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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

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/crustless-roasted-vegetable-quiche/

Amazing Banana Ricotta Pancakes

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/sunday-breakfast-amazing-banana-ricotta-pancakes/

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/a-visit-to-the-apple-orchard

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

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/open-face-fried-egg-sandwich/

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

  https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/thanksgiving-sides-continued/

Fruit and Mint Skewers with Berry Yogurt Dip

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/skewered-fruit-with-mint-and-berry-yogurt-dip/

Pumpking Bread with Orange Cinnamon & Honey Butter

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/pumpkin-bread-and-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

 https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/weekend-dinner/

Rosemary & Garlic Wheat Bread

 https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/whole-wheat-rosemary-garlic-bread/

Tortellini, Artichoke & Tomato Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/tortellini-artichoke-and-tomato-salad-with-creamy-parmesan-dressing/

Rustic Peach & Blackberry Tart

  https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/weekend-dinner-dessert/

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

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/individual-chicken-pot-pies/

Spinach, Orange, Cranberry & Feta Salad

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/a-birthday-to-remember/

90 Calorie Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/90-calorie-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

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/a-lazy-day-treat/

Maple & Pumpkin Spice Granola

 https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/maple-pumpkin-spice-granola/

Fiesta Guacamole

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/chili-lime-corn-tortilla-chips-with-fiesta-guacamole/

Fruit "Nachos"

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/fruit-nachos/

Healthy Strawberry Cake Kabobs

https://repurposedlife.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/healthy-strawberry-cake-kabobs/

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