INCORPORATING NEW DISHES INTO YOUR TRADITIONAL EASTER MENU PLAN WILL KEEP YOUR GUESTS GUESSING.
Your traditional Easter dinner menu will differ depending on where you live and family dishes prepared over the years. Incorporating new Easter recipes to the menu every year not only helps to keep your Easter menu current it also creates new memories.
While grocery shopping yesterday we noticed that the stores were heavily marketing Easter the moment we walked in. The front entrance smelled like Easter chocolate followed by Easter displays and sale boards. I had to keep telling myself to pretend you don’t see the chocolate. Confessed chocoholic here.
This year Easter 2017 falls on April 17.
- Palm Sunday- April 9
- First Day of Passover- April 11
- Good Friday- April 14
- Easter- April 16
- Easter Monday- April 17
If you’re a frugal shopper like we are you may have planned your Easter Dinner menu in advance and searched or possibly even better deals. Cooking a homemade Easter dinner does not have to cost a bundle because the meal itself is quite standard even as a Sunday meal.
Considering that there are impressive grocery sales exploding in the stores accommodate Easter menu ideas that work into your budget. If you can afford ham you have ham this Easter or roast chicken which is one of my favourites. Easter is a time to be with family and friends, enjoy good food, eat chocolate and recognize traditions and history.
Easter in the UK
Our traditional Easter menu would consist of hot-cross buns served with Spring roast lamb, homemade fresh mint sauce, Baked ham, potatoes with herbs, gravy, mixed peas and carrots and garden salad.
Honestly my mum would switch things up every year but kept some of the main traditions a staple menu item. I liked that she did this because the same holiday meal can get VERY boring.
Easter Bunny Vegetable and Dip Platter source: Pinterest (no website)
We used to sing this Rhyme as kids in the UK during Easter since hot cross buns were always on the menu. I plan to include this as part of our Easter Dinner menu to share some of the British traditions with our son as well as Canadian.
If you don’t want to make homemade hot-cross buns you can easily pick up a package of 12 for $2.99. So they are inexpensive but lovely set on the Easter dinner table or included on an Easter brunch menu.
“Hot cross buns,
hot cross buns,
one a penny, two a penny,
hot cross buns.
If you do not like them,
give them to your sons,
one a penny, two a penny,
hot cross buns.”
Related: Easter Celebrations in the UK
We didn’t have much in the way of Easter appetizers since dinner was heavy enough but that didn’t stop me from stuffing my face with hot-cross buns before dinner. My mum would always chase me out of the kitchen, but she could never catch me, haha!
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Decorating Easter eggs, Easter crafts and the traditional Easter Egg hunt are all part of the fun activities for kids and adults on Easter Day in Canada. This year we know our son is going to LOVE hunting for chocolate eggs because he’s been practicing the past two weeks with last years Easter Basket. He won’t miss a chocolate egg I can guarantee it.
As I mentioned most Easter Dinner Menu plans don’t include appetizers as the meal itself is quite large unless you are feeding a large crowd. You will however find that certain Easter traditions include a fresh soup such as Carrot and Ginger soup or Italian wedding Soup. Both of these soups are inexpensive to make at home. Check out the avocado deviled eggs which are great for any guests who may eat gluten-free, low-carb or Paleo diets.
- Carrot and Ginger Soup
- Shrimp and Dill Cucumbers
- Baby Chick Cheeseballs
- Italian Wedding Soup
- Avocado Deviled Eggs
Easter Main Dishes
Protein is the chief menu ingredient and the most expensive when grocery shopping. If you are hosting an Easter dinner try to source your protein in advance by following the sales cycles which turn every 3-4 months.
- Slow Roaster Rosemary Garlic Succulent Lamb
- Citrus and Herb Butter Roast Turkey
- Crock-pot Maple Brown Sugar Spiral Sliced Ham
- Balsamic Glazed Beef Roast
- Chipolte Honey Lime Pork Tenderloin
- Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken (Paleo)
Easter Side Dishes
Along with a variety of salads, roast potatoes and mashed potatoes below are a few other Easter menu Ideas to add as a side-dish. I absolutely thought the Orzo salad with yogurt and dill dressing would be a perfect salad for Easter. I hope you try it.
- Spring Green Peas in a Butter Sauce
- Honey Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
- Cauliflower Cheese Bake
- Orzo salad with Yogurt and dill dressing
Easter dessert Ideas
When I think Easter I think of Spring as most people do but also lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and colour. Some of the favourite Canadian Easter desserts prepared with lemons, limes, whipped cream and lots of berries.
