Easter Meal Plan by Teresa Brown McGhee

What does Easter represent anyway? For Christians around the world, Easter means the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. It is linked with the Jewish passover by its symbolism and position in the calendar. In many languages the words Easter and Passover are related.

On a practical level Easter is about forgiveness and everlasting life. It can be a time of personal reflection and, perhaps, a time of growth. But most importantly, a time for good food.

Many traditions on Easter Sunday include an Easter egg hunt for the children, and of course waking up to find a basket filled with treats. Here in TN you will find many egg trees, which are simply trees that have been decorated with plastic easter eggs hanging from branches.

Easter Feast

When I think of Easter feast, I am thinking baked ham, roasted lamb, baked or roasted chicken with sides such as: asparagus, corn, red/new potatoes, carrots, peas, deviled eggs, casseroles, spinach, and hot rolls.

I didn’t forget the desserts: chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, marshmallows, jellybeans, lemon cake, pound cake, and of course pie. Quite the feast, huh?

These dishes can be as traditional or as varied as each individual. Food is a stable force in our unstable lives. It is something that brings people together. With Easter being a day for reflection and forgiveness, it is a day when many people will get together with family and friends that they may have had a disagreement with. It is a time of joy and fellowship and forgiveness. Over a table full of good food.

My menu for Easter Sunday

Ham, baked in the oven with a honey/brown sugar and mustard glaze

Red/new potatoes

Broccoli – steamed

Rolls

A cake

and I am going to try this recipe for green pea and corn salad: