Kid Friendly Easter Meal Ideas

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Kid Friendly Easter Meal Ideas

With Easter coming up you are probably trying to figure out what’s on the menu for that day. If you have children, traditional dishes like ham may not be suitable. Here are a few kid-friendly Easter dishes that will brighten up your dining room table.

Lamb Cake
This cake is fun for kids to look at and great to eat.

Ingredients:
– 1 package yellow cake mix
– 8 ounces whipped topping
– 15 large marshmallows cut in half
– 1 package strawberry gelatin
– 1 pink jelly bean
– black decorating gel
– pink decorating gel

To Make:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray two round baking pans with cooking spray. Make the yellow cake batter according to the instructions on the package. Add the package of strawberry gelatin. Pour half of the batter into one cake pan and the other half of the batter into the other cake pan. Bake for around 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 1 hour. Place one of the cakes onto a serving platter. Frost the cake with whipped topping. Place the other cake on top and frost the second cake with whipped topping as well. Place two of the marshmallows at the top of the cakes about 3 inches apart so that they look like ears. Place the remaining marshmallows around the outside of the entire top cake. Use the black frosting to make eyes and use the pink frosting to make a mouth. Place the pink jelly bean in the middle of the cake to look like a nose.

Bunny Eggs
This dish is the perfect way to use up all those Easter eggs that your kids colored.

Ingredients:
– 12 hardboiled eggs cut lengthwise
– 1/3 cup mayonnaise
– 1/4 cup mustard
– 1/4 cup shredded carrots
– 5 olives cut into small pieces

To Make:
Remove the yolks from the eggs and place into a bowl. Add the mustard and mayonnaise and mash together with a fork. Place one tablespoon of the mixture into each of the egg halves. Place to shredded carrots on top of the mixture so that they look like bunny ears. Use the black olive pieces to make the eyes, nose and a mouth. Use some of the shredded carrot pieces for whiskers.

ricotta pie

Easter Ricotta Pie

Easter ricotta pie is a delicious Italian-inspired dish that's perfect for springtime celebrations. This tasty pie allows you to incorporate ham and veggies into your meal.
What kind of ricotta do I use? You'll want to use whole milk ricotta, not part-skim. Whole milk ricotta has a richer, creamier texture, making the filling smooth and luscious.
What kind of crust is best? Buttery and flaky pie crusts work very well to complement the creamy ricotta filling. You can use store-bought or homemade pie crust. Just be sure they're unbaked before filling.
What ingredients go in the filling? Along with the ricotta, eggs help bind it and add richness. Then you can add mix-ins like ham, spinach, herbs, garlic, cheese, vegetables etc. Feel free to get creative with the ingredients!
How do I prevent a soggy bottom crust? Be sure to thoroughly drain any wet filling ingredients. Pre-bake the bottom crust for 5 minutes before adding the filling. And place the pie pan on a baking sheet in case of spills.
What temperature and how long do I bake it? Bake at 375°F for 35-45 minutes, until the filling is set and the crust is golden. Covering the edges with foil prevents over-browning.
Can I make it ahead? Yes, prepare the entire pie up to a day ahead, then refrigerate until baking. Add 5-10 extra minutes of baking time.
How do I serve Easter ricotta pie? Slice into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature. Top wedges with extra Parmesan, parsley, basil etc. Pair with a spring salad for a fresh meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pie crusts (9-inch), unbaked
  • 2 eggs
  • 15 oz whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup cooked ham diced
  • 1 cup frozen spinach thawed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Whisk together the eggs and ricotta cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in the ham, spinach, mozzarella, Parmesan, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Pour the mixture into one of the pie crusts. Top with a second crust, sealing edges, and cutting slits to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown on top. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.
Keyword breakfast, easter
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