Budget-Friendly Tips & Recipes for Easter

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Looking for some new recipes for Easter? Here are a few Good Cheap Eats favorites that taste great, come together easily, and most importantly, won’t break the bank.

Easter dinner with ham and scalloped potatoes

As the Easter holiday approaches, it’s time to start thinking about some fun new recipes. What will you enjoy making just as much as you’ll enjoy eating?

Whether you’re planning a big dinner, bringing 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. Easter is no exception.

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!

Plus, there are so many seasonal items to feature in your Easter meals: berries, asparagus, peas, HAM! There’s no end to the goods to work into your holiday meals.

rainbow cinnamon rolls with sugar glaze and sprinkles

I’ve dug through the archives and found some great recipes — all of them have a healthier, homemade bent to them and they’re all easy on the wallet.

Overspending is never in season, no matter the holiday. Consider these tips to keep grocery spending in check.

Tips to help you save money on Easter meals

  1. Shop your pantry. Chances are, you’ve already got a lot of great food on hand in the pantry, fridge, and freezer. Do a look-see to determine what you already have that you can plan into your Easter meals.
  2. Shop the sales. In the coming weeks, you’ll find lots of great ingredients on sale at the grocery store, especially in the produce and meat aisles. Look for great deals on berries, asparagus and peas, ham, and lamb. You may also find sales in the baking aisle, so keep your eyes peeled, and built your menu around what’s on sale.
  3. Plan simple, frugal meals. It’s a holiday, yes, but that doesn’t require you to go overboard. Never spend more than you have, even for a special occasion. Instead, focus on the basics: a hearty protein that stretches well for many people, some simple side dishes, and a stellar dessert. Or two.
  4. Invite others to contribute. Likewise, you don’t have to do all the cooking. If your guests offer to contribute, let them! It may be that they have a special holiday tradition that they’d like to include. The more the merrier! And less for you to buy and cook.
  5. Have a back-up meal plan. There will always be those times when things do not go according to plan. Hedge your bets and have a backup meal plan on hand.

Need the Easter meal planning done for you?

I’ve put together an Instant Easter Luncheon Kit. It includes everything you need to host a great lunch or dinner with family and friends.

Included you’ll find a complete menu with allergen and special diet adaptations, all the recipes needed, grocery lists, party checklists, preparation timelines, printable buffet cards, family-friendly activities, and even tips for making it all in advance so you can even enjoy the day!

There’s a printable scavenger hunt for the kids, tokens to tuck into Easter eggs, and templates to make flower pot place cards. Like Pinterest, rolled into one resource, only these crafts work! 😉

The Instant Easter Luncheon Kit is available in my store to take the guesswork out of planning your holiday meal. It’s done for you so you don’t have to worry.

Enjoy this Easter holiday with less work and more fun. Grab the printable file here: https://fishmama.com/product/instant-easter-luncheon-meal-plan/

Whether you use my Easter meal plan or devise one of your own, I’d love to hear what you end up making from these budget-friendly Easter recipes!

Budget-Friendly Recipes for Easter

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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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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