A big part of every Easter Sunday I have celebrated is the food. It’s a time for family and friends to join together for a big feast. But many households simply do not have the time to spend cooking all day in the oven. Whether it’s looking after little ones, visiting family or meeting up with friends, any time saved in the kitchen can increase the time you spend with your loved ones on this special day. Using your microwave oven to cook your main meal, side dishes or desserts will enable you to feast like the rest of us even if you are short of time.
Microwave Cooking – Easter Recipes
Easter Treat Recipes:
Peanut Butter Easter Eggs
- 1 ¼ cups of peanut butter
- ½ cup of margarine or butter (softened)
- 8 ounces of cream cheese – softened
- 1 pound confectioner’s sugar
- For coating: 1 (12 oz.) bag of milk chocolate chips
- For coating: ¼ slab of paraffin wax.
Preparation and Cooking Instructions:
- Cream the cheese, margarine and peanut butter together.
- Add in sugar a little at a time. • Shape mixture into little eggs or balls.
- Place eggs on waxed paper covered cookie sheets.
- Chill eggs overnight in refrigerator.
- Dip in chocolate coating.
- Melt the chocolate chips and paraffin wax together in microwave or on stove top.
- Use a fork to dip the eggs into the chocolate coating and allow excess to drip off.
- Store chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs in the refrigerator until served. Yum!
Marshmallow & Jelly Bean Easter Baskets
Serving size: Makes 4-6 baskets which can be used as decoration as well as a yummy treat.
- 1 cup of miniature marshmallows
- 3 crushed wheat biscuits
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- Bag/s of Jelly Beans
Directions for Microwave Cooking:
- Microwave butter in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl at full power for 30-45 seconds or until the butter has melted.
- Add in marshmallows and stir mixture.
- Microwave mixture for 30-60 seconds at full power or until marshmallows have fully puffed.
- Stir mixture until smooth
- Add in crushed wheat biscuits and mix together.
- Mixture can now be shaped into cute Easter baskets.
- Allow to cool.
- Place jelly beans inside the baskets.
Your Easter Baskets are ready to be served or placed as a decoration (to be eaten later in the day!)
Easter Recipes – Main and Side Dish:
Easter Ham & Cabbage Rice with White Sauce
Serving Size: Makes approximately six 2 cup servings, freezes well.
- 1 ½ cups of lean ham – diced
- 8 cups of cabbage – chopped
- 3 cups of carrots – diced
- 1/3 cup onion – diced
- ½ cup cheddar cheese – grated
- 1 cup of white rice – raw
- 1 cup of skim milk
- 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
- 1/3 cup of fat free white sauce mix
Cooking Directions, Microwave & Stove top:
- Using a 3 quart saucepan, bring 1 cup of water and white rice to boil on the stove.
- Add in cabbage, carrots, onion and ½ cup of milk and stir.
- Lower heat on stove, cover saucepan and allow to simmer (occasionally stir) until vegetables and rice are almost tender (approximately 10 minutes).
- Whilst your saucepan is on stove, prepare 1 ½ cup of water and the fat free white sauce mix in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix together.
- Microwave at high power for a total of 3 minutes, stopping after each minute to stir.
- Add in ½ cup milk, grated cheese and Dijon mustard, and stir.
- Microwave at high power for one minute.
- Then add your white sauce mixture to your saucepan. Add in ham, and stir well.
- Cover saucepan and simmer for approximately 5 minutes more until the vegetables and rice are tender.
- Dish is ready to be served or frozen. Bon appétit.
Asparagus & Cheese Pasta Dish
- 1 bunch of fresh asparagus – cut on the diagonal and sautéed until just tender
- 6 shallots – peeled and sautéed
- 1 container of cottage cheese (fat free)
- ¼ cup of parmesan cheese – freshly grated (can add more to your taste) • Garlic (amount is up to you, but the general rule is the more the better)
- Black pepper to taste
- Your choice of pasta.
Microwave Cooking Directions (Preparation involves the use of a blender or food processor):
- Place cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, shallots and garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until mixture looks creamy.
- Move to a large bowl.
- Add in asparagus and sprinkle with black pepper.
- Fold into hot, drained pasta and heat in the microwave.
- Adjust seasoning to your taste.
This mixture can be cooked with shrimp instead of asparagus as long as you sauté them whole in a small amount of olive oil.
Another variation is with bacon or turkey bacon and sautéed onions.
Serve with green salad with a fat free Italian dressing and hot crusty bread.
Easter Dish Ideas:
Short on ideas for your Easter breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner? If you want to do something a little different, check out some of the Easter meals, sides and desserts below. If you are planning a large gathering you may want to have quite a few of these dishes in a large buffet for everyone to enjoy. Note: If the meal you want to prepare cannot be cooked in a microwave oven, don’t forget that all of your sides, gravies, entrees and desserts can be!
- Pot roast with potatoes, carrots and onions. Served with gravy.
- Boneless pork loin with thin garlic slices in slits with melted butter, sage and thyme. Served with twice baked potatoes, asparagus, a tasty salad and deviled eggs.
- BBQ chicken or baked ham served with potato salad, baked beans and deviled eggs.
- Ham steaks on the grill.
- Grilled chicken.
- Deviled eggs
- A Green bean dish
- Egg casserole with diced green chili
- Macaroni pie
- Baked beans
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Stuffed celery
- Pasta salad
- Creamy lemon pie
- Creamy coconut and banana pie
- Lemonade pie
- Strawberry pie
- Blueberry pie
- Chocolate mocha ice cream pie
Easter better hurry up and get here! My stomach is rumbling!