled
1 egg, beaten with one fourth cup whole milk
1 ounce pepper cheese
1 small onion, chopped
1 to 2 slices white bread, torn in pieces
1-4 ounce can mushrooms or 4 ounces fresh, sliced if large
1 ounce smoked sausage

 Scalloped Zucchini Cooking Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a buttered casserole dish. Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes.

Scalloped zucchini is an easy dish to make, quite suitable as a side dish for your Easter meal.