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Last Minute Easter Dinner Ideas (recipes) #spon

23 April 2011 2 Comments Disclosure

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Easter has seriously snuck up on me. I thought I had a whole week left but looking at the calendar EASTER IS TOMORROW! But never fear, planning for Easter Dinner doesn’t have to be stressful.

With the help of Walmart, I was able to quickly run to the store and grab everything I needed for our Easter Meal. Whether your feeding the family or a crowd this meal is easily customizable to feed a little or a lot of people.


Plan your Menu before heading to the Store

This year our Easter meal will include:
-Glazed Ham (I bought a fully cooked ham from Walmart with a brown sugar glaze, this will give me extra time outside of the kitchen because all I have to do to it is heat it up and apply the glaze)
-Green Bean Casserole
-Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
-Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
-Individual Strawberry Shortcakes


Most of these dishes are fairly easy to prepare and some like the ham can be done the night before.

But today I wanted to share with you a recipe for my favorite holiday staple. At our house, it doesn’t matter what holiday it is, we MUST have macaroni and cheese casserole. I’ve been looking forward to holidays my entire life for this and only this dish.


Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

To make this dish easy for the day of, you can go ahead and prepare the casserole and refrigerate it until its time to bake it. Also one can use disposable baking pans to make clean up a breeze.

1 box Radiatore pasta (or use whatever type of pasta you prefer or have on hand)
4 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
12 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
(optional)Disposable Roaster Pan

Preheat 350°F.
Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Spoon half of cooked pasta into bottom of dish.
Top with 2 cups of cheese.
Spread remaining pasta on top. We should have two layers.
In a mixing bowl combine dozen eggs and 1/2 cup of milk.
Pour egg mixture on top of pasta layers. Then top with remaining 2 cups of cheese.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for approximately 1 hour.
After 45 minutes of baking, remove foil so cheese on top can brown.
Casserole is done when the middle is set, no runny liquid.

Tip: if using a disposable baking pan, place on a cookie sheet before placing in the oven. This adds extra stability.


Easter Dessert: Individual Strawberry Shortcakes

Strawberries are ripe and ready for eating this time of year, so what better dessert to have on Easter than individual strawberry shortcakes. This dessert is super simple to make and like the mac and cheese casserole can be prepared a day ahead so all one has to do is assemble it the day of the event.

White Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

1 lb. fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 box white chocolate pudding mix
6 count Individual Bakery Spongecake
1 tub Whipped Topping
1 cup Milk

Ahead of time, cut stems off of strawberries and quarter them. Toss strawberries with a 1/4 cup of sugar. Cover and chill. The strawberries and the sugar will get happier the longer they stay together. So as early as possible to do this the better. The strawberry’s natural juices will dance with the sugar to make their own syrup. Stir occassionally.

Another layer of the Strawberry Shortcake to make ahead of time is the filling. In a mixing bowl, whisk together 1 pkg of white chocolate pudding with 1 cup of milk. Then fold in 1 tub of whipped topping. Chill until ready to assemble shortcakes.

To assemble shortcakes, place one spongecake round on the plate. Top with a generous dollop of the pudding/whipped topping mixture. Then add your strawberries to the top. Enjoy!

My husband has been raving about these since I made them, so I’m guessing this dessert may be his new found favorite.

More Easter Meal Ideas

Some of my fellow Walmart Moms have also been busy preparing their Easter dinner ideas. You can check out a few of them at the links below. Also, don’t forget to check out Walmart’s Easter Ideas as well.

Frugal Upstate’s Easter Dinner for 10
Hoosier Homemade’s Ham Dinner for Easter
Modern Mami’s Easter Menu Plan
From Dates to Diapers prepares an Easter Meal with Savings from Walmart

I hope everyone has a blessed & happy Easter!



Walmart momDisclosure: I am a Walmart Mom. This post is sponsored by Walmart. I have been compensated for my time and efforts in creating this post and was provided giftcard for the purchases of the ingredients used in these recipes. As always my participation is voluntary and opinions are my own.



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2 Comments »

  • Melanie said:

    Those strawberry shortcakes sound so simple! Have a great Easter!
    My recent post Remembering Easter

  • thedomesticdiva.org said:

    They are incredibly simple and taste amazing. I hope you and yours have a great Easter as well.