Can you believe Easter is one week away? I’m starting to hear the birds singing outside, and the green grass is starting to grow fresh on the ground…
Spring is definitely my favorite season.
This year we decided to have some family over for Easter, which means I have to really think through the recipes so that my non-paleo guests still get to enjoy traditional hearty Easter food. Perhaps you are also interested in having a paleo Easter, and are searching for ideas. Here are some ways you can have a totally paleo Easter that everyone will enjoy – even kids and picky eaters 😉
Replace candy with gifts or healthy snacks
Easter is the second best-selling candy holiday in America, after Halloween. It is beyond me why a religious holiday became so commercialized, but in my house there will be no peeps, no chocolate eggs, and no jelly beans on Easter. Sugar is obviously a no-no on paleo, and I also love my relatives too much to give them candy as gifts. But that doesn’t mean Easter can’t be fun or kid-friendly. You can still have an egg hunt: just use colorful plastic eggs and hide clues or small prizes inside. Instead of giving kids big chocolate bunnies, give them a stuffed bunny – it’s a much nicer gesture and will last much longer.
Easter baskets are better filled with eggs, homemade crafts, and other small gifts.
Paleo Easter menu
Having a paleo Easter won’t affect your menu as much as you think! Most delicious Easter staples can be made with paleo ingredients, or easily substituted by paleo versions. Just search your favorite Easter dish on Google with the word “paleo” and you won’t be disappointed! Here are some recipes I’ve found online that I’m really excited to make next week:
Warm Mushroom Salad
Bacon Deviled Eggs
Spiced Maple Glaze Ham
Mashed Garlic and Herb Cauliflower
Kulich (Traditional Easter Bread)
Dye eggs with onion skins
Do you know why we decorate eggs on Easter? Most people know that the egg represents the rising of Christ (much like a bird hatches from an egg), but few know why we paint and decorate the eggs.
It turns out, this tradition can be traced back to the early Christians of Mesopotamia, who painted the eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ. The rounded shape of the egg symbolizes infinity and eternity, another symbol of Jesus’ resurrection.
Growing up, my family also painted our eggs red for Easter. We used onion skins instead of store-bought dyes, which is what I’m guessing the early Christians of Mesopotamia used to dye their eggs. What better way to celebrate a paleo Easter than with naturally-dyed eggs?
First, hard boil a lot of eggs. Here is a good technique I’ve used with a lot of success for perfect hardboiled eggs (click the link!).
Next, remove the colored skins from about 12 onions. I recommend using both red and yellow onions for the best hue. Shortcut: start collecting the colored skins a few months in advance so you’re not wasting a bunch of onions. You can just keep them in a bag until you’re ready to use them – they won’t go bad.
1. Boil some water in a pot with the onion skins and 2 tbsp of vinegar. There should be plenty of water so that you could add a dozen of eggs to it and they will be fully covered.
2. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for another 30-60 minutes. The longer it simmers, the more vibrant the color will be.
3. Turn off the heat. Add your hard-boiled eggs into the liquid and let them sit in it for at least 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove an egg to check on the color. If it’s not dark or bright enough, you can keep soaking the eggs, just place the pot in the fridge so that there’s no chance of them overcooking. Enjoy!
Focus on Family
Easter is about family, good food, new hope, spring, and much more. I am looking forward to a day filled with conversations and smiles. I plan on turning off the TV, putting away the phone, and instead spend time talking, eating, and going outside!
Share your tips for having a healthy and natural paleo Easter in the comments!