Can anyone else believe that we are nearing the end of March, and approaching Easter? February and March have just flown by for me! I have been crafting and cooking up a storm over here, trying to get ready for Easter. To show you all that you can create a cheap Easter dinner that is tasty enough to serve to royalty, I planned and prepared a pre-Easter dinner last night.
I decided to take the challenge of whipping up an Easter meal for $50 or less and I scored at Smart & Final. In taking a look at the meat department I decided to go with the ham because it was a nice price at $1.59/lb, and we all love ham for Easter dinner! There are a couple of things we always have at Easter dinner and the rest varies. We always have ham, some type of roll, a green veggie, and a potato dish. Sometimes we even have a jell-o salad of some sort. In the past couple of years, my mom and I take turns making a bunny cake, which is always a big hit among the kids.
When I told my family that we were going to have a pre-Easter dinner, they were so excited! I even invited my parents over to join in on the delicious meal. I knew I’d have plenty because my Easter recipes are meant for larger groups! Everything turned out so yummy, so let me break it down for you….
I prepared the ham according to the package directions, and even used the included glaze. The ham turned out great! (Just a small portion of the ham is pictured here)
My favorite Easter dish is my mom’s Cheesy Potato Bake recipe, which I just posted about. You can find a printable version of the recipe on that post as well. This dish combines potatoes (found at Smart & Final), a homemade white sauce, sour cream and lots of cheese. YUM!
Asparagus seems to be coming on around here and I spotted some Green Giant Asparagus at Smart & Final, and decided to serve that as my green veggie. To cook the asparagus I just lay them in a casserole dish with about 1 tablespoon of water. Place a couple of pads of butter on the asparagus and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and microwave for 3-5 minutes, depending on the quantity. I like to cook the asparagus this way because then it frees the oven up for the potatoes and ham!
A fairly new family tradition of mine is to bake Empty Tomb Rolls. I think they have great symbolism for what we really celebrate on Easter Sunday, and they’re super tasty! You bake a roll with a large marshmallow in the center (yeast and marshmallows also purchased at Smart & Final). The marshmallow melts and creates an empty space in the middle of the roll! This adds some sticky sweetness, and a great lesson for the kids. You can find a printable version of the Empty Tomb Roll recipe.
To finish the meal off, I purchased a Triple Chocolate Cake Mix at Smart & Final, and made my annual Bunny Cake! I was a little rushed for a Friday night so I don’t think he turned out quiet as cute as last year, but he’ll do. I was happy to see that Smart & Final even had the jelly beans and things to make the bunny’s face!
For table decorations, I just used some of the Easter craft projects that I had from last year and this year. I haven’t posted the carrot tutorial yet, but you can find my Easter Candle Holders diy post, which is fairly affordable as well!
See what a nice meal you can put on with a low budget? We even had enough leftovers to serve up an entire second meal! I love holiday leftovers for lunch the next day, don’t you?
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