- Michelle Yarn
A Few Ideas for an Egg-cellent Easter Celebration
It’s time for Easter, which means egg hunts, bunny rabbits and family gatherings for those who celebrate. So I wanted to share some of my favorite ideas for hosting an Easter get together, big or small.
Let’s talk decor. I think the spring season naturally lends itself to some pretty fabulous decorating ideas. Like this one - take advantage of the season’s blooms. Sunflowers are one of my favorites! Put a few in over-sized pots or load them into a wagon that you leave placed in the yard or by your front door. They’ll instantly add a sunny, happy touch to your party.
Here’s another idea - you can use hard boiled eggs for your place holders! No dye needed, I simply hard boiled these and then wrote the person’s name right there on the egg. Place it on your dining room table and you’re set. I think it looks adorable with my dishes!
If there will be kids at your party, let them get crafty! You could set up a table with paints and mini wooden crafts like birdhouses or egg cutouts to let the little ones decorate. My son had a blast with that last year. This year, I’m thinking of bypassing the traditional baskets for our Easter egg hunt and letting the kids decorate their own bags. I’ve got some simple paper bags and plenty of crayons, pom pom stickers and more. When they’re done they’ve got a special bag to collect their eggs.
Now, speaking of the egg hunt, when it comes to your party food - how can you find the right egg for the job? Simple! Look for that distinctive EB stamp right on the shell! That means you’re getting an Eggland’s Best Egg. They’re perfect for your favorite recipes to share with your family.
Eggland’s Best eggs are the only eggs that provide superior nutrition, and they’re a source of many vitamins and minerals - including double the Omega-3's compared to ordinary eggs. Omega-3s are classified as essential fatty acids because they’re important for maintaining good health and the body cannot make them on its own. And with double the Omega-3's, EB eggs actually lead to a better baking recipe because they improve emulsifying qualities. You also get 10 times more vitamin E, 5 times more vitamin D, 3 times more vitamin B12, 38% more lutein and 25% less saturated fat.
So you’ve hunted down the perfect egg, now it’s time to get cooking. Of course you can make some delicious deviled eggs - those are always a hit and a must on my list. But here’s another tasty recipe idea: try making a Ricotta Spinach Quiche using Eggland’s Best eggs, and see for yourself that a better egg makes for a better recipe! This one includes ricotta and parm cheese, spinach and seasonings - perfect for a breakfast, brunch or even side dish at Easter dinner!
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 50 mins Yield: 8 servings
1 unbaked Pie Shell, 9-inch
1 small Onion, minced
½ teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 cup Milk, lowfat 1%
4 Eggland's Best Eggs (large), lightly beaten
2 (10 oz.) packages Frozen Chopped Spinach
1 tablespoon Canola Oil
¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
1 pound Ricotta Cheese, part-skim
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
Microwave spinach according to directions on box. Drain very well, using paper towels, to remove all of the water.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Saute onion in oil. Stir in spinach, salt, nutmeg and pepper.
In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese and parmesan cheese, milk and eggs and mix well. Stir into spinach mixture.
Pour into pastry shell. Bake 15 minutes.
Reduce heat to 325 degrees F and bake an additional 50 minutes until set.
And did you know Eggland’s Best Eggs is celebrating 25 years of providing a better egg with superior quality, freshness, nutrition and taste? Check out Egglandsbest.com for this recipe and more 25th Anniversary inspired ideas!