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Easter Feasting without the Fuss: 52 Sensitive Tummy-Approved Recipes for the Whole Family

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Whether your Easter gathering is a reflection of your faith, or one of tradition and rituals (egg hunt, anyone?), we have 52 recipes created for sensitive digestions to bring your family around the table. From soups, hams to roast lamb, roasted and glazed veggies, potato casseroles, fresh greens, cookies that look like little nests, cakes & cheesecakes – including some festive beverages.

coconut macaroon nests with candy eggs inside nest on a wooden board
Coconut Macaroon Nests. Photo credit: Dédé Wilson.

Coconut Macaroon Nests

We do think these macaroons are the best! The combine long-shred sweetened coconut for the chewy texture and unsweetened coconut for more coconut flavor, without the extra sugar. The little sugar-coated chocolate egg-shaped candies are optional, but this is the time of year to add them! Get the recipe for Coconut Macaroon Nests.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Creamy, yet not too rich. This lovely soup is balanced with the sweet, earthy flavor of carrots with the spark of ginger. Get the recipe for Carrot Ginger Soup.

Carrot Consommé

This light soup is a perfect starter for your holiday meal. Get the recipe for Carrot Consommé.

Brown Sugar Baked Ham

This ham is a showstopper on the table, glistening with a brown sugar glaze. Get the recipe for Brown Sugar Baked Ham.

Cranberry Hot Pepper Glazed Ham

Cranberry juice, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, ginger and cloves makes this ham extra special. Get the recipe for Cranberry Hot Pepper Glazed Ham.

Easy & Festive Garlic & Herb Roast Lamb

Garlic-infused olive oil and rosemary are the stars in this simple roast lamb dish. Get the recipe for Easy & Festive Garlic & Herb Roast Lamb.

Slow Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb

Garlicky flavors, leeks, scallions, lemon, anchovies, red pepper flakes and rosemary create the perfect blend of flavors for this slow roasted version. Get the recipe for Slow Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb.

Roasted & Glazed Carrots

A little olive oil, salt, sugar and a hot oven work magic on carrots of all colors. Get the recipe for Roasted & Glazed Carrots.

Creamed Spinach

Heaps of spinach cook down in garlicky olive oil and butter, then enhanced with cream, Parmesan and a hint of freshly grated nutmeg.Get the recipe for Creamed Spinach.

Perfect Steamed Green Beans

Sometimes simple is best. These crisp-cooked green beans are the perfect side dish to your rich mains and potato casseroles. Get the recipe for Perfect Steamed Green Beans.

Carrots & Parsnips with Dijon Butter

Sweet, earthy carrots and parsnips are lightly coated with Dijon and sweet butter. Coriander and dill add an unexpected twist. Get the recipe for Carrots & Parsnips with Dijon Butter.

Ham with Pineapple

Sweet, juicy pineapple is the perfect foil for ham. This is a classic! Get the recipe for Ham with Pineapple.

Beef Tenderloin Stuffed with Goat Cheese Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This recipe features a stuffing of Mediterranean flavors that comes together in just a few minutes – but is spectacular enough for guests. Get the recipe for Beef Tenderloin Stuffed with Goat Cheese Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes.

Classic Potato Gratin

Pounds and pounds of sliced potatoes (we like to use a mandoline) initially simmered on top of the stove with half-and-half, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Then, cheese gets layered on top and the casserole goes in the oven. 40 minutes later you have potato-cheese heaven on a plate. Get the recipe for Classic Potato Gratin.

Chicken & Spinach Lasagna Bake

Tender gluten-free rice-based lasagna noodles are layered with a lactose-free Bechamel sauce, chicken, spinach and several cheeses: Gruyere, mozzarella and Parmesan. Make ahead and freeze! Get the recipe for Chicken & Spinach Lasagna Bake.


The classic spinach pie encased in flaky filo dough. Lovely as a starter, side or vegetarian main dish. Get the recipe for Spanakopita.

