Few things fill my soul more than family and loved ones gathered around a table to share a meal. When the recipes enjoyed have been passed from generation to generation, the experience is even sweeter. As we enter Easter week, I would love to share a few of these beloved generational recipes… but with a twist!
I love to adjust recipes with some not-so-healthy ingredients to help them continue to offer that comfort food feel but with greater health benefits. Subtle swaps and small tweaks that won’t make you miss the old way OR send you into the dreaded food coma after you clean your plate.
In honor of those recipes we have all inherited and long to pass along, let us commence the Recipe Tribute Series! Our first Tribute of the series belongs to Grammy. Grammy is my grandmother. Her passions are faith, family, and fellowship with others. Most importantly, her legacy will be her humble servant’s heart. Her deep desire to serve and have intentional moments with those she loves often brings our family together around the table. Keep reading for a healthier take on Grammy’s Deviled Eggs, Grammy’s Green Bean Casserole, Scalloped Potatoes and a delicious carrot cake.
A Tribute to Grammy: Easter Brunch
What is Easter brunch without deviled eggs? Fortunately, these babies are very easily made more healthful by simply minding your mayo. Say what? Just subbing a healthy mayo (we love Primal Kitchen or homemade) makes a world of difference. The only tweak to Grammy’s Deviled Eggs here is the mayonnaise, and they’re delicious!
Green Bean Casserole is another classic not only for Easter, but many other holidays as well. This one is an example of several subtle changes without sacrificing flavor.
Green Bean Casserole (cont’d):
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Heal a large pot of salted water to boiling, then add green beans and boil 8-10 mins or until just fort tender (they will soften more in the oven). Drain and return to the pot.
- Meanwhile, cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, arrange the bacon on top, and bake for 15 minutes or until crispy. Then drain on paper towel and set aside.
- Use 1 Tbsp of the bacon fat and return your skillet to med heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until softened, about 3-5 minutes, stirring to prevent burning. (Keep 1/4 bacon fat for friend onions; see below).
- Add the garlic and onion mix to green beans.
- Transfer to a 1 1/2 qt. casserole dish and bake in the preheated oven 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the crispy friend onions over the top and the bacon (broken into pieces), and continue to bake another 10 minutes.
For the fried onions:
- Heat a large skilled over med/med-high heat and add the bacon fat. Place onions in a bowl and toss/coat with the coconut milk. Add the almond flour, tapioca, salt and onion powder to a large bowl. Toss onions in the dry mixture to fully coat.
- Once skillet is smoking hot. add onions in a single layer. You’ll have to cook in 2 batches most likely. Adjust the heat if they start to brown too quickly.
- Once the first side is golden brown, use tongs to flip. When both sides are golden, transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain. During cooking, you can add more fat (use ghee if you run out of bacon fat) and adjust the heat as needed. Repeat until all onions are friend, then follow instructions above for incorporation.
The next recipe is for Scalloped Potatoes, and I love that Grammy’s recipe card simply calls them Delicious Potatoes. This is accurate!
Last, but certainly not least, we’ve linked Paleo Running Momma’s fantastic carrot cakewith coconut cashew cream cheese icingthat will keep your family coming for seconds. Pro Tip from Pam: Add 1/2 c walnuts, and instead of raisins, use chocolate chips because everything is better with chocolate. We love Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips!
From your Grandpa Jack’s ribs to your Great Aunt Martha’s bread pudding, if you desire this service, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Engage would love to help you lovingly adjust a family recipe to rightly align with your wellness goals. We are offering this service for $20/recipe and can guarantee a 24-hour turn around. We wish you a joyful Easter filled with loved ones celebrating Jesus and the empty tomb!