A Fuss-Free, Gluten-Free Easter Dinner
A memorable gluten-free Easter starts with awesome recipe options!
[Updated April 7, 2017]
Easter is a joyful occasion, a time that’s symbolic of hope and renewal. Often celebrated with family and friends, the holiday meal traditionally served in many homes is one that features a lamb dish, fresh spring produce, and light, airy desserts.
If you’re planning a gathering at your place this year, here’s a gluten-free Easter menu that’s guaranteed to please. It’s simple to prepare yet provides elegant, mouthwatering results. Brimming with healthy nourishment, recipes are designed for utmost flavor with your special dietary needs in mind.
High in zinc and B vitamins, lamb is traditional Easter fare. Lamb shanks, a less expensive cut of lamb, are easy to prepare in the oven or crock pot. They stay incredibly juicy and rich. The taste alone is celebratory! This recipe is meant to serve four people - it's perfect for those expecting a quiet Easter this year. For a leg of lamb recipe that serves 8-10 guests, click here.
Each serving contains 217 calories, 8g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 73mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 24g protein.
SERVES 6 TO 8.
Fresh asparagus is a good source of folate, calcium and iron, as well as vitamins A, B3, B6, C and K. Asparagus is also packed with glutathione, a beneficial phytochemical that supports the immune system. Adding salmon increases the protein contents of this gluten-free quiche, which helps keep blood sugar stable.
Each serving contains 414 calories, 28g total fat, 10g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 159mg cholesterol, 576mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 6g sugars, 18g protein, 14 Est GL.
SERVES 6 TO 8.
Roasted new potatoes drizzled with olive oil and herbs is a popular pairing with roasted lamb. Pick small potatoes that are similar in size and use any color you want. No need to peel them. Cutting potatoes diagonally exposes the largest surface for browning, adding to the flavor.
Each serving contains 118 calories, 4g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 2g protein, 8Est GL.
And now for the most essential part of any Easter meal, even for those of us with eating restrictions: DESSERT!
MAKES 8 BUNS.
This old-fashioned Hot Cross Bun recipe is warmly spiced with bits of dried fruit. Don't give up this Easter classic just because you're gluten-free!
Each bun contains 369 calories, 16g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 56mg cholesterol, 325mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 21g sugars, 3g protein, 37Est GL.
MAKES 15 CAKE POPS.
These Easter eggs are fun to make - and they’re so cute! Colorful plastic spoons make forming them easy. Decorate these Gluten-Free Lemon Cake Easter Eggs as you would cut-out cookies for an Easter basket of beautiful treats.