You’ll want to keep your Easter dessert light and airy to compliment the heavy traditional Easter dinner menu you’ve prepared. If you want to skip a baked goods Easter dessert opt for a fresh fruit platter of juicy pineapple, strawberries, melons, blackberries, kiwi, oranges and so on.
On the side offer a giant bowl of fresh whipped cream. A small bowl of Easter chocolates on the dessert table should be enough to satisfy that sweet tooth even for the adults.
The Italian lemon Anginetti cookies is a celebratory Italian cookie served for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or as a dessert for Easter brunch or dinner. Thanks to CBB fan Sue Sullivan who submitted two of her favourite Easter menu ideas for dessert, Lemon Chess Pie and Pineapple Pie. I’ve never had Pineapple Pie before but it sure does sound refreshing after a savoury meal.
- White Easter egg cupcakes
- Lemon Chess Pie
- Fresh Pineapple Pie
- Lemon Cheesecake Squares (Low Carb)
- Lemon Pound Cake
- Cherry Cheesecake
- Shortbread Cookies
- Easter Chick Tarts
This year we are bringing dessert for Easter dinner to the in-laws house so we’ve decided to make key-lime cheesecake bars with an almond crust. This will be a sugar-free, gluten-free option that no one will know about.
Happy Easter to all and please share your Easter Menu Ideas in the comment section below. I’d love to hear about menu traditions in your family.
April Grocery Game Challenge
Join in the 2017 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post. Here are The Grocery Game Challenge rules to get you started and where you’ll also find a link for the 2017 GGC schedule. Please feel free to download, save and even print the schedule.
Post your shop and you can be next.
Congratulations to Libby Ballot #13 You won the March Grocery Game Challenge! Message me and we will see what Grocery Game Challenge Door wins you the big money!! 🙂
New monthly prize: See the Grocery Game Rules
April 2017 Blog Posts:
- 3 Grocery Games I Play With Our Son While Shopping – Last shop for March
Free Money Saving Tools 2017
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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2017
The Ultimate Grocery Shopping guide is ongoing with new informative money-saving posts added every month.
Even if you don’t live in Canada there are some amazing budget saving tips that will help put you on the path to more savings at the supermarket.
Share this guide with your friends and tell them about Canadian Budget Binder especially if they are struggling with their grocery budget.
The time is NOW to get started saving money on groceries so please enjoy the many money-saving posts in the The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.
2017 Grocery Shop Results
Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2017: $3180 or $265/mth
(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.
Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
- Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $265
- Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $265
- Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
- Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
- Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
- PC Points Plus Earned to date: 467,000
- Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
- Shoppers Optimum: Just under 850,000 Optimum points (I will update this twice a year) $1500 worth of free stuff.
Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
- Zweet to cash out : $18.25
- Checkout51 to cash out : $24.50
Our Grocery Shop This Week
- 2 x Allans Apple Juice No sugar not from concentrate $1.49
- 12 x Gold Seal Tuna $0.98 – $11.76 (stockpile)
- Spinach $1.88
- Grape Tomatoes $1.88
- Cucumber $1.27
- 4 x cream 10% $2.49 each ($9.96)
- 1 x Milk 2% 4L $4.27
- 3 x Philadelphia cream cheese $2.88 ($8.64)
- Almond Fresh Almond Milk Sale $2.88
- Cashew Milk Sale $2.88
Total Out-of-Pocket $36.64
- No Name Diced Tomatoes 4 /$5
- 2 x large eggs $1.97 each
- Red Delicious Apples $5.99-50%
- Bananas $1.76
- Mushrooms bulk $4.75-50%
- Sweet Kale Salad Mix $8.99-50%
- Avocado Bag $3.99-50%
- Lemon Meyer Bag 6 $2.99-50%
- Bag of organic Key Limes $4.99-50%
- 2 x Maple Breakfast sausages $4.99-50%
- Bangers $4.99-50%
- Lean Beef $13.00
- Lean Beef $12.95
- Cornmeal Peameal Bacon $4.71
- 5 x PC Juro Cheese Reg $11.99 each reduced $1.00 O.M.G
- 11 x Fiore Delle Cheese Reg $11.99 reduced $1.00 O.M.G
- 3 x Fap CNDR De Lune cheese Reg $11.99 reduced $1.00 O.M.G
- 3 x Triple Cream Brie Reg $12.99 reduced $1.00 O.M.G Free after PC points they gave us.
