Alex Guarnaschelli with hand on chin
Alex Guarnaschelli's Non-Negotiable Easter Dinner Sides

At an Easter feast, the main course tends to get most of the glory. However, chef Alex Guarnaschelli believes the side dishes should have their moment, too.

She prefers to serve vegetable sides, telling Food & Wine, "I think there needs to be something really green that celebrates the beginning of spring. For me, that's mandatory."

The "Chopped" star insists on adding asparagus to her Easter menu, but she's also a fan of other spring produce like sugar snap peas, pea flowers, pea shoots, and fresh herbs.

Another of Guarnaschelli's must-haves during the holiday are deviled eggs. She folds whipped cream into the yolk mixture to make the filling fluffier.

If the idea of a huge Easter dinner stresses you out, Guarnaschelli's vegetable side dishes could just as easily make an appearance on an Easter brunch spread.