Veggie Packed Spring Tart: My Surprise Egg Hunt!

by simplylife on April 24, 2012

It was Easter morning.  I woke-up and just like every other morning, opened the bedroom door and headed towards the stairs.  However, as I looked down I noticed a single plastic yellow egg.  I picked it up, opened it in half, and read “I think the Easter Bunny came!…

Ooooh!  An Easter Egg Hunt!!!!

I ran down the stairs and started searching for my next clue!  (Yes, don’t be deceived.  You’re still reading Simply Life, and I have previously alluded to the fact that 30 is not that far away.)

Back to the story.

I followed the clue and ran outside (yup, in my pajama’s).  I found the next egg in the tree outside our front door.  I read the clue and headed back indoors.  This time, I found the next egg in the basement, inside the washing machine.

Next clue.  Back outside where the next hint was riding shotgun in the car.

Yes, if you’re wondering, my husband was chuckling the night before as he hid brightly colored plastic eggs in a tree outside our house knowing I would run outside in my pajamas and not think twice about what the neighbors (who know we don’t have kids and probably wonder what type of online shopping addiction we have with the FedEx truck stopping outside our home quite often) might think.

The final clue.

It led me to an Easter Basket!  Inside the basket was trail mix, new linen napkins (because I can’t get enough “backgrounds for blog photos”) and the cookbook I’ve been drooling over every time we walk into a bookstore: Plenty!

Needless to say, it was an amazing holiday and I’m pretty sure we never get too old to feel giddy over Easter Baskets surprises!

Oh and another thing.  I love the Easter Bunny.

This recipe was the first one I tried from Plenty, and I made several changes, mainly to use fresh vegetables available.  I have never made a tart before and loved the results!  This felt like the perfect meal to enjoy on a spring day: filling, light and bursting with fresh flavors!

Oh, and I know this post is a little late, but better late than never, right?


Veggie Packed Spring Tart

by Simply Life

Filling adapted from Plenty

Keywords: bake entree side brunch vegetarian sweet potato tomato cheese


  • Whole wheat pie crust
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh sage, chopped (about 5 leaves) ~can also use other seasonings of choice
  • 1/3 cup ricotta
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 scallions, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sweet potato and onion with 3 tbs. olive oil and pinch of salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet and cook 20 minutes. Remove from oven and add red pepper and cherry tomatoes. Cook additional 15 minutes.

2. Spray cooking spray in 9-in pie dish or tart pan. Roll out dough in large circle to cover bottom and sides of pan. Line the pan with the dough and cover with parchment paper or foil; fill with pie weights (can use dried beans or coffee beans). Bake for 15 minutes.

3. Scatter roasted vegetables over pie crust. Sprinkle sage/seasonings over vegetables. Scoop small chunks of ricotta cheese evenly over tart and sprinkle feta.

4. Whisk together the eggs and milk in small bowl with pinch of salt and pepper. Carefully pour into tart. Top with sliced scallions. Baked for 35-45 minutes, until filled sets and curst is golden brown. Remove and allow tart to rest for at least 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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  • Joanne

    Actually I think I need to revive the easter hunt in my life. It sounds like SO MUCH FUN! I think I’d need this tart to revive myself afterwards. Majorly delicious!

  • Belinda

    How sweet is that!! What a wonderful husband and I am trying top picture you hunting an egg in your jammies. Love it! As I do this tart.

  • Kari

    Oh, how fun! I still love Easter hunts too but just use chocolate for my partner’s 😉 Also, this tart looks incredible!!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    That looks delicious!

    And I would have been ALL OVER that Easter Egg hunt! So cute. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll every really grow up…

  • Hillary

    This tart has my favorite veggies AND my favorite cheeses. I know what I’m making this weekend!

  • Colleen

    Very cute! I love Easter hunts like that 🙂 And this tart – fabulous!!

  • itzyskitchen

    How darn sweet is your man? That is adorable!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    This is so bright and fresh looking! I need to get my hands on the Plenty cookbook!

