30 Recipes to Help You Celebrate Every Food Holiday in April
Can you believe it’s already April. And by almost spring, I mean almost summer. T-minus 20 days until Pepperdine students (or at least abroad students) are set free to populate the beaches, trendy restaurants and overpopulate our favorite healthy acai bowl shop, SunLife Organics.
I think this the end of the year calls for a celebration. Kick off the countdown to summer with this awesome guide to honor every food holiday this month.
April 1 – National Sourdough Bread Day
Sourdough bread calls for sandwiches and sandwiches mean grilled cheeses! Try this bombass grilled cheese to kick off the month.
April 2 – National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
There’s nothing better than PB&J sandwich. Oh wait, there is, this loaded PB&J banana just one-uped your lunchtime sammie.
April 3 – National Chocolate Mousse Day
Photo by Danielle Cahoon
This mousse is perfect for that late-night chocolate craving that you want to satisfy but don’t want the extra sugar/calories. Healthy, chocolatey and worth the midnight snack.
April 4 – National Cordon Bleu Day
Photo courtesy of Skinnymom.com
Ham, wrapped in cheese, wrapped in chicken and then breaded. If you don’t want all the additional calories, try this healthier version of a chicken class.
April 5 – National Caramel Day
Because even bacon can make this sweet day even little better.
April 6 – National Caramel Popcorn Day
Photo by Alex Furuya
Your roommates will love you when they walk in the door and smell this delicious chai caramel popcorn.
April 7 – Coffee Cake Day
Photo by Nicola Haubold
This cake will leave you dorm smelling like bakery and your stomach feeling #blessed.
April 8 – National Empanada Day
Photo by Julia McKellar
Nothing compares to the taste of sweet, spiced sweet potatoes and warm gooey brie cheese.
April 9 – Chinese Almond Cookie Day
This traditional Chinese almond cookie is perfect for Chinese New Year and those aesthetically pleasing Instagrams.
April 10 – National Cinnamon Crescent Day
Photo by Hannah Cooper
Got crescent rolls but don’t know what to do with them? Try filling them with cinnamon-sugar for a sweet and gooey breakfast treat.
April 11 – National Cheese Fondue Day
Photo courtesy of melaniemakes.com
Pimp out your traditional cheese fondue recipe with beer and onions to make a flavor blasted fondue.
April 12 – Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
Photo by Kylie Kinder
Easy, breezy and super duper cheesy.
April 13 – National Peach Cobbler Day
Photo by Cameron Young
Personal size with all the flavor of a full-size cobbler.
April 14 – National Pecan Day
Photo by Jessica Payne
Grandma always knows how to make the best pecan pie around.
April 15 – National Glazed Spiral Ham Day
Photo by Lily Chin
Although you probably won’t be cooking a whole ham today, try adding a little ham to your normal breakfast with this ham & cheese egg nest.
April 16 – National Eggs Benedict Day
Photo courtesy of Kathleen Kennedy
This spicy eggs Benedict will definitely get you over hump day.
April 17 – National Cheese Ball Day
Photo by Natalie Choy
Instead of a full cheese ball, make individual cheezy garlic herb bombs.
April 18 – Raw Milk Appreciation Day
Photo by Yonatan Soler
Make your own almond milk using raw ingredients to show your appreciation today.
April 19 – Garlic Day
Photo by Luna Zhang
April 20 – National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Photo courtesy of grandbaby-cakes.com
Because cake should be eaten for breakfast too, specifically in the form of these pancakes.
April 21 – Chocolate-Covered Cashew Day
Photo by Grace Bodkin
Skip the extra sugar and make a delicious chocolate mint cashew milk instead.
April 22 – National Jelly Bean Day
Photo by Devon Russell
Make sure to check out the perfect jelly bean flavor combinations to celebrate today properly.
April 23 – National Picnic Day
Photo by Lily Allen
Don’t skip out on having a picnic, we’ve got you covered for an easy prep and pack list.
April 24 – National Pigs-In-A-Banket Day
Photo by Maddie Lanier
The only acceptable way to eat hot dogs are in the form of flaky pastry blankets (and in a bun at a baseball game).
April 25 – National Zucchini Bread Day
Photo by Natsuko Mazany
I bet your friends won’t be able to tell you squeezed in some extra fiber into this loaf.
April 26 – National Pretzel Day
Photo by Natsuko Mazany
Can’t make it to Oktoberfest? That’s okay, these pretzel bites will satisfy your craving and won’t bust a hole in your wallet.
April 27 – National Prime Rib Day
Photo by Michael Schietroma
Prime rib can be quite expensive, I’d say save your money and try this short rib pasta dish instead.
April 28 – National Blueberry Pie Day
Make sure to use Maine wild blueberries for this pie, you won’t regret it.
April 29 – National Shrimp Scampi Day
Photo by Natsuko Mazany
Step up your dinner game and impress your friends with this easy shrimp scampi dish.
April 30 – National Raisin Day
Photo by Kristine Mahan
Celebrate the end of the month with these chewy oatmeal raisin cookies.
This article was originally published by at Pepperdine University March 24, 2016