Easter Dinner Menu
Easter is a tough holiday to stay on track with my healthy lifestyle goals. In fact it ranks right up there with Halloween and Christmas. Lots of candy, lots of baked goods, and a big family meal all have my best intentions heading for trouble. I am going to try to do my best and make one healthy choice at a time because every choice counts and you can’t let one slip up or over indulgence make you fall off the wagon completely. I am planning a low calorie Easter Dinner Menu that is still traditional with healthier versions of my family’s favorite dishes.
Easter Dinner Menu
To ham or not to ham has never been a question at our house. Ham is always the traditional Easter main dish. While ham all by itself doesn’t ruin my healthy eating goals, the problem is all the fixings that go with it. We usually serve mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, corn, and maybe green bean casserole. Add all that up and kiss your healthy eating plans goodbye. So instead of ham with all the fixings, I am making, Chicken Cordon Bleu, a casserole dish with ham and cheese and stuffing. All good comfort foods but my dish only has 4 weight watchers points plus per serving. Along with the casserole, I will be serving green beans, also a family tradition, and broccoli. For dessert you have 2 options, either Pineapple Angel Food Cake or Coconut Pineapple Angel Food Cake.
Chicken Cordon Blue Recipe
2 cups cooked chicken, cut into chunks
2 cups diced ham
1 box Stuffing Mix
1 cup shredded swiss cheese (I used 2 percent milk swiss)
1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar
1 cup non fat milk
1 can cream of chicken soup (I used fat free cream of mushroom)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
Pre-Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a casserole dish with non stick cooking spray. Prepare stuffing mix according to package directions and set aside.
Arrange chopped chicken and in bottom of baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Top with shredded swiss cheese.
In a mixing bowl, combine soup and milk. Pour soup mixture on top of the cheese.
Spread the stuffing on top. I omitted the extra cheddar cheese but if you want it, you put it on top of the stuffing.
Cover with foil and cook for 35-40 minutes. During last 10 minutes of cooking time, remove foil and bake until cheese is melted.
I chose to add real olive oil to both my servings of steamed veggies. Each tsp of olive oil is one point. I decided the taste of the vegetables with the seasons and olive oil was worth the 2 points.
Steamed Broccoli – toss with 1 tsp olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper, 1 cup serving
Steamed Green Beans – toss with 1 tsp olive oil, salt and pepper, 1 cup serving
My mom always makes me a dessert we call fluff. It has pineapple, cream cheese, whip cream, and jello. Instead of the high calorie fluff I am making this lighter Pineapple Angel Food Cake Recipe. It only has 187 calories per slice and counts as 4 Weight Watchers Points+. It tastes great and is very light and fluffy. If you want to add coconut and cool whip try this recipe from Weight Watchers Pineapple Coconut Angel Food Cake. Still only 4 points per serving!
I hope you will enjoy and use some of our Easter Dinner Menu ideas! Earlier this year we put together a menu for Valentine’s Day Dinner that included soup, dinner, and dessert for just 15 Weight Watcher’s Points Plus. I though we would continue sharing ideas for menus for holidays throughout the year to help you stay on track but also to help me stay on track since I will have to get creative making dinner plans to share with you.
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