For the first time in as long as I can remember, we did NOT go out to eat for Easter. And it was wonderful!
Instead, Alan and I hosted our family for Easter brunch at our house – and not only did it save $65-100/person (and there were 14 of us!!), but it allowed us to serve the most delicious food…and eat at a reasonable time of day.
And no matter how much I spent on decorations (around $20), or food ($150), it still was less than going out to eat…with just as beautiful of an environment as a fancy resort. (And trying to book 14 people for Easter brunch at a fancy resort is tricky too, because they don’t usually have room until weird times like 3pm….Who eats at 3pm??)
Set up & clean up were a breeze because I enlisted the kids and made them help out. Even my daughter’s boyfriend, Ferdinando from Italy, helped out (I’m liking him more and more – and he was already pretty great to begin with). They had to find the eggs hidden in the backyard first though….and no matter how mature your kids are, they still love hunting for Easter eggs!
My son made the bunny napkins. And my artistic daughter designed and decorated the charcuterie board.
Some of the highlights:
Sugar-free Protein Fruit Tart
Used a yogurt with 28g of protein and 0% fat
Mixed with xylitol and a few drops of Madagascar vanilla extract for sweetness
Topped with fresh fruit
Charcuterie / Veggie Board
(yes, I realize traditional charcuterie boards are meat and cheese boards….but I wanted to improve the healthiness of the traditional charcuterie boards – because you can find inspiration everywhere – and use those ideas to IMPROVE things for your family)
Salami (which was the one thing that wasn’t eaten)
Homemade Ranch dip
(using the same 28g protein & 0% fat yogurt) mixed with ranch seasonings
Homemade bread (doesn’t hurt our tummies or make us bloated like processed bread does)
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Back to today’s recipe….
This sautéed spinach with roasted tomatoes and garlic was one of my families favorites yet! Hands down, the best sautéed spinach we’ve ever had. And it was so easy and took less than 10 minutes to cook!
1 medium sweet onion chopped
4 roma tomatoes (or 1/2 pint of cherry/grape tomatoes) diced into medium-small chunks
1-2 bags spinach
3/4 cup – 1 cup of WARM low-sodium veggie broth
2-3 cloves of crushed garlic
Salt to taste
– Sauté onions on Med-high heat 2 to 3 minutes
– Add garlic and tomatoes and a pinch of salt
– Sauté until everything is golden and onions are slightly caramelized *this is the secret step to having it taste extra delicious
– Add 1/4 cup at a time – of warm vegetable broth as you need it (so your ingredients don’t stick to the pan)
– Add spinach
– Cook 2-5 min (depending on how much spinach you use – and how big your pan is.)
I didn’t take any photos of this fabulous vintage dress before ugly crying all of my makeup off when they announced my name as a “Volunteer of the Year”, so here are some photos of this killer dress from a few months ago, before I cut my hair.
Dress: Vintage – Fashion by Robert Black
Thank you Dress for Success Phoenix for recognizing me as a Volunteer of the Year! It’s an honor to help the women you serve.
This has all the elements of a perfect meal.
- Easy – uses only a few ingredients
- Fast (only takes 15 minutes….longer if you have to peel the shrimp first)
- Delicious – packed with flavor
2 pounds raw (uncooked) shrimp
chives (fresh or freeze-dried)
- Preheat oven to 425
- Peel shrimp (if it needs it)
- Line cookie sheet with unbleached parchment paper (for easy clean-up)
- Lay shrimp on the sheet so they don’t overlap
- Squeeze 1/2 lemon juice over shrimp
- Season with chives, and salt (optional)
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Optional – use the remaining 1/2 lemon on the shrimp afterwards, OR slice it and use it in your water.
Be sure to pare it with 1/2 plate of greens, and carbs. Use 1/2 cup carbs for a lunch serving, OR 3/4 cup carbs for a dinner serving to make it Adrenal Reset Diet friendly.