20 Healthy Recipe Ideas for Easter Weekend
Easter weekend is almost upon us, and this year I thought I would do things a bit differently. Instead of just sharing a bunch of recipe ideas of my own, I decided to connect you with recipes from a few of my favourite wellness practitioners and food bloggers. This way, you not only have a bunch of great inspiration here, but you can feel free to grab a hot cup of tea and go down the rabbit hole on some of my all-time favourite blogs!
This entire list has been hand-chosen by me and specifically curated to add flavour and nourishment to your long weekend. Each link opens in a separate tab so you can easily save the recipes you love most without losing your spot in the menu.
I hope you enjoy these yummy Easter & Spring-inspired dishes! If you decide to give any of them a try, be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook so I can see your creations and share the love with these super talented recipe contributors!!
On the Menu
Instant Turmeric Latte Mix
Carrot Cake Smoothie
Sweet Potato Mushroom Skillet
Smashed Baby Potatoes with a Creamy Avocado Drizzle
Guacamole Deviled Eggs
Asparagus with Dijon Thyme Shallots
Carrot, Beet & Apple Salad
Spring Salad with Arugula, Zucchini and a Lemon Dressing
Grapefruit Salad with Cilantro & Goat Cheese
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs with Pineapple
Simple Roast Chicken
Pulled Jackfruit Stuffed Squash with an Easy Paleo BBQ Sauce
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Grain and Egg-Free Ghee Chocolate Chip Cookies
Easter Chocolate Bark
Spiced Carrot Muffins
Carrot Top Pesto
DIY Natural Easter Egg Dyes
…Hungry yet? Let’s dive in.
Up first: The most deliciously nourishing Turmeric Latte!
But this is much more than just a latte recipe - This is actually a recipe you can create over the long weekend and continue using for weeks to come! Friend and Holistic Nutritionist Ashley Sauvé has found the perfect combination of flavours to help you make your own Instant Turmeric Latte Mix! Keep a jar in the cupboard so that any time you’d like a hot cuppa, you can simply add a rounded teaspoon of the spice mix to some plant-based milk with a touch of maple syrup for good measure.
While the kiddos search for eggs, the mommy savours her cozy, anti-inflammatory and perfectly sweet turmeric latte. It’s that simple.
Next, my girl Rachel Molenda is sharing the most delicious Carrot Cake Smoothie! This nutrient-dense brekky is packed with beneficial fiber, immune-supportive vitamin A and anti-inflammatory ginger. It’s also sweetened with a date, which pulls everything together perfectly!
Rachel also happens to be a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Disordered & Emotional Eating Coach and Host of The Fill Your Cup Podcast, where she shows people how to meet their needs and "fill their cup" (Yes, even with smoothies!) so they can feel and show up as the best version of themselves every single day.
Do you prefer savoury? Looking for a one pan meal so you don’t have to spend your long weekend over a sink full of dishes?
Then you simply must try this delectable savoury Sweet Potato Mushroom Skillet from Colleen at The Food Blog! The ingredients are on point, the flavour is excellent, and clean-up takes hardly any time at all!
And lastly, if you’ve got company coming and you want to wow the crowd, I suggest breaking out these delicious Breakfast Tacos from Nancy over at Nomss! They’re simple to throw together and absolutely gorgeous with all of those bright, nourishing veggies! (Also: Who doesn’t love a taco for breakfast?)
APPIES & SIDES
Up first: Since I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like, I thought I’d start this section by sharing my very own recipe for Smashed Baby Potatoes with a Creamy Avocado Drizzle.
Serve them as an appetizer or as a side for your family Easter Weekend BBQ or brunch. They are sure to be a hit!
(Confession: They were so good, they didn’t even make it to a plate.)
Joy is a Holistic Nutritionist and has both a blog AND a YouTube channel chock full of recipes and great tips for living your most joyous life. This recipe is no exception, with both ingredients and flavour being perfectly on point!
Aside from the odd flower popping up in your garden this time of year, another thing I LOVE to see finally making an appearance is fresh asparagus! That’s why I’m also thrilled to share this easy, delicious side dish from Natalie at Kitchen, Uncorked: Asparagus with Dijon Thyme Shallots!
I’ve always been a fan of fresh asparagus, but I never quite ventured past plain old sautéed or roasted asparagus with ghee, pink salt & pepper until this recipe came into my life! This simple side brings a spectacular added depth of flavour and colour to the mix, making it an awesome choice for your long weekend get-togethers!
Up next: This easy peasy Spring Salad with Arugula, Zucchini and a Lemon Dressing from the ladies of Sneaky Mommies!
