It’s that time of year again when our family gets together and sits around for the traditional Passover meal, the Seder, to read about the exodus from Egypt, sing songs and eat cake that tastes like dry sponges. I love the family aspect of the Passover holiday and everything that we’re celebrating but, the food is not my favourite. I’m never sure what to make during the 8 days we aren’t allowed to eat bread, beans, rice, oats etc. It can also be a challenge to find healthy and easy Passover dinner recipes. To help me figure out what Passover meals to make over the next little while, I’ve come up with a few Passover meal ideas. I hope they help you too!
What is Passover?
If you’re not sure exactly what Passover is all about you can read a bit about it here and some of the traditions are described here. A big part of the Passover holiday is abiding by strict guidelines in terms of the food we should and should not eat during the 8 day holiday. The following foods should not be eaten during Passover:
- Anything leavened (bread, crackers, pasta etc)
- Barley, rye, oats, spelt
With all of these restrictions, finding decent Passover meal ideas and options can be a challenge. I like to make meals without any of the specially made for Passover ingredients as much as possible. For example, I’ll stay away from pasta for the week rather than eating pasta made out of potato starch. It’s also a great opportunity to add more salads and veggies to your day since all veggies are kosher for Passover.
Passover Meal Ideas
Personally I find breakfast the most difficult meal to figure out. We’re usually on the go so I don’t have time to make anything that requires the stove or oven. If I have more time, we’ll make eggs and Matzo Brei (which is my favourite Passover dish).
These Passover breakfast options are all pretty easy and healthy:
We’re usually at work during the day so whatever we take for lunch has to be portable and easy. Here are a few of our favourite Passover lunch ideas:
- Salads are my big Passover lunch staples. I try to add some eggs, chicken, fish or cheese for a bit of protein.
- Matzo pizza. Just take a big piece of matzoh, slather it with pizza sauce, add your favourite veggies and sprinkle some mozzarella cheese. Either bake it in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes or put it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time.
- Leftovers! Whether from the Seder dinner or later in the week – just heat and serve.
For our son, even though he’s not in school he’s usually at a Passover day camp or hockey camp so he needs to bring easy and healthy Passover food with him for the day. He’s typically ok with having the same thing on repeat (as long as he likes it) so his go to Passover lunch options are: egg matzah, cheese, fruit, hard boiled eggs and cut up veggies.
- You can steal a couple of ideas from my Low Iodine Diet Meal Idea post since some of them fit perfectly within the dietary restrictions of Passover – give the roasted chicken with fresh herbs a try along with the best roasted root vegetables or the fish and homemade sweet potato fries.
- Lasagna made out of veggies – use sliced zucchini instead of pasta. You can also use matzo instead of pasta but remember to soak it first. Also, adding the matzo makes for a heavier dish.
- Cauliflower crusted pizza. I tried this one last year and it wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped. I may need to try it again this year.
- Zoodles with meat sauce. Instead of pasta, spiralize your zucchini and add tomato sauce with ground beef or turkey.
- Chicken fingers coated with matzo or almond flour. Instead of using shake and bake, crush matzo, add spices and use the matzo/spice mixture to coat the chicken. Then bake the chicken in the oven as you otherwise would.
- You can also make my Cauliflower Fried Rice with Leftover Turkey and Veggies. Just find a Kosher for Passover teriyaki sauce.
- The Saucy Korean Turkey can also be modified to make it Kosher for Passover. Use either Kosher quinoa or cauliflower rice as a base and a pre-made Kosher for Passover stir fry sauce. Usually I would advocate for making your own sauce but in this case it can be a challenge since some Kosher for Passover ingredients can be difficult to find.
- Another awesome Passover dinner recipe is my Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan. Since I typically use almond flour to coat the eggplant slices, this dinner suggestion is naturally gluten free and Kosher for Passover. It’s also great as leftovers for the next day to bring to work.
I hope you found this list of Passover meal ideas helpful! If you celebrate Passover, I’d love to hear what special dishes you enjoy making and eating with your family.
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