Easter Dinner Menu and Recipe Ideas

Easter Dinner Menu & Recipe Ideas

Easter Dinner Menu & Recipe Ideas

Do you know what you are having for Easter Dinner? Easter is just a few days away tomorrow and I’m still trying to figure out what I’m making for dinner. It’s part of my culinary geekiness. I spend way too much time reading and researching what to make, thumbing through dozens of books, surfing the web, before finally deciding on a menu and doing the shopping.

I’m still trying to decide between ham or lamb. Carrots, green beans and peas. And carrot cake, panna cotta and pavlovas for Easter dessert.

The one thing I’m sure to have is a few Cadbury mini eggs. I’ve had a bag in the pantry for weeks and I’m patiently waiting to open and enjoy them on Sunday. It’s one of those fun foods I look forward to  all year. And one of the things I love best about the Weight Watchers program – No food is off limits.

Cadbury Mini Eggs

Cadbury Mini Eggs - An Easter Tradition

My mom’s going to make and bring a roast turkey breast and stuffing, since she’s not a huge fan of lamb. And I’m going to make a Weight Watcher’s friendly Easter Dinner using some of these delicious recipes I’ve marked from around the Web. What I don’t make tomorrow, I hope to try in future weeks or next Easter, since they all sound delicious.

Weight Watchers Friendly Easter Dinner Menu and Recipe Ideas

I’ve narrowed it down to these choices and will make my final decisions and put together my shopping list Saturday. Whatever I decide, I’m sure it will be delicious with such great recipes to choose from.

Easter Lamb & Ham Recipes:

Slow Cooker Mint Glazed Lamb (A Year of Slow Cooking) – a simple glaze of mint jelly, mint, rosemary and garlic

Crock Pot Leg of Lamb (A Year of Slow Cooking) – with a simple spice rub

Leg of Lamb for the Slow Cooker (Australian Food) – braised with garlic, rosemary, stock and soy sauce

Nigel Slater’s Slow Roast Lamb (UK Guardian) – rubbed with an herb paste and slow roasted in the oven

Baked Virginia Ham (The Barefoot Contessa) – my favorite glaze for ham made with mango chutney

Crock Pot Maple Ham (A Year of Slow Cooking) – Love the combination of ham & maple

Simple Baked Ham (Cooking Light) – basted with apple juice, brown sugar and mustard

Easter Potato Recipes:

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes (Weight Watchers)

Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes (SkinnyTaste)

Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Weight Watchers)

Au Gratin Potatoes (Weight Watchers)

Easter Vegetable Recipes:

Roasted Carrots with Cumin (Mark Bittman) – I’ll just go a little lighter with the olive oil than suggested

Nigel Slater’s Mint Peas (The Wednesday Chef) – Again, I’ll use less oil

English Peas with Fresh Mint (A Veggie Venture) – Try substituting a little soy sauce for salt

Becky’s Easter Asparagus (Enlightened Cooking)

Sauteed Green Beans with Almonds (Weight Watchers)

Easter Dessert Recipes:

Spiced Carrot Cake (Martha Stewart) – a single layer cake with drizzle of icing

Super Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (SkinnyTaste) – with pineapple

Double Coconut Cake (Cooking Light) – with coconut milk

Lightened Up Coconut Cake (Dashing Dish) – uses a cake mix and canned pineapple

Fresh Berry Pavolovas (Cooking Light) – something I keep meaning to try

A lighter Panna Cotta with Honey and Citrus (Enlightened Cooking) Gluten and egg free so it works for Mac if he joins us.

What are you planning to have for Easter Dinner? or are you having Passover Dinner or Easter Brunch Instead?

UPDATE: It’s now late Saturday afternoon and I’ve made the plan. We are going to have Slow Cooker Mint Glazed Lamb, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Panna Cotta. I picked up some baklava and Lebanese cookie to go with it. And since my Mom was able to purchase cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and brussels sprouts for a bargain, we are going to roast a medley of them, instead of going with peas, carrots or asparagus. Now it’s off to the grocery store for mint jelly and honey.

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