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Easter Meal Ideas

Easter meal ideas should celebrate the season and reflect the renewal and happiness of Spring. Also make sure your main dish, side dish, and dessert choices are family friendly so everyone can enjoy the fun of Easter dinner.


Ham – Ham earns the number one spot on my Easter meal ideas because ham just plain rules. When I was in college, I remember being excited to go home for Easter because we were having ham. Ham is a crowd pleaser- kids love it, adults love it, and the cook loves it since it is easy to prepare- just heat and eat. In the case of the spiral sliced versions, you don’t even need to slice the ham yourself. If that wasn’t enough, ham makes a variety of yummy left overs like omelets, casseroles and my favorite, ham salad.




Lamb– Lamb requires a little bit more effort to prepare but the results are juicy, flavorful, and a special treat worthy of an Easter meal. This one might be a little too adventurous for most kids and even some adults, so stick to ham if you’re unsure, or serve both.






easter-mealEaster Egg Bread Centerpiece– This golden Easter bread nest is filled with colorful Easter eggs and doubles as an Easter centerpiece. Follow the link to see the complete instructions for how to enjoy this kid friendly recipe at home.





Pickled Eggs – Pickled eggs are an Easter tradition in my family, and no Easter meal is complete without them. We also eat them for breakfast with a sprinkle of salt. If making your own pickled eggs sounds like too much work, check out these pickled eggs from Milwaukee’s Bay View Packing Company.





easter-meal-2Carrot Cake– There are a ton of Easter sweet treats like marshmallow candies, chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, but candies just won’t do at an elaborate Easter meal. Make your Easter dessert memorable with a fancy carrot cake! Who knows, maybe the Easter bunny will join you for dessert!

Dirt Cake and Edible Flowers – Dessert for a Garden Party or Children’s Nature Lesson

Hosting a garden party? Need to bring a dessert to the garden club meeting? Show your creativity knows no bounds, – in the kitchen AND the garden, you create beauty! And your beautiful creations taste good! Bring a delectable dirt cake decorated with flowers.

dirt-cake-1Or, perhaps you are teaching children about nature. Kids love to eat sweets. Pique their interest with dirt cake. This is what my mother-in-law, Connie, did last week with my children, Lauren (8) and Dave(5).

Connie re-created the dirt cake she had brought to her Rhode Island garden club’s spring meeting. Served from a clay garden pot and decorated with cut flowers, Connie’s dessert looked more like a centerpiece than a cake. When two elderly club members responded with nervous looks to her offer of dirt cake, Connie had to reassure them it was edible. They accepted her trowel-full with apprehensive politeness, but later smiled when they tasted it.

So here’s Connie’s recipe for dirt cake, along with pictures of the pot and flowers.

  • 1 8-oz pkg cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 3-oz pkgs instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 8-oz container of Cool Whip
  • 1 large pkg Oreo Cookies
  • 1 chocolate cake, crumbled (optional)

Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla. Combine the pudding with the milk, then mix into the cream cheese mixture. Fold in the Cool Whip. Crush the Oreo cookies, and for added texture, mix the cookie crumbs with the crumbled chocolate cake.

Spoon the cookie mixture into the bottom of a flower pot (preferably new and washed) so it makes approximately a 2″ bottom layer. Then spoon in some of the cream cheese mixture followed by a layer of the cookie mixture. Continue alternating layers of cream cheese and cookies, ending with a cookie layer on top.

Decorate with colorful gummy worms and cut flowers. For an added touch of authenticity, decorate with edible flowers, such as roses, nasturtiums, lilacs, and pansies. Serve with a garden trowel (preferably new and washed).

This no-bake cake may be frozen. Thaw 1 hour before serving. For another delicious dessert, try Connie’s recipe for carrot cake.

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