Easter dishes, like many other holiday foods, can often be a downfall for healthy diets. While dishes are delicious, creamy, and bursting with flavor- they often also pack a lot of calories and unnecessary sodium and fat. That isn’t to say you can’t enjoy the old favorites. A small portion size or limiting how many of the deliciously decadent foods you eat are just a couple of ways to stay on track. Here are also 8 great recipes that you can mix into the traditional fare.
Israeli Pearl Couscous with Leeks and Peas:
This is a great idea for an appetizer or side dish. The recipe is light, simple, and only takes minutes to make. It also has has a great variety of textures and flavors. It can also be made ahead of time to save on some of the kitchen chaos.
Hummus is a fan favorite and this version will be no different. Using butternut squash, roasted carrots, and plenty of herbs, this is a great addition to any appetizer spread.
Herb-Roasted Tri-Color Carrots:
This delicious dish only takes five minutes to prepare. You can find beautiful carrots at your local farmer’s market. Simple seasoning, tossed with olive oil and then roasted in the oven for 35 minutes while other items are being prepared, this recipe is a no-brainer.
Guacamole-Stuffed “Deviled” Eggs:
Deviled eggs are typically heavy on the mayonnaise, and the cholesterol in the yolks isn’t great either. To satisfy the craving, try substituting the filling with guacamole. The flavors are just as full and the healthy fat from avocado is a great alternative to the saturated fat of mayo.
Many people don’t believe it until they try it, but substituting cauliflower in place of pasta is delicious. This recipe is a great twist on a classic- it cuts calories and fat, but doesn’t skimp on flavor. Showcase this dish to incorporate more veggies into the meal and have your friends and family raving.
This is a simple tart recipe using tomatoes, white cheddar, fresh herbs, and only a few other ingredients. You could also add in other vegetables or even thinly sliced potatoes to convert it into a main dish for vegetarian diners.
Gluten Free, Sugar Free Carrot Cake:
Can you believe this beautiful carrot cake is sugar free? Or that it is made using Greek Yogurt? Better believe it. And no, the substitution of ingredients don’t give it a weird texture. This cake will be a show-stopper and a wonderful way to wrap up an Easter meal.
This is an excellent idea for adults and kids alike. While the kiddos will likely have Easter baskets brimming with treats, this is a cute way to sneak in some fruit at dessert time. Using cookie cutters, cut up watermelon, cantaloupe, apple, etc. into fun Easter-themed shapes.
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We hope everybody has a wonderful Easter weekend with their loved ones.