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Deliciously Inspired Passover Recipe Ideas

Will you or someone you care about be celebrating Passover this year? Will you be welcoming someone new to this important Festival? Or are you a simply looking for new ideas? Then read on dear reader, read on!

Even if we don’t stay 100% Kosher for the rest of the year, it’s sometimes nice to go back to our roots and observe the long-held traditions of the Pesach for this special period – and food, of course, plays a significant role in those traditions!

Whilst I know that many families – my own included – have those special dishes that they couldn’t imagine the celebrations without (almond macaroons, tzimmes, potato kugel…) I also know that it can sometimes be nice to introduce something new and delicious to the table – especially if this is going to be your first time hosting or you just fancy broadening your culinary horizons.

To help you along that journey, I’ve pulled together a selection of my Pesach-friendly recipes guaranteed to tantalize your taste-buds – these can easily be found on the My Relationship with Food website – including my gorgeous Grain Free Chocolate Coconut Pancakes, sublime Shakshuka, heavenly Hamburgers in “Buns” and addictive Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – they, and the details of many more can be found here:

Recipes online @ myrelationshipwithfood.com

Breakfast

Roasted Summer Berries

Perfect Poached eggs

Scrambled Eggs with Savoy Cabbage

Shakshuka

Spinach Crepe with Avocado & Smoked Salmon

Cottage Cheese & Smoked Salmon Bowl

Grain Free Chocolate Coconut Pancakes

Lunch

Carrot & Courgette Soup

Leek & Feta Frittata

Green Berry Salad

Coconut & Avocado Wedges with Homemade Ketchup

Dinner

Hamburgers in Portobello Mushrooms

Grain Free Beef Holishkes

Desserts & Cookies

Decadent Coconut Brownies

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grain Free Pecan Pie

Grain Free Chocolate Cake (omit the Halva)

Grain Free Apple & Blackberry Crumble

Grain Free Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grain Free Coconut Biscotti

 BUT that’s just an appetiser!!

If you fancy getting your hands on even more inspiration and a full collection of my recipes  (both Pesach and non Pesach friendly) either for yourself or to treat that special someone then why not grab a copy of the “My Relationship with Food” cookbook?! I’m currently offering FREE DELIVERY using the code: “Pesach” when ordering. It’s the gift that will go on giving well beyond Passover.

Food plays an important role in the celebration of Passover. It inspires many who may not keep kosher throughout the year to be more observant of kosher laws on Passover.

Most people get over excited during this festival and suddenly an abundance of cakes and biscuits are served from morning to night! I am not suggesting that a little treat during the festival is a crime, but the word abundance points to the problem! If we simply ate the foods off the Seder plate – an egg, some horseradish, a scoop of haroset, nobody would worry about weight gain during Passover, but our holiday feasts go far beyond unleavened bread and bitter herbs. It can feel challenging to resist the tantalizing temptations placed before us during the festival, but by keeping a few key things in mind, we can please our Passover palates without turning into matzo balls ourselves!

Essentially, there are three areas where we all tend to get into trouble; the amounts of food we consume, the types of foods we indulge in and the general lack of activity and exercise over the festive period. With a little know how and a touch of self-discipline, one can pass-over virtually unscathed.

Here are some of my top tips

  1. Investing in a food processor to allow you to create raw, gluten-free healthy treats, combining dates and nuts. Alternatively, make your own nut butters using one of the vast array of nut choices we have at our fingertips.
  2. Stay off the Matzo! You don’t need to be loading up those dry crackers with butter, jam, and cheeses or even fry them into a matzo-brei. And do you usually have eggy bread every morning? Just because you can doesn’t mean you should… If you must, try the gluten –free option which is softer on your stomach
  3. Make smoothies and juices to start your day, fill up with vegetables and fruits, and if you have a strong Nutribullet, then throw in some nuts for protein.
  4. Make a big vegetable frittata to keep on hand in the fridge to ease and hunger pangs.
  5. Cauliflower is a lifesaver… cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza, roasted cauliflower and cauliflower soup. One vegetable can be utilized in so many different ways.
  6. Stay off the mayonnaise. Try to make fresh salads with protein from nuts, salmon, chicken or beef. And make your own salad dressings using walnut oil, black pepper, salt, honey and lemon.
  7. When it comes to dessert, fresh fruit and dark chocolate are good options, but if you really must try your host’s I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-hametzdessert, choose one item and move on. Remember, no one is holding you hostage until you eat every item at the table. You should not feel it is mandatory to try every dish to be a grateful guest.
  8. Try to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily meals and snacks; they’re kosher for Passover and taste the same as they do the rest of the year. Plan ahead and crunch on precut carrots and cucumbers instead of the kosher-for-Passover crisps and biscuits.
  9. Stay off non-dairy whipped topping. Most pareve ice creams contain chemical and high-fat based whip. Most processed Passover foods will include at least one artificial ingredient. And if you’re lucky enough to uncover an “all natural” product, what that really means is it has a ton of sugar. Make banana ice cream, one natural ingredient can be turned into something healthy and spectacular. How about banana ice cream cake which you can even partake in for breakfast.
  10. This is a perfect time to make your healthy vows – invest in a spiralizer! You can make delicious veggie noodles instead of spaghetti – sweet potato, courgette and carrot are just a few to get you started.

Here are some of my favourite recipes from My Relationship with Food cookbook to get you through Pesach

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Breakfast

Recipe                                                                   Page

Almond Milk                                                             Page 26

Banana & Chia Seed Pancakes                              Page 24

Cashew Butter                                                          Page 28

Shakshuka                                                                 Page 140

Sweet Potato Latkes with Poached Eggs             Page 144

Omelette with Avocado & Sun kissed Tomato   Page 188

Green Goddess Smoothie                                       Page 190

Eggs Baked in Portobello Mushrooms                 Page 192


Lunch

Recipe                                                                   Page

Lamb Chops with Coriander & Mint                     Page 40

Baked Asparagus in Parmesan Crust                    Page 50

Lemon & Rosemary Chicken                                  Page 92

Carrot & Courgette Soup                                         Page 106

Honey & Soy Baked Salmon                                   Page 152

Cauliflower Pizza Base with Blue Cheese

Pear & Walnuts                                                          Page 146

Butternut Squash & Carrot Soup                           Page 156

Aubergine Sauce with Courgette Spaghetti         Page 164

Roasted Beetroot & Orange Salad                         Page 196

Salmon with Wasabi & Pistachio Crust                Page 204


Sides

Recipe                                                                   Page

Brussels Sprout Chips                                             Page 208

Spicy Potatoes                                                           Page 210

Sweet Potato Gratin                                                 Page 158

Horseradish Mashed Potato                                  Page 166

Cucumber & Dill Salad                                            Page 108

Pan Fried New Potatoes with Shallot                   Page 110

Gazpacho Soup                                                          Page 112


Dinner

Recipe                                                                   Page

Lamb Shanks                                                             Page 58

Sticky BBQ Chicken                                                 Page 62

Oven Baked Cod with Peppers & Olives              Page 66

Beef with Asparagus and Teriyaki                        Page 68

Whole Baked Sea Bass in Banana Leaves           Page 122

Chicken Tagine with Apricot & Ginger                Page 170

Bolognese with Spiralised Sweet Potato              Page 174


Desserts

Recipe                                                                   Page

Almond Macaroons                                                 Page 74

Frozen Berries Coconut Sorbet                             Page 126

Apple Almond Pudding                                          Page 178

Fig & Almond Cake                                                 Page 182

Raw Tiramisu                                                           Page 228

Raw Chocolate Mousse Cake                                 Page 234


 

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