Ostara Recipes: 11 Spring Equinox Foods And Meals (2024)

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to celebrate the arrival of Ostara! This ancient holiday marks the Vernal Equinox, and is a time to celebrate fertility, new beginnings, and the return of life after a long winter.

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What Is Ostara?

Ostara is an ancient holiday that marks the vernal equinox and celebrates the coming of springtime in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a time of new beginnings, when the hours of daylight increase, and winter solstice gives way to longer days. This wonderful time of year has long been celebrated by many cultures, from Jewish people who place eggs as part of their Passover Seder to Germanic tribes who worshipped a maiden goddess at this time.

In modern times, Ostara is becoming increasingly popular in the United States and other parts of the world. A great addition to your local grocery store shelves may well be orange juice, eggs, potatoes and fresh fruits – all symbols of Ostara. With these components you can make food processor-made potato latkes or oven-baked round balls with wire rack for crispy edges. You could even add enough dressing to make a simple salad full of flavor!

For young children and adults alike, Ostara is a good time to celebrate with family and friends. There are lots of ways to mark this special day; some families will do spring cleaning while others may exchange gifts or simply enjoy each other’s company over dinner. Whatever you choose to do on this day, it’s sure to be a great time!

If you’re looking for something different this year, why not consider celebrating Ostara? It’s a wonderful way to honor medieval traditions while still finding joy in the natural world around us after such a long winter. Whether indoors or out, it’s always nice to find a warm spot (or perhaps even take advantage of an early warm spell) and spend some quality time together in what is often referred to as “the first day of spring”. Celebrating Ostara is a great way to bring luck into your home and heart – so why not give it a try?

What Is The Spring Equinox?

Spring Equinox (also called Ostara) is a time of the year that is important and special for many people. It is the day when the equinox occurs, and therefore the first day of spring. The name is derived from Eostre or Ostara, the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility. In earlier times, this day was celebrated as a symbol of rebirth and new beginning after winter.

Nowadays, many people celebrate Ostara as a festival to celebrate the beginning of spring. This includes hiding brightly painted Easter eggs in the garden and in household communities, which is similar to other Jewish holidays. Many people also believe that starting something new in this month will bring them good luck.

There are other ways to celebrate the Spring Equinox: those involved in spiritual practices know it as “Spring Sabbats,” but of course there are many other traditions around the world. The Equinox takes place in both the North and the South – but in different months; so it must be remembered that this is a long time! In the north it usually affects March/April and in the south September/October.

But no matter where you are – in a warm place or not – the Spring Equinox is celebrated every year on March 21/22! So it’s time to gather your courage and get going – whether you want to put your ideas into action or just want to change your environment – now is the perfect moment! Let the sun god inspire you and set out on the path with new motivation towards the future!

11 Favorite Ostara Recipes

Our favorite recipes! If you’re looking for the perfect holiday dinner or lunch, look no further! Our recipes offer a delicious combination of taste and variety that will make your Easter dinner one to remember. Whether it’s an appetizer, main course or dessert, we have something special in store for you. So give your menu an upgrade with these unique recipe ideas and enjoy the exquisite flavor of the ostara season.

We offer a wide variety of dishes, including starters, main courses, and desserts. Our menus are so diverse that there is something for everyone. Let your palate be tantalized!

Let’s start with the various appetizers

Soup With Winter Squash, Carrots, Kale, Green Beans, Peas, Tomatoes And Barley

Soup is the perfect food for Ostara. It is filling and satisfying, but light enough that you can still enjoy all the activities of the holiday. This soup is packed with seasonal vegetables, like winter squash, carrots, kale, green beans, peas, and tomatoes. Barley gives it a heartiness that will keep you going all day long.

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Recipe: Soup With Winter Squash, Carrots, Kale, Green Beans, Peas, Tomatoes And Barley

Soup’s on! This hearty winter soup is packed with nutritious winter squash, carrots, kale, green beans, peas, tomatoes and barley.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cubed winter squash
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 1 cup kale leaves (chopped)
  • ½ cup green beans (cut into pieces)
  • ¼ cup peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons barley flakes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or stock (or use water)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: herbs such as oregano or thyme for flavor

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium heat, add the winter squash and carrots. Saute until vegetables are lightly browned. Add the kale leaves and sauté for another minute.

  • Add in the green beans, peas, tomatoes and barley flakes. Stir everything together.

  • Pour in the vegetable broth or stock (or water). Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.

  • Add salt & pepper to taste along with any herbs if desired. Serve hot and enjoy!

