4 Great Ideas for Easter Dinner

Easter eggsWhat are you having for Easter dinner? Image via Wikipedia.

Easter is only a couple days away and you may not be looking forward to cooking that same old tired ham from a can that your family has always had for Easter dinner.  If you aren’t looking forward to an Easter filled with fresh food and fabulous flavors, the Fill Your Plate team is here to help.  You don’t need to toss out family tradition to update your holiday fare. Odds are, your family is more likely to thank you for the fresh take on time honored traditions than be upset at losing the canned ham.

Here are 4 ways to update your traditional Easter menu and keep your family traditions in tact while filling up your family’s plates.

1. Purely Elegant Easter Dinner

Start your meal off with an Orange Almond Salad made from fresh Arizona greens and flavorful mandarin oranges.  Keep the ham, but take it to a new level by making Honey Orange Glazed Ham, a deliciously different play on an old favorite.  For side dishes, serve up Julie’s Oven Roasted Red Potatoes with Asparagus and Beets with Olive Oil, Garlic, and Parsley.  Make dessert memorable by whipping up an Easter version of Grandma Nell Hickman’s Christmas Pie filled with fresh Arizona eggs, bananas, and pecans.

2. Low-Key Easter Eats

Looking for a meal that is more on the light side without a lot of fuss?  Pull together BBQ Pork Salad with Summer Fruits and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette and a pot of Peachy Pork Picante for great southwestern flavor with fresh Arizona pork.  Balance out some of the spice with Pennee’s Cucumber Delight and finish out the meal with the refreshing taste of Arizona Melon Dessert.

3. Vegetarian Version

This meal replaces the traditional meats with a range of vegetarian dishes tailor made for the Easter Bunny because each dish features fantastic Arizona carrots.  Offer your dinner guests both soup and salad with Carrot Ginger Soup (just replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock) and Isabell Rousseau’s Carrot Salad.  With the tasty trio of Carrot, Leek, and Turnip Saute, Grilled Romaine with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, and Summer Squash Casserole and no one at the table will miss the meat.  Finish things off with Carrot Cake for a fabulous Easter menu.

4. Buffet Style Brunch

Break out the buffet dishes and let everyone help themselves to this fresh and flavorful feast.    Arizona Quiche brings together eggs, bacon, and chilies for a dish featuring some of the best of local Arizona farm products.  Bake up a batch of Boss’s Baked French Toast and some Artichoke Eggs Sardou.   Add a little fun to the spread with TABLE Cosmos made with lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, bacon, avocados, and sour cream.  Fill some baskets with Rosemary Muffins with Goat Cheese and Yummy Nutmeg Donuts and keep the coffee brewing.


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