Easter day can be a wonderful day spent with family, or it can be a hectic day spent in the kitchen while everyone else has all the fun.  Here are Ten Easter Dinner Ideas that can help get you out of the kitchen and back into the living room.

Main Course:

1. Simple Baked Ham

Simple Baked Ham Recipe

This ham has easy to find ingredients that will give you the perfect sweet and spice taste that your family will love.  Shorten your time in the kitchen by using a boneless ham, and skipping the soaking and trimming prep work.  Also, pull out your crock pot, place the ham in the cooker, add all the ingredients and walk away.  No need to baste!  By the time dinner rolls around, your meat will cut with a butter knife.  Click here to view the full recipe.

2. Glazed Ham Steak With Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze

Skip the carving and just do ham steaks.  This recipe bakes up in 15 minutes.  Yes, you read that correctly, your main dish will be ready in FIFTEEN minutes.  It combines the standard clove and brown sugar flavor with the slight tartness of mustard and apple cider vinegar.  The vinegar will also help tenderize your meat.  Click here to view the full recipe.

 

 

Side Dishes:

3. Glazed Julienne Carrots

Glazed Julienne Carrots Recipe

This dish adds a lovely orange color to the table and can be ready in under fifteen minutes.  Click here to view the full recipe.

4. Rosemary Potatoes

Rosemary Potatoes Recipe

Microwaving the potatoes instead of boiling cuts down on cook time, as well as saving you from standing over yet another hot dish on the stove.  Click here to view the full recipe.

5. Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Add some green to your table that isn’t peas.  The simple salt and pepper seasoning allows the asparagus’ natural taste really shine through.  A little tip on buying asparagus, stick to the smaller stalks.  The thicker ones have a more bitter taste that can be off putting, especially when trying to coax little ones to try something new.  Click here to view the full recipe.

6. Three Cheese Pasta Bake

Three-Cheese Pasta Bake Recipe

This creamy, cheesy side can be made a day ahead and just reheated.  Click here to view the full recipe.

Desserts:

7. Lemon Dome

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The recipe uses a box cake mix, cutting the prep time.  The use of frozen lemonade makes this cake super moist and flavorful.  Click here to view the full recipe.

8. Angel Food Cake with Lime Drizzle

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No one has to know the cake was store bought.  Once you jazz it up with strawberries, pineapple, and a lime drizzle, everyone will think it was homemade.  Click here to view the full recipe.

9. Pound Cake with Oranges, Honey, and Rosemary

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This recipe is another way to bump up a pre-made cake. The sophistication of combining the sweet honey with Rosemary will leave your guest in awe.  Click here to view the full recipe.

10. Frozen Lemon Mousse

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These tiny treats can easily be made ahead of time and make a dainty after dinner treat.  Click here to view the full recipe.