- Ziggy Ham $3.25-50%
- Ziggys Garlic Roast $5.09-50%
- PC Oven Roast Turkey Breast $5.10-50%
- Ziggys x-lean Turkey Breast $4.99-50%
- Ziggys x-lean Turkey Breast $4.64-50%
Total Out-of-Pocket $92.45
All totals below already have tax factored into them.
- Total to spend this month : $265
- Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
- Stockpile budget used this month: $11.76
- Total coupons used this week: $0
- Total coupons used to date: $0
- Total in-store discounts this week: $280.18 Wow!
- Total in-store discounts to date: $348.10
- Total spent this week: $129.06
- Total spent so far this month: $129.06
- Total over/Under spend this shop:
- Total over/Under spend for the month: n/a
- Total left to spend for the month: $
- Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $231.06+Feb $255.16+March ($5 budget increase) $263.60 + April $
Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
What a great week for grocery shopping as we found loads of 50% off stickers. As you can see it was so hard to pass up the cheese that was practically free. The triple brie was free as they gave us PC points for buying deli cheese at 1000 points each. I love those deals. We picked up some beef while it was on sale as we use that the most in our house.The almond and cashew milk was on sale finally so Mrs. CBB grabbed one of each. We spent a big more than we should have this shop but we saved over $280.00 in pink stickers! 🙂
Coupons and Coupon Apps
Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons! These are your latest Checkout 51 offers which you can use to help save money. We’re finding less and less coupons in the stores these days. What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?
If you notice I’m missing a valuable link please message me and I’ll get it added to the savings list below.
Sign up for the Nielsen Canada Home Scan Program and you can earn rewards points fast to redeem for awesome products or gift cards. I did this in the UK and loved it!!
Plus check out these other hidden areas online to get more coupons!!
If any of these links are broken please report them to me.
- Healthy Essentials Printable Coupons (Johnson and Johnson)
- Danone Coupons Get up to $25 in coupons
- Clorox Coupons Sign up to print coupons in the Clorox family which include Greenworks, Glad etc.
- Kraft Canada Sign up and receive recipes and coupons by email
- MySavings.com Printable Smart Source Coupons
- Walmart Canada Printable Coupons
- Proctor and Gamble PandG Sign up for printable coupons
- Hidden Coupon Portals You Should know about – I found this over at Save a Loonie and you’ll want to sign up for notifications and check out the site so you get notified every time a hidden coupon is available from Save.ca, Brandsaver, Smart Source etc.
Grocery Game Challenge 2017 FAQ’s
- Grocery Game Challenge RULES: Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible. The rules have been updated to reflect changes for the 2017 challenge year.
- Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?: No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.
- What is the monthly prize and who can claim it?- The monthly prize is a $10-$20-$50 PC Loblaws Gift Card and for our out of country friends it’s $CDN via PayPal. Please see GGC rules.
- When does the Grocery Game close each month?: The Grocery Game Challenge closes at midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month but you will still get a ballot when you post your shops even if they are late but I encourage you to stay on schedule. If you choose to post monthly or bi-weekly you will only get 1 ballot for that shop. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it altogether. Don’t let that be you! You can post your shops all month-long.
- Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?: No, our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014-2015 we no longer include such items in our grocery budget so we can see actual food numbers at the end of the year in order to plan accordingly our budget.
- Do you stockpile food? We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any longer as we found we weren’t eating it fast enough. Stockpiling is still great and just one way to help cut your budget to save money if you do find items that you can buy in bulk at a sale price.
- Canadian Coupons:Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest Checkout 51 offers that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge. There are many great Canadian Couponing websites online that share weekly coupon match-ups so you can plan your grocery list.
- Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading with mobile coupon apps being the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site Save.ca that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile Save.ca app joining forces with the many other coupon apps available. If you find an app that I don’t talk about please let me know as they are always being added and I’d like to review them.
- What is the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our Iphone so if you wan to have all your flyers in one spot download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
- What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
- What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons?: If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
- How Do I Grocery Shop?: I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.
Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do. This is why The Grocery Game Challenge is one of the most popular hang out spots for people who want to save money on groceries.
If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 get ready to look at your grocery budget by learning;
- Where you are spending money
- How much money you are spending
- How much money you are saving every month
If you want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!
If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email. If I use your topic I will put your name in a draw for a prize at the end of the year.
You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!
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