If you’ve ever mumbled the words, “But making my own salad dressings is too complicated!” then you must have a peek at this recipe!! It’s simple, quick to throw together, and contains so many great bitter foods (which, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, are amazing for stimulating our body’s own ability to produce stomach acid. Remember - We need a strong stomach acid because that’s what helps us to break down our food and absorb it’s nutrients!)
My hubs, on the other hand, is one of the 30-40% of the population with a genetic taste aversion to cilantro. He says it tastes like soap, but I absolutely LOVE it. I put it in my smoothies, omelettes, salads, and homemade dressings!
What about you? Are you a fan? If not, perhaps this gorgeous, Spring-inspired dish will be just the thing to change your mind!
With the long weekend upon us, Ryan already has the BBQ primed and ready to go. And while we’re a little disappointed that its supposed to rain all weekend, this isn’t going to stop us from trying our hand at these Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs with Pineapple from Dana at Killing Thyme.
They’ll be a perfect fit next to the asparagus, or one of the salads listed above!
If you’ve been reading this with a tear in your eye because you’d prefer to go the plant-based route this weekend, have no fear. I have an awesome recipe for Pulled Jackfruit Stuffed Squash with an Easy Paleo BBQ Sauce that will knock your socks off! Not only is it perfect for entertaining, but it’s delicious, it’s easy to throw together AND it’s pretty to look at.
Need I say more?
Ah, yes. And we can’t forget about those who end up with the flu every single Spring, like clockwork.
If this is you, I see you and I’ve got you.
Introducing: The quickest, easiest, Slow Cooker Beef Stew that you can happily “set and forget” all day while you snuggle back under the covers. The ingredients are affordable and this stew comes together in a pinch.
Did I mention it’s delicious?
This Easter long weekend, Nate and I are whipping up a batch of these Grain and Egg Free Ghee Chocolate Chip Cookies from Brittany at Firm Ground Nutrition. The ingredients are on point, they’re absolutely delicious, and Nate just loves when he gets to mix the batter and scoop it on to the pan! I have fond memories of helping my mom stir the batter as she baked (although I spent more time licking the spatula I think!), and it’s so wonderful to create these kinds of memories with my own little dude and these heavenly cookies!
Brittany is equal parts nutrition nerd and foodie extraordinaire, which is why as soon as we met, we completely hit it off! :) I just know you’ll love her too - Enjoy!
Here’s another fun idea: What about whipping up your very own Easter Chocolate Bark with the kiddos this weekend? The beauty of this is that YOU get to choose the ingredients, and the kids get to play and get messy! :) My friend Melanie Robinson, a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant, has tons of amazing creative ideas to fill your Easter baskets in this post. Have a peek and let me know what you think!
Up next: Spiced Carrot Muffins from Serena at The Little Farmer’s Wife. Why? Because what could be a better sweet indulgence on Easter weekend than a carrot muffin topped with a little touch of ghee?
And by the way: I am loving the ingredients list here! Serena holds a wealth of knowledge on all things nutrition and the recipes on her blog are just amazing!
I can hear it now: “Michelle, what is a flavour kick?”
It’s exactly that - Dips, dressings, sauces, and spice mixes. It’s the thing that turns a drab meal into an epic one. For this reason, flavour kicks are part of ALL of my online programs.
With that being said, and keeping up with the carrot theme, let’s talk about this Carrot Top Pesto and why I love it so damn much.
First: It reduces food waste.
Second: It’s good for you. (Did you know there is all sorts of great nutrition hidden in those bright green carrot tops?)
Third: It’s delicious.
And I could NOT let this Easter recipe round-up pass by without sharing the most epic flavour kick of all from my friend Tabitha Lavoie:
Tabitha is a passionate foodie and Culinary Nutrition Coach, who consistently has me swooning for quick, heavenly meal ideas. Her recipes are simple and oh-so nourishing to the mind, body and soul.
My recommendation: Roast up a big sheet pan full of your favourite veggies this weekend. Bell peppers, sweet potatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, mushrooms - Whatever you’ve got. Then, douse them generously in Tabitha’s homemade queso.
You’re welcome. :)
And finally: I feel like I’d be doing you all a disservice if I didn’t share this post on DIY Natural Easter Egg Dyes!
Okay, friends. I hope you enjoyed this Easter recipe round-up as much as I enjoyed curating it for you!
And a big shout out to all contributors. Go check out their blogs and give them lots of love!
Let me know in the comments: Which recipe are you most excited to make?
Have a great long weekend!