Everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!

I’m not sure about you, but we’re really looking forward to Easter this weekend! As you’re considering your final menu and shopping list for Easter, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes. Some have been shared here at Eat at Home Cooks and others are from other blogs. You’ll find a mixture of traditional dishes as well as a few twists on your usual Easter Dinner fare. Whatever your final menu and shopping list includes, I hope your Easter includes a celebration of this holiday and all that it means with your family and friends. And in the meantime, here is pretty much everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!

Everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!

Main Course Recipes

Honey Glazed Ham is always a favorite, and with this recipe, you don’t have to buy the prepackaged glaze mix.

This Mustard Orange Glazed Ham is from Laura at Real Mom Kitchen, who adapted an existing recipe to complement the tanginess of mustard with the sweetness of a fresh squeezed orange.

Herb and Olive Oil Roasted Chicken makes a great option for those who prefer a meat other than ham.

Salad Recipes

Shaina at Food for My Family created this Spring Orzo Pasta Salad with asparagus and artichokes that can be prepared up and chilled for several hours while you tend to your other dishes.

Hungarian Cucumber Salad  Tara at Unsophisticook shared her recipe for this refreshing cucumber salad that can also be prepared ahead of time and chilled until the rest of your dinner is ready to be served.

This Spring Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette if perfect for spring with the flavorful mix of berries, nuts and strong cheese. And the dressing recipe mixes up quickly and would be a nice addition to lots of different salads.

Side Dish Recipes

I found this recipe for Black Angus Au Gratin Potatoes years ago while preparing one of our first Easter dinners as newlyweds. It was a big hit then with it’s potatoes and loads of cheeses, and it has continued to be a family favorite ever since.

Aimee of Simple Bites has a recipe for Rosemary Potato Strudel with an ingredient list that includes potatoes, rosemary, sour cream and puff pastry. How can it not be tasty with that list of ingredients?

I know the Balsamic Strawberries recipe sounds a bit crazy, but trust me, you really should try this one.

Honey Glazed Carrots are always a favorite with a touch of butter and honey and they free up some oven space since it’s a slow cooker recipe.

Bread Recipes

Hot Cross Buns have been a long-standing Easter tradition that started centuries ago with the Saxons, and it’s always fun to bake a recipe that has stood the test of time.

This  Sunny Blueberry Orange Bread would make a great sweet appetizer to munch on if you’re serving dinner a little later than usual, or even a dessert for those who want some sweetness without an overload of sugar.

This Goat Cheese Biscuit recipe is an adaptation of a biscuit served at Table Fifty Two restaurant in Chicago and Oh my! That’s all I can say about these yummy little things!

Dessert Recipes

There were so many yummy dessert recipes to choose from that they had their very own post earlier this week. You’ll want to check those out before you make that last trip shopping trip. But be warned, you don’t want to check out these recipes if you’re the least bit hungry! Your mouth will definitely be watering.  And if you need even more inspiration, check out this post with 22 more ways to expand your Easter Menu.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of Easter weekends!

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22 Ways to Cook Pork in the Slow Cooker

I don’t know why, but I feel like I get stuck in a rut a lot with pork. It’s not that there aren’t dozens of ways to cook it, it’s just that I draw a blank on what to make with it. Sometimes I see recipes that look so good, but so seem a bit complicated and time-consuming. But, thanks to the slow cooker, it’s really not that hard.

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I love the way that pork works with sweet, tangy flavors. As a sweeter meat, you can put sweeter sauces and fruits with it that you can’t with other kinds of protein. This makes it a great choice for sweet bbq style sandwiches, and sweet and sour Asian dishes. But Pork can hold its own with spicy flavors too.  Pulled pork is one of my favorite things. You can make it sweet or you can make it spicy. It’s good in a hot sandwich. It’s good in a taco. It’s amazing on top of sweet potatoes. But there are so many other pork dinners that we enjoy. From spicy tacos, to Mediterranean flair, to that delicious asian flavors. Making pork in the slow cooker is easy because you can cook it long and slow and get the meat tender and flavorful without drying it out. And with so many ways to make it, you are sure to find a meal that your family loves!

22 Ways to Cook Pork in the Slow Cooker

  1. Peach Pork BBQ Sliders
  2. Pork Gravy Sandwiches
  3. Teriyaki Pork Chops
  4. Tany Sweet Pork Chops
  5. BBQ Peach Pulled Pork
  6. Pork Carnitas
  7. Apple BBQ Pork Chops
  8. Honey Dijon Pork Chops &  Apples
  9. Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
  10. Pork Chops and Baked Beans
  11. Italian Herb Salt Pork Roast and Potatoes

Other Bloggers

  1. Cumin Pork Roast and Beans
  2. Mediterranean Pork with Couscous
  3. Brazillian Feijoada Pork and Black Beans
  4. Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  5. Thai Style Pork
  6. Mexi Style Pulled Pork
  7. Shredded Pork Tostadas
  8. Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  9. Pulled Pork & Mexican Coleslaw Tacos
  10. Asian Pork Tenderloin
  11. Jerk Pork

 

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16 Italian Style Slow Cooker Meals

When it comes to delicious, the Italians know how to put up a good plate of food.  With lots of herbs and that perfect savory tomato sauce, it’s pasta’s perfect match.

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When it comes to Italian food, the slow cooker once again is a wonderful tool for getting lot of flavor into the meal. All sixteen of these meals are really easy to put together. Just a few minutes of prep, and then the slow cooker does the rest. I love great the house smells when Italian is on the slow cooker menu, and my family always is ready for dinner after being tempted all day by the delicious smells.
Serving a quick salad with your meal is a great way to round it out. You can easily spiff up a plain old salad in so many ways, but if you are take a look at my post on what to serve with Italian Food. It might give you some fresh inspiration on the perfect side dish to pair with these easy slow cooker Italian dinners. Of course, don’t forget a good, hearty bread and this delicious and easy dipping oil.

What’s your favorite Italian meal in the slow cooker?

16 Delicious Italian Style Slow Cooker Meals

  1. Italian Sausage Subs
  2. Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce
  3. Italian Herb Salted Pork Roast and Potatoes
  4. Italian Chicken and Tomatoes
  5. Meatballs and Spaghetti
  6. Sausage and Eggplant Pasta Sauce
  7. Italian Parm Herb Chicken and Potatoes
  8. Garlic Chicken
  9. Ravioli
  10. Italian Beef Sandwiches
  11. Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken
  12. Chicken and Gnocchi

Other Bloggers

  1. Zucchini Italiano
  2. Chicken and Zucchini Pasta
  3. Eggplant Parm
  4. Chicken Roll-ups

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20 Slow Cooker Recipes that go with Rice or Pasta

We love saucy food. Sauce makes everything better. So it’s not a surprise that we love just about anything that gets served over pasta or rice.  But since I’m such a big fan of the slow cooker, I’m really loving these meals  that go with rice and pasta right now.

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The options are endless when it comes to meals that include rice or pasta. And with both pasta and rice relatively affordable, it makes sense that a lot of us center our meals around one or the other. You can cook your way through a lot of different flavors from around the world, too. From kicking up the heat with Mexican ingredients, or creating an Asian-inspired stir fry, and taking a trip down south for Jambalaya or just eating something comforting like Chicken and gravy, rice is the perfect starch to round out so many meals. But pasta? I think pasta has a special place in our hearts. I love saucy meat sauces and Italian inspired anything really has to have a good pasta with it.

What I love about all of these recipes is they are all easy and require minimal time in the kitchen. That means I have more time for enjoying the summer and spending time with my kids.

What’s your favorite pasta or rice meal? I am always looking for new ideas!

