We love family gatherings but this year we are aiming for a low key Easter Sunday. Close family and all the kiddos will gather for a no stress brunch, egg coloring and our traditional Easter egg hunt. This year is about spending quality time with loved ones and less time stressing over little things. Thats why I’m sharing a couple simple recipes, an easy sweet treat and naturally died eggs.
When putting together a brunch, I like to have a variety of options. Fruits, veggies, and cheese platters are always a big hit. Kids love picking on these choices as they are easy for their little hands to grab. Thats why these options are my go to but I enjoy mixing in a few other options to. Pinwheel sandwiches, lettuce boats, and [it wouldn’t be Easter without] deviled eggs are both adult and kid approved.
Cranberry Chicken Salad
- 2 lbs chicken breast
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup diced Granny Smith apple
- salt and pepper, to taste
- chopped pecans, optional
- baby Romaine lettuce and/or sandwich wraps
Start by preparing your chicken. I prefer to use chicken tenders as they come already sliced and trimmed. Dice into small pieces. Drizzle a pan with olive oil and cook on low to medium heat until no longer pink inside. Add seasoning to taste while cooking. I use garlic salt and Adobo but this is optional. Once cooked let cool and transfer to fridge. Dice your Granny Smith apple and chop pecans if you are adding this option. Once chicken is cooled mix all ingredients together and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve on baby Romaine lettuce leaves for a low carb option or on sandwich wraps and slice into pinwheels. These make for great finger foods and the kids love the pinwheel option.
Classic Deviled Eggs
- 12 eggs
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp mustard (I prefer Grey Poupon)
- 1 Tbsp relish
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Paprika, for garnish
Place eggs in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, cover, and let stand for 15 minutes. Remove from hot water and place in ice water for 5 minutes. Peel eggs. Slice all eggs lengthwise and remove yolks, placing them in a mixing bowl. Add in remaining ingredients and mix together. Spoon or pipe mixture into egg white halves. You can add the mixture into a sandwich bag and cut one corner if you prefer the neater look of piping. Sprinkle with paprika and enjoy!
We took a little break from our cooking and prepping to grab a beverage before moving on to the fun stuff; a treat and egg coloring! We love that our Samsung 4 door refrigerator has room for all our ingredients and offers a FlexZone drawer for holding a variety of drinks and snacks.
Let’s get to the fun stuff, as my daughter would impatiently say. Keeping the kids appeased and entertained during family gatherings is a must so I chose a fun Easter treat that’s kid friendly but everyone will love!
Bunny Tail Chex Mix
- 8 cups Chex Mix, Original
- 1 bag Cadbury Mini Eggs
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup chocolate chips, optional
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Add the Chex Mix to a large bowl. We remove the Rye chips but this is optional. Add peanut butter and chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl. You can use both peanut butter and chocolate chips or either or, it’s totally a preference. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir then return to microwave and repeat. Pour mixture over Chex Mix and combine, making sure mixture coats the Chex Mix. Transfer to a container with a top or to a large freezer bag. Add powdered sugar and shake, coating mixture with sugar. Add in the Cadbury Mini Eggs and mix. You can add other fun options like mini marshmallows and sprinkles too!
This next activity was my daughters favorite! Did you know you could use natural ingredients like fruits and veggies to dye Easter eggs?
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
- 1-2 dozen eggs
- 2 cups mixed frozen berries
- 2 tsp white vinegar
- coconut oil, optional
Hard boil your eggs using the same directions from previously. Place 2 cups of frozen mixed berries in a small saucepan. Add enough water to submerge all of the berries. Bring to a boil the simmer on low heat for approx 5 minutes. Add in the white vinegar- this allows for more vibrant coloring. Dab eggs randomly with coconut oil. I just used a crumpled paper towel for this step. Place egg in the berry and water mixture. The areas that have coconut oil on them will remain white while the rest of the egg becomes a pretty purple color. It almost gave it a tie dyed effect and was fun for the kids to see how the eggs turned out. We experimented with adding the dye to a bag of rice and placing the egg in the bag. I didn’t work out quite as planned, I think because our berry dye was warm and just made the rice soft. It is suppose to add a speckled effect to the eggs. I think it would have worked better if our dye was cold or even room temp.
Thats it! A simple Easter Brunch with a few fun things for the kids. I hope you enjoyed these suggestions and will try them at home. I’d love to hear from you if you try any of my recipes or experiment with the naturally dyed eggs.