March 2017

5 Full Menu Ideas for Passover {Classic, Modern, Dairy, Vegan & Superfood}

Photo Credit: Passover Seder Plate 5771 by Edsel Little. Licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0
If at any point you have felt like me a few years ago (overwhelmed and with no idea what to cook), you are in the right place my friend, because here we have put together for you 5 menus ideas to cover all your Pesah needs, whether you love the classics, or you love dairy or you are vegan or are into superfoods, we got you covered.  Each menu has 1 haroset recipe, 5 entrees, 3 main dishes, 5 sides dishes and 5 sweet treats. 
 
Since we are Sepharadim, we included some recipes with kitniot but, don’t panic; almost all recipes are grain free anyways.
 


Sephardic Haroset

Entrees
Chicken Soup
Roasted Beets, Kale & Almond Salad
Roasted Asparagus, Avocado & Arugula Salad
Fatoush Salad with Toasted Masoth
Crunchy Pickled Salad

Main

Roasted Beef with Onions

Sides
Arborio & Zuchinni Stuffed Tomatoes
Roasted Sweet Mini Peppers & Asparagus
Vegetables Masoth Pie
Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Roasted Fingerlings Potatoes with Preserved Lemons


Sweet Treats

Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Coconut Pavlova With Chocolate Pudding & Caramel Sauce
Dark Chocolate Dipped Macaroons
Persian Walnuts Cookies
Amaretto-Olive Oil Cake 

 

 

Apricots, Dates & Pistachios Haroset

Entrees
Spinach Salad With Toasted Pepitas and Creamy Dressing
Simple Tomato & Onion Salad With Vincotto Dressing
Frissé & Wild Mushrooms Salad

Main
Coffee Braised Brisket With Potatoes and Carrots
Spinach Cilantro Meatballs
Roasted Chicken
Haroset Braised Short Ribs

Sides
Harissa & Maple Roasted Carrots
Spiral Cinnamon & Sugar Sweet Potatoes
Quinoa Mujadara
Asparagus With Citrus & Oregano
Beet Tartare


Sweet Treats
Coconut Custard with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote
Olive Oil Dark Chocolate Mousse
Pears Baked in Marsala
Dark Chocolate Fruit Candies
Almond-Macaroon Torte With Orange Compote & Chocolate Dressing




Syrian Style Haroset

Entrees
Butter Bean Soup
Green Beans, Beets & Pistachios Salad
Stuffed Figs With Goat Cheese
Crunchy Pickled Salad
Hummus Sirracha Deviled Eggs

Mains:
Grilled Side of Wild Salmon
Eggplant Involtini With Feta
Mushrooms Meatballs

Sides
Horseradish Potato Gratin
Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Tomato-Pesto Tart With Cauliflower Crust
Quinoa Mujadara
Apple & Poppy Seeds Coleslaw

 

Sweet Treats
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Espresso Truffles
Almond Thumbprint Cookies 
Lemon Pudding With Strawberries and Meringue Cigars
Caramel Custard


Apricots, Dates & Pistachios Haroset

 

Entree
Curried Vegetables Stew
Cucumber and Radish Salad
Carrot Beets & Sesame Salad
Red Lentils Hummus with Veggie Sticks
Spring Greens with Orange-Fennel Vinaigrette
 (This vinaigrette contains honey that is not vegan, but you can easily use maple syrup instead 🙂 )
Middle Eastern Okra


Main
Chickpea-Lentils Meatloaf  (This Recipe contains Gluten Free breadcrumbs that are NOT kasher lePesah. Use Matzo meal for all your breadcrumbs needs here ;))
Spicy Smoky Ratatouille
Baked Portobello Mushrooms With Spinach

Sides
Roasted Fingerlings Potatoes with Preserved Lemons
Asparagus and Green Beans Sauté
Braised Baby Artichokes with Red Peppers and Garlic
Tandoori Roasted Cauliflower with Almond Butter  (The link for the Tandoori Seasoning in this post doesn’t exist but you can use this recipe instead)
Flourless & Vegan Vegetables Quiche

Sweet Treats

 

 

Apricots, Dates & Pistachios Haroset


Entrees
Cleansing Soup
All Green Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Israeli Salad
Shaved Carrots & Radish Salad with Pumpkin Seeds
Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans Salad with Maple-Mustard Dressing

Main
Grilled Snapper With Olives Topping
Baked Portobello Mushrooms With Spinach
Rosemary-Maple Roasted Chicken


Sides
Quinoa with dried cherries and almonds
Veggies Pack Paleo Quiche
Beet Bowls Salad
Roasted Baby Potatoes with Capers & Rosemary
Turmeric Lemon Rice

Sweet Treats
Flourless Almond Cookies with Cardamon and Pistachios
Raw Golden Cheesecake
Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream
Cinnamon Raisins Biscotti
Chocolate Avocado Brownies

We hope you found some inspiration or maybe a full menu for your very own Haggadah Dinner.

