Happy Easter to everyone! This is where I insert a lovely family photo, all dressed for springtime with flowers blooming in the background. Well, ours didn’t turn out exactly that way. We called 911, went to the hospital and had firemen in our daughter’s room at 1:00am. But the Easter Bunny still managed to come that morning so the kids could enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt. And to top all this off I made Easter Lunch for us all to enjoy. One of the recipes I thought I’d like to share.

easter-eggs

It’s an adapted Vegetarian Nicoise Salad. There is no tuna involved because I served ham on the side, but it could be easily added for a main dish. One of the best things about this salad is that it’s not served hot. So to me this translates into an easy preparation because things can be cooked ahead of time and I’m not trying to time everything perfectly to be finished all together. Another perk is that it simply takes up almost all the real estate on my plate. I know myself when it comes to holiday meals. The plates are full and seconds are very common. So if I can fill most of my plate with vegetables then this makes my tummy much happier and my pants don’t feel too tight afterwards.

nicoisesalad

Now for the ingredients:

  • 3 new potatoes
  • 2 cups frozen green beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup corn, frozen or canned
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 4 eggs, boiled then quatered
  • 4 lettuce leaves, I used green leaf
  • 1 lemon vinaigrette dressing (recipe below)
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese

What to do with it all:

Boil the new potatoes in a large saucepan until soft, mine took about 25 minutes. Once the potatoes are cooked, set aside to cool. Cook the frozen green beans and frozen corn according to directions. In a marge bowl mix the potatoes, green beans, parsley, onion and corn.

Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place the asparagus on the aluminum foil and dress with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 8-10 minutes or until tender. When you bring them out of the oven sprinkle a small amount of Parmesan cheese to top.

In a separate bowl combine the tomato, lettuce and eggs

Wa la! Plate all ingredients together on your plate and top with the lemon vinaigrette dressing. Indulge and have a little seconds if it’s the holidays.

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing:

Combine all ingredients and stir

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Before all this wonderful food there was a little panic at our house. Around 1:00am my daughter woke up calling out for her dad. He went in there and I just assumed she had a little cough like the night before and she may have wanted water. He came back in saying that she couldn’t breath. Well that type of news woke me up fast.

She was upset which made things worse. Her chest and stomach were going in and out as she tried to get air. It was a situation that made us realize that something needed to happen quickly before things got worse. My husband called 911 and the firemen were sent our way. Luckily she started to calm down and by the time they arrived she was doing much better. She was still having a hard time breathing but nothing like before.

On a side note, when the firemen arrived I looked at one of them and realized I knew him! That’s the funny things about living in a small town. He has a dent repair business on the side and when we bought our van it had hail damage that needed to be fixed. We had a little laugh about how we knew each other. Very nice guy.

Anyways, so they accessed her and she was doing ok. But they said she still needed to go to the hospital, just not in an ambulance.

At the end of the day she had Croup. I was kicking myself for not realizing this earlier because both her and her brother have had this before. It came on very suddenly for her without any warning. The best thing to do when they have a bad breathing attack at night is to take them out into the cold air. It helps to minimize the swelling of the throat which causes the trouble in breathing. When she is at rest and having a hard time breathing it is called Stridor. The doctors gave her a steroid to help alleviate the swelling. She’s taking it easy today and having a record long nap at the moment. I wanted to share this information in case any of your kids ever have Croup. It can be pretty scary to witness. Part of me felt silly for calling 911, but at the end of the day she is healthy and it may have been needed even more if she couldn’t catch her breath.

So this was an eventful Easter. Other then the night it has been a pretty normal, relaxing day. My youngest is in the backyard attempting to help my husband garden. And now it’s time to start dinner. Hmmm….I might need to make something with this big ham we have in the fridge. 😉

Do you have a favorite Easter food?