Healthy Easter Dinner Ideas
Are you excited to celebrate Easter, but not so excited about all the junk food that comes with it? I’ve got a list of clean eating Easter dinner recipes that will make you completely forget all that sugar and candy you probably shouldn’t have.
Clean eating is one of the best “diets” out there that you can follow because it’s an actual lifestyle with flexibility for personalization. It’s not one of those unsustainable yo-yo diets! So go ahead and look through this list of clean eating dinners and find which ones work best for you!
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What is Clean Eating?
If you have no idea what I’m talking when I mention clean eating, no worries! It’s a lifestyle that you should seriously consider switching to if you have no idea where to start in terms of eating better. Clean eating is defined as eliminating all processed foods with an emphasis on whole, natural foods instead. This clean eating book does a great job of guiding you through the switch and goes in-depth on why it’s so important.
All kinds of foods with added sugars, fillers, or anything else that’s not the best is what you want to avoid. Some examples of this include fast food, candy, soda, most lunch meats, or anything else that’s packaged and ready to go that can be easily made at home. This often involves making the vast majority of your food at home from scratch.
Personalize It to Your Own Tastes and Preferences!
Of course, you can be as strict or lax as you want with clean eating! Just remember that clean eating is a lifestyle, not a strict fad diet. You can make absolutely everything using whole fruits, veggies, and meats, or you can do a mix between processed and clean eating! I’ve seen people allow themselves one “cheat meal” per week.
For me, I’m more on strict end of the spectrum. I try to make everything that I can from scratch, but if it’s easier to buy it without consequences, I’ll go with that option too. I’m also avoiding all added sugars, even if I make it myself.
This means that I’ll replace granulated sugar with honey or maple syrup, depending on what I’m making. Like my sugar-free apple crisp recipe. I’ve also been making things from scratch that most people don’t, like homemade salad dressing and french fries. Fresh-baked homemade fries are amazing, by the way!
Based on this, take a look at the recipes below and see which ones would fit your personal preferences with clean eating. I highly recommend you give it a try for a couple weeks with no “cheat meals” and see how you feel.
This is seriously one of the few salads that I could live off of! I feel like a healthy Easter dinner isn’t complete without some kind of salad, and this hits the spot.
I made this salad when I had a weird amount of ingredients in my fridge on a rushed weekday morning. Lo and behold, all of the ingredients worked perfectly! It combines quinoa, pecans, cottage cheese (crazy I know but so good!), and cranberries.
I first had this lovely treat a couple years ago and my mind was blown! I thought the avocado with the egg wouldn’t be a good combination, but I was pleasantly surprised!
This dish is the perfect appetizer for any of these clean eating Easter dinner recipes. The healthy fats of the avocado and egg will make your body very happy!
This slow cooker potato soup recipe with rice and corn is so thick and creamy. It is so easy to make for dinner, meals, and meal prep. I make at least one dump-and-go crockpot meal per week to help save. time!
If you’re not vegan, you’re welcome to use cheese as well. Make it to your own taste! Cheesy potatoes are one of my all-time favorite dishes. But this is a great option for any vegans out there!
These easy Candied Carrots are a perfect addition to your dinner! With only three ingredients, everyone will love this tasty dish! Sometimes the simplest of dishes are the biggest hit at a holiday party.
I feel like a nice Easter dinner isn’t complete without a carrot dish. You automatically think about Easter when you see carrots this time of year, and they’re such an easy crowd pleaser!
These Vegan Scalloped Potatoes are super rich and creamy, soft and tender and super comforting! It’s the best indulgent yet secretly healthy side dish! Also gluten-free. A healthy Easter dinner just isn’t complete without a comfort food.
I especially love when a comfort food is secretly healthy. You can enjoy it as much as you want without any guilt or shame! I don’t know about you, but I always feel like a potato after eating too much scalloped potatoes. This recipe will help take the edge off.
This delicious warm Spring salad recipe combines roasted asparagus, egg with oozing yolks, parmesan shavings and toasted pine nuts. The perfect spring meal in my opinion!
Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables when it’s baked all crispy with little bits of parmesan. But the egg makes it so much better! And the pine nuts with that added crunch? You get all the things you want in a healthy side dish.
Ready to make juicy salmon fillets in your air fryer? This recipe for salmon is so easy and gives you delicious, perfectly cooked salmon every time. I’m always paranoid about under-cooking my fish, but I don’t have to worry about it this time!
Salmon is one of the healthiest additions to this list of clean eating Easter dinner recipes. It’s full of healthy fats, protein, and fills you up. Plus, it tastes amazing! It’s one of the only kinds of fish I like the taste of.
