Easter dinner

By Flustrated Latest Reply 2011-04-25 09:55:16 -0500
Started 2011-04-19 09:58:22 -0500

Easter is almost here. My menu consist of ham, polish sausage, colored boiled eggs, rye bread and a soup from polish sausage that eggs, sausage and potatoes go into,and a lamb pound cake. This is breakfast. Supper is just adding vegetables to breakfast left overs. I'm really going to have to watch portions. Any ideas? Oh! Happy Easter to you all.

101 replies

Flustrated 2011-04-25 09:33:39 -0500 Report

It was a beautiful Easter. Ran out of colored eggs and didn't have enough time to color eggs, so used brown and white eggs. They were a natural. lol Hope you all had a beautiful Easter.

MarkS 2011-04-24 15:14:46 -0500 Report

Hi Flustarted. And a Happy and Blessed Easter to you and your family. I have to say that since our extended family is in Cleveland we do a Easter brunch at one of the Indiaanpolis hotels. While I did partake in a lot, meaning that if it was there I did enjoy, my blood sugar did not go above 150. All I can say is that being on the pump has been nothing short of a miracle for me (less lows and my HbA1c two weeks ago was 5.8). I feel that with insulin, while I do have frustrating days, means that I can live a 'normal' life and enjoy almost anything (in moderation). Boy, I sure wish that I had some homemade kolbasi right about now. I remember going over my Grandma's home on Easter Sunday after Mass and having a homemade kuchen with dry cheese inside, hard-boiled eggs, and smoke Polish kolbasi. Good times!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-21 09:51:20 -0500 Report

What time are you serving? I will come over and help you eat properly, and diminish the amount of food available for you to eat! Can anybody get nicer that that? Enjoy it. Now, I have never heard of a lamb pound cake. I think if you watch your portions you should be good. Was in Lancaster, PA for about 20 years and for Easter there was ham, fresh baked rolls, mashed potatoes, stuffing, bread pudding and about 5 other carb ladened foods! Your combo does not sound too bad! Jim

tabby9146 2011-04-20 17:33:13 -0500 Report

My in law's don't think diabetes is all that serious, at least to them MINE certainly isn't, in their minds, since it is now controlled by diet and exercise. They are aLWAYS telling me, oh this won't hurt you, have a little of this, etc. They don't eat much vegetables never have, never have fresh fruit, Easter is a ham, fattening casseroles, potato salad (I rare eat that anymore but love it) homemade white bread, and lots of desserts! I never bring any of my own food, I just eat small portions and eat what I can. I do bring a dish, that is always vegetables, they ask me to bring one thing, so at least I do get some of those. I sometimes bring fresh veggies in summer, cooked in a little olive oil and my spices. I kind of dread the food aspect of the holidays now for sure. They just aren't the same.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-21 09:54:56 -0500 Report

Agree with that. Our holidays centered around the food and variety of it. It is sad that people close to you have no idea of your daily battles to stay on this side of healthy. My daughter is having us over on Sunday for my birthday. She said, "Don't worry Dad, I will have as close to a diabetic B-day cake as I can come up with". Now I know why she is my favorite youngest daughter!

knit57 2011-04-20 09:23:30 -0500 Report

Happy Easter and Passover to eveyrone - I hope you all have a safe and healthy holiday!

Easter Dinner is a disaster for diabetics at my in-laws. We have 4 of us who are diabetic, including the mother-in-law. She declares every holiday a Diabetes Free Day. I bring my own veggie tray, broccoli or green beans, and fresh fruit. Because I know there will be nothing else I can eat. The way she cooks even small portions will put me over the top. i know it is coming so I plan for it. I have to pre-cook my cooked veggies, because she will add "seasoning" if I turn my back. There are so many of us we don't eat at a table, so I fix my plate and hide in the corner - so no one comments on what I am (or am not) eating.

