There's something magical about spring. The few months between winter and summer are when the flowers are at their best, the birds are chirping, and the weather is just about as close to perfect as it can get. It truly is the season of rebirth.
While Easter and Passover are two separate holidays, both are all about intimate, meaningful time spent connecting with family, which gives us the chance to create new memories and traditions and honor those from years past. Regardless of what you celebrate, we’re here to help! We’ve rounded up nine straightforward recipes to add to your Easter or Passover menu that’ll help you keep the focus on the family, not the kitchen, while still putting filling, memorable meals on the table.
Quiche might just be the perfect Easter brunch food. It’s deceptively easy to whip together, yet presents beautifully and is endlessly customizable. This hearty quiche requires only 20 minutes of prep time, but its flaky crust will fool your family into thinking it took all day. The silky egg center makes the perfect base for a variety of tasty add-ins for flavor and texture. Here, we’ve chosen salty pancetta, melted mozzarella, and bright Hunt's® Diced Tomatoes.
For a Passover version, omit the pancetta and substitute sautéed portobello mushrooms, which will provide a rich flavor and meat-like texture to the dish. As for the crust, you can omit it altogether or create your own tasty Matzo meal alternative.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A, and your family won’t be able to resist this crunchy, streusel-like topping made with pecans and brown sugar. This dish will work for Easter or Passover (with a few minor variations). The recipe calls for 3 lbs. of fresh sweet potatoes, but Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Chef's Favorites Lightly Seasoned Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar make for a quick and easy substitute with the same great flavor. The dish comes together in under an hour, with only 30 minutes in the oven, freeing up coveted oven space for the main dish.
- Tip: This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. For a Passover-friendly recipe, you can replace the flour with Matzo cake mix or a combination of potato starch and Matzo cake mix.
Serving up ham or lamb at the center of your Easter dinner table? No great meat main course is complete without a side of potatoes. We love this flavor-packed grilled potato salad, which is far from your run-of-the-mill green salad. Looking to lighten it up a bit without sacrificing flavor? Simply omit the bacon and use Earth Balance® Original Mindful® Dressing & Sandwich Spread instead of regular mayo.
This Cherry Almond Coffee Cake is one of our favorite Easter recipes. A lovely icing drizzle perfectly complements the jammy fruit filling–it puts the cherry on top of a perfect Easter brunch! The recipe uses Duncan Hines® Signature French Vanilla Cake Mix and Duncan Hines® Comstock® Original Country Cherry Pie Filling & Topping, mixed with sour cream to make a delightfully moist morning treat. Not a fan of cherry? Swap out the cherry pie filling for Comstock Simply Strawberry or Comstock Simply Peach. Serve it warm or let it cool; this recipe tastes good either way.
For a Passover-friendly dessert option, these sticky, warm Glazed Spiced Plums make for a comforting after-dinner treat that won’t weigh you down after a big meal. Fresh, plump sliced plums are sautéed with sugar and nutmeg until they’re slightly caramelized, then topped with velvety Reddi-wip®. Easily adjust this recipe to be non-dairy by using non-dairy butter and Non-Dairy Almond Reddi-wip.
You can't have Easter without an egg-coloring session! Skip the messy store-bought kits this year and impress the kids with this easy, novel technique to dye your eggs. Simply use a foundation of fluffy Reddi-wip and mix in food coloring to help your kiddos create their own unique swirl patterns–and the cleanup couldn’t be easier, since it’s all contained in one pan.
These protein-packed Energy Ball Easter Eggs put a nutritious twist on the traditional chocolate Easter egg with everyone’s favorite sweet-and-salty combo: chocolate and peanut butter! They’re made with nutrient-packed chia seeds and Earth Balance® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter and flaxseed, so they make a perfect midmorning pick-me-up to help you power through a busy day. Udi’s® Vanilla Granola and Glutino® Pretzel Twists bring the crunch. Since these don’t require any cooking, let the kids prep them–they can play with the mix and form them into Easter eggs big and small.
If you’re a die-hard lover of the chocolate/peanut butter combo but are looking for a Passover-friendly recipe, this Matzo brittle has your back. It takes just five minutes to make an irresistible buttery brown sugar toffee, which is spread over crunchy Matzos and topped with chocolate chips and warm, creamy Peter Pan® 100% Natural Peanut Butter for an addictive homemade candy. The best part? The less structured the pieces of brittle are when you break them up, the better! No fancy knife skills needed here. Use your hands to break up the brittle in varying shapes and sizes–they’ll look quaint and homemade. Send the family home with baggies of leftovers (if there are any!).
Skip the takeout! Crispy Matzo crackers make a great makeshift pizza crust for lunches in a hurry while you’re preparing the big meal. Top the Matzos with a quick pizza sauce made from Hunt’s Tomato Sauce with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, drizzle with plenty of mozzarella cheese, then pick your favorite veggie toppings–here, we’ve loaded up on fresh mushrooms, Vlasic® Mild Yellow Banana Pepper Rings, olives, crunchy onions, and bell peppers, all quickly sautéed with garlic and olive oil before the bake.
Spring holiday meals with the family shouldn’t mean you have to spend all day in the kitchen. These recipes come together in no time and are packed with color and flavor. Enjoy the season, create new memories, and try your hand at something new for your spring holiday this year.