Eating during Passover can sometimes be a little tricky. Strict dietary restrictions during the holiday mean avoiding any leavened bread during the week, including food that contains wheat, barley, rye, spelt or oats. That leaves those celebrating the holiday with this staple: matzo, or unleavened bread. (For those who don’t know, according to the Passover story, the Hebrew slaves fled Egypt so quickly they didn’t have time to let their bread rise.)
So, yes, forgoing bread for a week can be a bit of a challenge, but thanks to the many ingenious Passover recipes out there, one need not go hungry this year. And since we all plan on making this Passover a healthy one, we only included recipes with less fat and sugar.
The Passover meal is simply not complete without a good matzo ball soup. Made from ground matzo cracker, this recipe from Delish.com calls for fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, unsalted matzo meal and plenty of veggies for a healthier twist on the holiday favorite.
Charoset is a sweet mixture made of fruits and nuts, meant to recall the mortar that the Israelites used to make bricks when they were slaves in Egypt. This recipe from Fine Cooking caught our attention thanks to its use of dried figs, pitted dates and chopped roasted pistachios. All-spice and ground cardamom give it a nice kick.
Brisket is pretty much a staple at Passover dinner, but we think it sometimes gets a little boring. Kick your brisket up a notch this year with this pomegranate-braised version from JoyofKosher.com. We pretty much love any recipe with pomegranates, so we’re on-board. Other flavors include honey, bay leaves, thyme and garlic.
You can’t go wrong with a roast chicken at a Passover Seder. This recipe from Eating Well is easy and delicious, with only a few ingredients, including onion, garlic, olive oil and herbs.
Delight your guests with this unique take on the traditional veggie side. The recipe from Food.com includes onions, broccoli, carrots, matzo meal and eggs. And pretty much any dish you can turn into a muffin gets a thumbs-up from us.
Macaroons are always a big hit at Passover, but they aren’t the healthiest portion of the meal. Give these little treats a healthy makeover with this recipe from FitSugar, which calls for some chopped almonds, giving them a unique crunchy texture.
For even less sugar — and a chocolately twist — try these macaroons from the blog Foodie Goes Healthy. This recipe uses semisweet chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, real vanilla , coffee, sea salt and shredded sweetened coconut.
Think you can’t have delicious chocolate cookies on Passover? Think again. These chocolate soufflé cookies from Fine Cooking have a moist center with a light, crispy outer shell. And bonus: The cookies are gluten-free. These little chocolate wonders use walnuts (for a healthy dose of fat), bittersweet chocolate and egg whites.