From the moment you wake up on Easter, the whole day becomes a race to finish all that cooking. You’ve spent days, maybe even weeks, struggling to pick out the perfect Easter dinner, and you are searching for the enthusiasm to spend the whole day in the kitchen. You will have to face the conundrum of minimal oven space and maximum amounts of food. It’s exhausting, we know! That’s why we’ve gathered a collection of great, simple recipes that will alleviate all the stress of the holiday so you can relax and enjoy being with your family. From breakfast to dessert, we have selected our favorite recipes that are sure to impress your guests. Try out some of these recipes to transform your once hectic Easter Sunday into a pleasant and delicious occasion!

BREAKFAST

Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole: The last thing you want to do on Easter Sunday is slave over a breakfast for you and your family. You’re going to be spending the rest of the day baking, so why throw more work on the pile? Just whip this delicious breakfast casserole up the night before to avoid the morning hassle! Not only does it taste fantastic, but the protein from the turkey sausage and eggs will give you the boost of energy you’re going to need to power through the rest of the day!

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Skinny Banana French Toast Bake: While it may be tempting to conserve your energy and drag the family out to breakfast Easter morning, save yourself the money (and unnecessary calories) with our skinny recipe! This meal will save you the time and the trouble of scrounging together ingredients for an Easter Sunday breakfast. Just whip up the ingredients the night before, and all you have to do is throw it in the oven the next morning. You’ll treat your family to an elegant, scrumptious meal that takes practically no effort!

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Skinny Chicken and Vegetable Frittata: With this recipe you can treat your family to a healthy and delicious breakfast in under 30 minutes! This frittata is overflowing with protein and fiber for a meal that is sure to kick-start your big day! It looks great, tastes fantastic, and will provide an excellent addition to your Easter Sunday menu! Plus, if you don’t have time to make it the morning of, just bake it up the night before and throw it in the refrigerator!

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Super Healthy Carrot Cake Waffles: Just take a second to revel in this mouthwatering meal. There is nothing better than a delectable, fluffy serving of these babies to start off your Easter Sunday! Plus, with the sweet cream cheese frosting and warm flavor of the cinnamon, it will feel like you’re beginning the day with dessert! These waffles are full of whole grains and fiber for a healthy breakfast for you and your family.

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APPETIZERS

Healthy Deviled Eggs: Deviled eggs are a must for Easter Sunday. This recipe does away with the fatty ingredients for a unique flavor that will have you reaching for just one more piece. The hummus and the Greek yogurt blend together for a smooth texture and flavor that you and your guests will not be able to resist! Plus, with less than 70 calories in 2 full eggs, this is a great, low calorie appetizer that won’t spoil your appetite for dinner!

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Skinny Pie-Style Spanakopita: This spin-off on a traditional Greek recipe is the perfect contribution to your Easter Sunday menu! Just use fat-free feta and part-skim ricotta for a healthy, lower calorie alternative that is sure to impress your guests. The airy, fluffy phyllo combined with the cheeses and spinach offers a delicious, nutritious dish for your table.

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Skinny Coconut Shrimp: Ditch the shrimp cocktail for this juicy, succulent recipe that is sure to satisfy! The lime and coconut flavors come together for the perfect sweet and zesty combination that will keep your guests oohing and aahing. Plus, the texture of the baked almond flour coating will satisfy all cravings for something crunchy! At only 100 calories for 7 shrimp, these babies will be an instant hit.

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Easy Spinach Artichoke Phyllo Bites: This skinny take on the not-so-nutritious bowl of spinach and artichoke dip will fulfill any cravings for a creamy, drool-worthy appetizer! The flaky goodness of the pre-made phyllo cups and the richness of the reduced-fat sour cream and cheese come together for a delicious dish that will look adorable and taste irresistible!

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SIDE DISHES

Skinny Broccoli Salad: The variety of colorful veggies alone will garner the attention of all of your guests. This broccoli salad is so easy to prepare that it won’t take any time away from the rest of your cooking! The flavors from the fresh veggies, sharp cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing come together to create a dish that is sure to stand out on your table.