Slow Cook Recipes to serve with Rice & Pasta

  1. Sausage Jambalaya
  2. Chicken Curry
  3. Chicken Spaghetti
  4. Thai Peanut Chicken
  5. Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Haystacks
  6. Chicken and Broccoli “stir fry”
  7. Italian Chicken with Tomatoes
  8. Spaghetti and Meatballs
  9. Teriyaki Pork Chops
  10. Baked Chicken with Summer Vegetables
  11. Ravioli
  12. Chicken and Gravy
  13. Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken
  14. Garlic Chicken with More Garlic
  15. Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
  16. Zesty Chicken (pasta, rice or couscous)

From other Bloggers

  1. Tamale Balls
  2. Chicken and Zucchini Pasta
  3. Eggplant Parm

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9 Asian Style Meals in the Slow Cooker

Almost everyone loves a good Asian dish. There’s something about even plain old takeout that just hits the spot. It’s probably because Asian food is big on umami, and it’s hard not to crave that perfect combination of flavors. But take out can really add up, especially if you have a family of hungry people to feed, and making it on the stove can take a lot of time. Plus, not everyone has a wok to make the perfect stir-fry. Slow cooker to the rescue!

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The slow cooker is obviously my favorite summer kitchen accessory. It’s the perfect way to keep the kitchen cool. Not turning on the stove or oven makes a big difference!  Of course, I find it to be such a time saver, on top of it.  You can make almost everything in the slow cooker, and Asian food is no exception to this! There’s a lot of things you can do with Asian-inspired flavors in the slow cooker. From tangy, sour and sweet  pork chops, to an easy stir-fry that you can make in the crock pot, it’s hard to beat coming home to food that’s better than take out at the end fo the day.

Of course, most of this food is not authentic Asian by any means. But all of the flavors are inspired by great Asian dishes and some of our favorite take out dishes. All of them really hit the spot when we’re craving  take out. My family loves it when they see any of these nine recipes going into the slow cooker for dinner!

What’s your favorite Asian Inspired meal for the slow cooker?

Asian Inspired Slow Cooker Meals

  1. Thai Peanut Chicken
  2. Korean BBQ Tacos
  3. Soy Ginger Chicken
  4. Thai Curry Chicken Soup
  5. Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Haystacks
  6. Teriyaki Pork Chops
  7. Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs
  8. Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
  9. Sweet & Sour Pork Chops

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Garden Produce in the Slow Cooker

You know what one of my favorite things about summer is? Fresh garden produce! But lately it’s just too hot to turn on the stove and cook any of our hauls from the garden.  I love my slow cooker for cooking everything, and it’s perfect for cooking up produce, too!

There are dozens of ways add produce into your meals. But if you’re looking for some ways to straight up cook veggies and fruits, here are some of my favorites.

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Cook Garden Produce in the Slow Cooker

  1. Potatoes Au Gratin
  2. Summer Squash
  3. Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes (and chicken)
  4. Honey Glazed Carrots
  5. Scalloped Potatoes
  6. Sweet Potatoes and Apples
  7. Apple Butter
  8. Apple Sauce

From Other Bloggers

  1. Baked Potatoes
  2. Caramelized Onions
  3. Corn on the Cob
  4. Parmesan Ranch Mushrooms

 

 

 

 

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20 Slow Cooker Sandwiches

Sandwiches are the classic “I need to feed my family–quick!” kind of meals. But quick and easy doesn’t have to mean PBJ or BLTs night after night. There are lots of delicious things to serve between two slices of bread.  These fifteen different sandwiches you can throw into your slow cooker and forget about until dinner time are life savers for us during the summer–or any busy time of the year! There’s enough variety that even if we ate sandwiches for a week straight, we’d probably not be tired of them.

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The slow cooker is such a time saver. And when it’s hot–not having to heat up the kitchen is a huge bonus. And thanks to the slow cooker, you get to enjoy big, juicy flavorful sandwiches without slaving over the stove or grill for hours on hot or busy days.  That’s my kind of dinner!

