The sky-high food prices are not keeping the Easter bunny away this year. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are shelling out $4.29 more this year on their Easter meals as the average person is expected to spend $44.34! Below I share my Easter menu and how I’m trimming the cost.
For the main dish, I’m roasting a turkey breast. I know it’s not the traditional main course, but my family does not eat pork and the price of lamb was ridiculous. This is the most expensive part of our meal at $16.
To accompany my apricot glazed turkey breast, I’m sauteing asparagus. Remember I mentioned asparagus are inexpensive right now? Just two bucks for two bunches! Also on the menu is scalloped potato gratin. Yum! The cost is about $5. This includes lots of cheese and heavy creme – dairy products are crazy expensive!
I’m making my delicious split pea soup recipe again this year. It’s about $2 to make and it’s so filling. The salad is coming from my garden. We’re having mesclum – you know, the fancy salad that costs $3-$6 at the store – which I paid a buck for the seeds. The fresh herbs for the gratin and deviled eggs are also coming from my plot.
Ralphs had a sale on eggs this week. They were only $.88 and I made a mad dash to my local store for a carton. My sister and I are making these look like chicks. We love playing with our food!
No wine in our menu as we are not drinkers. We are sticking with water and warm tea as we’re still under the weather.
For dessert, I’m baking a carrot cake. Topped with creme cheese frosting and walnuts, this delectable dessert is only setting me back $4. The rest of my groceries which included apricot jam, dijon mustard, and more were $10.
Our meal will feed 5 people and I’m expecting leftovers. The total cost was $37.88 – that’s about $7.58 per person (less than going out to eat)!
The main way I reduced costs was by planning a meal around items I already have in my pantry and garden. I know not everyone has the time, space, or ability to garden but this will help a lot. To lessen the cost of your Easter meal, keep it simple. Forget about store loyalty and shop the sales instead.
Keeping it small also helps. If you’re having lots of family and friends over, consider a potluck or plan a menu and assign everyone a dish.
Hope you have a wonderful Easter or Passover. I’d love to hear what’s on your menu!
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