I must admit I am really excited about Easter this year, for a number of reasons- we're settled in our new house, Ry's doing really well, the weather's nice (well today at least!), summer is near and I feel capable of making a really good brunch, completely safe for Rylee, and delicious for our entire extended family to enjoy. We've come along way in our food department and it's such a relief that he is tolerating so much more. Tonight, I started planning the menu for Easter brunch. Instead of leaving it on my scrap paper, I thought I'd share it on here and hopefully it'll help you with your planning. I'm pretty bad about thinking about sharing my menus, but not actually doing it, until after the holiday has passed. So here's the tentative plan and almost all the recipes are already on the blog!
Buckwheat Waffles, topped with coconut oil, fresh sliced strawberries and real maple syrup *I'm using the buckwheat pancake recipe, omitting the blueberries, and you can use 1 cup of water, instead of dairy-free milk (we're soy-free now and I didn't have rice milk this morning when I made them, but the water was just fine!)
Ebelskivers, filled with raspberry jam *I'll be using rice milk, instead of soy milk
Turkey Breakfast Sausage *1 pound turkey burger, 2 teaspoons sage, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon marjoram, 1 Tablespoon molasses, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Mix spices & molasses, add burger. Thoroughly mix. Shape into patties. Cook in olive oil, over medium heat for about 5 minutes on one side, then flip. Cook until both sides are crispy and well-done.
Diced potatoes, garlic, onion & veggies *this could be any combination that suits you- I've also done it without potatoes, using taro root & acorn squash, but potatoes are a recent food we got back, so I'm excited :) but also know it can be potato-free! dice up potatoes, taro, squash, onions, etc. and saute in medium saucepan over medium heat, in olive oil (or safe oil) and diced garlic. Add chopped kale, spinach, asparagus, brussel sprouts, other greens, etc. and saute. Cook until potatoes are soft, turn up heat to make brown and crispy (this is very much the recipe in a nut-free shell, but it should serve as a good starting point! chopped 'safe' bacon is also a great addition).
Fruit Platter *strawberries, melon, apples, oranges, bananas, grapes
Homemade Chocolates *I have some fun Easter molds to use; we've also discovered that adding Erewhon Crunchy Brown Rice Cereal (gluten-free) to the melted chocolate, then chilling it, is an absolutely perfect combination :)
Fresh fruit smoothie bar *following our family brunch, we're having a few friends over for an Easter egg hunt & I'm going to have a smoothie bar set-up. I think it'll be a lot of fun, tasty & allergy-friendly :) There will be a variety of fruits for the kids to choose from (& some greens, of course!) to enjoy together.
Drinks: ~Sparkling Apple Cider ~Apple Juice & Orange Juice ~La Croix water: click here if you haven't heard of it
The Easter Egg Hunt
I've been collecting a variety of things the past few weeks to fill our Easter eggs with. I must admit, it's a bit more challenging to find non-candy things that will fit into those tiny, plastic eggs, but we're coming up with stuff. I've got some little bubbles, temporary tattoos and stickers...in reality, I think the kiddos will be most excited about finding a brightly colored egg in the brown mud that surrounds our home. I just strive to find an alternative for Ry that keeps things as "normal" as possible. After all, it's pretty normal to have an egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free brunch, right?! :)