Passover is one of the most important Jewish holidays. It commemorates the exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Passover is a celebration of freedom that extends far beyond the Jews and the story as we acknowledge and fight for the freedom of all who are enslaved. Passover is observed for eight days and begins with a feast called the Passover Seder held on the first and second nights of the holiday.
This celebration has a lot of food restrictions centering on the forbiddance to eat leavened food products which symbolized the haste at which the Hebrews had to escape Egypt. That means no foods made with yeast, wheat, rye, barley, or spelt. Plus, several animal foods are traditional to the rituals.
In addition to these restrictions, some Ashkenazi Jews also stay away from other foods known as kitniyot. This includes rice, corn, millet, peas, beans, legumes, peanuts, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and mustard seeds. Soybeans are prohibited which makes it somewhat harder for people trying to eat more plant-based meals. Not all people follow this so some of the recipes here will contain kitniyot. If you need ideas and recipes, here are 15 recipes from the Food Monster App that will make your Passover seder festive and delicious.
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Source: Matzo Ball Soup
Bring on Passover with Mark Reinfeld‘s veganized version of traditional Matzo Ball Soup which is practically indistinguishable from anything you had in pre-vegan days. The matzo balls are held together with ground quinoa and flaxseeds, which makes them heartier than the traditional egg-infused ones.
This Charoset recipe by Rhea Parsons is a mixture of nuts, apples, wine, and spices. It is used to symbolize the mortar used to layer bricks and the hard labor done by the slaves but it is also sweet for the sweetness of freedom. This dish is part of the seder ritual and is delicious spread on matzoh.
Source: Vegan Gefilte ‘Fish’
Gelfilte fish is a traditional dish on Passover. It is made from groundfish and served with horseradish. This Vegan Gefilte ‘Fish’ by Rhea Parsons is made with chickpeas, sauteed vegetables, seaweed flakes, Old Bay seasoning, and lemon. It looks like Gefilte fish and the texture is spot on. Serve it with prepared horseradish on a bed of purple cabbage.
Source: Vegan Fried Matzoh Brei
Fried matzoh and matzoh brei are two traditional Passover breakfast dishes. The former keeps the matzoh in large pieces while the latter breaks it up into small pieces. This Vegan Fried Matzoh Brei by Rhea Parsons uses tofu and chickpea flour but you can use your favorite egg replacer as well.
Source: Simple Coconut Macaroons
Joyce Gan‘s Simple Coconut Macaroons are yummy treats that are also good for you. They’re free of refined sugar but still sweet. As they bake, the coconut toasts and takes on a delightfully nutty flavor. You don’t need any special ingredients to make these, either — everything you need is likely already in your pantry.
Source: Mushroom Walnut Paté
You can’t celebrate a Jewish holiday without chopped liver. Well, you can certainly celebrate without the actual liver but Liz Mochrie‘s Mushroom Walnut Paté should be on the menu. It’s rich, creamy, earthy, and surprisingly easy to make. Enjoy it on matzoh or as a dip for vegetable crudités – but however you choose to spread it around, this pâté will instantly make your meal more memorable.
Source: Matzo Toffee
Danie Feld‘s Matzo Toffee is a perfect treat for Passover. It’s one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make. The matzo is covered with homemade caramel and chocolate. Add whatever toppings you like such as nuts or dried fruit. This will be the hit of your holiday feast.
Macaroons are traditional Passover desserts and Barbara Sitomer‘s Vegan and Grain-Free Passover Macaroons are perfect for serving at your seder. The main ingredient is coconut and you can flavor them with several variations. These are quick and easy to make and sure to please any coconut lover.
Danielle Joy‘s No-Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Macaroons must be part of your holiday dinner. Made with coconut, walnuts, and almond butter, these treats are chewy, nutty, and delicious. Make a bunch because these are going to disappear quickly.
Source: Chocolate-Covered Matzoh
If, like most people, you end up with lots of extra matzoh, make this Chocolate-Covered Matzoh by Rhea Parsons. It’s rich, slightly sweet, and crispy. Be sure to add that pinch of sea salt; it makes all the difference and really enhances the taste. Try this and you’ll not only have leftover matzoh but you’ll be buying extra boxes just to make this.
Source: Carrot Cake Macaroons
Laura Hemmington‘s Carrot Cake Macaroons are a bite-sized alternative to carrot cake. These oat-based treats are just delicious when you crave something sweet. They can be made two ways: the first is with a sweet cashew frosting and the other is with a dark chocolate drizzle. Or, get adventurous and try it both ways at the same time. They’re so easy to make and ready in no time!
Source: Healthy Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is not a grain but a seed so it’s allowed during Passover. Wendy Irene‘s Healthy Quinoa Salad is perfect for your Passover dinner. Add whatever veggies you like most and a few chopped nuts for crunch. It can also be made in advance so you can spend your time preparing other dishes.
Source: Fried Matzo
Source: Passover Matzo Pie
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