Easter Eats – Healthy Alternatives for Aldi Easter Food

Easter is nearly here, and to offset eating our own body weight in Easter Egg Chocolate – I thought I would do a couple of healthier alternatives for Easter Meals. using Aldi ingredients – Bunny Butt Pancakes, Lime, Chilli Salmon with Cauliflower Cous Cous, a Milk Jelly Bunny on Edible Grass and Chocolate dipped Stawberry ‘Carrots’ 😊 All the ingredients from Aldi 👍

Bunny Butt Pancakes

These are an easy,  but cute way to start your Easter Break.

You can make the batter the night before, add

130ml Milk
1 large egg
A drop of vanilla bean paste (not Aldi)
2 tablespoons of melted butter
135g plain flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
A pinch of salt

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Mix the wet ingredients together, then mix in the dry indredient, whisk together, then leave for at least an hour, or as I said overnight for an easy start in the morning.

To a frying pan, heat to medium, and add a knob of butter, when melted add about a half ladle of the batter mix (rewhisk if left overnight).

You are looking for thick pancakes, around the size of a coaster – you can of course go bigger, just make sure they are cooked through.

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When they are golden brown on each side, plate up.

Using a can of Aldi ‘squirty cream’ make a bunny tail in the centre of each pancake.

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Slice a banana on the angle and put a slice just below and each side of the tail – using Aldi Chocolate drops make the bunny toes on each banana slice.

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Now for Lunch, traditionally we have the full on roast Lamb dinner – Aldi sell their legs of Lamb for an amazing price, so I feed the family with great quality UK Lamb for a bargain.

For those of us that do not want the whole roast dinner thing,  Here is a light and tasty, gluten Free alternative.

Lime and Chill Salmon Fillets with Cauliflower Cous Cous

Cauliflower has got to be one of my top 5 vegetables, so versatile… For the Cauliflower Cous Cous, I start with half a head of Cauliflower.

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I roughly break up into florets, and pop into the Thermomix bowl (and food processor would work- or even a box grater)

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whizz on turbo for 3 seconds, then check for consistency – the raw cauliflower should look cooked Cous Cous.  I tip the cauliflower into a plastic bowl, add a splash of water and microwave for 2 minutes on high, stir halfway through then leave to cool.

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Whilst this is cooling, finely chop green pepper, spring onion, cucumber, deseeded baby plum tomatoes – this can be mixed into the cold cauliflower Cous Cous with the juice of a lemon, a glug of olive oil, salt, pepper and a whole pack of fresh coriander, finely sliced.

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This can be left in the fridge till ready.

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These beautiful Aldi Salmon Fillets will be dressed with the juice and zest of a lime mixed with some sweet chilli sauce, salt and pepper. The fillets are lightly smoked, which gives an additional depth of flavour – lush…

Cover the fillets, and oven bake on 200 (preheat oven) for 10 minutes.

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To serve, lay a beautifully moist and tasty Salmon Fillets over the fresh and crunchy Cauliflower Cous Cous.   Really light and fresh 😍

I thought I would do a fun dessert too – a real blast from the past… but kids will love it

Wobbly Pink Bunny on Green Jelly Grass

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This will need to be made the day before, to allow time for the Jelly to set.

Take a pack of green jelly and make up as per instructions and pop into the fridge to set.

Take an Aldi strawberry or Raspberry jelly and add half a pint of boiling water and stir till the jelly has disappeared, then add a half pint of evaporated milk and stir through – this will make a very pale pink colour, somif you would like to add some pink food colouring, now is the time to do it.

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I picked up this lovely Bunny Mould from a jumble sale last year for 50p.

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Pour the pink ‘milk jelly’ into the bunny and leave to set overnight.

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To serve, chop the green jelly and put onto a plate (this is the grass) – carefully turn out the pink bunny jelly onto the centre of the plate.

Just another little add on – you can’t do Easter without a bit of chocolate 😉

Chocolate dipped Stawberry ‘Carrots’

A pack of Aldi Stawberries
200g Aldi Essentials White Chocolate
A couple of drops of orange colouring (not Aldi)

Gently melt the white chocolate and add a drop of food colouring at a time till you have the colour you want.

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Holding the Stawberries by the leaves, dip each into the chocolate and lay onto grease proof paper.

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When they have hardened, gently reheat the remaining chocolate and drizzle across the Stawberries in little lines and hey presto – Carrots – Kevin will be pleased.

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I would like to thanks Aldi for paying for all of the ingredients above.

Hoppy Easter 🐰

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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