Easter is a very special holiday for many Americans as well as other nations across the world. Originally and still a Christian holiday it has now moved on to be a holiday that is based around family, friends, eggs, and bunnies. Whether you are celebrating as Christians or just for the Easter bunny realm of the holiday there are many different food items and ideas that can make it a very special year for you and your family. Easter is a family holiday for most families and revolves around egg hunts, food, family, and togetherness. Compiling easy to make dinners for the day can be done if you know what to do and how many people you will be feeding.
The day of course begins with breakfast. Today the more common item is cereal and frozen waffles, but if you are more the type that loves to make homemade meals then you may want to take a different route. The easiest meal you could make that will still have a nice homemade feel would be some nice semi-homemade waffles or pancakes. Buying a box of pancake mix and some fresh fruit leaves you with only a few steps to a wonderful sit down breakfast. Mix the pancake mix as directed and chop some fresh strawberries or throw in some fresh blueberries and you will have some wonderfully tasty pancakes or waffles in only a few steps. If you would like to go even farther buy some applesauce and add it to the mix instead of the water or milk it calls for on the box. You can even go as far, if you have time and the desire, to make your own homemade syrup to go with your breakfast. This can be easily done by adding one cup of sugar to half a cup of boiling water. Simmer the mixture until it is syrupy and all the sugar is melted. Add some almond, vanilla, or butter flavoring/extract to the syrup and you can sit down to some traditional home made fixings for your pancakes or waffles. Another great idea instead of adding flavorings or extract to your syrup is to throw in some diced strawberries, cut blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries to make the syrup fruit flavored. Remove the fruit with a strainer when the syrup has become the color of the fruit and now you have some absolutely tasty syrup that you can brag about to everyone.
After you’ve had your feel of breakfast then you can begin to think about lunch. A nice and easy thing to have for lunch before a big dinner is sandwiches. You can add a special Easter touch to the lunch by using Easter cookie cutters to make the sandwiches. Make whatever kind of sandwiches you want and cut them with a bunny, egg, duck, or basket shaped cutter. You can even go as far as to use watered down food coloring and a small water coloring paint brush to decorate the sandwiches and really make them look like the shapes they are. You’ll have everyone amazed and you will feel good about your little extra touch. Add some fresh fruit or veggies to the sandwiches as a side and make some nice pastel colored Kool-Aid to drink and you’ve got an easy lunch that doesn’t take much effort or time so that you can focus on the dinner that you and your family can share together.
The easiest and best Easter dinners are the ones that allow you to spend time with your family, not the kitchen. Great ideas include chicken, ham, or turkey that can slow bake while you spend time with your family or a nice pot roast or stew cooked in the slow cooker. Both of these options require little time to watch and that means less time you have to spend away from your family cooking. You can prepare vegetables the day before and put them in the fridge to be cooked on Easter day so that you demolish the preparation time on Easter day. Great ideas for this are green bean casserole, steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, and seasoned rice. Seasoned rice usually only takes about 15 minutes to fix and all of the other items can be prepared the day before. You can easily put together a green bean casserole and add the French’s Fried Onions just before you stick in into the oven. You can boil potatoes and then refrigerate so that all you have to do is heat them in the microwave and then add your butter and milk and mash them. You can also buy a bag of vegetables that has broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots in it and can be steamed in the bag in about 3-5 minutes. When you add these easy preps to a baked chicken that only requires you to wash, season, and stick in the oven and forget about it for a few hours, then you have a wonderful sit down home made dinner that everyone will love, and you will have time with your family just like Easter’s in your own childhood.