It’s always a challenge to plan meals when you’re shopping on a budget, particularly when planning a holiday meal. With Easter now a month away, it’s not too early to thinking about your holiday meal preparation. It’s perhaps, more difficult to cut corner when it comes to planning your main dish–whether it is ham, lamb, or a turkey. However, you can plan some frugal dishes for your sides, without scrimping on taste. At AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes.com, we have some tasty and budget-friendly slow cooker side dish recipes to plan for your Easter feast. With a little planning and inspiration, you’ll find that dinner solutions on a budget are right at your finger tips.
Budget Friendly Potato Recipes
Potatoes are a fabulous option if you’re in search of budget friendly recipes for side dishes. Potatoes are versatile, inexpensive, and go with just about any main dish–particularly when it comes to Easter. Among budget friendly potato recipes, we recommend potatoes au gratin and scalloped potatoes recipes. It just so happens, we have a collection filled with both: 8 Easy Potatoes Au Gratin and Never-Fail Scalloped Potatoes Recipes.
Often people confuse potatoes au gratin (shown above, left) and scalloped potatoes (shown above, right) for the same dish, but in fact, they aren’t. Both of these potato recipes include creamy sliced potatoes and seasoning. However, they differ in that scalloped potatoes never have cheese and potatoes au gratin (“au gratin” means “with cheese”) always have cheese. There exceptions, when the two recipes merge, and you might find scalloped potatoes au gratin. Our collection of 8 Easy Potatoes Au Gratin and Never-Fail Scalloped Potatoes Recipes has all three varieties.
Slow cooker mashed potatoes recipes are also great when you’re planning sides for your Easter dinner. Add in your own personal touch to make your slow cooker mashed potatoes great. Our recipe for Slow Cooker Cheddar Mashed Potatoes (shown above, left) incorporates heavy cream, butter, and Cheddar cheese.Or, add some spring color to your mashed potatoes with our recipe for Cheesy Spinach Mashed Potatoes. Dill, chopped onion, and spinach give these mashed potatoes a unique and savory flavor. You might also enjoy our recipes for All-Day Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cream Cheese Chive Mashed Potatoes, and Italian Mashed Potatoes.
More Easy Budget Friendly Recipes for Side Dishes
There are many easy budget friendly recipes you can make for sides–especially when you’re making slow cooker side dish recipes. Our recipe for Easy Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls (shown above, left) is homemade bread recipe, but it requires few ingredients and still maintains that homemade bread goodness. You can do some more slow cooker baking with our additional recipes for Slow Cooker Rolls and Bread Rolls in the Slow Cooker. We also have some sweet breakfast bun recipes, including our recipes for Slow Cooker Iced Cinnamon Biscuits and Semi-Homemade Slow Cooker Caramel Rolls.
Veggie options are inexpensive too! Your Easter guests will love our recipe for Lemon Green Beans with Garlic. These simple green beans require fresh green beans, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and lemon zest. This slow cooker side dish recipe is inexpensive to make and so delicious. Or, a pop of orange to your table with our recipe for Four Ingredient Honey Glazed Carrots (shown above, right). As the recipe name suggests, these carrots require few ingredients, but they’re super flavorful. You might also enjoy our recipes for Golden Carrots or Lemon Herbed Carrots.
After you’ve planned your sides, be sure to check out our collection, How to Cook a Ham in a Slow Cooker: 10 Easy Slow Cooker Ham Recipes. Inside, you’ll find many tasty varieties of slow cooker ham. Serve one of these at your upcoming Easter meal!
Also, be sure to check out our free eCookbook, Food for Easter: 17 Easter Recipes for the Slow Cooker.
What’s your favorite Easter dish?
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