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Easy Easter Roast Dinner Menu Ideas for 2

Updated on July 5, 2020
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My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper.

— Amy Sedaris

Easter Sunday is just around the corner. Easter dinner is a very special time for familymembers to gather together , have a sumptous dinner while catching up gossips, men or women chats and enjoying each other company.

Though this festive season would not be the same without the usual array of delicious food, the bad economic times we are facing calls for some changes. Hence, we have to continue to watch our expenditure, spend less money means cook yummy food with less ingredients, spend less time in cooking (from 1.5 hrs to 40min ) and choose recipes which are quick and easy , without messing up your lovely kitchen.

Here, I have sorted out a selection of mouth watering dinner recipes from classic Easter main course dishes of lamb, chicken and pork from my "Step-by-Step Cook Book".

Most of the Easter menu ideas are quick and easy meals to cook with low cholesterol because these dishes require roasting instead of deep fry.

Therefore, less oil, less fats and enjoy your dinner with less worries !

Enjoy your Easter Dinner !!

Pork Fillet with apricot and walnut fillings
Pork Fillet with apricot and walnut fillings | Source

1. Pork Fillet with Apricot and Walnut Stuffing

The pork fillet with stuffing recipe is a roasted meat stuff with apricots, walnut, finely chopped onions which gives you a crunchy bite in the middle of the juicy tender pork. This dish doesn't require any deep frying .

Hence it is oil free, healthy and an ideal recipe for weight watchers. Decorate with side dish such as par-boiled carrot strips and fresh cucumbers or fries while waiting for the pork to cook.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 4 person

Fresh Pork Fillet

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dried apricotsdried walnutschopped parsley
dried apricots
dried apricots | Source
dried walnuts
dried walnuts | Source
chopped parsley
chopped parsley | Source


  • 450g pork fillet, trimmed
  • 1 piece small onion, chopped finely
  • 30g breadcrumbs
  • 60g dried apricots, chopped
  • 15g walnuts, chopped finely
  • 2 teaspoon parlsey, chopped finely
  • 1 egg yolk


  1. Preheat oven 200C.
  2. Rinse the pork fillet and pat dry. Cut a slit down its length to hold the stuffing.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the onion, breadcrumbs,apricot,walnuts, parsley, egg yolk and seasoning.
  4. Pack the stuffing into the pork fillet and secure with string. Place on a rack over a roasting pan and transfer to the oven. Roast for 40min.
  5. Slice and serve with par-boiled carrot strips and cucumber.

Nutrition Facts for Pork Fillet with Apricot and Walnut Stuffing

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 140g
Calories 250
Calories from Fat117
% Daily Value *
Fat 13 g20%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 10 g3%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 23 g46%
Cholesterol 60 mg20%
Sodium 650 mg27%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Fun Fact

Did you you that yearly, approximately

18.1 billion dollars

are spent on Easter related stuff ?!

Lamb Recipe

Lamb with Rosemary and Gravy
Lamb with Rosemary and Gravy | Source

2. Lamb with Rosemary Recipe

If you love lamb, you are going to love this simple leg lamb dish. Rosemary and garlic are the main ingredients to this recipe. Taste wonderful with wine sauce mixed with the leftover lamb juices. Goes well with par-boiled peas or you can substitute with cauliflower or broccoli.

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Cook time:

Prep time: 15min

Cook time: 30min

Serves: 2 people


  • 2kg leg of young lamb
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 150ml red or white wine
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, cut into slices
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 55g butter
  • par-boiled any vegetables ( peas, cauliflower )

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insert fresh rosemary into lamb incisions
insert fresh rosemary into lamb incisions | Source
thick gravy
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green peas, cauliflower and carrots
green peas, cauliflower and carrots | Source


  1. Preheat oven 230C. Cut small incisions in lamb with point of a sharp knife.
  2. Remove leaves from one rosemary sprig. Insert leaves and garlic slices into incisions.
  3. Season lamb , put the remaining rosemary sprigs on top and dot with butter.
  4. Put in a roasting tin. Roast for 15min.
  5. Lower temperature to 180C. Roast for another 30min or until cooked.
  6. Leave lamb in oven with door propped open for 15min to rest.
  7. Remove lamb and transfer to serving plate.
  8. Tilt roasting tin, spoon off most of the fats.
  9. Add wine, stirring to dislodge the sediment. Bring to boil and simmer briefly.
  10. Season with salt and pepper. Slice lamb, pour sauce over it and serve with par-boiled vegetables.

Chicken Recipe

Roast Chicken with Garlic
Roast Chicken with Garlic | Source

3. Roast Chicken with Garlic Recipe

Garlic cooked in roasting way has a mild sweet flavor. Garlic is number one anti-oxidant natural ingredients that keeps our body healthy which suites well with chicken.

This recipes is my family favorite recipe as most Chinese families love chicken rather than pork. However, majority chicken recipes are either stir-fry or deep fried which are unhealthy.

You will be surprised that Garlic Chicken does not smell pungent because of the garlic. Instead, it gives out a fragrant, mouth-watering smell that you will ask for more. Goes well with plain rice and stir-fry vegetables .

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Ingredients required

Fresh garlic
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fresh bunch of thyme
fresh bunch of thyme | Source
chicken drumstick with thyme
chicken drumstick with thyme | Source

Cook Time:

Cook time: 30-45min.

Prep time: 15min

Yields: 4 people


  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1.5kg chicken
  • 2 heads garlic, separate the cloves with skin attached
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 175ml white wine or cooking wine
  • 15g butter


  1. Preheat oven 200C. Put some thyme sprigs into chicken. Put chicken into a heavy flameproof casserole, just enough to hold the chicken. Tuck in the remaining thyme and a few cloves of garlic around the chicken.
  2. Sprinkle over the chicken with the remaining cloves of garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Pour wine all over the chicken.
  3. Bring to boil, cover tightly and cook in the oven for 30min-45min or until chicken meat is tender.
  4. Transfer warm chicken and garlic to a serving plate. Discard the thyme.
  5. Tilt the casserole and spoon off the fats, leaving behind the cooking juices.
  6. Bring to boil for 2min. Turn off heat and stir in butter.
  7. Carve the chicken and serve with garlic cloves and sauce. Do not pour the sauce over the chicken because some may like chicken without the sauce.

How to carve a lamb leg

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