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!        

21 comments

Michelle April 11, 2014 - 7:35 am

Looks like the perfect Easter menu!

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Shirley Wood April 11, 2014 - 7:41 am

This sure sounds like a nice Easter menu and it looks delicious too!
We have all the family over to our home for Easter. Each one will bring a dish, usually the best dishes for Easter. It is indeed a great family day, with lots of food, fun and conversation.
I Loved listening to Carmen back in the day, you are right, he was IT, wasn’t he! I also love that praise and worship song which I have been known to sing while driving 🙂

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Alli April 11, 2014 - 2:24 pm

After my kids grew up I gave away all of their “Carmen” videos. Now the grands love him and I gave them some of his CD’s for stocking stuffers this past Christmas. Your house sounds like the place to be on Easter!

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zan April 11, 2014 - 9:15 am

Oh yum! This menu looks delicious! I love the words to the song above: and how fun that you know the writer personally!!

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Alli April 11, 2014 - 2:22 pm

Thanks, Zan! I love that song and I’ve been singing it a lot lately! 🙂

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Renee @ Renew Your Space April 11, 2014 - 12:35 pm

These are fabulous! I’ve had such a busy work schedule, I’ve not had any time to think about our Easter plans, so you’ve given me some good ideas 🙂

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Alli April 11, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Glad I cook help, Renee!

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Ricci April 11, 2014 - 2:54 pm

All of that food is making men hungry and I just ate!! LOL!!

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication April 11, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Okay, my mom has said for YEARS that she wanted this song sung at her funeral LOL Love Gary Oliver, so funny that you guys used to hang!

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Alli April 11, 2014 - 4:12 pm

It’s a small world! 🙂

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Angel April 11, 2014 - 5:43 pm

It looks like we will be coming to your house for Easter dinner, lol. I think I will have my carrot cake first please. Everything looks wonderful and I love this song too.

Hugs my friend
Angel

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Alli April 12, 2014 - 5:34 am

Come on over, Angel! I would love to have you!

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kelley April 11, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Love all of the recipe ideas! Thank you!

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Alli April 11, 2014 - 7:27 pm

You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by!!

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Paris April 11, 2014 - 9:50 pm

This menu sounds so yummy! We always have deviled eggs for Easter

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Alli April 12, 2014 - 5:25 am

Can’t have an Easter celebration without deviled eggs! 🙂

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Rania April 12, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Everything looks so delicious! Oh my gosh. #Yum

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Alli April 12, 2014 - 7:56 pm

Thanks, Rania! They are delicious! 🙂

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Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction April 17, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Alli,
Thanks for linking to #GetHimFed No. 30. I’m featuring your post on #GetHimFed No. 31. Hope you link up this week too. Happy Easter.
Annamaria

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Alli April 18, 2014 - 6:13 am

Thanks so much, Annamaria!

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