  • Sam

    That’s an adorable story. Isn’t Plenty the best? I think I spend more time drooling over photos than I do actually cooking from it…I still have a list of recipes a mile long I want to try from that book and I’ve had it for almost a year.

  • Yummychunklet

    What a fantastic spring tart! I bet it tasted fantastic.

  • Rebecca

    How fun! The Easter bunny sounds like he knows you well, to stuff your basket with napkins and a cookbook.

  • Cookie Sleuth

    Such a fun Easter and a beautiful tart!

  • Junia Kim

    seriously, i love how your husband pursues you even in marriage. i am swooning!!! awwww! 🙂

    and the roasted vegetable tart looks DELISH!

  • Bhavanamttl

    Simply delicious and inviting tart.


  • j3nn

    Egg hunts are so fun! My husband and I do them with each other sometimes. Love the tart! All of those veggies and the feta = YUM! I bet goat cheese is delish, too.

  • Daisy

    this tart looks awesome. and your husband is even more awesome. what a fun Easter surprise!!

  • Nancy

    your savory veggie tart looks delicious, so colorful. I like that you made it with a whole wheat crust—which is not the easiest to perfect.
    we are never too old for easter egg hunts!

  • Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet

    What a colorful tart and it sure fits in a cookbook called Plenty! Love surprises too, giving and receiving! Thanks for sharing, it made me smile!

  • Colleen

    I need to tell my boyfriend about this and hint that he do the same next year! I try to avoid candy-filled easter baskets, but a cooking themed one I can get behind.

  • Becky Forgiano

    What a cute Easter egg hunt!! The tart looks delicious too.

  • Anu Shoj

    wow awesome dear…luv the addition of so many veggies…
    SYF&HWS – Cook With SPICES” Series

  • Choc Chip Uru

    What an aodrable story followed by an adorably fabulous tart – a wonderful post in all 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Mom

    I love your Easter bunny too!!! Thanks sooo much for sharing this. It made me laugh, it softened my heart, and brought a smile to my face (did I mention the peace to my mind once again of knowing how happy my daughter is!!!!!) Instead of commenting on your food dish, I’m choosing to go back and re-read this heart-warming writing….

    Please give that bunny a hug from one Easter bunny to another 🙂

  • Mom

    This recipe book is soooo cool … I’ve never seen one that has an index of what vegetable you are wanting a recipe for!

    The link lets you view the recipes and awesome pictures up to a point which I believe was a sweet potatoe recipe I spotted…no wonder you wanted, no drooled over it!!

    Nice job filling that basket!!!

  • Ali Mc @ Running with Spatulas

    this looks great. lots of healthy veg in there too. I don’t think my family would eat it though 🙁

  • meri

    what a sweetheart! and I’m cracking up at your idea of what the neighbors think of you and fedex hahaha

  • Caitlin Chock

    ummm, u can NEVER be too old for surprises and egg hunts! 🙂 that looks soo flipping yummy, i would be all over that. i’d say my fav. tart tho would have to be a combo of raspberries and chocolate. hehe

  • Melanie @ Nutritious Eats

    That is the cutest thing ever. Your hubby did well!! I will have to go checkout that book….your tart looks amazing! Photos are gorgeous too.

  • DeliciousDish

    Yay! I love that book. What a great Easter surprise. And what a gorgeous tart! So chock-full of vibrant veggies!

  • Laura @ LauraLivesLife

    Love your Easter story and this tart looks EPIC! I’m loving the new season of vegetable options!

  • Bee

    I’ve done the sweet tarts, now I need to try a savory one. This one looks like it has lots of great spring flavors!

  • Jolene (

    I like any tarts that are savoury.

  • Torviewtoronto

    colourful tart

  • Tessa

    Your Easter Egg hunt sounds cute. I totally would have gone out in my PJ’s too 🙂 Love all the color in this tart!

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