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Greens, Eggs, & Ham | Sheet Pan Easter Dinner in 20 minutes
Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner

Easter is right around the corner! It’s late this year which means we’ve had extra time to plan for Easter. Did you use the extra time? I did not. I totally forgot until just recently. In case you forgot too, I came up with the simplest Easter dinner that has ever been an Easter dinner. Why? You ask? Why is this the easiest Easter dinner in the history of Easter dinners? It cooks on one sheet pan in the oven for about 20 minutes. DONE.

It leaves you plenty of time to egg hunt or go to church or do what ever else you like to do at Easter. Sleep in if you want. You’ll still get an epic Easter dinner on the table - or make it brunch. You do you.

Just don’t forget the cocktail. Scroll to the bottom for this epic cucumber drink you won’t want to miss out on.

Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner

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Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner
Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner
Ali Hedin | Greens, Eggs, & Ham
Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner

GREENS, EGGS, & HAM

serves 4

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

 

Chop vegetables and toss with 2 tbs olive oil.  Spread out vegetables on a cookie sheet.  Slice the ham into one-inch slices and brush one side with 1 tbs peach jam.  Snuggle the ham into the veggies and pop into the oven. Let roast for 15 minutes. 

    

STEP 2

Mix vegetable dressing by combining balsamic, remaining olive oil, mustard and remaining peach jam in a jar.  Shake well and set aside. 

 

STEP 3

Remove sheet pan from the oven and make 4 small wells.  Crack and egg into each well and sprinkle tomatoes on top of everything.  Return the pan to the oven and cook about 5 minutes until the eggs are set.  

 

STEP 4

When everything is cooked, dress the vegetables and serve everything together.  

1 lb ham

1 bunch asparagus

2 cups green beans

1 summer squash, chopped

1/3 cup peach jam

¼ cup olive oil

4 eggs

1 cup cherry tomatoes

2 tbs balsamic vinegar

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

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Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner
Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner + Cucumber Spritz

CUCUMBER SPRITZ

serves 4

2 cucumbers, peeled

8 ounces vodka

club soda

1 cucumber for garnish

In a blender, puree the cucumbers until smooth. Press the puree through cheese cloth until all that remains is a smooth liquid.

In a glass filled with ice, mix 2 ounces cucumber water with 2 ounces vodka. Top with club soda and garnish with a cucumber wheel.


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Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner
Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner
Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner

mimosa berry terrine | an easy boozy dessert
Ali Hedin | Mimosa Berry Terrine

Every party dinner needs a dessert.  A good one.  This year with my 'clean eating' Easter, a 'clean'-ish dessert was needed.  It's a no-dairy, no-wheat, low sugar dessert that's perfect for the season!  It's full of berries, full of champagne, and is an AMAZING brunch dessert because it's light and refreshing.  

You can choose to use what ever berries you want - this would be great just packed with strawberries - but I love how it looks with all different berries floating on the inside.  There is champagne in the dessert so you can choose if it's a 'kid-dessert' in your house or not.  Because the champagne cooks for a few minutes + it's not much, I let my kids have some of it.  They don't love it so it works out all the way around - they don't feel excluded and I don't feel like I'm feeding my kids champagne.  

Ali Hedin | Mimosa Berry Terrine
Ali Hedin | Mimosa Berry Terrine

MIMOSA BERRY TERRINE

serves 4

4 cups mixed berries

2 envelopes gelatin

1 cup champagne

1 cup DRY Blood Orange

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons fresh squeezed orange juice

STEP 1

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup of the champagne.  Let sit until the gelatin melts.

STEP 2

Spray the bottom of a glass container with cooking oil and layer all of the berries in the dish.

STEP 3

Heat the remaining champagne and sugar over low heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from the heat.  Whisk in gelatin, DRY Sparkling, and orange juice..  Let cool slightly.

STEP 4

Pour gelatin mixture over the berries.  Place in the refrigerator and let cool at least 6 hours.  But ideally overnight.  

Ali Hedin | Mimosa Berry Terrine
Ali Hedin | Mimosa Terrine
Ali Hedin | Mimosa Terrine
Ali Hedin | Mimosa Terrine
clean eating | strawberry mint quinoa
Ali Hedin | Strawberry Mint Quinoa

Spring and strawberries go together like rhubarb and spring.  It's a natural combination.   This simple salad is a perfect accessory to a brunch or lunch.  Or, you can pack it as your "no sad desk lunch" lunch.  It's really good.  You've only got a day or so until the strawberries start to wilt so eat fast.  

