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Splendid Side Dishes for Easter

Easter is this Sunday and if you’re like many families who celebrate the holiday, you’re probably planning a special meal.  This year, instead of serving the traditional mashed potato side dish, why not impress your guests with something a little extra special?  I’ve collected a few recipes that are perfect for a spring celebration.  An extra bonus is they’re pretty simple to make.

 

Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes use baby or fingerling potatoes and other flavorful ingredients like fresh lemon juice, olive oil, melted butter, heads of garlic, fresh parsley, fresh thyme, salt and pepper to taste.  You’ll cut slits in the potatoes and brush them with the butter and olive oil.  Add the remaining ingredients in between the potatoes and roast them at 350 degrees, basting them at 30 minute intervals.

 

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Courtesy of Rasa Malaysia

 

Lemon Butter Green Beans with Garlic and Parmesan adds some “zip” to the old standard.  Fresh green beans, butter, minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, grated Parmesan cheese, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and salt/pepper to taste is what you’ll need for this recipe.  Boil your green beans until crisp-tender and then immerse in ice water after cooking to stop the cooking process.  Melt butter in a skillet and add garlic, cook until fragrant.  Add lemon juice and cook one minute.  Add green beans and cook until heated through.  Remove from heat and add zest and Parmesan.  Season with red pepper, salt, and pepper.

 

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Courtesy of Mother Thyme

 

Spring Quinoa Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette is a delicious side option for your Easter table.  You can actually cook the quinoa the night before and chill in the refrigerator.  The next day add cooked frozen peas, feta cheese, crumbled bacon, fresh basil, fresh cilantro, and crushed almonds.  You’ll create a homemade dressing with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and honey.  Serve this salad with baby spinach.

 

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Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

 

I hope everyone has a very happy Easter and I’m back next week with some tips on starting your home garden.

 

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