I am so excited to have a four day weekend coming up! It’s going to be so nice to get extra time away from the office (fingers crossed for some decent weather!).
As part of the weekend festivities, I am planning a big Easter Sunday lunch for my family. I thought I would share with you some of the recipes that I’m using as inspiration for my lunch, which might inspire you to do a little recipe-creating of your own and also maybe show you some cool food blogs to explore (if you haven’t found all of these already).
Easter Recipe Round Up
The Main Event
I need something that can cater for a crowd! My picks for a main dish are Jamie Oliver’s Best Roast Leg of Lamb (which is what I think I’m going to do, it’s the perfect seasonal dish) and I also love Slim Palate’s Whole Roasted Salmon with Grapefruit and Leeks which I might do as well (a bit ambitious!). If you prefer white meat, an easy option which always works well is my Roast Chicken with Garlic, Lemon and Chilli (pictured above). For any vegan/vegetarian people, I love this Chickpea Flour Flatbread with New Potatoes and Basil by Dolly And Oatmeal, I think that it would go perfectly with some fresh leafy salads to share around, and perhaps topped with some toasted almonds and pine nuts for extra protein, too.
Easter lunch just wouldn’t be complete without a gorgeous array of salads to accompany the main dish. I’m going to be taking my salad inspiration from some stunning combinations like:
- The Greenest Salad by 101 Cookbooks;
- Kale Salad with Avocado Tahini Sauce by Love and Lemons;
- an amazing Tomato and Pomegranate Salad by Yotam Ottolenghi; and
- Kavisha Jega’s Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Avocado Salad – as pictured above (I love this one especially as the leftovers will keep really well, I always make too much!)
Of course… this is what we’re all hanging out for, right? The messy, fun and traditional part of putting together a great Easter feast; chocolate and homemade baking experiments. I am going to make a fresh batch of my Gluten-free Buckwheat Hot Cross Buns and serve them toasted with salted organic butter and honey, and I’ve also got some fructose-free raw chocolate (these raw chocolate eggs and this “white chocolate” version) waiting in the freezer. If choccy and hot cross buns just aren’t your thing, a nice cake like this Vanilla Sponge with Pomegranate Jam by Madeleine Shaw is healthy and beautiful too, or perhaps a few batches of simple zesty Easter Bunny Biscuits like these goodies by The Fit Foodie pictured below:
Bake and create with a discount from JT’s Coconut Essence!
The good people at JT’s Coconut Essence recently sent me across some organic coconut oil and some coconut water to test out in some recipes. I am a huge fan of all things coconut so naturally I was really delighted to try out these products. I remember seeing the brand around in Australia and it’s so nice to see them growing and expanding their supply over here in Europe.
The coconut oil and coconut water I have been sent are both a high quality and tasty. The coconut water does not contain any added sugars (unlike some out there!) and I really do love the coconut oil, it’s got such a lovely fragrance and I use it in everything (I am almost done with my second jar – and they are BIG).
For all my UK followers, JT’s have created a discount code for all Nourish Everyday fans – NOURISH20. Entering this code at checkout will provide 20% off on all products on the UK online store http://www.coconutessence.co.uk/ and is valid until 17 April 2015. Jump online and grab yourself some coconut goodies!
There’s also a free e-book available for you guys if you’re looking for some recipe inspiration, which is available by clicking here. xx