Easter Menu

by Alli

Easter is neck and neck with Christmas in terms of being my favorite holiday.  And why not?  These two celebrations represent the birth and later, the death, burial and resurrection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! And, of course, the song “Celebrate” is running through my mind because you know I have a song for that!  Why, yes, I will share the lyrics and a story, to boot!

Celebrate Jesus celebrate
Celebrate Jesus celebrate
Celebrate Jesus celebrate
Celebrate Jesus celebrate
He is risen
He is risen
And He lives forevermore
He is risen
He is risen
Come on and celebrate
Come on and celebrate
Come on and celebrate
The resurrection of our Lord – Gary Oliver

 You may or may not know Gary Oliver as an awesome singer, songwriter, pastor, etc. but I know him as the father of daughter #1’s childhood bff!  That’s right.  When we lived in Tulsa, she and Hayden were the best of friends.  He was always at our house or she was at his.  And she met some of the most amazing people, including Carman – this Carman – the Christian singer/songwriter.  He was the stuff back in the day!

So every time I hear our Praise & Worship band do this song, it takes me back – way, way back – and it reminds me of the true meaning of Easter!  He is risen!  Every day should be a celebration!

Of course, no celebration would be complete without a feast!  Here’s a scrumptious Easter menu just for you!

Easter Menu

Pineapple/Peach Glazed Ham

Waldorf Salad

Hash Brown Casserole

Roasted Asparagus

Dinner Rolls

Best Carrot Cake

Glazed Ham

Yield: 12-14 servings

Pineapple Peach Glazed Ham

Glazed Ham

Ingredients

  • 8-10 lb. fully cooked ham

Pineapple/Peach Glaze

  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/2 cup peach preserves
  • 2 T cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook and stir over med/high heat until heated.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Place ham in a baking pan and bake for 2-3/4 hours or until a thermometer reads 140 degrees.
  3. Cover loosely with aluminum during the first hour of baking.
  4. Brush with glaze several times during the last 30 minutes of baking.

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Waldorf Salad

Yield: 6

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad is a delicious salad that I've been making for years. It's a keeper!

Ingredients

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 head Boston lettuce, separated into leaves
  • 2 heads green and/or red Belgian endive, separated into leaves
  • 3/4 cup seedless green grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup blanched whole almonds, toasted (or walnuts)
  • 1 recipe Lemon Dressing (see recipe below)
  • Lemon Dressing
  • 1 6 ounce container lemon low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill weed (or 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • In a small bowl stir together the yogurt, vinegar, salt, dill weed and black pepper until well combined. Makes 2/3 cup.

Instructions

  1. In medium bowl toss apples with lemon juice.
  2. On salad plates arrange Boston lettuce, endive, apple wedges, grapes, and almonds.
  3. Spoon on Lemon Dressing.
  4. Serves 6.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 172Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 3mgSodium 336mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 3gSugar 15gProtein 5g

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Hash Brown Casserole – find a lower-fat recipe here!  I know, I know!  This is an oldie but a goody – comfort food at its best!
roasted asparagus

Yield: 4 servings

Roasted Asparagus

Orange Pistachio Asparagus
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. fresh Asparagus spears
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin (or minced garlic from the jar to equal 2 cloves)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Snap off the tough ends of the Asparagus. Toss with the olive oil and garlic. Spread in a single layer on a large baking pan. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Roast for 12-15 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 112Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 106mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 5gSugar 3gProtein 6g

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Dinner Rolls (your choice – bake them or buy them)  I have two favorite frozen dinner rolls – one fave being Sister Schubert, white and whole wheat yeast type rolls. They come 10 to a package and I always buy one of each.  My other favorite is Pepperidge Farm Stone-Baked Artisan Dinner Rolls – very crusty on the outside and soft on the inside.  You can find them in the freezer section of your favorite grocery store or super center.

Carrot-Cake Best Carrot Cake can be found here.

What’s your favorite Easter food?  You know, that one dish that you must have every Easter!        

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