Introducing the best ever easy prep air fryer leg of lamb complete with delicious air fryer rosemary roast potatoes! All cooked together in the air fryer, this is the lamb roast of your dreams.
This recipe is another great way to throw everything together and leave it alone while it cooks! I’ll admit that I’ve never tried lamb before, but this recipe is making me curious.
Try these delicious and yummy vegetarian tacos made with refried beans, tomato salsa and sour cream. This was one of the best tasting filling combinations and was liked by everyone at home.
You don’t need meat to enjoy a good taco! It’s a good chance to experiment with flavor combinations and new ingredients. And clean eating Easer dinner recipes don’t have to be your typical roast with potatoes, either.
These Moroccan Carrots are the spiced just right and are the perfect easy side dish for your Easter gathering. Seasoned with cumin, coriander, parsley, in a warm vinaigrette, they’re a lovely colorful vegetable side that the whole family will love.
If you’re looking to shake up the traditional carrots side dish, this is the perfect addition to your Easter dinner table! The spices make things interesting, and kids will find it just as appealing as the adults.
Not just for Easter or Passover brunch or dinner, these roasted carrots are going to be a side dish rotation for your weekly dinners throughout the year. They are easy to make, and they are Paleo, Whole30 compliant, gluten-free, and vegan.
The taste is amazing as-is or you can top them with crushed pistachios. I love to eat them with mashed potatoes or whatever meat happens to be on my plate. The crispiness of the carrots really adds a great texture!
These greens are easily made in the instant pot, healthy, and go well with meat and potato pairings. They are especially popular with those who love southern cooking! I love to mix them up with meat and eat both at the same time!
I know that collard greens tend to be the reject at a holiday dinner, but if you do it with the right spices, it can be a great addition. The texture with the spices will add an extra punch of green nutrients to your plate, and make your body happy!
A nice light addition to your Easter dinner spread! It’s a great way to break up all those hot baked dishes and enjoy something light and refreshing. It’s a twist on your classic salad that will be sure to please.
I love sneaking superfoods into anything, so this one is a major win for me. Quinoa is a great source of protein and vitamins, plus the fruits make it a sweet treat!
This is yet another light and refreshing twist on what’s usually a hot side dish at any Easter dinner. Asparagus is such an easy vegetable to dress up because it pairs with just about any flavor and texture!
The feta, tomatoes, and balsamic add a bit of a Greek twist to this side dish, which will shake up any traditional Easter dinner.
It’s one of our favorite side dishes for spring and summer. But it can be one of the most fattening side dishes too. And not the good kind of fat! Most store-bought potato salads taste amazing, but that’s because they’re loaded with sugar.
Give this lighter version a try and keep your taste buds happy! One of my favorite things about a healthy lifestyle is finding a recipe that’s just as good as the bad version, and tastes even better.
I couldn’t forget about my low-carb people! These chicken thighs in dreamy mushroom sauce make a great main dish for anyone who is watching their carb intake or wants to stay keto during the holiday.
The mushrooms add a great amount of texture to the chicken that makes it a luxurious main dish. Pair it with some carrots mentioned above for a healthy holiday dinner any time of the year!
Keep your main dish easy and fun with these drumsticks seasoned chipotle style. This is another great dump-and-go crockpot dish that will let you worry about everything else this Easter!
These drumsticks are especially great for a finger food style Easter party because you can simply eat them with your hands instead of gathering everything at a buffet. They’re sure to be a crowd pleaser!
This healthy Easter dish will add a much need pop of color to your buffet! The deep purple-red of the beets give this dish a dreamy color that will make your guests salivate.
Add the fiber and nutrients of the lentils, and you’ve got a great clean eating recipe for Easter dinner. Feel free to garnish with some greens, like spinach or even mint.
Here’s a great alternative to your traditional Easter ham! These meatballs give a spicy twist to your traditional meatballs you see this time of year. They also go great with any finger food kind of menu, if that’s what your going for.
You can serve these meatballs in a nice bed of basmati rice, or keep it keto and serve with cauliflower rice instead. It’s amazing what you can do with cauliflower these days!
Final Thoughts on These Clean Eating Easter Dinner Recipes
Depending on your dietary needs, incoming guests, and your own preferences with clean eating, not all of these recipes may work for you. And that’s okay! You can adjust these recipes however you see fit, or not use them at all.
My goal here is to give you some fresh ideas to shake up your Easter dinner if you’re sick of eating ham and mashed potatoes. And if you’re looking to make the traditional dishes a bit more healthy, that’s great too.
I hope I gave you some inspiration to make your Easter a little more healthy this year. You can still enjoy amazing dishes without ruining your progress. It just takes some thinking outside the box and a little elbow grease.
Which of these clean eating Easter dinner recipes are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
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