Easter dinner is a time for the family to come around the table and enjoy a meal. This can be a time for memories and special moments together. It can also be a time when foods don’t necessarily line up with new food choices. If you are eating Whole30® many of the foods at Easter dinner won’t go with your dietary needs. We have put together some Whole30® Easter dinner recipes so that you can enjoy the meal with your family.
Four Whole30 Easter Dinner Recipes Your Entire Family Will Enjoy
Typically, ham is coated in sugar and not the best option for a Whole30 diet. One thing to do is to try a different variation on an Easter ham this year. There are some Whole30 friendly ham recipes that could make a great substitution. Here is one recipe you could try.
Recipe adapted from Whole Kitchen Sink
- 1 ham - size can depend on your group size
- 1/2 cup Whole30 coarse-Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning
- Thaw ham completely - roughly 4 to 6 hours per pound
- Preheat oven to Bake at 325°F
- Mix all-purpose seasoning with Dijon mustard and then rub over outside of the ham. (Do not put mustard on the cut side of the ham.)
- Press cloves into the entire ham about one inch apart. (Do not put cloves into the cut side of the ham.
- Tent ham with tin foil and place in the oven.
- Cook roughly 15 minutes per pound or until internal temperature reaches 140°F
- Serve and enjoy.
Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Vegetables
A gluten-free dish is sometimes called for, especially for those with food allergies or sensitivities. Chicken is always an Easter dinner favorite, and mixed with seasonal vegetables, you can deliver a one-two healthy meal.
This recipe was created by Valerie Skinner of Thyme and JOY.
- 6 chicken thighs, bone-in & skin on
- 1 large red onion, diced
- 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 cups broccoli florets, cut large
- 2 tbsp avocado oil, divided
- 2 tbsp Noble Made Citrus Herb Seasoning, divided
- Preheat Your Oven: This meal cooks at a high temperature to make sure everything roasts all the way through. Make sure your oven is preheated to 425°F. Lightly grease a large sheet pan with cooking oil. Avocado oil is suggested since it can handle higher temperatures.
- Prep Your Chicken: Pat dry chicken thighs and trim any excess skin. Brush with 1 tbsp cooking oil and season with 1 tbsp Noble Made Citrus Herb Seasoning.
- Prep Your Vegetables: Chop your sweet potato, onion and broccoli into pieces that are roughly the same size, this will help them cook evenly. If you are using broccoli, make sure the florets are large in order to make sure they don’t burn as smaller cuts of less sturdy veggies will cook faster. After chopping everything, toss with 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp Noble Made Citrus Herb Seasoning until fully coated.
- Arrange Sheet Pan: Arrange your chicken thighs on the greased sheet pan first making sure there is at least an inch in between them. Spread them out all over the sheet pan so that the juices from cooking evenly distribute and help flavor the vegetables. Arrange vegetables around the chicken thighs evenly. Try not to overcrowd one area. It may look like things won't fit, but everything will shrink once it’s cooked.
- Bake Chicken Thighs: Bake for 30-35 minutes at 425°F. This is an average temperature to make sure everything is cooked evenly. Oven temperatures vary, so make sure chicken is cooked with an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove from the oven and serve while hot.
Umami Bacon Kale Salad
Salads are another area where hidden sugars and ingredients can work against dietary goals. Bringing your own Whole30 salad dressing is one way to enjoy an Easter salad. Another way would be to make a salad of your own. This would give you the control to pick flavors you know you enjoy. Here is a simple salad recipe you could try.
This recipe was created by Lauren Paige, @lpfedme.
- 1 pkg bacon, cooked crispy
- 2 Umami patties
- 1 bunch fresh kale
- 1 whole red onion, chopped
- 1 pkg of cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup Noble Made Classic Marinade & Cooking Sauce
- your favorite Whole30-compliant dressing
- salt and pepper
- avocado (optional)
- hard-boiled eggs (optional)
- jalapeño (optional)
- Cook the bacon, under the broiler, for 8 minutes, or until crispy.
- Place the burgers on the same pan as bacon and coat in Noble Made Classic Marinade & Cooking Sauce.
- Cook Umami burgers.
- In a large bowl or plate, combine bacon with kale, onion, and tomatoes.
- Drizzle with Whole-30 compliant dressing.
- Add avocado, eggs or jalapeño, if you like.
Strawberry Citrus Kale Salad
Sometimes adding a bit of fresh fruit to your menu can give you new flavors that are healthy to enjoy. Even better, you don’t have to add a lot of sugar to these recipes to enjoy a bit of sweetness at the table. Using recipes with fresh fruit can let you enjoy spring flavors while still having a filling meal. Everyone in attendance will enjoy these even if they aren’t on a Whole30 diet.
This recipe was created by Valerie Skinner from the blog Thyme and JOY.
- 1 bunch green kale
- 8 oz strawberries, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup Noble Made Citrus Zest Dressing
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 cup orange segments
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Tear leaf portion off kale stems and tear into bite sized pieces. Add to a large bowl of cold water and rinse until kale is clean. Dry kale with salad spinner or paper towels.
- Whisk together the juice of one orange (about 1/3 cup) and 1/3 cup Noble Made Citrus Zest Dressing.
- Toss dressing together with cleaned and dried kale making sure to massage dressing mixture into kale to break down fibers so that the kale is soft.
- Toss in sliced strawberries, orange segments, red onion and sliced almonds and serve cold.