CaliKo 2011-04-20 08:37:04 -0500 Report

We're starting with a roasted yellow bell pepper soup, followed by lamb chops and white kidney beans. For dessert, home-made coffee-flavored gelato, a small portion for me, naturally.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-04-20 02:32:14 -0500 Report

Unless my work schedule changes again (it has changed every day for the last 3 days) I amazingly have Sunday off so I will be joining the gang for ham, vegie plate, green bean casserole. Plus I will maybe take 1 bite of Strawberry Pretzle Salad. I will bring a low carb dessert. Haven't decided what to fix so far.

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-04-19 21:41:15 -0500 Report

May I also wish everyon of you a Happy Easter/Passover. I am cooking for my siblings and their hubbies as usual, I love it. Nice Ham, Leg of Lamb, Green Beans,
Sweet Potatoes with butter ( served like mashed potatoes) small green salad, crescent rolls, fruit side and peach pie for dessert. My family love my cooking, most are pretty healthy, only two of us have diabetes and she really has it under control much more than I, she eats very little of anything. I am soo very blessed to have such a wonderful site full of friends and a beautiful family. Love to All of You

Pynetree 2011-04-19 21:01:03 -0500 Report

Wishing everyone on here a beautiful Easter and Passover season. Pretty standard Easter dinner planned here… Tomato Aspic,Baked Ham, AuGratin potatoes,Cole Slaw, Asparagus, Peach Pie for finish. I will be fighting to keep my portions small, but will take a bit of everything.
The Aspic was a tradition to my husbands family…and my in-laws made it for every holiday!

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-04-19 21:33:27 -0500 Report

You are the first family I have heard of that had Tomato Aspic, that was my mother's favorite, we had it every Thanksgiving, how cool.

Pynetree 2011-04-20 07:43:34 -0500 Report

I'd heard of it , but when we got married - 37 yrs ago TODAY! - it was a standard for my in-laws. So I started making it…now it's become one of those traditional foods for "special" meals…not sure it even qualifies as food. Yes, it's gelatin based, theirs was knox gelatin, tomato paste, celery salt, and hourseradish. I've tweeked it over the years to use SF lemon jello, tomato sauce, sometimes a bit of V-8 juice, and I now run a bit of "holy trinity" (onion,celery,carrot) thru the food processor, and bit of horseradish. Funny, have never seen a written reciepe for this. But my M-I-L was from Chase City,Virginia…think this dish was hers. My F-I-L was from Worcester ,Mass. So pretty strong regional accents between them!

jayabee52 2011-04-19 21:20:17 -0500 Report

I've heard of Aspic, but don't have a clue as to what it is.

Pynetree 2011-04-20 07:52:44 -0500 Report

In our house it's just a tangy jelled molded salad, on a lettuce leaf, with a dot of mayo on top, served before dinner, or brunch. Think it was big in the 50's!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-04-20 02:18:24 -0500 Report

I think Aspic involves gelatin. One Tuesday nite at Mom's (aka The Cake Lady) us girls were looking through some of her old Jell-O recipe booklets. The youngsters had never made a molded salad or heard of the word Aspic. I think I saw a tomato aspic in one. There is a place on Flicker that several people post some pretty bizzarre Aspic pics.

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-04-20 16:55:33 -0500 Report

I really just pick mine up in the local grocery store, but it is soo very delicious and my Mom loved it as I did and do. Happy Easter/Passover

Pynetree 2011-04-20 07:50:07 -0500 Report

I know! gelled salads sort of went the way of station wagons, skate keys, penny postcards, aprons, "be-in-before the streetlights come on!" in general they went with my childhood! LOL!

MoeGig 2011-04-19 20:22:04 -0500 Report

Jesus Christ wasn't the only person who came back from the dead…I did 11 years ago this coming Good Friday! After 36 years of Type 1 diabetes, I ended up having to call 911 and went into full cardiac arrest on Good Friday of 2000. Seven paddle shots by the EMT's brought me back to life. (I bought them and their spouses dinner at a nice restaurant later). So, my perception of Easter is very thankful and enhanced by this experience. I guess food is secondary, but we are going to treat ourselves to Easter dinner out…I will thoroughly enjoy a variety of protein (maybe fish, oysters, clams, veggies) with a minimum of carbs. At home in the past, a broiled crispy whole fish has been our choice, with a nice bottle of wine. Happy Easter (Passover) to all on DC.

