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Easter is approaching quickly and whether you are planning a brunch, lunch or dessert hang out, it’s all about being with your family this joyous time of year.   

We typically gather at my Grandma McClenathan’s house for a big lunch, go outside for the annual Easter egg hunt and later, congregate around the dessert table where my Grandpa makes his signature “sampler platter” (in the words of my brother-in-law Nick, “It’s pretty amazing” – in referencing my Grandpa’s dessert platters for himself – yes, plural). 

Most people, hosting or guest, love to contrubute dishes to the table spread.  Here are 4 menus, and snacks (plus link to recipe) to help you road map, or round out, your food line up this weekend.  Happy Easter!

The Make Ahead Brunch:

  • Roasted Vegetable Quiche (makes 2)
  • Amazing Ricotta Pancakes
  • Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
  • Side of Turkey Bacon or Turkey Sausage Patties (store bought)

Roasted Vegetable Quiche


Amazing Banana Ricotta Pancakes


Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce


2)  The Spring Brunch:

  • Fried Egg, Turkey Bacon and Asparagus Sandwich
  • Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
  • Mint Fruit Skewers with Dip
  • Pumpkin Bread with Orange Honey Butter

Open Face Fried Egg Sandwich


Rosemary Roasted Potatoes


Fruit and Mint Skewers with Berry Yogurt Dip


Pumpking Bread with Orange Cinnamon & Honey Butter


3) The Italian Lunch:

  • Italian Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Basil Tomato Topping
  • Rosemary Garlic Wheat Bread
  • Tortellini Artichoke and Tomato Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing
  • Rustic Peach and Blackberry Tart (or use strawberries, blueberries or apples)

Italian Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Tomato Basil Topping


Rosemary & Garlic Wheat Bread


Tortellini, Artichoke & Tomato Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing


Rustic Peach & Blackberry Tart


4) The Family Style Lunch:

  • Individual Chicken Pot Pies (doubled or tripled and made in 1 or 2 casserole dishes)
  • Spinach, Pecan, Cranberry and Feta Salad
  • 90 Calorie Chocolate Chip Cookies or Healthier Key Lime Pie

Individual Chicken Pot Pies


Spinach, Orange, Cranberry & Feta Salad


90 Calorie Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


5) Snacks or Coffee Time Treats:

  • Mocha Chocolate Chip Biscotti
  • Maple Pumpkin Spice Granola with Fresh Fruit and Yogurt (set up as a “fruit and yogurt bar” with assorted fruit and other toppings like raisins)
  • Fiesta Guacamole and Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Fruit Nachos
  • Healthy Strawberry Cake Kabobs

Mocha Chocolate Chip Biscotti


Maple & Pumpkin Spice Granola


Fiesta Guacamole


Fruit "Nachos"


Healthy Strawberry Cake Kabobs