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For Immediate Release January 1, 2003
Contacts: John Cunningham (410) 366-VEGE
Jeannie McStay (410) 366-8343


VEGAN PASSOVER RECIPES
EGGLESS & DAIRY-FREE DISHES

Trying to figure out what to serve your vegan daughter-in-law? Looking for new parve Passover dishes? Do you find it challenging to get through eight days of matzah with good humor? The 48-page Vegan Passover Recipes is for you.

Chef Nancy Berkoff, R.D., has created 34 delicious Passover dishes. Start with Savory Sweet Potato, Cream of Asparagus, or French Onion soups.The house will smell wonderful while baking Winter Squash with Apricot Stuffing and Apple and Herb Mushrooms. Chef Berkoff's Carrot Pancakes are both colorful and tasty. Eggplant/Matzah Meal Pancakes can be made ahead of time, cooked, and refrigerated for later. For those who don't want to fry these fritters, instructions for baking are included.

Nancy provides the basics: A vegetable stock without chicken fat or added sodium, Savory Spaghetti Sauce, Zucchini/Potato Kugel, and Sweet and Sour Stuffed Cabbage (A new spin on an oldie, but goody).

If you have guests looking for a spicier holiday, try Minted Carrots with Chilies or Moroccan Roasted Eggplant and Pepper Salad. Spinach and Okra Stew served with Scotch Bonnet or Habanero chili is meant to be hot, but if you don't want a lot of heat, the chili can be removed. Make life even more interesting with these sauces: Eggplant and Almond, Apricot and Tomato, or Coconut Curry over Greens.

In a rush like your ancestors leaving Egypt? