Healthy Spring & Easter Recipes

Food blogger and business owner Trish Ryan is constantly looking for healthy options to feed herself and her family. She is the founder of Time for Dinner, a meal planning service to help you enjoy healthy meals with your family.

In this post, she celebrates spring vegetables with some holiday meal ideas. Plus a recipe that will help get rid of that huge chocolate Easter bunny.

Happy Spring!
The upcoming spring holidays are a true sign of spring. And with them marks the arrival of the first fresh produce of the season. Here are some ways to incorporate them into your Holiday meal.


If brunch is on the menu, start off with a frittata. This Frittata with Spring Greens and Ricotta Cheese is filled with the early signs of spring and coupled with creamy ricotta cheese. The salty pancetta brings it all together.

Frittata with Spring Greens and Ricotta Cheese
• 8 large eggs
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• ¼ cup pancetta, diced
• ½ cup onion, diced
• ½ cup spring greens (arugula, Swiss chard, etc.), roughly chopped
• 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
• ½ cup ricotta cheese

1. Preheat oven to 425°F

2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, salt and pepper. Set aside.

3. In a 10-inch ovenproof non-stick or cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring frequently, until it starts to crisp, 3-5 minutes. Add the onion and cook until it softens a bit, about 3 minutes.

4. Add the greens and herbs and cook for 1 minute. Pour the eggs into the skillet; stir gently to combine for 1 minute. Dollop ricotta over the egg mixture and cook, undisturbed, until edges are set, about 2 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until top of frittata is just set, 10-12 minutes. Slide frittata onto a plate or cutting board and serve.

asparagus spearsIf there’s a crowd around the table at dinnertime, these crispy asparagus spears are a wonderful complement to the main dish, whether it’s ham, lamb, salmon or pork. The light, crispy breading is so delicious that even the pickiest person at the table will try them.

Crispy Asparagus Spears
• 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
• ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
• ½ teaspoon kosher salt
• Freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 425°F

2. In a shallow dish or dish, mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. In another shallow dish, whisk the eggs.

3. Place the asparagus spears in the beaten egg mixture. One at a time, coat them in the panko, Parmesan, salt and pepper mixture. Place the asparagus in a single layer, on a wire rack, on a rimmed baking sheet.

4. Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 13 – 15 minutes.

And finally, what are you to do with the extra large Easter bunny that grandma brought over? Turn it into a healthy- (er) treat of course. This is a great Passover or Easter recipe.

banana popsChocolate Dipped Banana Pops 
• 1 large chocolate bunny (or several small)
• Wooden skewers, cut in half
• Toppings of choice (chopped nuts, oats, sprinkles, etc.)

1. Cut your bananas in half, insert halved wooden skewers and freeze for about 15 minutes on a flat surface.

2. While bananas are freezing, melt down your bunny over low heat in a bowl that is sitting over a saucepan with an inch of water in it. (removing all bowties and styrofoam accessories, please), Whisk as the bunny shrinks.

3. Dip your now semi-frozen bananas into the chocolate and place pops on a wax-paper covered surface.

4. Sprinkle chopped nuts, oats, or sprinkles, on top before the chocolate hardens. Freeze until ready to eat, at least a half hour.

The chocolate hardens fast, so add your toppings quick like a bunny.

Save the Date! On May 15th the Princeton Farmers’ Market heads back outside on Hinds Plaza. Trish will be providing us all some super easy farmer’s market to table meal ideas and recipes.

Trish Ryan is the founder of Time for Dinner, a service to help simplify the meal planning process and enjoy dinner with your family.
Time For Dinner members are provided recipes for five simple, healthy meals including side dishes each week. Meal plans are created to be efficient and eliminate waste. Ingredients are maximized to create balanced dinners that play off each other. Members are also provided with an organized shopping list, cost estimates to help keep you on budget, a list of pantry items you will need, and guides to meal preparation.

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