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03 Apr Plant-Strong Easter

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Easter is around the corner and many of you are preparing for your Easter brunch or dinner. We have some tips, recipes and suggestions on how to make this Easter a healthy one.

Plant-Strong kids:

Easter egg hunts do not have to include eggs filled with candy. This year change it up and fill your eggs with stickers, dried fruit, little toys, coins, or maybe have one egg that has a slip of paper that says ‘special gift’ and give one nice gift that your child has been wanting.

Speaking of eggs, if you’d rather not dye eggs, why not head to the craft store and pick up wooden or ceramic eggs instead! Have an egg-painting party. You can also pick up some other non-food crafts while you are at the craft store.

Easter brunch:

We love baking a batch of mighty muffins for brunch! Everyone loves them, and they are nice to have for people to snack on after brunch as well. Here is the recipe:

Makes 6 large muffins or 1 enormous loaf.
Prep-time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

6 brown bananas, lightly mashed (leave some chunks)
1 large apple, grated
¾ cup water
3 cups oat bran
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup walnuts, chopped or halved
¼ cup raisins
4 tablespoons sweetener
Juice of 1 lemon

Mix wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls. Squeeze the juice of one lemon onto the combined apple and bananas
Combine wet and dry ingredients into one bowl.
Pour into lined muffin tins or use silicone muffin bake ware and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Bake the batter in a loaf pan, and enjoy hearty slices instead of muffins.
Add three thinly sliced pears or 1 cup of 70 percent pure cocoa chips to the batter.

More ideas for brunch:

Zucchini Frittata from Fat Free Vegan

Basic tofu scramble from Happy Herbivore: You can do almost anything you like to tofu scramble, add in beans, salsa, veggies!

French Toast: We actually like to bake our french toast now! And you can make stuffed french toast by adding lots of cooked berries.

Lunch/Dinner ideas:

First of all, be sure to have a giant salad on the table. Throw in tons of vegetables and even some grains and beans.

Sweet Potato Lasagna: This is our favorite!

Fat Free Vegan’s Meatless Loaf

Lasagna Rolls

Mushroom Stroganoff


Fruit pie with date nut crust

Poached Pears in raspberry sauce.

What is on your Easter menu?

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  • Wendy (Healthy GIrl's Kitchen)
    Posted at 08:05h, 03 April

    As a side note, for those of you celebrating Passover, there is a discussion on my blog about Plant-strong Passover recipes here: http://healthygirlskitchen.blogspot.com/2012/03/reader-advice-day-what-to-make-for.html

    I hope everyone’s holidays are wonderful and meaningful!

  • Engine 2 Team
    Posted at 09:08h, 03 April

    We linked to your post yesterday 🙂

    • Wendy (Healthy GIrl's Kitchen)
      Posted at 17:19h, 03 April

      You did? How did I miss that??? LOL, I was wondering where all of the traffic was coming from!

  • Jude
    Posted at 09:26h, 03 April

    And if you do use”fake” meats, Meet the Sahnnons blog has great ways to adapt a Tofurky

    I also love this frendh toast casserole (like a bread pudding) http://granolamoms.com/cooking/french-toast-bake

    Lots of plants to love – recreate the holiday flavors you remember with spices.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 09:31h, 03 April

    We are having Fat-free vegan’s zucchini frittata, strawberry spinach salad, french toast(requested by my kids), and raw strawberry pie with lemon-whipped cream(from Dreena Burton’s new cookbook..Let Them Eat Vegan).

  • Michelle
    Posted at 09:46h, 03 April

    I also posted a hodge podge of Engine 2 and non-Engine 2 plant-based recipes that are inspiring my easter menu here: http://accidentallymeatless.blogspot.com/2012/04/plant-based-easter-recipes.html

  • Rosemary Evergreen
    Posted at 09:55h, 03 April

    Another idea for filling plastic eggs for an egg hunt: write notes for each egg. They could create a scavenger hunt, they could be special notes to the child, or they could be lines of a seasonal poem or excerpt from a favorite story, that can be arranged in order after all the eggs are found.

  • Kate
    Posted at 12:23h, 03 April

    I’m a grandma now. When my children were little, they loved searching for plastic eggs that contained money. I never thought of painting wooden eggs, but that would be loads of fun. Easter baskets held fancy school supplies, stickers, garden gloves, garden seeds, picture books about trees and flowers and other nature subjects, field guides, little stuffed easter-y toys, stationary, miniature toys and games, with a very small amount of candy. Talking with my daughter the other day, I learned that she will carry on these traditions sans candy. The children won’t miss it.

    We simply cannot eat funeral potatoes, ham, rolls with butter, buttered corn, grandma’s dumplings, salad with ranch, marshmallow salad, and pie ala mode for Easter dinner anymore. I’ve put together a great gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free, plant-perfect menu that will likely give us leftovers for days. I’ll serve this in courses to help people fill up on greens first. Starting with a spinach and raspberry salad, I’ll move on to roasted asparagus as an appetizer. The entree will consist of Roasted Portabellos, Kreamy Cauli-Pots, Millet Dressing, with Mushroom Gravy. Dessert will be Apple Crisp with the crispy part made from cinnamon and dried chopped dates. It’s not exactly traditional, but it meets any standard for a delicious feast that won’t wreck my family’s vascular systems. I’ll post most of the recipes on my blog tomorrow.

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