Delightful Easter baking that cuts down on waste

Food expert Christine Tizzard shares fun treats and meals that use up leftovers and reduce food waste.
April 1, 2021 1:34 p.m. EST

Are you looking to celebrate Easter with lots of tasty treats? Because we definitely are! Culinary expert and food stylist Christine Tizzard prepared some delicious treats kids and adults alike will love. The best part? They're all great at reducing food waste, and can use up leftover veggies and give them new life.

Find Christine's recipes below by clicking on the images, and some tips on Easter egg decorating!

Easter zucchini oatmeal cookies

Get some veggies into your kids' diet with these fun little cookies! Add some mini chocolate eggs and you have a delightful Easter treat.


Edible Easter baskets

Made with cereal and melted marshmallows, kids will love these adorable little Easter baskets!


Roasted vegetable frittata

A frittata is a genius way of taking eggs and combining them with bits and pieces of other foods that got lost throughout the week.


Waste-free Easter egg decorating

If you love decorating eggs for Easter, but don’t like hard-boiling eggs that will go bad or start to smell in a few weeks, egg blowing is the answer! Blow out your eggs, saving their eggy insides to use up in recipes layer (such as a family frittata or quiche). This leaves you with hollow eggs with a shell that is still intact. This way your precious family decorated eggs will last forever. Easter decorations you can reuse every year!

Here’s how to blow out an egg leaving the hollow shell intact.

You'll need bowls, a needle or pin, a toothpick, wooden or metal BBQ skewer, white eggs,  and tea towel.

Step one: Poke holes in both ends of the egg with a needle or straight pin and poke a hole into the top (skinnier) end of the egg. Wiggle the pin around a bit to make the hole just a little bit wider than the pin and to help break up the yolk inside the egg. Flip the egg over (over your bowl to catch anything that drips out) and poke a second hole on the other end of the egg. Make the hole on the bottom end of the egg a little bigger than the hole on the top; this is the hole all the eggy insides will come out through. Use a BBQ skewer to make hole larger if needed.

Step two: Shake the egg up to scramble the insides, or poke the needle in and out an few times to help break up the yolk. This will help it blow out of its shell

Step three: Blow the egg out of the shell! Hold the egg over your bowl (bottom/fatter side down) and blow through the hole at the top of the egg. Like blowing up a balloon, sometimes it can be a little tough.  If it’s too hard, try making the bottom hole slightly larger. Make sure to blow out as much of the egg as possible. Wash and dry, then decorate!

Set the egg aside to dry. I like fitting it over a slightly larger ramekin so the bottom/fatter side is pointing down letting any water drip out of the egg shell. Once it’s dry you can decorate it however you’d like, and it should last for years!

To dye eggs naturally:

Place white blown eggs in naturally dyed water for up to one hour or until desired color is achieved. Here are some cool waste free all natural foodie items you may find hanging around in your kitchen that when steeped in water and a little vinegar can make dyes for decorating eggs. For every one cup of dyed water add one tablespoon white vinegar. Also eggs will float, so you may need something to weigh them down a bit like a plate.

Tea, dried hibiscus, ground turmeric, shredded beet, chopped purple cabbage, onions skins, wrinkled blueberries, spinach, red wine. 


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