22 Ways to Expand your Easter Menu


I love Easter. Spring has finally arrived, and it’s a special day I get to celebrate with family–and good food of course! Easter dinner is so special for us, and I love having a table filled with a feast of good food! But sometimes planning an Easter Menu can feel complicated. Or sometimes I just want a fresh twist on the classic Easter Dinner ingredients to change things up a bit.

If you are looking for some ways to change up the usual Easter fare a little, or just need some good ideas to expand and round out your Easter Menu, I’ve got 22 easy recipes that are the perfect addition to any Easter Meal. From some main course ideas, to sides and some desserts, hopefully these recipes will give you some new inspiration as you plan your Easter Meals this year. And because you know I’m all about easy cooking, none of these recipes are super complicated or overly time consuming. But they are all delicious! Plus, if you end up with too much left over ham on Monday, two of the ham dishes are perfect for turning leftovers into some great dinners.   [Read more…]

Easy Pineapple Carrot Cake

Easy Pineapple Carrot Cake


You are going to want to make this cake!  It’s amazingly moist and full of flavor.

And the best part is that it’s really easy.

Even the decorating part is easy.  Trust me.  I’m the queen of ugly cakes.  If I can do this, anyone can.  Putting the nuts all around the sides is a quick way to make a beautiful cake.  And it covers up any crumbs in the frosting too.  Bonus!

The cake itself starts with a cake mix.  I doctored up a box of carrot cake mix with two skinny carrots that I rescued from the bottom of the fridge.  I also added some crushed pineapple.

Here’s what you’ll need for the cake:   [Read more…]

Using up Easter candy – Butterfinger Egg Cookies and more

Do you have some Easter candy to use up?  I know we do!

These cookies are a good way to use Nestle Butterfinger Eggs.  The chocolate dough gets rolled in sugar.  Then, after baking, the cookies get topped with a chocolate egg.  My kids loved these!

We’re just barely peeking into Spring now that it’s April.  It’s not too late to enjoy all that Spring has to offer – eggs, flowers peeping up, the smell of new grass, and of course Easter candy!

This is a good recipe for kids to help make.  Even young ones can unwrap the Nestle Eggs and set them into the freshly baked cookies.  Older kids can read the recipe and mix up the dough.  If you’re at the end of your Spring break, this would be a good activity to keep everyone busy.

You can find the recipe at Walmart.com.

There are a lot of other Spring recipes on Walmart.com as well, including fun cakes, Brownie Cupcakes and more.

There’s even a recipe for a fun Jelly Bean Easter Bark that is perfect if you have a bowl of jelly beans to use.  The colored jelly beans look so pretty in white chocolate.  There’s something about white chocolate that tastes like Easter to me.

Do you still have Easter candy at your house?

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Easy Almond Pastries

These pastries really couldn’t be easier. With just a few ingredients you have a fun and delicious brunch dish. What makes them so fun? Cookie cutters and food coloring.

I like to use cookie cutters to cut my pastry into seasonally appropriate shapes and then tint the icing on them to make them especially festive. With Easter coming up, I couldn’t resist making some Easter egg pastries.

Decorating the pastries would be a great kitchen project for kids. I usually put my icing in zippered sandwich bags and snip off the tips for decorating purposes, but you could also put the icing in little bowls and brush it on with a pastry brush or new paintbrush.

If you didn’t want to make them season-specific, you could make them as squares or triangles with a drizzle of white icing – they’re just as good!

Easy Almond Pastries
  • 1 box of frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 can of almond pastry filling
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 3 T. milk
  • Food coloring, if desired
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F degrees.
  2. Using a cookie cutter (or a sharp knife) cut out an even number of puff pastry pieces.
  3. Generously spread the almond pastry filling on half of the cut-out shapes, and then use the remaining shapes to top them off. Using a fork, press together the edges of the pastry to seal in the almond filling.
  4. Transfer the pastries to a lined baking sheet. Brush the tops with the beaten egg.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, until the pastries are golden brown. Set them aside to cool.
  6. Meanwhile, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk. Add more sugar or milk to reach desired consistancy. Stir in food coloring as desired.
  7. Drizzle the icing over the cooled pastries to decorate. Alternatively, you can brush the icing on using a pastry brush or new paint brush.

Easter Story Cookies

This is a fun way to pull kids into the kitchen and share the Easter Story with them in a way that they will remember.  The cookies get made in the evening and then sit in the oven overnight.  It’s perfect to do the night before Easter, but any evening will work.

Before I get to the instructions, let me share a few helpful hints. [Read more…]

Easter Dinner Links

Our Virtual Easter Dinner has been going on all week and I wanted to share those links again with you.

I’ve also linked up some recipes on Eat at Home for you, in case you’re trying to plan your menu for next weekend.

Also, look for a special Easter Story Cookie recipe coming this week.

Mustard Orange Glazed Ham – Laura at Real Mom Kitchen

Spring Orzo Pasta Salad – Shaina at Food for My Family

Hungarian Cucumber Salad – Tara at Unsophisticook

Goat Cheese Biscuits right here on Eat at Home

Rosemary Potato Strudel – Aimee at Simple Bites

Easy Strawberry Pie – Liz at Hoosier Homemade

Here’s the list of Easter recipes I put together last year.  Be sure to check out the lists of Side Dishes and Desserts for more ideas.



Goat Cheese Biscuits

I have been so excited to share this recipe with you.  In early March, I visited a friend in Chicago and she took me to Table Fifty Two.  The food in that restaurant has a decidedly Southern flair.   Chef Art Smith has been a personal chef to Oprah.  Now he creates dishes such as Fried Green Tomatoes with Feta, Pancetta, Red Onion Marmalade and Kalamata Olive – Amazing!

We sat in the main room of the restaurant where Goat Cheese Biscuit dough was being poured into hot iron skillets and baked in a brick oven.  Our server brought us a serving of the biscuits to share.  Oh my!  They are light, with herbs and goat cheese inside and buttery Parmesan topping.

As my friend and I savored these biscuits and I watched the process of making them, I was pretty sure I could recreate the recipe at home.  And I was right.

These would be perfect for an Easter dinner or brunch.  And they are easy to make too.  The dough is similar to drop biscuits and it can be baked in an iron skillet, ramekins or muffins tins.   Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Recipes for Easter Dinner or Brunch

Easter is coming up quick.  If you’re still looking for ideas to round out your brunch or dinner, I’ve got a list for you.  Whenever I put together a list like this, I can see just what a dessert lover I am.  This list is low on side dishes and main dishes, but there are plenty of salad, dessert and brunch ideas.  I’ve got a sweet tooth.  I can’t help it.

Main Dish

Honey Apple Ham Glaze – my one and only recipe for an Easter main dish


Tropical Salad

Spinach Salad with Spiced Nuts

Hawaiian Cole Slaw

Winter Fruit salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Blueberry Cream Jello – so good, it could be dessert

Side Dishes

Black Angus Au Gratin Potatoes – these are excellent

Hashbrown Casserole – easy and good, everybody loves them


Angle Biscuits

Apple Pecan Sticky Rolls

Blueberry French Toast Bake

Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins

Poppy Seed Muffins

Cream Cheese Banana Bread with Orange Glaze


Apricot Pound Cake

Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Judy’s Strawberry Pie

Pineapple Cookies

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