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Food and Family
To me, holidays are all about food and family, and Easter is no exception. I think that is why I struggle with what to serve for food. I love to come up with recipes like these 4 healthy side dishes because they save time. The more time I am away from the stove or kitchen counter, the more time I have to spend with the ones I love. Each of these recipes has some meaning attached to them that makes serving them at the holidays even more important.
Everyone has that one recipe they remember having at all the gatherings when they were young. The problem is that nowadays people are so busy, it’s tough to make those same recipes the way Grandma used to. The 4 side dishes for Easter that I am sharing are those same recipes but without hours of slaving over a stove. We can still have a grand feast on our holidays without taking up the whole day in the kitchen. We all need to spend some time relaxing, am I right?
Easy Caprese Salad
Let’s start with the Easy Caprese Salad. This is a healthy recipe that requires no cooking and can add beautiful color to your table. A beefsteak tomato, mozzarella ball, olive oil, balsamic glaze and a few spices. This can be done in no time at all. If you want to place the tomato and mozzarella slices over some arugula it becomes a food centerpiece. I make this recipe at least once a week in the summer because it requires no stove. I am also known to make it mid-week as a side to a weeknight meal. Just because it is a weeknight doesn’t mean we can’t have pretty food!
Healthy Deviled Eggs
The next recipe that I love to add to my Easter table is healthy deviled eggs. I love deviled eggs. We had an Aunt who used to bring deviled eggs to Easter at my grandmother’s every year. All of the kids would hover around until the plastic wrap came off the top and then we would all dive in. Not only are they colorful and pretty on a plate, they taste yummy! Deviled eggs are super easy to make and eggs are low in calories. My recipe uses sour cream instead of mayonnaise because I am all about unprocessed foods. You can skip the processed food in this recipe and not skimp on taste.
English Cucumber Salad
English Cucumber Salad is a new favorite. What can I say? It’s pretty on the table and it is filled with healthy ingredients. I have always loved cucumber, I don’t know why. (Maybe it is because I love pickles?) When I was younger my grandmother used to insist that we had a vegetable with every meal, even if it was pizza. She was ahead of her time clearly.
Back then, my brother and I thought a vegetable with pizza was just crazy. Grandma was a flexible person when it came to veggies and would let my brother and I choose which veggie we wanted. We usually chose tomato and cucumber slices. She would put them on a plate and sprinkle a tiny bit of salt on them. We used to go visit her in the summer so it was a refreshing dish. Tomato and cucumber are made mostly of water and in the summer when they are cold it’s even better. I am reminded of her when I make this dish. It is tangy and refreshing and good for you. Grandma would love it!
Prosciutto and Melon
My last side dish recipe is also from a Grandma- Grandma Mary. Grandma Mary is my mother in law and she is a feisty Sicilian woman. One of my first memories of going over to Grandma Mary’s house for the holidays was a small bowl of Prosciutto and Melon. I list this as a side dish but she serves it as an appetizer.
This is the dish that introduced me to Prosciutto because I had never had it. You make individual bowls for each person and it is simply cut up melon with a thin slice of prosciutto dropped on top. You can cut the Prosciutto or you can rip it up, either way works.
Grandma Mary would stand over each dish and rip the prosciutto by hand and drop it on top. I was served it with green melon but I prefer cantaloupe, either works fine with this dish and both add color to the table.
Quick and Healthy
So there you go- four healthy side dishes that you can put together in no time at all. Choose which ones work with your families preferences and start your own food traditions. I am hoping that I will be remembered as the one who served delicious food but always had time to sit and chat a while. Want some more quick and healthy recipes? Visit ConsultColleen.com or follow us on social media. Happy Easter.