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Need casual Easter snack ideas

My MIL and her husband are coming over for a few hrs for a quick Easter egg hunt with my little guy. We think they'd want some food to nibble on but what?? I don't usually celebrate Easter so I'm not used to this. AND the MIL doesn't eat fish or vegetables. No high fiber foods as she doesn't have a colon or something like that. Oh and very little meats. Just chicken and turkey.

I'm thinking deviled eggs, hot cross buns, lemonade and...??

Any ideas??

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  1. i just saw a neat baked puff pastry roll with apples. sausage apple puff pastry braid. http://shewearsmanyhats.com/2014/02/s...
    you could use chicken or turkey sausage.

    this hot cross bun roll cake is also a neat idea: http://diethood.com/2014/04/14/hot-cr...

    these days i'm liking the idea of simple crostini topped with a blend of ricotta and a mild goat's cheese and grilled or sliced figs with a bit of honey (or not) drizzled on top. could alternatively be topped with some tender asparagus spears…. celebrate the spring!

    (oops, no veggies! ok, that is some serious limitation, huh?). if she doesn't eat veggies, maybe she doesn't eat fruit either. no colon? i'd discreetly ask some more questions of your spouse to get more detailed to make a better, more careful menu).

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    1. re: alkapal

      i know. the no veggies is killing me. and yes, no fruit either except for apples and bananas. her husband has prostate cancer so no cruciferous vegetables either. so maybe asparagus is ok.

      I like the crostini idea. on top of all this she's also very picky on top of all this. she hates onions and anything Asian or "exotic".

      My 5 year old is easier to cook for than her. Seriously.

      1. re: trolley

        OT but what do cruciferous vegetables have to do with prostate cancer other than a potentially positive benefit?

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          May have been told or (experienced) to avoid high-fiber veggies because he has large prostate masses that impede stool output; or tender prostate from disease process, radiation, or surgeries/scar tissue.

          1. re: DuchessNukem

            Makes sense though that would apply to a lot of vegetables, not just cruciferous. I was just asking out of curiosity.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              The cruciferous veggies are hardest to break down. No colon=rapid transit, dumping syndrome, etc. The easier-to-break-down foods are best for digestion and comfort.

          2. re: fldhkybnva

            also she said MIL "doesn't have a colon or something like that." So perhaps large digestion issues with both guests?

            If peeled asparagus or fresh green peas in a simple preparation could work, I'd go with that.

            1. re: Madrid

              if fiber is issue, you might want to rethink even asparagus. a nice english pea puree, put through a food mill to remove skins, and then well-seasoned, would be a lovely spring vegetal touch on the crostini. pretty, too.

              1. re: alkapal

                Peas can also cause digestive issues..... As a legume, they are also loaded with fiber.

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  i see. even minus their skins? ok, well, strike the peas suggestion then. ;-).

                  it would be terrible to be in that state where so many foods are verboten. i feel sorry for your in-laws, both of them.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    Yes that would not be a fun position to be in.

      2. Maybe some cheese straws...easy but impressive
        Turkey pinwheels would be cute
        Homemade chicken tenders

        1. Deviled eggs with blue cheese & hot sauce garnish
          Ham & Manchego crostini

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          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            +1, deviled eggs was my first thought.

            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              I saw this recipe for deviled eggs yesterday - they look gorgeous. I'm going to try them but haven't yet. Perhaps the OP might like it too.
              http://www.thekitchn.com/showstopper-...

            2. How about chicken bites (instead of strips) coated in a crushed corn flake and baked, served with honey mustard dip.

              Grilled cheese sandwiches on white bread. You could cut out circles or use use a bunny cookie cutter for the bread and cheese to make them festive looking for the occasion.

              If she can eat white pasta you could do a simple macaroni salad without any veggies in it.

              I would bet she probably doesn't eat big meals so nibbling food would be best.

              1. A creamy dip with fresh herbs, pita chips for her and some fresh veggies for those who can.

                Spiced nuts are always good for nibbles

                Maybe seltzer in the lemonade to make it feel "festive".

                1. How about "Nutella wontons"?

                  Take premade wonton wrappers, fill with Nutella, wrap, then deep-fry.

                  Dust with a bit of paprika and sea salt when still warm.

                  Serve with toothpicks. And a tall Mojito (optional)

                  1. Rice Krispie bars
                    Chocolate bread pudding
                    banana cream pie
                    Simple chicken salad (chicken, mayo, mustard, dill) "tea sandwiches" on white bread, crusts removed

                    1. I have a stomach condition and can't do cruciferous veggies, or really any veggies or fruits. Your MIL's diet sounds similar to mine (just turkey for me).

                      I'd suggest:

                      -Turkey/cheese sandwiches, maybe on mini croissants
                      -Deviled eggs
                      -Very soft roasted carrots and/or skinless potatoes with thyme or some other herb (these are typically the easiest to digest, with little fiber--the only veggies I can eat)
                      -Homemade vanilla/banana pudding or tapioca

                      Lemonade will be wonderful, and the hot cross buns.

                      You can always put out a fruit salad, or regular salad/veggie dishes for everyone else to enjoy. Personally, I'm just grateful when there are 1 or 2 dishes I can partake in at a gathering. So cook what you love and know people will enjoy and I'm sure everyone will have a great time.

                      1. sorry to read you don't celebrate.
                        my suggestion would be ham roll ups but using a good high quality sliced turkey meat instead.
                        deviled egg mixture on flat slice of your desired meat, rolled up sliced 1" size bites secured with toothpick on a bed of 'grass' of parsley, cilantro or branches of rosemary just for looks.

                        1. Fried wontons with cream cheese and green onion (if green onion is ok)
                          Rice balls (I make mine with risotto, (meatball sized), flour, egg wash, then breadcrumbs)
                          Pilsbury crescent rolls stuffed with anything
                          finger sandwiches (egg salad, chicken salad, etc)
                          crostini with tapanade