5 Last-Minute Easter Side Dishes

Okay, so you probably already have your entree picked out for tomorrow. Growing up, we usually had ham on Easter. Yum. But side dishes? Well, that rotated from year to year. Usually something potato-y. Usually at least three veggie dishes. Some kind of slaw, some kind of salad.

Feeling a lack of side dish inspiration? Here’s a little list of options that are definite crowd-pleasers…and go great with ham (or poultry or whatever you’re having as the star of the show)

Allison's Lick Your Plate Potato Salad

Lick-Your-Plate Potato Salad – This is hands down one of my favorite recipes to make as a side dish on Easter. Mashed potatoes and other potato dishes feel a little to heavy for a spring celebration. I love the “picnic” feel of this dish!

Thin Crust Pizza

Thin Crust Pizza recipeI tried out a new product called Flatout Light Italian Herb Flatbreads. The package says it has 90 calories, 9 grams of protein and 74% fewer net carbs than 2 slices of wheat bread. A lot of times products like this tend to taste like cardboard, so I was a skeptical. We first tried them out making chicken wraps using lettuce, tomato, onion, shredded cheese and breaded chicken strips. They were pretty good. Then I saw on the package about making pizza with them.

No affiliation with Flatout. We just like the product!

My husband LOVES pizza but it has so many carbs. I checked out the website and pinnned one of the recipes. So one Sunday night I made one. It was quick and easy to make. It tasted pretty good for a thin crust. We are usually thick crust pizza eaters. But, I would make it again.

One Pot Chicken Tortellini Dinner

one pot chicken tortellini mealOne pot to clean after making a delicious dinner? Sign me up! I make this one pot pasta recipe all the time, so I decided to test another one pot dinner from Pinterest – this time it’s for chicken and tortellini.

You use the whole chicken, which I love since sometimes our supermarket has whole chickens on sale for a really great price! It’s much cheaper than chicken breasts. But if you love white meat or dark meat, you could use just those pieces instead of the entire chick. Just make sure you go for bone-in and adjust your cook time accordingly.

The original recipe was found on Eat At Home, and showed up in my stream thanks to a pin from Agnese Monte.

Apple Pear Scones

fruit scones Every home chef has to have at least a couple of recipes up their sleeve that never fail to impress. We become known for these recipes, and when all else fails, we can whip up a batch and all else is forgiven, no matter how crispy and black dinner may be.

For me, that “up my sleeve” recipe is this one for apple scones.

I always put apples in them because that’s my favorite flavor, and in today’s blog post, I’m going to show you how I made them with pears. But you could also use dried cranberries, raisins, chocolate chips/chunks, berries, and nuts. Sometimes I even make “kitchen sink” scones that have a little of everything when I need to clean up my fridge and pantry and have a little of this and a little of that just begging to be used.

Or sometimes I make plain apple scones and drizzle a little vanilla glaze or melted chocolate over them. They look especially fancy-pants that way.

My favorite things about these scones are how versatile they are. Pop ‘em in the oven and serve them warm with a little butter for breakfast. Cut them in daintier pieces and offer with a cup of tea for the perfect afternoon snack. They even qualify as dessert in my book, especially if you add some dark chocolate chunks or drizzle.

Whenever I make these scones, I’m always asked for the recipe. And usually I don’t give it out! But today, I’m going to share it. After all, my friend’s grandmother once shared it with me, so it’s time to pay it forward!

Without further ado, here’s my apple pear scones recipe:

Colorful Birthday Card

Colorful Birthday Cards | The PinterTest KitchenAfter the holidays there are so many birthdays in our family. My husband, my dad, my daughters, and my brother have birthdays in January and February. I was looking in my stash of handmade birthday cards and it was pretty dismal. Time to get to work!

First I scoured Pinterest for some ideas. There are so many wonderful ideas out there. I liked this card I found.  The cards are very colorful and you can use scrapes of paper and ribbon. Plus you can make it to suit any occasion.