Course: Appetizer

Keyword: Soup

For this soup, we recommend you delicious homemade Ostara hot cross buns as an accompaniment!

Homemade Traditiona Ostara Hot Cross Buns

These spiced, fruity treats are surprisingly simple to make at home, requiring just a handful of ingredients and about an hour of your time. Making homemade hot cross buns is sure to become one of your favorite Ostara traditions!

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Recipe: Homemade Ostara Hot Cross Buns

Treat yourself and your family to a delicious homemade tradition this Ostara | Make the best hot cross buns with this simple recipe | Get baking now!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup raisins or currants

For the Crosses:

  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons warm water

For the Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons apricot jelly or jam (or other fruit spread)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking sheet; set aside.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, spices, sugar, baking powder and salt until combined.

  • In a separate bowl combine milk, butter and egg; stir into dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in raisins or currants.

  • Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface; knead 8 to 10 times until smooth. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces; shape each piece into a bun shape and place on prepared baking sheet.

  • To make crosses: mix together flour and water until thick paste forms; spoon mixture into pastry bag fitted with small round tip or use plastic bag with corner snipped off; pipe crosses onto tops of buns.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top and cooked through in center when tested with toothpick inserted into center of bun. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before glazing with apricot jelly or jam warmed over low heat if necessary to thin it out enough for brushing on buns evenly; serve warm or cooled completely as desired. Enjoy!

Course: Side Dish

Keyword: Buns, Cross

Deviled Eggs With Bacon

Deviled eggs are a great appetizer and they’re even better when you add bacon to them! The smoky flavor of bacon pairs perfectly with the creamy filling of the eggs, and it’s sure to be a hit with your guests. If you’re looking for a simple but impressive dish to serve, look no further than deviled eggs with bacon.

Recipe: Deviled Eggs With Bacon

Tantalize your taste buds with the delicious combination of deviled eggs and bacon! The perfect appetizer for any occasion – try it now!

Ingredients

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 4 slices cooked bacon (crumbled)
  • Paprika (optional)

Instructions

  • Start by cutting each egg in half lengthwise. Carefully remove the yolks from all 12 halves and place them into a medium bowl. Mash the yolks together until they are smooth.

  • To the mashed yolks, add the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper, and mix until completely combined. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

  • Spoon or pipe the yolk mixture back into each egg white half using a pastry bag or spoon. Sprinkle each deviled egg with crumbled bacon pieces and paprika (if desired). Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Course: Appetizer

Keyword: Deviled, Eggs

Here are the main courses and side dishes

Salmon Fish And Baby Spinach Leaves Quiche Pie

Salmon Fish And Baby Spinach Leaves Quiche Pie is a fantastic recipe for a healthy and delicious meal. This quiche is packed full of nutritious ingredients, including salmon, spinach leaves, and eggs. It’s perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal, and can be served with a salad or some roasted vegetables.

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Recipe: Salmon Fish And Baby Spinach Leaves Quiche Pie

Be won over with a delicious Salmon Fish and Baby Spinach Leaf Quiche Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 9- inch pie pastry crust
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 6 ounces smoked salmon (cut into cubes)
  • 4 ounces baby spinach leaves (chopped)
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese (plus more for topping)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the pie shell on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned. Set aside.

  • Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in the smoked salmon and baby spinach leaves until warmed through, about 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, cream, salt and pepper until combined; stir in the cheese then add the salmon mixture to combine everything together well.

  • Pour mixture into prebaked pie shell and top with some extra grated cheese if desired. Bake at 375°F for 30–35 minutes or until golden brown on top and center is set when tested with a toothpick or knife tip inserted in center of quiche comes out cleanly without any uncooked egg remaining on it.. Let cool before serving warm or cold with salad greens as side dish! Enjoy!

Course: Dinner, Main Course

Cuisine: French

Keyword: Quiche, Spinach

Roast Leg Of Lamb With Potatoes And Rosemary

This recipe for roast leg of lamb with potatoes and rosemary is the perfect way to enjoy this delicious and healthy food. The lamb is roasted to perfection, and the potatoes are cooked in the same pan, absorbing all the flavor of the meat. This dish is sure to please everyone at your table.

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Recipe: Roast Leg Of Lamb With Potatoes And Rosemary

This Roast Leg Of Lamb With Potatoes And Rosemary is the best thing you’ll ever taste! You won’t believe how easy it is to make, and your family will love it.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg leg of lamb
  • 8 small new potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp. fresh rosemary (chopped)

Instructions

  • First, you need to prepare the lamb. Clean it thoroughly and remove excess fat and tendons. Place the leg in a bowl and add olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary. Massage everything well into the meat. Cover the bowl and let the lamb marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, you can take care of the potatoes.

