In the past, we have shared wonderful recipes for Easter. Today, we’re focusing on Passover. For people who know anything about Passover, it might sound impossible. After all, matzo is at the base of so many delicious Passover recipes! Matzo is an unleavened flatbread that can be turned into breadcrumbs and is high in carbs. It is integral in celebrating Passover. But, with some tweaks, you can enjoy favorite Passover sides and treats without the carbs.
We’re starting with dessert! Coconut macaroons are a favorite treat at Passover. They are light and chewy. But they are also high in sugar. They aren’t very sweet, yet they pack a massive punch of carbs. This recipe uses noncaloric sweeteners, unsweetened shredded coconut and sugar-free chocolate to make the cookies we all love without the carbs we want to avoid. A serving has 105 calories, three grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
The problem with noodle kugel is in the name. The noodles of this delicious dish make it a hazard for blood sugar. It’s a mix of egg noodles, sour cream, sugar, cinnamon and eggs that makes a sweet casserole that is hard to resist! This recipe keeps the sweetness, cinnamon and eggs and does away with everything else. Using spaghetti squash, you get a fantastic mock version that reviewers love. It works out wonderfully: you still get the taste with far fewer carbs. A serving has 59.4 calories, 8.3 grams of carbs and 0.2 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Gefilte fish is one of those foods that gets a bad rap. If you like white fish and you have had it and didn’t enjoy it, we’re willing to bet you had it unadulterated out of a jar. Freshly made gefilte fish (or the stuff out of a jar dressed up) is delicious. If people called it a “spiced white fish meatball,” more folks would be interested in trying it. Homemade gefilte fish is terrific and not complicated! Once you’ve tried this recipe, we’re sure you’ll agree. A serving has 380 calories, 11 grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Every culture has dumplings. Matzo ball soup is a delicious chicken soup with dumplings made from matzo. It can either be just stock with a matzo ball or have meat and vegetables. This version has tons of meat, celery, onions and rutabaga. The “matzo balls” are made with ground almonds and cook in the soup. This soup is easy to make but does take some time. It’s worth it! We don’t think a Passover meal is complete without matzo ball soup! A serving has 450 calories, 11.6 grams of carbs and 5.1 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
We hope everyone reading this has a wonderful Passover. These recipes will let you join in celebrating whether you’re Jewish or just want to experience some of the food. Chag Pesach Sameach!