What menu you liked the most? Let us know in the comment section below and don’t forget to follow on instagram and pinterestWe will love to hear from you.  

Big Family Reunion {+ 2 easy cookies for Passover}


 

I finally decided to write this post because, honestly, I couldn’t hide my excitement anymore 😊. A couple of weeks ago my husband bought the tickets for us to go to Israel for Pesah (First time for me! 😁). Wohoohoooooooooooooooooo! I cannot believe I will be spending time with my beloved sister after 3 long years! (Which has been pretty much an eternity for me 😒)…. Anyways, like this already wasn’t enough, Rut bought the ticket for our mom to come all the way from Dominican Republic sooooo, the excitement has tripled since last ereb shabbath when Rut told me the news. It will be the first time in 3 years that the three of us will spend time together… Finally!
All of this come when there are just a few days left for Ereb Pesah, which marks the start of 7 days free of products and by-products made with 5 grains (wheat, oats, spelt, barley and rye). And, I couldn’t be more excited to cook for Pesah this year! Let me tell you; few years ago I used to have a love-hate relationship with Pesah. I found it too overwhelming because I just didn’t know WHAT-IN-EARTH to cook apart from rice, beans and salads! (don’t even think about eating desserts during Pesah in Dominican Republic. Way tooooo complicated😐) but now that I have being experimenting a bit with grain free and gluten free baking I feel more confident to make sweet treats for this amazing occasion. As a warm up, I want to share with you these two extremely easy cookies recipes. 
 
These cookies are perfect because…
 
You can enjoy them for Pesah!

T
hey use just a handful of ingredients (you probably have them all in your pantry right now) 
 
You don’t need fancy tools  or equipment to make them (your hands and a fork are enough + your baking sheet of course 😅
 
 Here we go…

3 ingredients Peanut Butter Cookie 

Yields: 15 Cookies (20gr each)
 
You will need: 
 
205g Creamy Peanut Butter
50ml Eggs, lightly beaten
50gr Sugar
Pinch of salt 
 
Optional add-ins:
Cinnamon 
Nutmeg
Chocolate Chips 
Roasted Peanuts 
 
How to make: 
 
Preheat your oven to 350ºF (175ºC) and line your baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper.
In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, white sugar and egg and mix very well with a fork or spatula (I will not recommend using a hand mixer or even a whisk, unless you are making many batches of this recipe) until it has a very thick consistency (you going to know when is ready because the consistency is going to change when everything comes together. Trust me on that 😉 )  
 
At this point, you can roll little balls (I weighted mine so they all were 20gr, but you can make them smaller or bigger) and put them onto your prepared baking sheet (I went for the classic design so I also pressed mine with a fork) 
 
Bake in your preheated oven for 8 minutes (keep in mind that if you are making bigger cookies, your baking time will vary). These cookies are done when they are firm on top, barely brown at the bottom and have a matte finish. 
 

 
Get them out of the oven, let them cool on the baking sheet (for a few minutes if your family members let you, of course!) and enjoy! 
 
{This is where you imagine a white plate full of these goodies for the final picture I couldn’t take because they disappeared in an instant O.o}
 
 3 Ingredients Coconut Cookies 
Yields: 14 Cookies (20gr each) 
 
You will need: 
140gr finely shredded Coconut 
70ml Egg Whites 
70gr Sugar 
 
How to Make: 
 
Preheat your oven to 350ºF (175ºC) and line your baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper.
In a saucepan, mix all of your ingredients. Put the saucepan over the heat, stirring all of the time until mixture is well incorporated and the coconut is moist.
 
 
At this point you can drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto your baking sheet or you can shape them a little in your hands, making little flat circles like I did, and then, baking for 30 minutes until they are golden on top. Get them out of the oven and let cool completely onto the baking sheet before store them in an airtight container for several weeks (if they survive that long 😜 )  
 

 

 

Pesach Ingredients Swap List

We all know that for Pesach we can substitute all purpose flour with matza meal (even though, I haven’t been very successful with that myself) but, what if you want to substitute other common ingredients? Or you want to eat something more than potatoes and meat? That’s when this Pesach Ingredients Swap List comes into play.

 

Believe it or not, on this simple matter is where a lot of people can get overwhelmed, I know for experience. This is why I made this Passover Ingredients Swap List with common substitutions to remind you how easy it is to cook (and eat!) during Pesach.

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