06 Mar 2014 1 Comment
Growing up, Passover meant for me constipation, chocolate covered jelly rings, Manishivitz macaroons and card-board tasting cereal! Every meal had matzah in it and I really felt the digestion issues were all apart of empathizing with the suffering of our ancestors as they left Egypt.
Once I met my husband, who was not raised with Passover processed products, I was quickly introduced to the concept that Passover could be the healthiest time of year. His mother would make soups in the crock pot and every day they would eat a combination of protein (quinoa. meat, chicken, fish), vegetables, fruits and soups/stews.
Now that we eat a healthy diet (and are dairy and gluten free) we really get excited about making Passover healthy, using real ingredients. We only eat matzah during the seder, we make a fresh green juice every morning for breakfast (using our Passover-only juicer) and eat good wholesome meals throughout the week!
Here are some health tips for keeping a healthy Passover:
- Invest in a few cheap passover kitchen appliances. Here are the appliances I mostly use during Passover: A crockpot, great for making soups and stews, a blender to make smoothies and almond milk, if you eat kitniot a rice cooker (for making rice, beans and lentils), food processor (great for kugals, date balls, soups, cauliflower “rice”/pizza crust/mashed “potatoes”), and a Spiral Vegetable Slicer to make vegetable spaghettis or vegetable “rice” (using zucchini, sweet potato etc.). You can buy each of these items for under $40 (most under $25) each.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and yummy soups/stews!
- Embrace quinoa (it is packed with protein, takes the place of rice and can really bulk up your dishes)
- Avoid/limit processed passover food that are filled with hydrogenated oils, trans fat, MSG, sugars, additives, high starch/carbs etc.
- Use plenty of spices and fresh herbs to perk up your dishes (staple spices: sea salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, cumin, cinnamon)
- Use Spectrun Unrefined Coconut Oil (OU states it is kosher for Passover, whithout a special Passover Heksher) instead of margarine or vegetable oils
- Create a meal plan so that you can get excited about trying new recipes
Here are my favorite Healthy Vegetarian Gluten/Dairy Free Passover Recipes:
Chia Yogurt only 3 ingredients: almond milk, chia seeds and fresh blueberries (instead of using frozen)
Almond Milk (save the almond meal to make muffins, pancakes or cookies)
Apple Carrot Muffins (for passover, take out flax meal and just add 1/2c. more almond flour, also take out apple cider vinegar from this recipe…if you can find it KFP)
3 Ingredient Pancake: 1 banana, 2 eggs, 1/4c. almond flour (optional). Mash and mix together and fry up using coconut oil
Grain Free Matzah even though this can’t be used for the Seder, it sure is easy to make and much healthier for you than most gluten free matzah (which is made with tapioca and potato starch)
Vegetable lasagna (for Passover, you may want to omit or change the dairy free ricotta cheese recipe)
Raw Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo (this is great if you have a spiral vegetable slicer but you can also do this with a peeler)
Garlic Sweet Potato Rice (this is great if you have a spiral vegetable slicer)
Sweet potato noodles with roasted red pepper cream pepper sauce (this is great if you have a spiral vegetable slicer)
Matzoh Ball made with almond flour
No Bake Hamantaschen (Raw/Vegan)
Triple Chocolate Hamentaschen (Vegan)
Chocolate Avocado Mousse (there is no avocado flavor and it is the exact same texture of “real” mousse)
Chocolate Energy Truffles (if you don’t want them to be kitniot, just take out the sunflower seeds)
Feel free to share in the comment section below your favorite healthy passover recipe!