Easter Energy Savings Tips

Easter Energy Savings Tips

 

Easter is a wonderful holiday frequently celebrated with family and friends. It says good-bye to cold winter months cooped up indoors, heralding in the warmer spring weather. Hosting family and friends can be quite costly.  Usually, the cost is due to the increased use of kitchen appliances. Here are some tips to help you save some money while not sacrificing the enjoyment of the holiday.

1. Use a Slow Cooker

Slow cookers, like crockpots and Instapots, are great ways to cook with low energy usage. Because they cook your food slowly at a low temperature, slow cookers have a lower wattage. Slow cook a ham with some veggies or fruit for a delicious tender entrée!

2. Choose Items That Need Little to No Energy

Many items such as vegetables and salads need little to no energy to make. Just buy the produce, throw it all together and you’re good to go. Using some of the many dyed eggs make great side dishes.  Check out the recipes below for using up those Easter eggs.

3. Grilling

Using a natural gas grill to cook food is another great way to save on your energy bill. This is especially good for vegetables and less traditional meats for Easter. If it is a beautiful warm spring day, perhaps have your whole celebration outdoors.

4. Dishwashing vs. Handwashing

Depending on your dishwasher, using it instead of handwashing might save on your water bill. Check how many gallons your dishwasher uses to decide whether you should hand wash dishes. Typically, newer dishwashers use less water than your handwashing efforts.

5. Correct Food Storage

Since you may prepare some dishes before your Easter gathering, storing your food in an energy-saving way is both helpful and easy. Make sure your refrigerator doors are always shut tight to lock in all of the cold air. Also, check to make sure your refrigerator is on the proper temperature setting.

Enjoy one or more of the recipes for hard-boiled eggs below.

Green Bean Sauce  by  Rachael Barney Smith

Ingredients

  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch dried parsley, or to taste
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce, or to taste
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Directions:  Ready In 10 m

  1. Mix the eggs, mayonnaise, horseradish, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, parsley, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl until well blended.

They suggest you serve  Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc with this.

 

Fried Boiled Eggs  By Diana Salama

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

 Directions  Prep 10 m  Cook 15 m  Ready In  45 m

  1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring water to a boil. Cook eggs at a boil for 10 minutes. Remove eggs from hot water and set aside to cool.
  2. Peel cooled eggs and cut into large chunks.
  3. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Fry egg chunks in melted butter until golden brown, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

Per Serving: 245 calories; 21.5 g fat; 0.8 g carbohydrates; 12.7 g protein; 403 mg cholesterol; 299 mg sodium.

 

Shrimply Delicious Shrimp Salad by NIKIJO

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large peeled and deveined cooked shrimp
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper to taste
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Directions: Prep 15 m  Ready In 15 m

  1. In a large bowl, gently toss the shrimp, celery, carrot, onion, eggs, and mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper. Chill until ready to serve.

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Nutrition Facts:
Per Serving: 312 calories; 24.5 g fat; 4.1 g carbohydrates; 18.6 g protein; 229 mg cholesterol; 372 mg sodium. Full nutrition

References:

http://blog.claytonhomes.com/energy-efficient-ways-to-cook-this-easter
http://dish.allrecipes.com/what-to-do-with-leftover-easter-eggs/