Yes, Easter food is mostly about chocolate eggs — as it should be!
But, even if it seems impossible now, there will come a time during the break when you want something that isn’t chocolate.
And when that time comes, we’ve got plenty of delicious recipe ideas perfect for the holiday.
This colourful veg bake is so good you might find your resident herb nerds fending off forks from the carnivorous folk for a helping.
This recipe is deceptively simple and the result stunningly scrumptious — perfect if you’re entertaining.
Essentially, all you do is layer vegetables onto puff pastry with some herbs and cheese then bake until golden.
It’s not often that a salad stands out, but this hearty one certainly does.
There’s a lot to love, with chewy freekeh, sweet roasted carrots, creamy goat cheese, crunchy pistachios, bright pomegranate seeds and sticky roasted red grapes.
Pretty much all you need to do is add sliced fennel and cannellini beans to a tray of beautifully slow-roasted tomatoes to end up with this juicy dish.
Then you can serve it with baked fish or keep it vegetarian by adding pine nuts and halloumi.
This is the perfect low maintenance side dish to have up your sleeve when people are due to come over.
The thinly sliced zucchini are chargrilled for a couple of minutes in a dry pan before being dressed up with toasted pine nuts and crumbled feta.
There is such ceremony in bringing a whole cauliflower, dressed up and pretty, to the table, ready to be carved.
The recipe for this version will feed two as a main, and even more as a side or share dish.
This nourishing take on a family favourite is not to be missed.
If you’re not familiar with the fish-in-a-parcel technique the recipe calls for, now’s the perfect time to master it.
While some salads are best eaten immediately, this dish deserves special mention for being patient.
It tastes better after hanging around for a while, allowing the butternut, lentils and dressing to get to know one another — making it great for entertaining.
A simple slow cooker is all that’s needed to pull this lamb leg off, and the prep time is easy.
So, you can run around all day and by the time it’s Easter Sunday evening, dinner will be sorted.
Now, onto the desserts!
There’s nothing quite like homemade hot cross buns.
These are inspired by the traditional kind but made with a deepened amount of spice, citrus and an optional dash of rum.
Chocolate and olive oil go particularly well together and this cake is a stand-out.
Better yet, this recipe is so easy that the kids will be able to help you make and decorate it.
This bread and butter pudding is unbelievably simple to make and uses staple ingredients.
Still, it’s a rather decadent recipe, with pockets of melting chocolate, deeply roasted nuts and slatherings of sticky-tart marmalade.
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