Budget-Friendly Recipes for Easter

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Looking for a new recipe to try this Easter? Here are a few favorites that won’t break the bank.

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Easter is in just over a week. Can you believe it? I swear we just had Christmas.

So, whether you’re hosting a big dinner, brining a dish to a potluck, or contributing to a family supper at someone else’s house, it always fun to think about what to make for a holiday. I’ve dug through the archives and found some great recipes — some I’d completely forgotten about, but deserve to be given new life this Easter.

I mean come on, wouldn’t you like to be the one to bring the fish-shaped calzone to the church supper? You know that would get rave reviews!

I hope you like this selection of recipes. All of them have a healthier, homemade bent to them and they’re easy on the wallet. Overspending is never in season, no matter the holiday. If you’ve got a fun Easter recipe that you love to make at your house, please share it with us in the comments so it can become a great tradition for the rest of us.

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Healthier Spinach Dip

I have wonderful memories of scooping up spinach dip onto veggies or bread cubes. YUM! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Rather than purchasing a package of MSG-laden vegetable soup mix, consider making this Healthier Spinach Dip that’s a little bit healthier without any extra work.

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Ham and Gruyere Quiche

Ham and eggs are pretty perfect at Easter, particularly in this savory tart. I’m going to have to make two Ham and Gruyere Quiche for Easter brunch if I’m plan on eating any. My kids absolutely devour this.

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Tossed Salad with Feta and Pepperoncini

This Tossed Salad with Feta and Pepperoncini is one of my favorites! The dressing comes together so easily since there’s no measuring — plus it’s packed with flavor. Wow!

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Ham in the Crockpot

Ham is traditional Easter fare, so it’s usually easy to find a good deal on one. Keep preparation simple by letting the crockpot do the bulk of the work and then finish it off in the oven with a brown-sugar glaze.

Tastiest Scalloped Potatoes

I’ve been making these scalloped potatoes for almost twenty years. They are easy to make and there are rarely leftovers. If there are, I wake up early to eat them for breakfast when no one’s looking.

Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus

Make the oven do double-duty as you finish off your baked ham. Roasted asparagus is super simple to prepare. Pop a pan of asparagus into the oven as you finish off your baked ham.

Cajun Spiced Cauliflower

Cajun spice adds a bit of oompf to cauliflower. It’s easy to prepare — just steam and drizzle on the Cajun-spiced goodness.

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Fish-Shaped Calzone

Wow the crowd with this fish-shaped calzone! It looks complicated, but it’s really not. No, it’s not your typical Easter dish, but I think it’s pretty cool for us “fishers of men”.

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Hot Cross Buns (with a California Flair)

I’ve never had a true Hot Cross Bun so I don’t know how these compare. But, these buns are delicious with my embellishment of two truly California ingredients: lemon and raisins. Tradition says to serve them on Good Friday, but they’d be great at Easter brunch too.

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Whole Grain Shortcake with Berries and Cream

I really look forward to a tasty dessert. I want something sweet, something tart, something soft, something crisp. And Whole Grain Shortcake with Berries and Cream has got all the bases covered.

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Ultimate Carrot Cake

This Ultimate Carrot Cake recipe is a keeper. I rarely make it any other time of the year, but not because we don’t like it. Au contraire! We love it. But, it just has a place of honor on Easter Sunday.

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Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs

Dipping marshmallows in chocolate is a classic way to combine two great flavors. Egg-shaped marshmallows and sprinkles make it all the more fun. These Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs are fun for kids and adults alike.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Sandi says:

    This sounds like Jessica, but is posted by “Janel Piersma” and I’m wondering who that is. Guest poster? Alter ego? 🙂

    • Ha! Almost my alter ego. Janel is my sister and also my assistant. I wrote the post, but she set it up with the pictures and links to save me time.

  2. I love making Greek Easter bread, which is similar to a challah but has flavoring. My mom used to dump a half bottle of anise into the dough. My Greek class ladies in Boston told me that wasn’t the real thing (they used something called mastich). My family likes it when I use almond flavoring instead (not a half bottle). It’s a sweet egg bread, braided. The recipe makes 6 loaves, so it’s good to give away too.

  3. Courtney says:

    Jessica, I’ve been thinking of you this week and hoping all is well. Take care!

    • Thank you! Yes, the radiologist checked it all himself and all is well.

      • Courtney says:

        That’s great – I’m glad you got good news!

  4. Melissa says:

    What are your thoughts on day before preparation of the scalloped potatoes? Could I assemble the night before and PPP it in the oven after church on Sunday?

    • I have done that and covered with foil and the top layer turned blackish. I’m not exactly sure why. You could peel and slice and put in cold water in the fridge. Assembly is really quick.

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