Are you planning for Easter?
Here is a little help to a carefree, relaxed Easter with delicious and healthy food on the menu.
Before the Easter menu topic, I have to explain why I haven’t posted for a while here.
I have been busy recently to get my qualification as a Nutritional therapist.
And tada – here we are:
It is framed and I am ready for business 🙂
Ready for Easter
I am also ready for Easter. And as everyone, I am planning my time with my family – and we are definitely going away this Easter.
And as always, I am planning the meals too – a special Easter menu is forming including, of course, Easter treats too. I thought it would be useful to share my ideas on this in a blog post, so here we are.
Well, to be honest, meal planning is a bit of hard at the moment, as I am on my annual detox this week.
I have been following this detox routine every year before Easter for ten years now… the point is that I go back to raw salads, fruits, yoghurt, wholemeal grains (like wholemeal bread and brown rice) for a week to help my body to get rid of all the toxins and renew the microflora in the digestive system. It’s like resetting my digestive system – and it brings so much benefit, that I around the end of February I can’t wait to do it.
I posted all the details in daily blog posts two years ago, you can find them here:
Back to the Easter meals, I have 4 tips to have a healthy Easter Menu – but not without the treats.
#1 The Good Friday Center Piece
… is fish.
I’ve found two really easy and quick recipe:
This risotto is very family friendly: Smocked haddock and Leek Risotto
And this one is bursting with flavours: Mediterranean Baked Fish With Artichokes and Olives
And a lovely, mouth-watering recipe: Pan-fried Salmon with Gnocchi
#2 Chocolate – In Moderation
I have to say our cupboard is already loaded with Easter chocolate eggs – and this has happened without our active involvement… Easter egg hunt in the playgroup, some chocolate eggs from friends and family… (They will end in a lovely chocolate tart, see the recipe below.)
There are other, better candy and chocolate free options to fill those eggs…
and more Egg Stuffer Ideas here.
#3 The Healthy Picnic Hamper Challenge
Hopefully, the weather will be nice and allow us to have a picnic at this Easter (not like 4 years ago when we celebrated Easter in 20 cm snow…)
Anyway, I think most people are ready to go out around Easter so a list of healthy Easter Picnic Basket fillers will come handy for many of us.
This time I concentrate on food that doesn’t need any preparation – or just a minimal preparation. Choose from the list below – whatever you like.
So the list of healthy foods can go in our Picnic basket this Easter:
- Nairn’s Seeded Oatcakes (or gluten-free oatcakes)
- Ryvita Original Crackerbread
- Carrot sticks
- Celery sticks
- Pepper sticks
- Cucumber slices
- Baby plum
- Low-fat hummus
- Avocado dip
- Laughing Cow light triangles
- Leerdammer light cheese slices
- Tuna salad (like this Simple Mayo-less Tuna Salad from The Humbled Homemaker)
- Corn on the cob (cooked)
- Quorn sausages or Flexilicious Beef and veg sausages (baked)
- Boiled eggs
- Quorn Picnic Eggs
- Mini mozzarella, basil and cherry tomato sticks
- Apple chips
- Watermelon slices
- Fruit Kabobs (Like this lovely Bunny Fruit Kebobs from Amees Savory Dish, click on the picture for the recipe)
- Healthy biscuits like these Low-calorie cookies
- Easy-to-make energy bars Like these Easy Energy Bars
#4 Easter Menu Indulgence – Without The Guilt
No Easter menu without lamb roast – as we are on the go most of the time I looked for a slow cooker recipe and I’ve found these recipes interesting:
The first is a Slow-cooker Lamb with Onions and Thyme. Really simple and the left over is a perfect sarnie filling for a picnic.
The other one is made with a twist, but it looks so delicious. And again the leftover can be used in wraps or sarnies. I think this can be cooked in a slow cooker and finished off in the oven with the sweet chilli coating: Sticky Slow Roast Lamb from The Londoner.
Following the traditions, hot cross buns cannot miss from the Easter table. This is a low-fat and low-sugar version of hot cross buns from Tales From The Kitchen Shed: Healthy Hot Cross Buns recipe.
I like the idea of These Easter Popsicles – but probably my children wouldn’t eat them as a breakfast, they rather would be happy to eat them as a treat. And I am sure will love to make their own popsicles 🙂 (I saw similar silicon forms in Morrisons recently)
This a really easy-to-make can and the main ingredients are yoghurt and fruit. The Pineapple and mandarin can be substituted by fresh strawberries, blueberries or raspberries too.
Recipe: Pineapple Mandarin Icebox Cake.
This is a really indulgent tart – really everything what you need for a chocolate cake. And you can use up all the broken Easter chocolate bunnies and eggs 😉
Find the recipe here: Chocolate tart.
Happy, healthy and tasty Easter, everyone!