My top ideas for a more nutritious Easter, whilst still being delicious!


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Celebrating Easter with nutritious meals packed with super nutrients.

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After the rather intense past few weeks’ chances are you like me are counting down until the Easter break arrives. Although many of us will be socially isolated during this time, many of us will still be lucky enough to enjoy Easter celebrations with our immediate family. And special family meals should be savoured and celebrated. It is not about diets or deprivation, rather enjoying good quality food and special treats while creating precious memories for both young and old (er).

With an abundance of good quality fresh food available to us, it is also a time to indulge the senses with beautiful homemade dishes rich in flavour and nutrition. So if you are in need of a little food inspiration this Easter, here are some ideas on ways you too can serve your family some delicious and nutritious Easter dishes. 

Breakfast

Whether it is a lazy breakie on Good Friday or a more elaborate affair come Easter Sunday, there is something particularly appealing about long lazy April brunches and there are plenty of nutritious additions that will translate your breakfast spread into a café style affair.

Eggs along with a good quality Sourdough or homemade loaf are the obvious options, but don’t forget other nutrient rich additions like Tassal Smoked Tassie Salmon with a hint of lemon or Tassal Smoked Salmon Bacon to give your breakfast spread an omega 3 hit. With your entire daily requirement of omega 3 fats in a single serve, along with more than 20g of good quality protein, adding salmon to your Easter breakfast makes perfect sense from a taste and nutrition perspective.

My Good Friday breakie this year will be Tassal Smoked Salmon Bacon and Egg Wraps, and I have my eye on the Sweet Potato Fritters with Smoked Salmon (recipe below) for Easter Sunday. 

Platters for entertaining

Is there anything better than a platter that is filled with brightly coloured, fresh, delicious foods when you are celebrating or entertaining?

While platters filled with dips, cheese and high fat snacks are not overly good for us, especially when we munch and nibble over many hours, if you instead focus your platters around low calorie snacks and nutrient rich high protein foods, you will strike a perfect balance.

So to build a healthy platter start by loading it with plenty of fresh veges – think carrot, celery and capsicum along with wholegrain crackers and low calorie dips such as tzatziki. Then don’t forget your healthy crunchy snacks such as popcorn, roasted chic peas and broad beans and edamame. Finally you need some protein – Tassal Hot Smoked Tassie Salmon, oysters, prawns or marinated tofu all work well here.

Easter Lunch

Whether you sit down to a hearty meal on Good Friday or Easter Sunday, the options of endless when it comes to giving your Easter celebratory meal a nutrient boost. Seafood is the go to for many and you will not go wrong with a salmon roast, fresh prawns and oysters or a baked option.

This year I will be making a delicious salmon pie for my family for Sunday lunch. Loaded with fresh seafood, tasty leeks and a creamy sauce, you can choose to top a fish pie with pastry or a healthier option is to swap this for a pumpkin /potato mash with a sprinkle of cheese. Not only is a fish pie scrumptious, but it is a another chance to load you Easter meal with extra veges and omega 3 rich fish as you celebrate the good things in life with those closest to you.  Look out for my Salmon Pie recipe which I will post early next week. 

Recipe: Sweet Potato & Carrot Fritters w/ Smoked Salmon

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Serves 1

Ingredients

1 small sweet potato (150g), grated

70g Tassal Smoked Tassie Salmon

1 carrot, grated

3 tbsp. flour or almond meal

1 egg 

1 tsp. parsley

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 cup kale

Method

1. Combine sweet potato, carrot, almond meal, egg, cumin, parsley, salt and pepper together and mix well.

2. Heat oil in a non-stick pan on medium heat and drop tablespoonfuls of mixture into pan to cook. Cook for approximately 3 minutes each side, or until golden.

3. When fritters are cooked, add kale to pan to warm and wilt slightly. Top fritters with kale and smoked salmon.

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