  • Wash and peel the potatoes, cut them into slices or cubes and place them on a baking sheet. Add olive oil, salt and pepper and mix everything well with the potatoes.

  • Now preheat the oven to 175°C. Take the lamb out of the refrigerator and place it in an oven-safe pan or dish. Place the potatoes next to the lamb on the baking tray. Slide both into the oven rack and let bake for about 45 minutes, or until the lamb's juices run clear. When cooked, serve hot with fresh bread or crisp vegetables on the side. Enjoy your meal!

Course: Dinner, Lunch

Keyword: lamb, Potatoes, Roast

Savory Potato Bake with Fresh Greens

This savory potato bake is the perfect way to use up fresh greens. The potatoes are roasted to perfection and the greens add a delicious, earthy flavor. This dish is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters!

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Recipe: Savory Potato Bake with Fresh Greens

This Savory Potato Bake with Fresh Greens is a delicious and healthy dish that your whole family will enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 potatoes (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup bean sprouts
  • 2 cups leafy green vegetables (chopped into small pieces)
  • 1 raw egg

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Place sliced potatoes in a large baking dish and spread evenly over the bottom of the dish.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together sour cream, dry yeast, bean sprouts, and chopped leafy green vegetables until well combined. Sprinkle with cheese.

  • Pour the mixture over the potatoes and bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the raw egg. Boil for 8 minutes before removing from heat and draining away any excess water. Allow the egg to cool before carefully peeling it off its shell, then cut it into slices.

  • Once the potato bake is finished baking, remove from oven and top with sliced boiled egg for garnish. Serve warm!

  • For this main course we recommend you delicious Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Caramelized Walnuts And Cranberries as an accompaniment!

Course: Dinner, Lunch

Keyword: Potatoes, Savory

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Caramelized Walnuts And Cranberries

This recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts with caramelized walnuts and cranberries is the perfect way to enjoy this seasonal vegetable. The Brussels sprouts are roasted to perfection, and the sweetness of the cranberries and walnuts pairs perfectly with them. This dish is sure to be a hit at your next holiday gathering or family dinner!

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Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Caramelized Walnuts And Cranberries

Looking for a delicious way to eat your Brussels sprouts? Our Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Caramelized Walnuts And Cranberries is the perfect recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts (washed and trimmed)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cup raw walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Now that we have all our ingredients ready, let’s begin cooking! Preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C). Place the trimmed Brussels sprouts in a baking dish or on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then toss to coat evenly. Spread out into one layer. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork.

  • While the Brussels sprouts are roasting in the oven, start preparing your caramelized walnuts. In a small skillet over medium heat, add walnuts along with maple syrup. Stir constantly until walnuts are evenly coated and lightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • When finished roasting in the oven, remove Brussels sprouts from baking dish or pan and transfer them to a large bowl. Add caramelized walnuts and cranberries, tossing everything together until well mixed.

Course: Side Dish

Keyword: Brussels Sprouts, Cranberries

Here are the desserts

Ostara Egg Hunt Pie

This Ostara, ditch the traditional egg hunt and try something new with an Ostara Egg Hunt Pie! This tasty treat is a great way to get the whole family involved in the holiday festivities. Plus, what could be more fun than finding little eggs hidden in a big pie?

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Recipe: Ostara Egg Hunt Pie

Treat your family to a special Ostara and make Ostara Egg Hunt Pie! | An easy, delicious recipe that will bring smiles to everyone’s faces. | Get baking now!

Ingredients

  • 2 packages Pillsbury pastry sheets
  • 1 cup shredded cooked bacon cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt – 4 eggs (cracked)
  • ½ cup chopped green peppers
  • ½ cup onions (finely diced)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9-inch (23 cm) cake pan or line it with baking paper. Place the packets of leaves in the pan and press down firmly so that the edges overhang. Prick the bottom several times with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes until the bottom is crisp. Remove and let cool.

  • In a medium skillet, fry the bacon over medium heat until golden brown. Add the oil and add the onions; fry until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the peppers and fry for another 3 minutes until everything is well mixed. Remove from heat and let cool. In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, mustard, Worcester sauce, salt and pepper. Then add the eggs and mix well. Finally, add the bacon and vegetable mix and stir in the parsley – mix everything together well .

  • pour everything into the bottom of the cake and smooth it. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cake batter is golden brown on top . Let cool and serve! Enjoy your Ostara Egg Hunt Pie!

