Easy Easter

Cool Sass is cooking with grandma (or mims as we like to call her) this weekend! Here are a few quick recipes that make one fantastic meal.

An Easy Easter Dinner

Microwave Apple Sauce

When I complimented my grandma on her homemade applesauce, I was stunned when she informed me that she had microwaved the apples to cook them. I didn’t even know that was possible. Not only can it be done, but it is delicious and takes a fraction of the time. Check out the recipe:

Homemade Applesauce...in the Microwave! Easy, healthy and quick!

What You’ll Need:

  • 5-6 apples (any kind will do, we used Gala and Granny Smith)
  • Craisins
  • a sprinkling of brown sugar

How To Do It:

  1. Peel and cube apples.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, add apple pieces, brown sugar and craisins.
  3. Cover bowl with a microwave safe item and cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until soft. No water is needed as the juice in the apples keeps the mixture moist.
  4. Serve warm or cold as a side to your Easter meal!

Sweet Potatoes

This dish is even simpler than the applesauce. All it requires is sweet potatoes and a little bit of oil.

Simple Sweet Potatoes- all you need is a little bit of oil and an oven. The perfect healthy side to accompany any meal!

What You’ll Need:

  • 5-8 sweet potatoes (depending on the size of your dinner party)
  • oil
  • a glass baking dish and aluminum foil

How To Do It:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes, just as you did with the apples.
  3. Drizzle a little bit of oil into the glass baking pan and pour the cubed sweet potatoes on top. Mix thoroughly until all are well-coated.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes, or until individual pieces are completely cooked and soft- making sure not to leave them in too long, where they might get mushy.

Fennel Mixed Salad

If you have never tried fennel before, you obviously haven’t overstuffed yourself at a huge family meal before. I’ve had fennel every year on Thanksgiving and Easter since I was a kid because inevitably that always happens to me. This veggie has a similar texture to celery, but has more digestive health properties. The taste by itself is not great- it has notes of licorice in it, which even I do not enjoy. In a salad, however, it adds a nice crunch to traditional greens and does not overpower the other flavors.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 fennel bulb
  • mixed greens
  • cucumbers
  • carrots
  • peppers
  • tomatoes
  • dressing of your choice

How To Do It:

  1. Wash and cut all ingredients to desired size, according to individual preference.
  2. In a bowl, toss salad ingredients together.
  3. Keep dry if anticipating leftovers, that way your salad will keep in the refrigerator without getting soggy. Otherwise, toss with your favorite dressing and serve.

 

Happy Easter!

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