Delicious Budget Friendly Easter Dinner Date

Apr 07, 2012 Comments Off by


g>If you”re looking for a lovely idea for Easter dinner but don”t have a bucketload of cash to splash out, then this delicious budget friendly Easter dinner date idea is just for you.

This Easter, leave the egg dying and Easter egg hunts to the kids. Instead, make this holiday a date night opportunity with a romantic meal to share with your partner.

easter couple-eating-dinner, dating symbol blogThe romance doesn”t have to come at expensive price, either! Find an for one or more of your ingredients or for decor–like beautiful spring daffodils in a bright vase–to set the mood for a lovely meal.

Lost on where to start? Cooking Light magazine has  for a fabulous dinner for two, but if you”re looking for something on the easier side, try this original, delicious, budget-friendly meal.

Crab Cakes


  • 2 cans of crabmeat
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • Soda crackers
  • Sour Cream (regular or reduced fat works)
  • Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  • Cajun Seasoning (Tony Chachere”s works very well)
  • 1 c. Flour
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Dice the onion and green pepper. Spray a skillet with a cooking spray. Add the onion and peppers to the skillet on medium-high heat. Sauté the peppers and onions until soft. Remove from heat.
  2. Dump the crab meat into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add a large spoonful of both the mayonnaise and sour cream (a little under a 1/4 c.–enough to coat the crab meat but not overwhelm it). Sprinkle a little Tony Chachere”s into the mixture.
  3. Place 10-15 soda crackers into a plastic bag and crush them using a rolling pin. Sprinkles the crushed crackers into the mixture. Add the green peppers and onions.
  4. Gently toss the mixture with a fork to make sure the ingredients are spread out but that the crabmeat does not get too mashed down. In a separate bowl, add the flour. With your hands, gently make a ball with the crabmeat. Drop it into the flour, sprinkle a little on top, and lightly press the ball into a flattened cake (the ball will fall apart easily if not careful).
  5. Place each patty into a skillet with hot oil. Cook each side for approximately 2-3 minutes or until they are a nice slightly crispy and golden brown.

Makes 2 crab cakes per person.

green beans, Easter dinner, Dating Symbol blogSautéed Green Beans


  • 1 bag of frozen green beans (or fresh)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 heaping tsp. Minced Garlic


  1. Place a skillet on high heat. Drizzle olive oil in the pan (enough to coat the bottom) and add a teaspoon of minced garlic. Dump the green beans into the pan. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil and toss to coat them with both oil and garlic. Cook covered on medium for 10 minutes or until green beans are cooked and crisp.
  2. Serve this meal with a salad or an additional side option, like mashed sweet potatoes with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans sprinkled on top. And don”t forget dessert!

Grasshopper Pie


  • 1 chocolate cookie piecrust
  • 1 carton of mint ice cream
  • 1 jar of hot fudge ice cream topping


  1. Place half of the carton of ice cream in a bowl to start getting soft. Place the jar of hot fudge in the microwave for approximately 20-30 seconds to get it soft enough to pour.
  2. Cover the bottom of the piecrust with the fudge. If not melted enough, place the ice cream in the microwave for a few seconds to get it soft enough to spread into the pie crust.
  3. Place the ice cream in the crust and spread until covering the bottom. Drizzle hot fudge on top. Place the pie in the freezer until ready to serve.
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