Healthy Eating: Easter Feast

Easter, observed in the spring is a season of rebirth and renewal for Christians. Many families celebrate this holiday by hard-boiling and decorating eggs by the dozen. This tradition, along with baked ham means many families are left with large amounts of leftovers.

Since food isn’t nutritious until it’s eaten, we’ve come up with our favorite recipes to help repurpose leftover ham and hard boiled eggs. Having a plan in place for leftovers is also an effective strategy to reduce food waste!

Start with a featured family meal of Kohlrabi and Ham Gratin with Popeye’s Spinach Salad and Warm Chocolate Pudding. Then enjoy other delicious recipes like Sweet Sour Deviled Eggs, Ham and Potato Soup, Chef’s Salad and Creamy Broccoli Fish Bake all week long.

“Family Meals Matter” features registered dietitian–approved recipes with foods from all the food groups to reflect Dairy Council of California’s nutrition philosophy to elevate the health of children and parents. For more information, nutrition tools and additional family meal recipes, please visit our website, Healthy Eating Made Easier™

Kohlrabi and Ham Gratin, EatingWell.


(Includes ingredients to make at least four servings of each Featured Family Meal recipe)

3 pounds Kohlrabi (5-6 medium), trimmed, peeled and thinly sliced
1⅓ cups low-fat Milk, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose Flour
½ cup thinly sliced smoked Ham, cut into strips
¼ cup shredded sharp Cheddar Cheese
½ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black or white Pepper
Pinch of freshly grated Nutmeg
⅓ cup fresh Breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat

2 large Eggs
8 cups fresh Spinach leaves (about 2 bunches)
3 teaspoons apple cider Vinegar or other vinegar
4½ tablespoons olive Oil or vegetable oil
2 small Garlic cloves, minced or crushed through a press (optional)
⅔ cup chopped Pecans, Walnuts or other nuts OR ⅔ cup crumbled feta Cheese or grated mozzarella Cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

1 large Egg
¼ cups fat-free or low-fat Milk, divided
⅔ cup Sugar, divided
⅛ teaspoon Salt
⅔ cup unsweetened Cocoa powder
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla Extract