Pynetree 2011-04-19 20:53:06 -0500 Report

Wow Moe!…You sure do have something to be thankful for and celebrate this time of year!!
I love that you looked-up your hero EMT's and treated them! Nice guy!

RAYT721 2011-04-19 18:05:19 -0500 Report

I use a food scale and measuring cups for portion control. I stick to serving sizes because I know that I can eat again in a couple hours, then a couple more, etc. The menu sounds good. Weight control comes from portion control and portion control comes from self-control. You CAN do it!!!

rentintin 2011-04-19 15:38:49 -0500 Report

My menu will be roasted leg of lamb with mint jelly and ham green bean casserol and scalloped potatoes with a tossed salad and a fruited jello mold for desert. We always have pickled eggs and beets also. A lamb cake maybe? YUM YUM

MarkS 2011-04-19 14:25:34 -0500 Report

And a Blessed Easter to you flustrated. Wish I was back in Cleveland eating smoked Polish kielbasi with my family; some great butchers there that really know how to make good Polish sausage! No ideas, just count carbs and dose appropriately knowing that the high fat in the kielbasi does a slow burn meaning highs about 8 to 10 hours after consuming (at least that's my experience). Cheers and may the Easter Bunny leave you plenty of eggs and chocolate bunnies! Mark

Flustrated 2011-04-19 14:30:16 -0500 Report

Sounds like you know what I'm talking about, the good stuff. Put the food in the basket get it blessed and than ..LORD HELP ME…LOL

MarkS 2011-04-19 14:58:28 -0500 Report

And we had to include my Granny's homemade sweetbread in that basket! I have the recipe but not the courage to make it, though I do miss eating that bread with those luscious golden raisins. Getting your food blessed on Holy Saturday is no longer a common practice, but its certainly the way I was raised. And, yes, I definitely know about the 'good stuff' - give me a plate of pierogi and golabki - that's heaven!

Flustrated 2011-04-19 20:33:04 -0500 Report

Go Mark Go. I'm going to a polish deli Friday. All that good stuff is there. I still bless my basket and have been doing it for 50 years in July. Ever since I was married and then has a child getting holy water from a balia. (I hope I spelled that right.). lol I love it.

kathyfl 2011-04-19 14:15:35 -0500 Report

Happy Easter! Dinner will consist of ham, scalloped potatoes, baked corn and some kind of dessert. Will have to watch my portions…

sher-bear 2011-04-19 17:44:55 -0500 Report

Here is a good, low carb low-fat Easter dessert. It's called Sugar-Free Watergate Salad. Oh, yeah, Type 1 diabetic for 29 yrs. I use 1 pkg of sugar-free pistachio Jello, 1 can of crushed pineapple in 100% juice, 1 container of sugar-free Cool-Whip, 1 cup of mini marshmallows and, (optional) half to one cup of chopped walnuts. Mix it all up in a bowl and chill overnight. Stir the next day, and enjoy! It's sooo… good.

tabby9146 2011-04-20 17:37:20 -0500 Report

I am going to try this. I know I wll love it, because I love all of the things that go in it! Thanks!!

jayabee52 2011-04-19 18:21:40 -0500 Report

are there sugar free mini marshmallows too?

sher-bear 2011-04-22 01:08:05 -0500 Report

Yes, but thy only have about 35 carbs in one cup. There are sugar free ones, you can order on-line. Or, you could always make some that are sugar free as well. Google yourself a recipe, and check it out. Good Luck & Happy Easter too!

sher-bear 2011-04-22 23:42:53 -0500 Report

You could also omit the marshmallows altogether, like Cheryl does for 1 of her bowl's. thank's Cheryl, good idea. personally, I love them.

Flustrated 2011-04-19 14:27:52 -0500 Report

Do you do a diabetic dessert or do you show no mercy?

jayabee52 2011-04-19 13:38:36 -0500 Report

Praying for a blessed Easter for all'yall and all of yours!

