An Easter meal is all about creating a great spread that combines sweet and savory foods. It’s typically the one big meal of the day and so it needs to combine the best of breakfast, lunch and dinner. The trick is accomplishing all of those objectives without exceeding your grocery budget. Here’s an Easter menu that makes the grade and can serve 10 for under $40.
Yogurt Parfaits $8.49
Broccoli Cheese Potato Bake $6.39
Spring Vegetable Bundle $5.33
Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Shoulder $7.94
M&M Cupcakes $4.75
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Total Cost: $39.18
Greek Yogurt (Coupons: Save $1 on any three Chobani Greek Yogurt or Save $1 on five Yoplait Greek Yogurt)
Strawberries – 1 lb
Granola Bars (Coupon: Save $0.50 on two boxes Nature Valley Granola Bars)
There is always plenty to eat at a holiday meal, so don’t go overboard with portion size. Serve parfaits in small espresso cups or better yet, vintage tea cups, which will add spring cheer to your table. We cut the cost of granola by 50 percent when we bought granola bars and chopped them in a food processor as opposed to buying loose granola.
Broccoli Cheese Potato Bake
Potatoes – 3 lbs
1 Can Broccoli Cheese Soup
Canned soup is the secret to making simple dishes that have a lot of flavor. Combine them with potatoes for a very affordable dish that fits perfectly with Easter Brunch. If you don’t like the look of casserole style dishes, consider baking individual portions in ramekins.
Spring Vegetable Bundles
Asparagus – 1 lb
Red Bell Peppers – 2
Carrots – 2
Julienne carrots and bell peppers, bundle them with asparagus and tie together with a green onion. These perfectly packaged vegetables are a great way to ring in spring. And tying them off with the green onion is a lot cheaper than the traditional bacon wrapped asparagus bundle.
Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Shoulder
6 lb Pork Shoulder
A 6lb-honeybaked ham can easily exceed a $40 budget on its own. For an alternative, go with a brown sugar glazed pork shoulder. We found a pork shoulder picnic roast on sale for $0.99 a pound.
Easter M&M’s (Coupon: Save $1 on MARS Easter)
Yellow Cake Mix
Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting (Coupon: Save $0.75 on two Betty Crocker SuperMoist Cake Mix and Ready to Spread Frosting)
Combine a cake mix and frosting pack and you can make 24 cupcakes for less than $3. It doesn’t get better than that! To personalize it, we splurged on some Easter M&M’s to give our cupcakes some Easter flair which (thanks to our coupon) still brought the total cost of the cupcakes to under $5.
Andre Brut Champagne
Orange Pineapple Juice
Shop the bargain bottles and you can get champagne for around $4. The trick to stretching the bottle and disguising the taste of inexpensive bubbly is turning it into a mimosa.
When you’re doing your shopping for your Easter meal, don’t forget to print your coupons!