Healthier Easter Menu Ideas
Looking for delicious Easter recipes that keep nutrition in mind? Check out our breakfast, brunch and dinner ideas that boost health while creating a beautiful, bountiful holiday table.
Breakfast before basket hunting
If your idea of the perfect Easter morning starts with a lavish breakfast, create a menu that features a few make-ahead recipes to give you time to enjoy the morning with your family, guests or friends. Read our Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas to start the brainstorming. Here are more ideas for an Easter morning breakfast bonanza:
Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole: Breakfast casseroles and stratas are the perfect make-ahead dish—but health-conscious cooks often shun them because many of these recipes tip the calorie and fat scales into diet-busting territory. Not this recipe from Cooking Light, which offers tips on how to lighten up your breakfast casserole while keeping all the great flavor.
DIY yogurt and granola breakfast bar: Starting with a hearty homemade granola and your favorite low-fat Greek or other yogurt, this festive breakfast treat may make you forget all about that chocolate bunny (at least for a little while). Fill bowls the night before with toppings such as fresh cut up fruit, coconut flakes, toasted almonds, raisins, Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ and dark chocolate chips; cover and store. On Easter morning, pull out the yogurt, granola and toppings, set up the bar and let everyone choose their favorites.
Cheese, Bacon and Wheat Germ Grits with Poached Eggs: This hearty, delicious breakfast dish is worthy of a special occasion.
Relaxed mid-day brunch
If the egg hunt is an early-morning must at your house, don’t put pressure on yourself to serve a big breakfast as soon as the last egg is discovered. Enjoy your morning by putting off the big meal until mid-day, when you and your family or guests can while away a beautiful spring day over Easter Sunday brunch. Our Healthy Brunch Alternatives offer suggestions for lightening up old favorites. Here are other ideas worth trying:
Pumpkin Waffles with Wheat Germ: Don’t reserve pumpkin just for fall! Canned pumpkin is available year round, and your guests will rave over this delicious addition to the brunch table.
Bake-ahead treats: Give yourself more time to celebrate the holiday by baking a day or two before. These recipes all boost nutrition by adding wheat germ to the mix: Raspberry Walnut “Not Just for Breakfast” Muffins, Banana Bread with Wheat Germ and Chocolate, Almond and Wheat Germ Biscotti.
Quiche, of course: This brunch favorite is a beautiful addition to an elegant buffet. Try this Zucchini, Gruyere and Wheat Germ Quiche or Eating Well’s Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Quiche, perfect for springtime.
Beyond eggs: Consider brunch ideas beyond typical morning favorites. More lunch-focused dishes that work well include Maryland-Style Wheat Germ Crab Cakes, Asparagus and Shallot Risotto with Wheat Germ and Wheat Germ Crepes with Spinach and Ricotta.
Elegant Easter dinner
Those who prefer to serve a special Easter feast in the late afternoon or evening will discover these dishes are worth the wait:
Baked Ham with Wheat Germ Crust: Taking center stage, this baked ham dazzles while also boosting nutrition with a wonderfully textured wheat germ crust.
Super sides: Crispy Cauliflower with a Twist and Roasted Vegetable Gratin go perfectly with main dish ham or lamb, while warm Whole Wheat Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls offer extra-special baked goodness. For a fresh twist, try this Quinoa with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Apples and Scallions.
Leave room for dessert: Wow your guests with this Carrot Cake with Honey Crunch Wheat Germ. If you prefer to set out a grab-and-go dessert tray, be warned: Key Lime Tarts with Graham Cracker Crust and Chocolate, Pistachio, Dried Cherry and Wheat Germ Bark will disappear quickly.
What are your favorite healthy Easter recipes?