Beyond the Seder
This weekend Jewish families all across the world will all gather around the tables in their homes for Seder dinner to retell the Passover story and celebrate the survival of the Jewish people. In observance of this holiday, Jewish families have cleared their homes of hametz, or food forbidden during this eight-day celebration. Very simplified, the story goes that when the Jews fled Egypt and Pharaoh’s oppressive rule, there was no time to let their bread rise. They ran with what they had—unleavened bread. This is why matzah is traditionally eaten during this holiday.
I’ve lived away from home for many years but always make it back to Memphis for Seder. I love being surrounded by my family, sharing in variations of the same meal my grandmother used to prepare for upwards of 70 people. There was always turkey or brisket and usually broccoli casserole—made with Kosher for Passover mayonnaise and a lot of love. Now that my brother and his wife host, the number of guests is smaller but I always leave with a full heart and belly. My problem is always what do I do for the meals after the Seders are done? The weeknight meals to get me through the rest of the grain free period are a struggle. Do you get stuck in a matzah pizza rut too? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. The following recipes will help you create delicious meals for your family without a matzah pizza in sight! It should be noted that depending on your observance level, replace ingredients with Kosher for Passover versions of the same thing as needed. Also, if you are not observing Passover at all, these recipes will still be great gluten free options for family dinners.
BBQ Rub Roasted Chickens with Potatoes and Carrots
Roasting a chicken will take a bit of time so maybe this is for Sunday to be used throughout the week. The leftover chicken would pack well for lunch.
Crustless Quiche with Spinach and Shallots
Recipe: Crustless Spinach Quiche
This quiche paired with a salad makes the perfect weeknight meal. Or grab some lox and you’ve got brunch for dinner!
Recipe: Eggplant Rollups
Perfect for a meat free, dairy meal, you can even roll these up before work and then pop them in the oven when you get home.
Warm Asparagus, Radish, and New Potato Salad with Herb Dressing
This could be the perfect side to a fish dish; maybe roasted salmon or it could be the perfect vehicle for the leftover hard-boiled eggs from the Seder. Slice a few up to mix in and you have a complete meal
Skirt Steak and Cauliflower Rice with Red Pepper Sauce
Not just for Passover, this hearty dish will fill you up and you won’t even miss the grain. It’s a great alternative any time of year if you’re looking to cut back on the carbs