He is not here; he has risen! – Luke 24:6 (NIV)
Easter is almost here and many of us will host a brunch after church or a family gathering after all of the eggs have been found. If so, let me save you some time in the planning process. Here are a few recipes that would make a nice addition to your table. Many can be prepared in advance.
Roasted or mashed sweet potatoes
Roasted asparagus – remove hard ends, lightly toss with avocado oil, salt and pepper and roast at 400 for 20 minutes
If you are dying eggs this year, look around your own kitchen for ingredients. Rather than coloring your eggs with toxic dyes you can use turmeric, onion peels, purple cabbage and coffee to naturally color your eggs. Beets are also a great way to color eggs and will often turn the white inside a pretty pink color (my daughter loves this). The natural method take a little longer but you are more likely to want to eat the finished product. My kids and I have been doing this for several years and love the mystery of guessing what in our kitchen will create a vivid color. This is also a great idea for a play date. The kids start the process and choose the ingredients then go play while the magic happens.
You can find more information here as well as the a technique for herb stenciled eggs: http://www.adventures-in-cooking.com/2011/04/herb-stenciled-easter-eggs.html
If you would like more information about artificial dyes, Wellness Mama’s article on the subject is well worth reading.