I'm hoping my son and his wife will invite me to easter dinner. Otherwise, I'll have some ham and hardboiled eggs and a microwaved yam.

Pynetree 2011-04-20 08:12:44 -0500 Report

LOL…just do as a friend of ours does…he calls us, and says "Since I'm cooking on Easter, why don't you come over for Spam N Eggs dinner"…it always works on us, we invite him over!

Mizzgreenjeanz 2011-04-21 00:43:11 -0500 Report

I'd be all up for your spam and eggs dinner! With ketchup! That was a growin' up saturday meal made by my dad when we were kids! LOL

Pynetree 2011-04-21 08:16:30 -0500 Report

Ha-ha , Oh Mizzgreenjeanz, too funny. I have admitted to my husband and kids, that when we were kids my Mom made thin slices of Spam, fried on bread…and it tasted pretty good! But I haven't been brave enough to try it in 40 years, and there is no way I'd get my hubby to !

Flustrated 2011-04-19 13:44:41 -0500 Report

Microwaved yam sounds good. It probably is better than the marshmellow yams.Call your son and wish him a Happy Easter than maybe he'll remember to invite you. Sometimes young ones are so busy to think. I'm buying the brown eggs and passing them for colored. Coloring stuff cost so much now. Maybe even white ones I'll use. lol

dietcherry 2011-04-19 19:00:54 -0500 Report

You can use gelatin too if you have a box laying around; course all your eggs will be the same color, but still…

Flustrated 2011-04-20 14:46:05 -0500 Report

Just found 3 boxes of different color jello going to use that. I'm not telling my husband where I got the idea. lol

jayabee52 2011-04-19 14:41:49 -0500 Report

won't touch the marshmellowed ones! Really never did like them — they're too sweeeeeet even for my sweet tooth.

Pynetree 2011-04-20 08:16:28 -0500 Report

yeah, here too, none of us have ever liked them. That's one of those foods I wonder if people really like…or just eat them because someone made them?!?

Flustrated 2011-04-19 13:12:35 -0500 Report

M-m-m-m-m-m-m good M-m-m-m good. Can't wait, extra insulin sounds good than I'll really have to eat. But I'll be a good girl. I will have to remember portions to.

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2011-04-19 10:30:55 -0500 Report

You just made me soooo hungry! lol. I would just give myself a little extra insulin and indulge in the day. It doesnt happen all the time ;)

Yasmina 2011-04-19 10:06:53 -0500 Report

Happy Easter to you too!
Portion size is a great control as well as watching the fat and carb content along with the fiber.
However I plan on ham, mashed potatoes, yams, and a diabetic dessert of some kind. It will be a stay at home affair and then maybe a trip to the flea market or a movie in the DVD player. Or a game of chess! But we are planning a fun day for the three of us in our family as well as just being together.
So have a fun and happy one too!

sher-bear 2011-04-19 17:58:49 -0500 Report

Check out my Sugar-Free Watergate Salad. I posted it above this reply. The time next to it say's it is at 7:44 pm.

Yasmina 2011-04-25 09:55:16 -0500 Report

That is alot like the pistachio salad I make.
Take a can of no sugar added mixed fruit {or use fresh if you prefer}, one container of lite or sugar-free cool whip, a package of sugar-free pistachio jello pudding, and a few marchino cherries. Marshmallows are optional.
Drain the fruit cocktail until all the excess liquid is off. Add the fruit, marshmallows {optional}, pistachio pudding, and mix well. Add a few marchino cherries cut up fine for a little extra treat and remix.
Take a few whole cherries and put them on top as a decoration or you can add the no sugar added mandarine oranges instead of the cherries. Both work well. Tastes good and easy to make. JUst chill for a couple of hours to really set the flavors in.
Have a great day!

Flustrated 2011-04-20 14:51:07 -0500 Report

I have to find out how to copy and paste some of these recipes. I goofed and my computer said to delete something than go in folder. Now I'm all mixed up.