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My favorite part of Easter is how I’m with everyone I love. That, and the smorgasbord of Easter-themed foods during mealtime!
Since I’m in charge of all food-related festivities, you can find me planning what dishes to serve that are in line with our holiday while impressing taste buds.
If you’re anything like me, you’re surely on the lookout for affordable and healthy meals to ensure loved ones are well-fed without going over budget.
Fortunately, numerous existing recipes aren’t only delicious, but perfect for Easter!
Whether you’re searching for Easter brunch ideas or something to end your day with a grand meal, read on!
I have cheap Easter dinner recipes anyone can attempt.
Make sure to save this to your favorite Pinterest board so you can come back for more cheap Easter dinner ideas!
1. Keto Glazed Ham
We’re so used to serving honey-glazed ham, but what if you’re watching your sugar intake?
For those on a keto diet, rejoice as you can still enjoy the classic baked ham.
The sugar-free glaze will taste just like your best-loved meal, filled with warm spices and seasonings that add more flavor.
2. Sheet Pan Easter Dinner
Sheet Pans are part of my list of easy and cheap Easter dinner ideas because you have a complete dinner perfect for a small family.
You won’t need to use a ton of plates or pans, just need one sheet pan to cook everything, from the veggies to lamb chops.
3. Spinach Strawberry Salad
Spring is here! That’s why you’ll want to add more color to the dining table with easy and healthy Easter salad recipes!
Taste the wonderful combination of spinach and strawberries, which are as refreshing as spring!
4. Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Oh, Instant Pot… How did I live without you?
My beloved kitchen appliance is how I can make many budget-friendly Instant Pot recipes, including creamy chicken gnocchi soup.
Your family will ask for more after finishing a thick, hearty soup packed with tender chicken and veggies!
5. Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff
Usually, we break our Lenten fast on Sunday and then celebrate with a feast, after abstaining from meat.
But what if you have vegetarian guests?
Then you’ve got to try making mushroom stroganoff, one of the perfect and easy vegetarian recipes I turn to.
It’s vegan-friendly, tasting just like your regular restaurant-quality stroganoff!
6. Whole Wheat Pasta
I always turn to whole wheat pasta when choosing among the easy healthy noodle recipes to whip up for dinner.
Not only is it vegetarian-friendly, but whole-wheat pasta is healthier than white pasta, being high in fiber, manganese, and other micronutrients.
Don’t just make whole wheat pasta for Easter. Prepare them for future cheap Meatless Mondays, too!
7. Chicken Protein Bowl
You won’t need to use hard-to-find ingredients for grain bowls, since you just need chicken, quinoa, and your preferred veggies.
They even make a healthy and nutritious weeknight dinner too when Easter holiday is over!
If you have any leftovers, simply freeze them to have for future lunches or dinners.
8. Lightened Scalloped Potatoes
I would serve scalloped potatoes with a meat-based recipe, or alongside a side dish to complement the cheesiness.
I appreciate budget-friendly Easter recipes like these scalloped potatoes as they aren’t just lighter on the wallet, but the waistline, too!
It has fewer calories than the typical recipe but with the same cheesy taste.
9. Roast Rack of Lamb
Serving lamb for Easter Sunday is a longstanding tradition, one of the many reasons why you might have experienced your family serving or ordering the classic roasted rack of lamb.
Keep that tradition alive with a mouthwatering recipe that results in tender, juicy meat.
10. Deviled Eggs
Are you scrambling for last-minute ideas for Easter dinner? Deviled eggs can save the day!
While you’d think only restaurants can make deviled eggs, even total kitchen newbies can make this fancy appetizer! If you want a lighter version, I suggest substituting mayonnaise with Greek yogurt. The yolk will
still be creamy!
11. Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is a cheap freezer meal under $5 with minimal prep time. Plus, it’s a hit with the kids!
For a healthier take of the classic meal, you can add more greens and lessen its carb count with cauliflower florets!
12. Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes
No dinner celebration will be complete without mashed potatoes, one of the best sides for meat-based dishes like roast lamb. But rather than making it from a package, use sweet potatoes!
Everyone will appreciate this refreshing change from Russet or Yukon potatoes.
13. Asparagus Pasta with Lemon
Let your dishes feature asparagus, a prominent vegetable that signals a sign of spring!
It’s roasted with lemon to add a bit more acidity, brightening the oil-based pasta.
14. Healthy Balsamic Mushrooms
Here’s another side that makes a healthy and delicious dinner for the family.
It has a mix of savory, tangy flavors that you can serve alongside main entrees or as toppings on open-faced sandwiches.
15. Slow Cooker Chickpea Tangine
Put your Crockpot to good use with amazing freezer-friendly crockpot recipes that won’t hurt your wallet!
Chickpea Tangine is a unique recipe suitable for vegans and the health conscious. It’s a great source of protein and loaded with spices, so every bite is an explosion of flavor!
16. Easy Roasted Chicken
Chicken is a more budget-friendly ingredient if you’re looking for an alternative to roasted lamb.
If you still have leftovers, it’s also an easy healthy lunch for work the next day with a couple of sides.
Save yourself the hassle of preparing or buying your meals at the office!
17. Whole Grain Carrot Easter Cake
I will always need to serve dessert at the end of every meal. After all, you can’t leave everyone’s sweet tooth hanging!
Don’t worry, Easter desserts don’t have to be so unhealthy! You’ll love a healthy carrot cake made with whole wheat and less sugar.
18. Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Dinner won’t be complete without a lovely dessert for Easter!
Dedicate the last course of your meal to the Easter bunny with indulgent carrot cake cupcakes.
19. Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns are another traditional food eaten during Easter, which feature a cross on top to symbolize Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.
That’s why you shouldn’t forget to serve these during your meal!
20. Crustless Spinach Sweet Potato Quiche
I enjoy Easter brunch dishes, so I can’t leave this list without adding a simple yet special brunch dish – The quiche.
It’s also perfect for Easter because you get to put eggs under the spotlight, a significant symbol during the holiday representing rebirth.
Try this healthy spinach quiche recipe, which suits vegetarians and gluten-free guests.
The sweet potatoes give the brunch staple a unique flavor while adding more veggies on your kids’ plates!