Healthy Holiday Eats: Easter Edition

 
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Easter is coming up, which will call for a spread, so to keep your holiday eats healthy we’re offering a few tips on what to serve this year!

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Keep the Main Course Simple

The main course for a big celebration can take forever to cook. (Like turkey on Thanksgiving. Oh, the hours spent in the kitchen!) This year, spend less time cooking and more time with family by getting a pre-sliced, ready-to-serve ham from Garrett Valley or by cooking a quick skillet chicken. (Pictured above.) If you’re vegan or vegetarian or hosting guests who are, we suggest making this Tofu Quiche a day or two ahead, so when everyone comes over you don’t have to worry about cooking at all.

 

Make the Sides Ahead

When making sides for a big group, we like to make them ahead of time, then heat them up before serving. Additionally, we like to to go vegan with our sides whenever we can so that they’re more accessible. The Roasted Cauliflower Gratin pictured here is a great example; it’s full of flavor, vegan, and can be made in advance so that you can just heat and eat! These Potato-Vegetable Latkes, Ginger and Garlic Green Beans, Lemon Turmeric Roasted Potatoes are also great ideas.

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Step Up Your Salad Game

You could serve a simple salad, but we’re loving the shaved veggie salad pictured here because it’s raw and full of so many flavors! (Fennel, mint and lemon, to name a few.) Other side salads worth exploring include this Ceaser and this Broccoli and Yogurt Salad.

 

Fill the Dessert Table with Fruit (and Coconut Macaroons)

From fruit tarts to fruit salad, organic fruit makes for the perfect ingredient for most springtime desserts. The vegan strawberry rhubarb galette pictured here is crisp and sweet, and goes great with coconut ice cream (if you’re keeping the vegan theme going). Other simple desserts we’re craving this spring include this Blackberry Pear Salad and these Coconut Macaroons.

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