March 12, 2015 by
Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor
Traditionally there are many food restrictions during the eight days of Passover. If you’re vegan, preparing a wide variety of foods during Passover can be overwhelming at times. Below are several vegan recipes that you can prepare during Passover. You can also purchase the books mentioned below from The Vegetarian Resource Group at: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/
French Onion Soup (from Vegan Passover Recipes)
This hearty soup can be served as an entrée, paired with steamed or braised greens.
2 pounds (about 4-1/2 cups) assorted onions (red, yellow, white, sweet, etc.)
Vegetable oil spray
1/4 cup finely minced carrots
5 cups vegetable stock
2 whole matzo, broken into crouton-size pieces
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
Peel onions and slice very thinly. Separate the rings.
Spray a large pot with oil. Allow to heat. Sauté carrots briefly, about 2 minutes. Add onions (the pot should be very full). Over a low flame, allow onions to cook, stirring to turn, until they are caramelized. This can take up to 45 minutes.
Add stock and cover. Allow soup to simmer for at least 1 hour, until flavors blend.
Serve very hot, garnished with matzo and fresh mushrooms.
Beet Salad (from The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook)
4 cups cooked fresh beets (or two 16-ounce cans, drained beets), finely chopped
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
2 Tablespoons vinegar
2 Tablespoons orange juice concentrate
2 Tablespoons fresh dill, finely minced
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Chill and toss once before serving.
Sweet Potato Kugel (from No Cholesterol Passover Recipes)
6 small sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
3 apples, peeled and grated
1 cup raisins
1 cup matzo meal
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
1 cup fruit juice or water
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together. Press mixture into a large baking dish. Bake 45 minutes at 375 degrees until kugel is crisp on top. Serve.
Fruit-Nut Chews (from No Cholesterol Passover Recipes)
Here’s a great treat for children!
2 cups matzo meal
2 cups farfel
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins or chopped dates
¼ cup potato starch
½ cup oil
1 cup water
1 cup mashed potatoes (about 2 ripe bananas)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in nuts and raisins or chopped dates. Beat potato starch, oil, water, and mashed banana together. Beat into dry mixture.
Drop onto oiled cookie sheets with a teaspoon. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.