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Easter Brunch Pizza

Easter Brunch Pizza

Janine Faber, RD, LD, Meijer Dietitian and Healthy Living Advisor

I'm sure you have heard of scrambled eggs, poached eggs and fried eggs, but I am sure you have never heard of this type of egg before - an egg-shaped brunch pizza.

Make your Easter holiday egg-stra special by making this brunch pizza with your kids! This egg-shaped pizza will be a hit with the whole family and make it everything that it was cracked up to be.

Easter Brunch Pizza
Serves 8

  • 1 (16.3-ounce) tube reduced fat buttermilk biscuit dough
  • 1 t. Meijer olive oil
  • 1 T. chopped parsley
  • 1 T. minced fresh garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups Meijer shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup Meijer grated Reduced Fat Parmesan
  • Toppings for decorations (red, yellow, and green peppers, red onions, and cooked breakfast turkey sausage)
  1. Remove the dough from the tube and separate it into biscuits. Pull apart each biscuit to make 2 thinner, even layers. Place all the dough pieces on an ungreased cookie sheet and flatten them gently, gradually molding them together to form a single egg shape.
  2. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes, then remove the crust from the oven and let it cool.
  3. Mix together the oil, parsley, and garlic in a small bowl. Brush this mixture over the cooled crust. Cover the crust evenly with the mozzarella, then sprinkle a layer of Parmesan on top.
  4. Add toppings to create stripes, polka dots, and other accents so that the pizza looks like a decorated egg (a great job for kids). Return it to the oven until the cheese is melted, about 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Source: Adapted from http://jas.familyfun.go.com/recipefinder/display?id=50084

Natural Egg Dyeing

Another fun holiday tradition is dyeing eggs. Try this twist - use items that you already have at home for the colors in this natural egg dyeing idea.

Here is the process for using natural dyes:

  1. Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan. Add water until the eggs are covered.
  2. Add approximately one teaspoon of vinegar. 
  3. Add the natural dye food item. Use more dye material for more eggs or for a more intense color. 
  4. Bring water to a boil. 
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. 
  6. If you are pleased with the color, remove the eggs from the liquid. 
  7. If you want more intensely colored eggs, temporarily remove the eggs from the liquid. Strain the dye through a coffee filter (unless you want speckled eggs). Cover the eggs with the filtered dye and let them remain in the refrigerator overnight.

Color

Blue

  • Canned Blueberries
  • Purple Grape Juice

Brown or Beige

  • Strong Coffee
  • Instant Coffee
  • Black Tea

Brown Gold

  • Dill Seeds

Brown Orange

  • Chili Powder

Green

  • Spinach Leaves (boiled)

Greenish Yellow

  • Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)

Grey

  • Purple or red grape juice or beet juice

Lavender

  • Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice

Orange

  • Carrots
  • Paprika

Pink

  • Beets
  • Cranberries or Juice
  • Raspberries
  • Red Grape Juice
  • Juice from Pickled Beets

Red

  • Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
  • Pomegranate juice 
  • Canned Cherries (with syrup)
  • Raspberries

Yellow

  • Green tea
  • Ground Cumin (boiled)
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