With the Easter long weekend coming up soon, it is a good idea to start planning your menu for your family get-together. Whether you are hosting the event, or just bringing a dish to a pot-luck, why not give some thought to making the meal healthy. Here are some ideas for a healthier Easter Dinner including these maple baked sweet potatoes!
- Fresh vegetable tray with dip (buy this premade to cut down on preparation time
- Whole grain crackers with cheese and frozen grapes
- Hummus with whole grain pita slices and baby carrots
Main Course Ideas:
- Turkey (opt for roasting the turkey the traditional way and not deep-frying it)
- Instead of potatoes, try Maple Baked Sweet Potatoes (see recipe below)
- One green vegetable – such as grilled or sautéed asparagus
- One orange vegetable – such as Moroccan Style Carrots and Parsnips
- Serve a mixed green salad with fresh berries topped with Homemade Balsamic Maple Dressing
Healthy Dessert Suggestions:
- Ask your guests to bring main course or appetizers, as there are always too many desserts
- Offer a healthy dessert option such as a fresh fruit trifle or a Homemade Apple Pie
- Serve a fruit tray (buy pre-made to cut down on preparation time)
If you are looking for a vegetable dish that is both nutritious and delicious, look to the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes (sometimes called yams) are high in minerals such as potassium. When compared to a common white potato, they are higher in fiber, vitamin A and beta carotene. Here is an easy and scrumptious recipe that your family and guests will love!
Maple-Baked Sweet Potatoes
8 cups sweet potatoes or yams (peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes)
1/3 cup of pure maple syrup
2 tbsp of butter
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spread sweet potatoes on 2 baking trays, single layer.
- Melt butter and combine with maple syrup, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl.
- Pour mixture over sweet potatoes and mix until evenly coated.
- Cover trays with foil.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes.
Tip: To save time, make these sweet potatoes the day before your event, refrigerate and then reheat them in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
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