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I don’t know about you, but Easter is so early this year, I am “scrambling” to get all ready!

Luckily, Whole Foods Market is here to help with the preparations.

Here are some helpful entertaining tips from Whole Foods Market to make things a little less harried during this crunch time:

Invest Your Time in a One Star Dish. Choose a main dish, appetizer or even a cocktail to be the star of your party and keep the rest simple.

For example:

o   Passover, perhaps more than any other holiday, is very traditional when it comes to the menu. One simple yet classic recipe to try is  Roasted Brisket with Parsley, Mint and Thyme. Try some Chocolate Swirl Meringue Cookies for dessert, which are a perfect fit when it comes to baking without flour or leavening.

o   Ham is a great choice for spring gatherings and is always my choice for Easter dinner. It’s simple, feeds a crowd and provides fantastic leftovers for sandwiches and soup. Try this delicious Honey-Glazed Ham with fresh Pineapple Chutney.

Buy a Side, Add a Twist. Buy one or more ready-made side dishes like roast potatoes or a grain salad, and then add an easy personal touch like fresh herbs or dried fruit and nuts.

Try Ready-to-Bake Bread. Nothing beats the flavor and aroma of fresh bread, and baking up a loaf or two of frozen, pre-formed dough couldn’t be easier. This is one of my favorite time-saving tips when it comes to preparing a big holiday meal for the family.

Set Out a Cheese Course. It’s a crowd-pleaser and plating up your selection of cheeses can be done in minutes. Whole Foods Market has very knowledgeable cheese mongers and Certified Cheese Professionals. Ask them for samples and suggestions!

Now, Easter just wouldn’t be complete without the eggs! Right? And Whole Foods is ready to show you the way there too!

Easter Colored Eggs

Whole Foods Market will be hosting an Eggstravaganza event this weekend to celebrate the versatility and deliciousness of eggs throughout the store.

WHAT: Egg activities will include sampling egg dishes and recipes, egg cooking competitions, natural egg dyeing demos, fool-proof tips for cooking eggs, a golden egg hunt, and more!

WHY:   It’s an “eggscellent” cause for celebration! Whole Foods Market is “eggstremely” passionate about its partnerships with local egg suppliers and is proud that all eggs in its dairy cases and those used in the company’s kitchens and bakeries are cage free.

WHEN:  Saturday, Mar. 23, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. PT

WHERE:  All Whole Foods Market locations, including all greater Seattle-area stores

Easter Deviled Eggs

MORE:  Egg recipes, photos and inspiration for hosting springtime gatherings can be found at http://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/press/spring-entertaining.

What are your time-saving tips this spring holiday season?

Photos (Honey Glazed Ham & Roasted Brisket) used courtesy of Whole Foods Market.