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Affordable Easter food ideas

Celebrate Easter in style with affordable (yet delicious) food ideas. These recipes can all be prepared beforehand to save time and allow you to enjoy the day with your family and friends.

Rice Krispie cakes

An Easter classic and always a favourite with the kids, these cakes are easy to make and at a low cost.

You will need:

  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 3 table spoons of golden syrup
  • 1 x 100g bar milk or dark chocolate
  • 90g Rice Krispies

How to make it:

  • Melt the chocolate in small bursts in the microwave or in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water
  • Add the butter, cut into small pieces first, stir until melted
  • Add the syrup (optional)
  • Add the Rice Krispies and stir into the chocolate mix
  • Spoon into 12 cupcake cases
  • Leave to cool

Recycling your Easter waste

Easter eggs can come with a lot of packaging, but what do you do with yours once you've eaten the chocolate inside?

Egg bake

A super-easy recipe, great for when you have a few eggs lying about from baking. This meal can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Please note, this recipe makes 12 servings.

You will need:

  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (or two large tomatoes, chopped)
  • 2 cups of kale
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled cheese such as feta
  • 1 cup milk
  • olive oil or butter

How to make it:

  • Grease a large casserole pan with the oil or butter
  • Preheat the oven to 200 C/ Gas 4
  • Add oil to a pan and stir in the onion. Cook until translucent (about 3 minutes)
  • Add in the pepper and cook for one minute
  • Crack eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk well
  • Add in the milk and stir
  • Add in the cooked onion and peppers, plus tomatoes, kale, cheese and stir to combine
  • Add the mixture to a casserole pan and make for 30 minutes or until cooked all the way through
  • Stand for 10 minutes, then cut up and serve

Banana muffins

A healthy snack to enjoy throughout the weekend, and they can even be frozen! Don't throw out those brown bananas, they are perfect for this recipe.

You will need:

  • 200g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 large bananas, mashed
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1x egg
  • 75g unsalted butter, melted

How to make it:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 C/ Gas 4. Place 12 paper baking cases in a muffin tin
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt; set aside
  • Combine the mashed bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in the flour mixture and mix until smooth
  • Spoon evenly into baking cases in the muffin tin
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes or until muffins spring back when lightly tapped
  • Cool and enjoy or freeze for another day!

Jazzy fruit salad

Less of an Easter-classic, but a healthier option, fun to make and full of fresh colours. Add in other fruit of your fancy too.

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 3 cups peeled and diced mangoes

How to make it:

  • Combine sugar and 1/3 cup water into a small saucepan and bring to boil over a high heat, stirring occasionally
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until sugar has dissolved (about 3 minutes)
  • Remove from heat and let cool
  • Stir in lime zest and juice and let cool to room temperature
  • Mix strawberries with mangoes in a large bowl
  • Add the cooled sugar and lime syrup, and gently stir until well mixed
  • Cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes

More Easter food ideas

Visit the BBC food website for more Easter recipes.

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