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Skinny Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Don’t let the guilt of traditional mashed potatoes keep you from trying out this recipe! By swapping out the sour cream, stock, and milk with reduced-fat versions, you can keep all of the flavor and cut the calories! The touch of rosemary keeps this creamy dish fresh and mouthwatering, and at less than 200 calories per cup, this recipe is the perfect contribution to your Easter dinner.

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Skinny Country Green Beans: Who doesn’t love green beans and ham at Easter? The holiday has made this combination a tradition. Just throw the healthy ingredients together in a slow cooker for an easy dish you won’t have to stress about! The onions and garlic compliment the tender green beans perfectly. Plus, the bits of bacon help to boost the flavor, while keeping the calorie count low!

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Skinny Mashed Cauliflower: If you want to pass on the calories and fat of mashed potatoes altogether, why not give this surprisingly delicious recipe a try? It is a low-carb, low-calorie alternative to your traditional dish, and has just as much taste! The reduced-fat sour cream and cheese keep mashed cauliflower healthy and creamy, and the onion and garlic powder gives it an extra boost of flavor that your guests will absolutely love.

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Orange Glazed Carrots: When you throw carrots in the oven, they often come out a bit bland and withered. The delectable flavors of this recipe will transform these nutritious veggies into a side dish that deserves a spot on your Easter dinner table! The cinnamon and agave nectar mixes with the orange juice to create the perfect combination of sweet and invigorating flavors that will make your mouth water! (via Nosh and Nourish)

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Skinny Red Pepper Slaw: With a burst of fresh color and taste, this is the perfect make-ahead side dish for your Easter dinner. Light mayonnaise keeps the calorie count down for a recipe that is overflowing with fresh, unique flavors that will blend well with the rest of your meal. Plus, the high amount of vitamin C keeps this dish light and nutritious!

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Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes: No need to worry about how long you have to bake these potatoes! This recipe offers the perfect solution if you are looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. Just throw the sweet potatoes in a slow cooker and let them do their thing while you do yours, and before you know it you will have a sweet and colorful spin-off on your traditional mashed potatoes!

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MAIN DISH

Dry Rubbed Pork Tenderloin: The crunchy, spiced crust that forms on the pork keeps the meat so juicy and tender inside that you and your guests won’t be able to resist another fork-full! All of the spices come together to create a dish that is so rich and earthy in flavor, it is sure to become a family favorite! Plus, it only needs to bake for 20 minutes, so you can just slip it in right before dinner is served. (via Cook Like A Champion Blog)

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Pork Roast with Sage: No need to stress about dry, tough meat with this recipe! The basic combination of herbs and garlic creates the perfect coating for the pork and leaves the inside nice and juicy. The flavor of the meat will go great with just about any side dishes you choose, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Spiral Ham: Ready to avoid the hassle of baking up a ham for the impending Easter dinner? Free up your oven space with this deliciously sweet ham that will only take you 5 minutes to prep! While you are free to finish the rest of the meal (or snack on some candy from the Easter Bunny) the brown sugar and apple cider vinegar glaze soaks into the ham for a warm and tangy taste.

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DESSERT

Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs: Looking for some guilt-free Easter candy to munch on Sunday? This healthy variation on Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs uses sugar-free powdered sugar to cut those calories while keeping all the creamy goodness you crave! They’re only 55 calories a pop, so you can even go a little crazy for the holiday!

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Super Moist Carrot Cake with Cream: Who would have guessed that traditional carrot cake really isn’t considered a healthy dessert? It’s got carrots in it, so it can’t be that bad, right? With this recipe, you won’t need to worry about counting calories! The crushed pineapple gives you all the sweetness you need while cutting way back on sugar. This low-fat recipe is the perfect end to your Easter meal. (via Skinnytaste)

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Skinny Fudge Brownies: Basic doesn’t have to mean boring! Our delicious homemade brownies are oozing with chocolaty, chewy, low-calorie goodness that you and your guests will not be able to resist. But at only 100 calories a brownie, why should you have to? These will take no time to whip up, and are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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About Author, Kaitlyn Olson: As an English major at the University of Iowa, Kaitlyn has developed a passion for writing and researching. She has also completed the Entrepreneurial Certificate through the business school, and intends to pursue her interests in writing, business, health, and fitness.