Celebrate Easter with family and friends for a delicious and low-cost holiday meal.
Celebrate Easter in style with an elegant (and affordable) brunch. To help save time, many of these dishes may be prepared
the day before, so you can relax and enjoy the day and your guests.
Cost per serving: $1.65
For a different taste, use blue cheese in place of the goat cheese and walnuts instead of almonds, if you prefer.
See recipe: Green Salad with Roasted Beets, Goat Cheese and Almonds
Cost per serving: 38¢
For a healthy start to the Easter brunch, this spinach dip is a low-cost crowd pleaser. Serve with fresh veggies (or pita chips). This dip is served chilled so go ahead and make this a day or two early and keep in the refrigerator.
See recipe: Spinach Dip with Crudites
Cost per serving: 16¢
When making these savory biscuits, take a shortcut. You can blend the flour, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a food processor, then use it to cut in the butter and cheese. But transfer this mixture to a bowl before adding the milk. The processor tends to overwork the dough.
See recipe: Cheddar and Chive Biscuits
Cost per serving: 70¢
Add some sliced cooked potatoes or roasted red pepper strips to the frittata with the chard and ham for an even heartier dish.
See recipe: Swiss Chard and Ham Frittata
Cost per serving: $3.85
Try a new, delicious twist on a celebrated Easter tradition with this sweet and savory ham. Substitute brown sugar or maple syrup for the molasses if you have it on hand. If you use maple syrup, make sure it's 100 percent pure and doesn't say maple flavored or pancake syrup on the lable.
Freeze the leftovers: If you have any leftover ham, wrap it in plastic, place it in a freezer bag and freeze it.
See recipe: Mustard and Molasses Glazed Ham
Cost per serving: 71¢
Peas get an unexpected but tasty overhaul in this unique dish. Can't find firm, salty ricotta salata? Use cumbled goat cheese or coarsely grated Parmaesan insead. If you're using fresh peas, cook them the day before you prepare this dish. Let cool, then keep covered and refrigerate until ready to use. Don't forget to make this side dish pretty by topping with fresh mint leaves.
See recipe: Peas with Mint and Ricotta Salata
Cost per serving: $1.61
This refreshing fruit salad is a refreshing and perfect end to the meal. If mangoes aren't available, use pineapple or bananas. Or, if you prefer a more exotic touch, opt for kiwi or papaya. For a different flavor, try a mixture of half lime zest and jusice and half orange zest and juice.
See recipe: Lime-Scented Mango-Strawberry Salad
Cost per serving: 22¢
These muffins are a sweet and healthy alternative to serving plain bread with the meal. Any leftovers make a great breakfast for the following Monday.
See recipe: Whole-Wheat Banana Muffins
Cost per serving: 90¢
We puree this soup to give it a nice even texture but if you like it even more smooth, strain the soup after pureeing it.
See recipe: Chilled Pea Shooters
Cost per serving: $1.12
If the stalks are very thick, peel the outer layer off with a vegetable peeler.
See recipe: Roasted Asparagus with Lemon
Cost per serving: 79¢
If you don't have shallots on hand, substitute half an onion, finely minced (use a sweet onion if posible). Thinly slices scallions work too. You can make this salad up to a day ahead and refrigerate it, but it is best served at room temperature. Simply take out of the refrigerator an hour before serving.
Quick tip: If the mayonnaise mixture seems too think, add additional vinegar or fresh lemon juice a few teaspoons at a time until it's just right.
See recipe: New Potato Salad
Cost per serving: 69¢
Prep this nutritious, low calorie appetizer ahead of time to avoid scrambling on Easter morning. You can make the yogurt dip up to two days ahead and cut all the fruit the day before, just cover and refridgerate.
See recipe: Fruit Kebabs with Honey-Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Cost per serving: 91¢
We like the balance sour cherries give the sweet streusel that tops this coffee cake but substitute blueberries or raspberries for something different.
See recipe: Sour Cherry Coffee Cake
Cost per serving: 46¢
Why buy soda in the store when you can make a more healthful and flavorful rendition at home? Make the ginger syrup for the soda up to two weeks ahead of time and then combine with seltzer just before serving for a refreshing treat.
See recipe: Homemade Ginger Ale
Cost per serving: 45¢
Don't forget to serve a special drink with the meal. This flavorful iced tea will quench their thirst with a burst of cinnamon.
See recipe: Spiced Iced Tea