Passover Meals and Snacks
Curried Squash and Apple Soup
This is a perfect Autumn harvest soup! The apples add a slight tang that pairs so nicely with the creamy sweetness of the squash!
Crockpot Spaghetti Squah with Ricotta and Tomato
This is a great make ahead dish for those busy winter nights! In this dish the spaghetti squash cooks in its a hearty tomato sauce for hours, leaving the eaters rather than the cook to remove all the strands from the squash – convenient trick!
Ginger Poached Pears
Pears and ginger love each other’s company in this beautiful poached treat! This can be served for an elegant dessert or brunch. If you would like to prepare in advance you can store the pears in an airtight container with the poaching liquid for about a week. Be sure to keep the liquid even after the pears are eaten – it is great to sweeten up your morning smoothies!
Vietnamese Pho with Spiralized Yellow Beets and Rutabaga
There’s nothing quite like a big bowl of Pho – a classic Vietnamese soup filled with loads of veggies and noodles. In this version, I use spiralized beets and rutabaga in place of the noodles, for some guilt-free slurping!
Kale & Sweet Potato Slaw with Cranberries and Pecans
This is a really hearty salad for any meal! And yes ... the sweet potato is added raw and it is delicious!! Bring this salad to your next potluck and you will be the hero! This will make a very large salad, but it will keep in the fridge for a few days if you have leftovers.
Oooh yes Apple Nachos! Crisp apple slices are layered with melted peanut butter, caramel and toasted nuts – what could be better! This is a great “healthy” treat to have while watching a big game without the guilt!
Maple Tahini Baked Eggplants
If you are looking to really wow your guests – this recipe is it! I use round Italian eggplants for a spectacular presentation here, any small eggplants can be used!
Apple Date Quinoa Porridge
This is a great alternative to the classic oatmeal – using superfood quinoa! It’s also super delicious and satisfying!
Swiss Chard and Halloumi Frittata
This is a great meal for a light dinner, served with a side salad or roasted potatoes. It’s jam packed with greens and the halloumi adds a really nice salty contrast! I use a cast iron skillet here which makes a really nice presentation plus it is oven safe. If you don’t have one, just use a regular pan to sauté the veggies and then transfer into an oven safe baking dish and top with the eggs. Bake as directed.
Labneh Topped with Zaatar
This is just a perfect combination for a really creamy dip with a Middle Eastern twist! I love that it is also super simple to whip up in a hurry! Put it in the center of a big tray of raw veggies and snack away. You can also serve with pita wedges or tortilla chips.
Sesame Roasted Asparagus
A nice simple side dish! The asparagus is laced with sesame goodness both from the sesame oil and the beautiful sprinkling of sesame seeds.
Lemony Celery and Portobello Salad
This is a great change from a routine green salad. It is really easy to put together and it is really fun to eat, really fresh, lemony and crunchy!
Homemade Almond Halva
Halva is a Middle Eastern Dessert delicacy! Making your own is actually a lot easier than you may imagine! In this version I added almonds and a touch of rose water, as that has always been my favorite halva flavorings. I suggest you use a candy thermometer for this to ensure precision.
Roasted Balsamic Onion Slices
While onions are really important as a flavor base in most every dish, I like to use them as the star once in a while! Here, they do just that! These balsamic onion slices make a great veggie side to serve with your meal or a salad topper.
Dill and Sundried Tomato Egg Salad
A great egg salad to spread on crackers or scoop over a bed of lettuce.
Hasselback potatoes are a Swedish classic! Pull apart the crispy wedges and see for yourself why they are just so popular! Part fries, part potato wedges and part baked potato! In my version I flavor these delicious little bites with garlic and rosemary.
Smoky Mediterranean Eggplant Salad
This dish is so creamy and smoky – really delicious! Serve it as a side salad or as an appetizer with some pita chips for dipping.
Boston Lettuce Topped with Cremini Mushrroms
A great simple side salad to serve with a pizza or quiche!
Peanutty Cucumber “Noodle” Salad
This is a great refreshing “noodle” salad – where the noodles are made entirely of ... cucumbers!! Really yummy without the guilt!
Dark Chocolate Almond Treats
These little dessert treats are so special! The crunchy almonds underneath the smooth dark chocolate is just divine! When baking with nuts its always important to use good quality nuts and toast them to bring out their flavor. I suggest using a chocolate mold which can be purchased at a baking supply store to make the pretty flower shapes. You can also use a silicone ice cube tray. If you want to make these in advance, pop them out of the molds once set and place in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. This recipe will give you about 36 chocolate treats.