I'll admit, Easter tends to be a day I let any kind of healthy eating go by the wayside. My family is Polish and we have a huge, meat-filled dinner that is absolutely bad for me but also absolutely delicious. But we have, in recent years, added in some healthier choices. Here's some ideas to improve the health profile of your Easter feast without depriving you of deliciousness.
1) Enjoy spring veggies! Asparagus, peas and new potatoes are all in season now, and taste especially good after a winter of root vegetables. Toss asparagus with some lemon and olive oil, add peas to a green salad, or roast some fingerling potatoes with kosher salt for a simple and easy side.
2) Lighten up brunch. For an egg casserole, simply replace two whole eggs with three egg whites, and use a cheese like Parmesan, aged cheddar or Gruyere that packs a big flavor punch so you can use less. Consider bulking it up with spinach, roasted red peppers or mushrooms, as well. And make sure a fruit salad is on the table...strawberries are in season now.
3) Mind the meat. You should aim to have half your plate filled with vegetables, one quarter with starch, and one-quarter with meat. Use it as a condiment for other dishes, instead of the main event. Lean ham, roast lamb and beef tenderloin are all relatively light choices.
4) Don't forget the bunny! Dark chocolate is actually beneficial to health, so break off those bunny ears and nibble away. Just stop at one ounce.
What are your favorite Easter dishes?