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Easy Easter Side Dishes

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Looking for some simple yet flavorful sides for your Easter meal? Chef and mom Susannah Locketti gives these classic veggies some fun and flavor for the holiday!

easter ham and sides

momlogic's Susannah Locketti: Easter at my house is laid-back, relaxed and traditional. We head to church in the morning, take part in an Easter egg hunt and then scurry on home to enjoy a traditional feast of ham, baked beans and, of course, veggies. I've been hearing from a lot of moms lately asking how they can spice up the traditional carrots, sweet potatoes and green beans for the holiday. Here are three simple recipes that will do just that ... no skill required!

Maple Brown Sugar Smashed Carrots

1 lb. carrots, rinsed, peeled and cut into chunks
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tbsp. brown sugar, packed
Dash cinnamon
Salt and pepper 

Boil carrots in salted water until soft (about 10 minutes). Drain and put into a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and smash with a potato masher. Kids love these!

Twice-Baked Coconut Sweet Potatoes

4 large sweet potatoes
1/3 cup lite coconut milk
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. sweetened flaked coconut
Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pierce the sweet potatoes with the tines of a fork and bake on the middle rack for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Split the potatoes down the middle and carefully scrape out the filling, leaving about ΒΌ" still attached to the skin. Place the filling in a bowl and add the coconut milk, sugar and spices. Mix thoroughly with a hand mixer, then place the filling back into the sweet potato skins. Sprinkle with the coconut and bake another 15 to 20 minutes, until the filling is hot and the coconut becomes toasted.

Balsamic-Glazed Green Beans

1 lb. green beans, rinsed and trimmed
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper
Crumbled goat cheese (optional)

Boil the green beans in salted water 3 to 5 minutes until bright green and slightly firm. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. Meanwhile, place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil and garlic. Saute the garlic for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain the green beans and then add them to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the top. Continually toss the green beans until the vinegar caramelizes to form a slight glaze on the green beans. These are really yummy topped with crumbled goat cheese.

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