Monday, April 18, 2011

Side Dishes Not to Pass Over...

As Passover gets closer, I continue to find myself brainstorming that perfect side dish. I mean, after all, you sit through all of those prayers (often starving) and expect some good food in return! I worry though; because you cant have any bread. However, don’t fret; there are plenty of things to make, sans the leavening effect. And although some holidays may encourage you to eat a bit unhealthy, (i.e. latkas and chocolate gelt) this holiday can be very figure-friendly!

Why Have You Done a Good Thing with these Passover Side Dishes?

1. Charoset

  • Apples= antioxidant vitamin C
  • Red wine= antioxidant resveratrol
  • Nuts=healthy fats & fiber, omega 3’s

2. Gefilte fish

  • Great lean protein

3. Stuffed acorn squash

  • This is a dish made with sweet potato and squash, which puts a spin on the traditional potato dish by diluting the already healthy starch with healthy vegetables. Both have rich color (which means rich nutrients!) especially vitamin A. Check out Whole Food’s recipe here: (sans the rice or barley)

4. Oven roasted asparagus

  • Filled with phytochemicals, antioxidants. Simply roast with EVOO and salt.

5. More than a simple salad

  • Add sautéed onions and mushrooms, roasted sweet potato, cranberries, almonds, carrots and cucumbers with homemade lemon vinaigrette. (mix together minced garlic & shallots, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper)

And for all of you who will be attending, and not hosting seders, I’m sure you are searching for the perfect thing to bring. Look No Further, check out this guide to the best kosher for Passover (some more kosher than others) desserts in NYC from Grubstreet

Don’t get bored with the same old plain matzah. Try…

  • Matzah Pizza
  • Matzah Brie (scrambled or omlette)
  • Matzah with cream cheese and lox
  • Matzah with tuna salad
  • Matzah almond butter and jelly
  • Matzah grilled cheese with tomato
  • Dark chocolate covered matzah

Enjoy and Happy Passover!

--Samantha Jacobs, RD CDN

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