Vegetarian "meatballs"

By | April 11, 2014

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I’m way too tired to be blogging now … the kitchen has just been completely Pesach-ed and my brain is completely asleep. But I’ve been working on this recipe for awhile, and I really wanted to share it in time for Pesach.

Vegetarian meatballs are a great dish to have around if there’ll be any vegetarians at your seder table/yom tov table. You could serve these as an appetizer, just two on a little mound of mashed potatoes, or pass around a big bowl of them as a side or even a main. And if you’re trying to serve something aside from potatoes, try them with zucchini noodles or quinoa, if that’s a Pesach option for you.

In the course of testing this recipe, I tried making meatballs out of sweet potatoes (way too dense) and butternut squash (loved the flavor, but also too heavy). This version, with its base of eggplant, mushrooms, and onions, is light and flavorful — and I know I’m going to keep making them long after Pesach is over.

Chag kasher v’sameach to all of you!

Zucchini-crust pizza

By | April 8, 2014

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How do you take your Pesach pizza? Matzah pizza is probably the #1 answer on that, but once you’ve had your share of matzah, zucchini-crust pizza makes a great alternative. It’s essentially a big zucchini latke, but there’s cheese in the batter for extra help with the binding, and it doesn’t involve all that oil. Actually, it doesn’t involve oil at all. And maybe if you tell your kids it’s “Pesach pizza” without mentioning the key ingredient, they’ll get in a couple servings of veggies with their sauce and cheese.

Zucchini-crust pizza is a totally fun choice for a chol hamoed meal, but I feel like I should point out that because its base is zucchinis and not bread, it’s less filling than regular pizza would be. A soup or salad should do the trick, though. Or fries … oven fries, to keep things light.

Pesach menu 2014

By | April 6, 2014

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Planning our Pesach menu is so much easier than cleaning. For one thing, it doesn’t require moving. It also doesn’t involve camping out in the fridge and freezer or working with the always-terrifying 50-micron foil. So of course I’m tackling the menu first.

Some of you are probably already cooking for Pesach (???), but for those of you who still have plenty of space on your menus, I hope this gives you some tasty ideas.

This 13-day menu takes us from five days before erev yom tov to the very last Pesach meal (in Israel). New for this year, I’ve included breakfast each day and a running list of things to keep on hand for the toddler. In an effort to make this menu realistic, you’ll see that I’ve written “leftovers” in a bunch of spots. But a plan is a plan, right?

* Need more menu inspiration? Have a look at my menus for Pesach 2013 and Pesach 2012. And come back during the week for two new Pesach recipes! *

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{83 recipes!} Pesach roundup 2014

By | April 3, 2014

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Congratulations to Rivkah (entry #47), the winner of the giveaway for Passover: A Kosher Collection! Thanks to everyone who entered.

I so clearly remember working on the Pesach roundup for 2013. I did it almost entirely with one hand, because the other one was always full of baby. It took forever to finish it (all those links!), but I was so impressed with myself for doing it at all that I didn’t really mind. And all of a sudden, it’s time to talk about making Pesach 2014. My son’s 15 months now, and instead of writing one-handed blog posts, I’ve progressed to blogging with both hands when he’s asleep for the night.

So it’s with two hands that I present you with these 83 Pesach recipes. They’re either already kosher l’pesach, or they can be made that way with simple substitutions, all noted below. If this helps fill in the blanks on your menu plan, yay and yay. And now I have to make my menu. Be back with that soon.

Disclaimer: You know your family’s minhagim better than I do. Please check any recipe you’d like to use to make sure it’s in line with the way you cook for Pesach. In case of doubt, always check with your rav.

cream-cheese-11.jpgAppetizers, Dips, and Quick Little Tricks

tomato-brother-w-julienned-veg-1.jpg Soups

cabbage-1.jpg Salads, Dressings & Croutons

 balsamic-roasted-mushrooms-3.jpg Side Dishes (pareve)

potato-leek-latkes-1.jpg Latkes, etc.

gratin-1.jpg Fish & Dairy

pesach-rolls-11.jpgBreakfast & Brunch

 matzah-crack-1.jpg Desserts & Snacks

coffee-granita-1.jpg Drinks