I started looking through my papers. I like to fold my own cards to fit the envelopes I have. I usually buy paper and envelopes on sale. I never pay full price for my paper crafting supplies. I watch when they are on sale or I have a coupon. I have several embossing dies and folders, paper punches, rolls of ribbons, stickers, stamps, ink pads and various other paper crafting items. I just laid everything out and went from there. The possibilities are endless.

Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels on The PinterTest KitchenThis Pennsylvania winter has been so cold and snowy that I can hardly wait for spring. The ground hog saw his shadow on February 2nd and says 6 more weeks of winter. So far he has been right. I make a lot of meals in the oven just to help warm the kitchen.

I had some cans of crescent rolls in the refrigerator that needed to be used. I also had some wonton wrappers which I used to make Sausage Wonton Cups and the Pizza Wonton Cups. I started looking for recipes to use the crescents up. I came across an appetizer from Pillsbury.com. It looked easy enough. I also read some of the reviews. Some said they were on the dry side. So I put my own spin on the recipe. I had some leftover pizza sauce in the refrigerator and incorporated that into the recipe. You can customize the recipe for your taste.

Chicken Leek Soup with Golden Potatoes

Chicken Leek Soup with Golden PotatoesOkay, this past month kind of got away from me. I know I promised you a leek recipe after posting my instructions on how to clean links! But good news – I was recently named Blog Manger at an amazing company called Udemy, and the first month of working there definitely kept me really busy. So I’m a little late…but here it is!

Like I said in my leek-cleaning post, I’ve never tried using this vegetable before. After walking past them at the grocery store week after week and constantly thinking, “I should really give those suckers a try…” I finally decided to pick up a bunch.

And after scouring Pinterest for the perfect recipe, I settled on “Slow Cooker Cock-a-Leekie Soup.”

Seriously, that is the name. You can’t make something like that up, people.

I gave it a try, though, and YUM. I’m a newly-converted fan of leeks. They gave this soup a light, fresh, onion-y taste without being too overpowering, and it paired perfectly with the chicken, potatoes, and lemon flavor in this soup. Plus, who doesn’t love a crockpot recipe?

How to Clean Leeks

how to clean leeksToday, I made a recipe with leeks for the first time.

It’s one of those ingredients that I always walk past in the grocery store because I wasn’t sure how to use it. But I’ve always been curious.

So, the other day when I saw them on sale, I picked up a bundle on a whim and decided, “I’ll find a recipe to use these.” And I’m glad I did! I am now a leek convert. (Yummy!)

I promise that I will post the chicken, potato, and leek soup that I made, but before I do, I wanted to post a little about how to clean leeks. Because if you don’t do it right, you could be eating sandy dirt instead of delicious leeks!

Iced Butter Cookies

iced butter cookie recipe Last summer, my friend decided to come for a week-long beach vacation. That’s one of the advantages of living near the ocean – you get a lot of loved ones visiting! She and her husband brought their five kids. Yes, you read that right. FIVE! My house was bursting at the seams and I loved every moment of it, especially baking tons of cookies and other treats so there was always something tasty waiting for them when they got home from the beach (here’s another recipe I made while they were here).

I loooooove butter cookies. You know, the kind you get in the blue tin? Usually, I’m a chewy cookie person, but when it comes to butter cookies, I love the crunch.

Add some chocolate icing? I’m so there. I just had to repin this butter cookie recipe on Pinterest and give it a try. Who better to test a cookie recipe on than a flock of kids?

This is really two recipes (both from Add a Pinch) in one – the cookies and the icing. And really, even though I love the icing on top, you could make these plain as well and they’d still be delicious.

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Easy Blackberry CobblerMy husband, Jim and I were eating breakfast one weekend morning. I flipped the channel to the food network and Ree Drummond was on.

I enjoy watching her show, The Pioneer Woman, because she makes recipes that you usually have the ingredients in your pantry. Good food doesn’t have to be complicated, and it can be frustrating to see a recipe that looks good only to find out that you need some kind of weird, expensive ingredient.

That episode, her dessert was a Blackberry Cobbler that used 5 simple ingredients which I went on to pin. She has great pictures and instruction on her site. Even Jim said the cobbler looked good.