This weekend is Easter. Truly, I feel as though we were just here, and cannot believe that another year has already gone by. Though life is tough in the moment, and some days seem like they will never be over with, taking the time to look back on the past year makes it seem as if it went by very fast. A lot has happened in the realm of my treatments, doctors that I see, and growth of my own personal knowledge on food, the human body. God has also blessed me with new friendships over the past year that I seriously would not change for the world. In a way, it can also be hard to look back on your past, without wishing that your health was at least a little better than it seems. However, I must always remember that where God has me, is exactly where He wants me, and for that I can be very grateful. On an entirely different note, I decided that today’s post was going to be a roundup of all of the recently posted Easter meal plans and menus that have been circulating the web by some of my autoimmune-Paleo friends. Years past, I can remember scouring the web for recipes that fit all of my dietary needs, and though at the time they were scarce (typically leading me to create my own), the amount of recipes that are out there now is quite astounding. No longer do you have to fret over making a carrot cake without eggs, nor does hosting an Easter dinner party become seemingly impossible. Because of this, I decided to pull all of the recipe roundups together and put them in one simple, straightforward post, as a way for you to access them all at once. Hopefully, it will serve as encouragement that you can still have fun in the kitchen this Easter, entertaining (if you wish), and ultimately able to spread the good health while we celebrate our Lord and Savior dying for our sins and rising again so that we can spend eternity in Him!
|Sweet Potato Lefse, Bacon Herb Biscuits, and Sweet Potato Pita Bread.|
1. As Jo, from Comfort Bites Blog says, her roundup is “all for the love of AIP breads and wraps,” of which she was so kind to include a few of my recipes, a long with a few other flatbreads, wraps, and even bacon biscuits. All recipes are great as appetizers, or side dishes to your main, Easter supper.
|Homemade Ginger Ale, Bacon Balsamic Wrapped Asparagus, and Homemade Marshmallows.|
2. Next up, we have a large roundup with a huge variety of dishes (75 in all) by Charlotte of Salix is Me. Her Easter roundup covers every category of food in your day, including brunch, appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, side dishes, beverages, desserts, and last but not least, sweet treats and candy (yes, autoimmune-friendly Easter candy can be on the menu for your kids).
|Cilantro Carrot Mash, Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs, and Lamb Roast with Beets.|
3. Another recent roundup is by Adventures in Partaking, where even more breakfast and brunch, appetizer, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, soups, and other Easter ideas, are all put together. What is even greater is that Bethany’s roundup includes a list of ideas and activities you can spend with your children on this special holiday.
|Strawberry Layer Cake, Pastaless Salad, and Pigs in a Pillow.|
4. If you have yet to read my review on He Won’t Know It’s Paleo, well, you should, because this Easter, Bre’anna is giving you a sneak peak into some of the recipes included in her newly released 100+ AIP recipe cookbook. She also provides links to those that have been previously shared on the blog, including Pigs in a Pillow (a fun riff on the typical pigs in a blanket), ranch dressing, and Honey Seared Pork Tenderloin.
|Fish soup, Slow Cooker Lamb, and Carrot Cake Cupcakes.|
5. Last but certainly not least, is an Easter roundup by Samantha at Sweet Potatoes and Social Change. I am not sure you could ask for anything better than a gorgeous layout of appetizers, drinks, sides, main courses, and desserts. Seriously, if you are not convinced by now that you can have a delightful Easter menu while following the Autoimmune-Protocol, I am not quite sure what will!
Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”