Easter is right around the corner, and as I sat and thought about how to celebrate this year, I realized that it is all about the food! Children dream about the sweets and Cadbury Cream Eggs that they’ll find in the morning, while parents try to come up with new roast dinner recipes to trump the year before. There’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate and a family dinner, but I realised that these traditions may not be the healthiest or the most interesting ways to celebrate the holiday. Here are a few culinary ideas I’ve thought up to put a tasty twist on Easter this year.
Colourful Easter Egg Fry-Up
Everyone loves a fry-up breakfast, and there’s no better time to get together for a big, relaxing meal than Easter morning. Make this fry-up extra special by scrambling the eggs in separate batches and introducing a little food colouring. Laying out a multi-coloured feast on the table is a great way to tear kids away from an early-morning sugar high and get them to eat a proper meal! As we are vegan we’ll probably opt for healthy avocado instead.
Bunny Food Veggie Party
The Easter Bunny may bring sweets, but he (or she) can set a good example as well! All kids know that bunnies nibble on veggies, so equip your little ones with bunny ears, black noses, and whiskers and bring out a variety of garden fresh veggies. A little imagination can go a long way, and you’ll be surprised at how much fun they have eating healthily!
Make Your Own Easter Sweets
Processed chocolates and sweets are full of artificial ingredients and don’t taste as good as homemade cakes and biscuits. This Easter, use your free afternoon to get the whole family involved in cooking up some fun, hands-on Easter sweets. Try Rice Krispies Easter Eggs or peanut butter bird’s nests. Yum!
If you are dairy free, as we are, the ingredients used can be substituted for vegan alternatives sourced from a local health food store.
Ethnic Easter Dinner
With a young child in the house, I’m sure to be up extra early on Easter Sunday for one reason or another! By the evening we’re all going to be exhausted, but that’s no excuse not to have a little fun. Ordering a takeaway or delivery from restaurants open during the break is a comfort to tired parents and a treat for the kids. Try sampling a variety of flavours from Chinese, Thai, Turkish, and Japanese restaurants. It’s a good opportunity to avoid the kitchen and use the holiday as a chance to expose the little ones to new flavours.
Juice Up a Storm
There’s nothing more invigorating in the morning than a fresh glass of juice or a smoothie. Easter is the perfect occasion to leave a colourful bouquet of carrots, celery, and tomatoes (a few of them partially nibbled, of course) between the Easter baskets. Fresh juice is a healthy treat the whole family can enjoy. Add some citrus or apple for a bit more sweetness, and while the juicer is on, why not make a homemade bloody Mary to go along with Easter brunch? Parents need their five a day too!
Thanks for reading,