April 2022 Life.Style.Live!: Celebrating Spring with Creative Easter Recipes
Apr 15, 2022
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We’re celebrating Easter and the warm spring weather with some seasonal favorites! With sweet and savory treats, you’ll have something everyone in the family will want to snack on. We wanted to give you some ideas for appetizers and snacks that you can enjoy over the holiday weekend or anytime this spring. Each recipe also doubles as a show-stopping conversation piece that adds some fun to your table. And best of all, they’re all easy to make! So let’s hop to it in the Life.Style.Live! kitchen and learn how to make these creative Easter recipes.
Bunny Bread Bowl
This homemade spinach artichoke dip makes a delicious snack or appetizer – and conversation piece! With creative use of some fresh baguettes and veggies, you can make an adorable Bunny Bread Bowl just like this one.
This recipe isn’t very strict. We switch up the ingredients a little bit each time we make it. But we always use well-drained chopped frozen spinach and cream cheese. We also love adding some alternative cheese to give our dip a robust depth of flavor. In the Life.Style.Live! kitchen, we used brie, mozzarella, and parmesan in our irresistibly cheesy dip.
To make the bowl itself, start with round loaf of bread, like Hawaiian or sourdough. Slice off the top in a “lid” shape and cut out some (but not all) of the fluffy middle of the bread to make a bowl. Leave about an inch between the bowl and the crust. Now fill the bowl with the spinach artichoke dip. This dip is great while warm, but is just as delicious at room temperature! Give it a bunny shape by arranging the baguette and bread pieces on the tray around the bread bowl, then fill up the rest of the try with all the veggies your family loves. We used cauliflower, pepper slices, asparagus tips, and celery to give our guests lots of options for dipping.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Carrots
We all know rabbits love carrots, but this adorable snack has a secret: it’s actually a chocolate-covered strawberry! Sparkly and sweet, our Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Carrots give this classic dessert a fun spring-inspired look. Have your kids help you make these cute and tasty treats for a fun afternoon in the kitchen.
Start by washing your strawberries, but don’t hull them! You’ll leave the leaves on top of the strawberry – they’ll become the “carrot’s” leaves when you’re done. Make sure the strawberries are completely dry before you start dipping, as any water left on the berries will change the consistency of the chocolate.
When you’re ready, dip the strawberries into the orange melted chocolate all the way up to their leaves. If you’re getting help from some little hands, you can help keep them from accidentally dipping their fingers into the chocolate by skewering the berries from the top to give them something to hold. Just leave the coated strawberries out on some parchment paper and they will dry in just minutes!
Hard Boiled Eggs with Beet Juice
Dying eggs is an Easter tradition for many families, but you won’t want to hide these colorful Easter eggs! We’ve put a fun spring twist on classic deviled eggs by dying the whites in beet juice. This gives them some festive red, pink, and purple hues and adds a little flavor, too. We think they look a little bit like tulips!
Start this dish by hard boiling your eggs and scooping out the yolks. You’ll use them to make the filling, but first place the whites in a bowl filled with beet juice. You can also add some pickled beets to the bowl for some extra tangy flavor. Give them a few minutes to marinate in the juice. The longer you leave them in, the darker their purple hue will be. If you want a variety of colors, pull some out early and leave a few in longer to get a range of pinks and purples. Then just fill in the hollow where the yolk was with your deviled egg filling, dust with paprika and chives, and serve!
Hard Boiled Chicks
These little chicks are the perfect finishing touch for your Easter spread. And they’re incredibly easy to make! Delight your guests this spring with these adorable, creative Easter recipes that use just three ingredients: eggs, carrots, and sunflower seeds. When they’re done helping you dip Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Carrots, let your kids make their own Hard Boiled Chicks.
You’ll need to find carrot coins at your local grocery store. They’re usually sold near the peeled baby carrots. When you’re ready to start assembling your chicks, boil the eggs and remove the shells. Cut the carrots into small pieces: a triangular one for the beak, a rounded one for the feathers on top of the head, and two small wedges for the feet. Push the beak and feathers into the eggs to make them stick, and do the same with two sunflower seeds to give it some eyes. Now just prop it up on the two feet pieces and voila: a cute little chick to complete your Easter feast!
We love celebrating the return of warm weather with colorful, flavorful recipes. Spring is the perfect time to break out light produce-based creative Easter recipes that your friends and family will love. Do you have any snacks or appetizers that you love making at this time of year? What do your guests ask for every year? Let us know in the comments!