Easter is really the first holiday of spring. It’s so refreshing to come out of the winter slump and be greeted by the fresh sights, smells, and tastes of spring. If you feel the same way, don’t weigh down your Easter dinner with the same heavy and rich recipes you used in the colder months; instead, embrace the tastes of the season.
Going by the in season produce for April, we’ve gathered a few recipes that you can feel good about serving this Sunday. Light on calories, focused on seasonal ingredients, and even most with minimal effort, we hope this is your healthiest Easter yet!
Flavorful, Delicious Main Dishes
Apricot Citrus Stuffed Ham – This recipe calls for the fresh citrus zest that is in season now and will refresh the way your family enjoys an Easter ham.
Grilled Moroccan Pork Tenderloin Kabobs – Kabobs are a great way to not only take your cooking outside, but keep the meal light, as they lend themselves to smaller portions.
Lobster Stuffed with Crab – Ditch tradition and enjoy these succulent shellfish, now in season. This recipe takes a bit more work, but the result is truly worth it.
Colorful, Seasonal Side Dishes
Caribbean Bean Salad – Many varieties of beans come in to season this time of year. This tangy recipe will make a colorful side dish. Feel free to swap for kidney beans or any other colorful variety you prefer.
Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette – Get the last of the in-season spinach and make this not-too-sweet dressing for an inspired way to enjoy salad.
Peas with Dill – This bright green vegetable is at its peak right now. Tossed with red potatoes, and seasoned with dill, lemon, and onion, this dish is a hearty side.
Curried Baby Carrots – No one likes a bland vegetable, but this creamy curry sauce will change the way you think about this in-season veggie.
The Icing on the Cake – Literally
Carrot Cake – Each slice has less than 180 calories, so as long as you don’t go back for seconds on the meal you can have dessert!
Rhubarb Iced Tea – Serve your guests a refreshing beverage to compliment your healthy, in-season meal. And you guessed, rhubarb is at its peak right now.
April 22nd, 2011