Fun and Festive Easter Brunch Recipes
Add a taste of springtime to your healthy holiday meal
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
Easter dinner may get the lion's share of attention, but some of us gather for Easter brunch instead of, or in addition to, the traditional ham dinner. In my case, we celebrate Easter dinner with my husband's family and reserve the Saturday before Easter for an Easter brunch -- complete with an Easter egg hunt -- with my side of the family.
When you think of Easter brunch dishes, eggs and colorful spring salads come to mind. So I've included a Light Broccoli and Turkey Sausage Brunch Casserole and a Red Leaf, Pear, and Walnut Salad in the recipes below. Ovo-lacto vegetarians (those who eat dairy and eggs) can enjoy the casserole recipe, too, by using a soy-based sausage or by eliminating the sausage entirely.
You'll also find a recipe for a flavorful, higher-fiber brunch roll -- Roasted Garlic & Sage Pocket Rolls -- that even my preteen girls couldn't seem to get enough of. Each of the recipes includes journaling tips as well.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy Easter!
Red Leaf, Pear and Walnut Salad
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (rice vinegar can be substituted)
* To toast the walnut pieces, broil in toaster oven or oven, stirring often and watching carefully, until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes). Or toast them in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
Makes 8 servings.
Per serving: 187 calories, 3.5 g protein, 16.5 g carbohydrate,12.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 5.5 g monounsaturated fat, 6 g polyunsaturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 68 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 60%.
Roasted Garlic & Sage Pocket Rolls
This roll recipe is easy to prepare using a bread machine.
1 head of garlic: slice 1/4 inch off the top of the garlic head, using a butcher knife
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