It's the perfect Easter dish which is why I paired it with my lemon pepper salmon for a delicious clean eating Easter dinner.  When you're "eating clean" sometimes it feels like you're "eating boring" - this changes that.  At least with one recipe!

Ali Hedin | Strawberry Mint Quinoa

STRAWBERRY MINT QUINOA

serves 4

STEP 1

In a glass bowl, combine quinoa and water.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Microwave for five minutes until cooked through.  Add more time if needed.

 

STEP 2

Remove quinoa from the microwave, uncover, and fluff with a fork.  Let cool 10 minutes.

 

STEP 3

Toss quinoa with strawberries, mint, olive oil, and balsamic.  Taste and season with salt.  

1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 cups water

1 cup chopped strawberries

2 tablespoons chopped mint

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

salt

Ali Hedin | Strawberry Mint Quinoa
Ali Hedin | Strawberry Mint Quinoa

clean eating | lemon pepper salmon
Ali Hedin | Clean Eating Lemon Pepper Salmon

When you're on Paleo or Whole 30 or Keto or AIP or really anything that's remotely restrictive, you are often bored with food or hungry.  I know. I've been there.  I'm still often there.  Due to my limited will power, I still often have cookies but I do try.  Mr. Hedin has epic will power and he doesn't eat dairy, wheat, refined sugar, or chocolate.  I couldn't live.  

But when we do dinner, I follow the rules.  No cheese, no breads, no sugary desserts.  When I hosted Easter, we had to do all of those rules + no eggs.  Which means salmon.  Also, my kids are really good 'pink fish' eaters.  So it's a win all the way around.

Ali Hedin | Clean Eating Lemon Pepper Salmon

There's a thing with salmon.  Buy wild salmon that's responsibly harvested.  Please.  Atlantic farm salmon does not taste like salmon.  In many cases it's irresponsibly farmed and poses a threat to wild fish populations.  Please buy wild.  Purchase at a responsible vendor.  

Ali Hedin | Clean Eating Lemon Pepper Salmon

LEMON PEPPER SALMON

serves 4

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place cleaned salmon on top.  

 

STEP 2

Spread asparagus around the salmon on the baking sheet.  Drizzle everything with olive oil and season with salt & pepper.  Top the salmon with lemon slices.

 

STEP 3

Place in a preheated oven and bake 10-15 minutes until the salmon is cooked through.  Test it by placing a fork in the middle and separating it slightly.  

 

STEP 4

Serve on a platter while still warm.

2 pounds wild salmon

1 lemon, sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt & pepper

1 large bunch asparagus

Ali Hedin | Clean Eating Lemon Pepper Salmon
Ali Hedin | Clean Eating Lemon Pepper Salmon

clean eating Easter dinner
Ali Hedin | Clean Eating Easter

A few years ago I hosted Easter brunch.  It was a small group, my sister, her boyfriend, my husband and our kids.  Within that group we don't eat eggs, wheat, dairy, or refined sugars.  Since I revel in a challenge, I saw this as a chance to really test what I could make.  Mr. Hedin and I have lived on quinoa for months when we first started eating clean.  I was still researching what else we could eat and relied on quinoa to fill in the blanks.  

Ali Hedin | Clean Eating Easter

I really wanted to serve strawberries and mint and how amazing would that be with quinoa??  Turns out, really delicious.  Really really delicious.  The trick with it is to make it first because when it rests for about an hour, it's really perfect.  

Ali Hedin | Clean Eating Easter

Salmon is a natural choice.  When you can't eat eggs, dairy, or wheat you can't make an overnight casserole.  Or Eggs Benedict.  Or pastries of any kind.  That sounds depressing.  It's not - salmon is awesome.  Also, because it bakes in about 15 minutes, you don't have to plan ahead too far.  

Are you eating clean?  Health reasons or just to feel better?  You don't even have to be eating clean to make this your Easter dinner.  I did make my grandmother's rolls for the children - they love them and it just doesn't feel like Easter without them.  They are really tempting when they are sitting on the table smelling all good.  And yeast-y.  And covered in butter.  

Ali Hedin | Clean Eating Easter
Ali Hedin | Clean Eating Easter

THE RECIPES

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Ali Hedin | Clean Eating Easter
Ali Hedin | Mimosa Berry Terrine