Course: Dessert

Keyword: Egg, Hunt, Pie

Lemon Muffins With Blueberries And Shtreisel With Fresh Berries

There’s nothing like a delicious and moist lemon muffin, topped with fresh blueberries and shtreisel. And when they’re made with fresh berries, they’re even better! This recipe is perfect for a spring or summer morning, when the berries are in season and you can get them at their peak of ripeness. The lemoniness of the muffins is offset by the sweetness of the berries, and the shtreisel brings a lovely crunch. If you’re looking for a breakfast that will impress your guests or simply make your family smile, these lemon muffins are sure to do the trick!

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Recipe: Lemon Muffins With Blueberries And Shtreisel With Fresh Berries

Looking for a delicious snack that’s healthy and easy to make? Look no further than these Lemon Muffins with Blueberries and Shtreisel with Fresh Berries.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest from 1 medium lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries Ingredients for Streusel Topping:
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter (diced into cubes)
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Grease 12 regular size muffin cups or line with paper liners.

  • In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl mix together the wet ingredients: lemon juice, zest, buttermilk (or yogurt), melted butter (or oil), and egg. Make sure everything is well combined.

  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until combined – do not overmix.

  • Gently fold in blueberries. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups until they are almost full (about 3/4 full).

  • Prepare streusel topping by combining cold cubed butter with flour and brown sugar using your hands or a pastry cutter until crumbly texture forms.

  • Sprinkle on top of muffins before baking. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown on top and cooked through when tested with toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean.

  • Let cool in pans for 5 minutes before transferring onto cooling racks to cool completely. Enjoy!

Course: Dessert

Keyword: Blueberries, Lemon, Muffins

Lemon Cheesecake

Lemon cheesecake is the perfect dessert for any occasion. It’s light and fluffy, with a tart lemon flavor that will leave your taste buds wanting more. And best of all, it’s easy to make! So what are you waiting for? Get the recipe and start baking today.

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Recipe: Lemon Cheesecake

If you love lemon flavor, you will love this cheesecake! It is smooth, creamy and has the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Ingredients

For the base you will need:

  • 220 g butter cookies
  • 1 cup butter (soft)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup lemon zest

For the filling:

  • 500 g cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 200 ml cream
  • 140 g powdered sugar
  • juice of 3 lemons (about 5 tablespoons)

Instructions

  • The first thing you need to do is prepare the base. Mix the cookies in a small bowl or in a blender to fine crumbs. Then stir the butter, sugar and vanilla extract into the cookie crumbs.

  • Spread the dough evenly on the bottom of a 22 cm springform pan and press it down. Then put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  • After that, you can prepare the filling. To do this, stir the cream cheese until smooth and slow at room temperature. Then whip the cream until stiff and gently fold it into the cream cheese. Now add powdered sugar and lemon juice and mix everything together thoroughly.

  • Spread the batter on the pre-made base and refrigerate for about 2 hours to firm up the cake. Your delicious lemon cream cake is ready! Enjoy it right after serving – it tastes best fresh!

Course: Dessert

Keyword: Cheesecake, Lemon

Orange Honey Cake

These orange honey cakes are the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of spring! They’re light and fluffy, with a delicate orange flavor that’s not too overpowering. And they’re made with healthy ingredients like honey, whole wheat flour, and almond milk. Plus, they’re naturally sweetened with dates and oranges. So if you’re looking for a healthier cake option that’s still delicious, these orange honey cake are a great choice.

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Recipe: Orange Honey Cake

Try our Orange Honey Cake – made with real honey and juicy oranges! Perfect for any occasion – Get yours today!

Ingredients

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons of orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of hot water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a single layer cake pan with aluminum foil.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, honey, orange zest and peanut butter until well combined.

  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped eggs into the mixture.

  • Slowly add the hot water to the mixture while stirring constantly. This will ensure that the batter is evenly mixed. Pour it into the prepared cake pan, and spread it out so that it is level. For extra decoration, you can place orange slices on top of the cake before baking.

  • Bake for 25 minutes at 350°F or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before cutting into small pieces. Enjoy!

Course: Dessert

Keyword: Cakes, Honey, Orange


Ostara is a wonderful Jewish holiday that brings the joy of springtime to all. It’s celebrated by a lot of people around the world and in particular, it’s an important time for little girls who are looking forward to the new season. The full moon of Ostara is especially beautiful when seen in the Southern Hemisphere and marks a better way ahead as we move into spring. So let’s celebrate Ostara together this year and enjoy its beauty!

We wish you happy Ostara!

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