20 Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

  1. Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches
  2. Jerk Chicken Sandwiches
  3. Beef Shwarma
  4. Italian Sausage and Pepper Subs
  5. Pork and Gravy Sandwiches
  6. Chicken Bacon & Ranch Sandwiches
  7. Chicken Philly Sandwiches
  8. Beef Gyros
  9. French Dip Sandwiches
  10. African Pulled Beef Sandwiches
  11. Pizza Steak Sandwiches
  12. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
  13. Italian Beef Sandwiches
  14. BBQ Peach Pulled Pork
  15. Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches
  16. Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches
  17. Bacon Cheeseburger
  18. Beer Brats
  19. Peach BBQ Pork Sliders
  20. Balsamic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

 

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12 Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

If you have been around my blog for long, you know how much I love Tex-Mex. I love the flavors, the spice and how many easy options there are for Mexican style food in the slow cooker. Needless to say, Tex-Mex makes a frequent appearance on our dinner table.

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One of the most popular recipes on the site is the slow cooker fajitas. The fajitas have minimal prep time, so you can get them into the slow cooker quickly. Slow cooking them makes the flavors blend. Plus, making them in the slow cooker means it’s an easy choice to make to feed a crowd! I love that both beef and chicken are freezer friendly. That means you can prep them in batches and easily grab one for the slow cooker in the morning! Speaking of freezer friendly food, shredded taco beef is a huge saver for me. I make up a big batch, and freeze the leftovers for later. Super easy, and there’s so many meals you can make with it as a base.

And tacos! My kids love tacos because they can build their own. While there are hundreds of recipes out there for delicious tex mex food in the slow cooker, these 12 are some of our go-tos and family favorites. Enjoy!

Summer Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Recipes

  1. Salsa Verde Steak
  2. Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos
  3. Black Bean and Salsa Chicken and Cornbread
  4. Shredded Taco Beef
  5. Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Tacos
  6. Sloppy Chicken Tacos
  7. Beef Fajitas
  8. Chicken Fajitas
  9. Pork Carnitas
  10. Beans

From other Bloggers

  1. Slow Cooker Enchiladas
  2. Tamale Casserole

Ever wonder what you can serve with Tex-Mex?

Check out this post filled with ideas for some of my favorite sides! 

 

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11 Slow Cooker Side Dish Recipes

I love my slow cooker. You can do basically everything in a slow cooker. From foods that can cook all day, to classic BBQ, all the way to even gorgeous desserts like cheesecake, the slow cooker can do it all.  Slow cookers save time and keep the house cool. And they are an awesome way to prep food for a crowd! I absolutely love using my slow cooker for gatherings. It makes my life so much easier.

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If you’ve never used your slow cooker to make side dishes, pull it out and give it a try! These 11 side dishes you can make in your slow cooker are the perfect thing. These recipes are easy to put together and are definitely crowd pleasers. They pair well with summer food and some of them are perfect for parties and holiday dinners.

11 Easy Slow Cooker Side Dishes

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Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole

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Honey Glazed Carrots in the slow cooker 

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Corn Casserole in the Slow Cooker

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Hashbrown Casserole in the slow cooker

Winter Squash in the Slow Cooker

Acorn or Butternut Squash in the slow cooker

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Homemade Apple Sauce in the Slow Cooker 

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Baked Beans in the Slow Cooker

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Scalloped Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

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Sweet Potatoes and Apples in the Slow Cooker

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Apples and Butternut Squash in the Slow Cooker

 

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Slow Cooker Beer Brats (or Italian Sausages)

Slow Cooker Beer Brats

I’m not going to lie.  I was skeptical when my sister told me about Slow Cooker Beer Brats.  I’m not a fan of beer and the thought of cooking a brat in it didn’t sound too good.

But she said they turn out so flavorful – not tasting like beer, but just so good.  The fact that they cook in the slow cooker was a plus for me too.  I love a good slow cooker recipe!

So I tried them and my sister was right.  You’ve got to make these!

We topped them with ketchup, mustard, diced onion, mild banana peppers.  I was out of relish or we would have added that too.  These brats can handle a lot of toppings.

One thing that surprised me is how the brats browed during the cook time.  I didn’t expect that since they were cooking partially submerged in the beer.

This recipe couldn’t be easier, since it has only two basic ingredients.  This is summer cooking at its simplest – 2 minute prep, slow cooker doesn’t heat up your house, go have fun while it cooks – my kind of recipe!

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