Scalloped Potatoes

Classic scalloped potatoes – only our recipe is lactose-free! No one will know the difference. Tender potato slices (we like a blend of russet and gold) roasted in the oven with heavy cream, butter, salt and pepper. Get the recipe for Scalloped Potatoes.

Quinoa, Greens & Bell Pepper Puff

This makes a great side dish or vegetarian main dish: high protein quinoa with eggs, spinach, kale, red bell pepper, leeks, scallions and Gruyere. Get the recipe for Quinoa, Greens & Bell Pepper Puff.

Potato Cheese Gratin with Mushrooms

This Potato Cheese Gratin with Mushrooms is comfort food in a casserole dish! Potatoes, cream, melted, creamy Gruyere cheese, garlic-infused oil sautéed mushrooms – all baked until golden brown and bubbly. Get the recipe for Potato Cheese Gratin with Mushrooms.

Honey Lemon Pan Roasted Carrots

Pan roasting carrots lets you keep an eye on them so you can cook them to perfection: just enough but still with a little firmness. Honey, butter and lemon juice create the glaze with the help of rice syrup. Get the recipe for Honey Lemon Pan Roasted Carrots.

Kale Quinoa Salad with Blueberries, Green Beans, Feta & Pecans

Think you don’t like kale salads? This one will change your mind! Tender cooked green beans, juicy blueberries, crunchy pecans, feta cheese and a tangy vinaigrette. Get the recipe for Kale Quinoa Salad with Blueberries, Green Beans, Feta & Pecans.

Roasted Zucchini with Lemon & Garlic

We love oven roasting as a technique for vegetables because it brings out their natural sweetness and provides a nice char at the same time – and just 5 ingredients! Zucchini, garlic olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Get the recipe for Roasted Zucchini with Lemon & Garlic.

Cheddar Scallion Biscuits

We have a recipe for gluten-free biscuits that you will not believe! Flaky and buttery! This version enhanced with scallions and cheddar cheese. Perfect with your holiday ham! Get the recipe for Cheddar Scallion Biscuits.

Fennel, Kale & Parsley Salad with Clementines & Olives

Thinly sliced fennel and kale with lots of parsley create the fresh tasting base for this salad that also features juicy, sweet clementines and briny olives. Get the recipe for Fennel, Kale & Parsley Salad with Clementines & Olives.

Sautéed Radishes

Little red radishes can be quite peppery when raw, but they mellow out and become quote intriguing when cooked. Think of them like little turnips! Easy to make, unexpected and when else do you get to eat pink food! Get the recipe for Sautéed Radishes.

Spicy Roasted Broccolini with Garlic & Lemon

Broccolini has a sweet, earthy taste, here enhanced with garlic-infused olive oil, lemon and a red pepper flakes. Get the recipe for Spicy Roasted Broccolini with Garlic & Lemon.

Pan-Roasted Green Beans & Almonds

We like using slender haricot vert green beans for this simple sauté. A little olive oil, scallions, salt, pepper and sliced almonds come together in a classic combination. Get the recipe for Pan-Roasted Green Beans & Almonds.

Lemon Almond Cake

The cake combines whole lemons (that are poached in water until soft), ground almonds, eggs, sugar and baking powder. That’s it. No butter, no creaming techniques like you might with a layer cake. Get the recipe for Lemon Almond Cake.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Whipped egg whites help create a light texture in this flourless chocolate cake that features Dutch-processed cocoa and dark chocolate – in addition to a smidge of espresso powder. Get the recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Clementine Almond Cake

The cake combines whole oranges or clementines (that are poached in water until soft), ground almonds, eggs, sugar and baking powder. That’s it. No butter, no creaming techniques like you might with a layer cake. Get the recipe for Clementine Almond Cake.

Chocolate Macaroons

Chewy coconut macaroons with cocoa – chocolate flavor throughout! Get the recipe for Chocolate Macaroons.

Simple Coconut Macaroons

These are our easiest macaroons! Dump and mix and you are ready to bake! Get the recipe for Simple Coconut Macaroons.

Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

We think these lemon bars will become your new go-to recipe! An easy, crisp, buttery crust (with a secret) and a tangy lemon topping. Always a crowd pleaser. Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Lemon Bars.

Lemon Loaf

Everyone needs a classic lemon loaf – this one is gluten-free and delicious with or without the drizzle of icing. Get the recipe for Lemon Loaf.

Lemon Crumb Cake

Most people think “cinnamon” when they think “crumb cake”. One taste of this one and it might become your new fave, with lemony flavor throughout – and a ribbon on lemon curd! Get the recipe for Lemon Crumb Cake.

Lemon Meringue Cake

Lemon meringue is not just for pies! Here we have yellow cake, lemon curd filling and toasted meringue all over the top! Get the recipe for Lemon Meringue Cake.

Meringue Nests with Yogurt Lemon Curd

Crispy, low fat meringue nests are the perfect vehicle for filling with fruit, sorbet, ice cream or in this case, lemon curd. Get the recipe for Meringue Nests with Yogurt Lemon Curd.

Lemon Tart

This version of lemon tart is in a crisp shortbread crust made from purchased cookies. Get the recipe for Lemon Tart.

Carrot Cake

Our carrot cake is easy to make and has everything you love in this beloved cake: loads of shredded carrots, brown sugar, raisins, nuts and cinnamon. Moist and delicious with or without our lactose-free cream cheese frosting. Get the recipe for Carrot Cake.

Vanilla Almond Tea Cake

Ground almonds and vanilla infuse this cake, which looks extra special with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. Get the recipe for Vanilla Almond Tea Cake.

Roasted Strawberries

Strawberries and sugar combined and roasted in a high heat oven caramelizes the natural sugars in a way that creates a compote that is more than a sum of its parts. Get the recipe for Roasted Strawberries.

Strawberry Rose Tart

This tart is a showstopper. Fresh strawberries, cut to look like roses, on top of creamy pastry cream and a sweet, crisp tart crust. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rose Tart.

Fresh Strawberry Tart

Strawberries galore! Fresh strawberries as well as a glaze made from berries brings you maximum strawberry flavor. Get the recipe for Fresh Strawberry Tart.

Viennese Farmer Cheese Cake

This cheesecake is based on farmers cheese and is a lighter version than our NY-Style cheesecake (although we love that one, too!) Get the recipe for Viennese Farmer Cheese Cake.

Lamb Curry

If you roast a leg of lamb, what can you do with the leftovers? We think this simple curry is the best idea! Get the recipe for Lamb Curry.

Ham & Cheese Scones

Ham, ham and ham. There is sure to be leftover ham, so we put it to great use in these savory scones. Get the recipe for Ham & Cheese Scones.

Ham & Cheese Savory Bread Pudding

Savory bread pudding? You bet! With ham, cheese, eggs and juicy tomatoes. Get the recipe for Ham & Cheese Savory Bread Pudding.

Ham & Cheese Strata

A strata is similar to a bread pudding. This version is fantastic for breakfast or brunch and uses leftover ham. Get the recipe for Ham & Cheese Strata.

Irish Cream Liqueur

You can make your own Irish Cream Liqueur – and it can be lactose-free! Get the recipe for Irish Cream Liqueur.

Sea Breeze Mimosa

A little cranberry juice and grapefruit, along with sparkling wine, make a colorful holiday beverage. Get the recipe for Sea Breeze Mimosa.

Fruited Lemonade Rosé Punch

This bunch is perfect for a crowd with Rosé wine and fruit – take the time to make the ice ring. It really adds to the festive look. Get the recipe for Fruited Lemonade Rosé Punch.

Pineapple Strawberry Prosecco

Pineapple and strawberries add color and flavor to a glass of prosecco. Get the recipe for Pineapple Strawberry Prosecco.

Ginger Beet Old-Fashioned

This old-fashioned is anything but, with the zing of ginger and the earthy, sweet flavor of beets, and then there is the awesome color, too! Get the recipe for Ginger Beet Old-Fashioned.

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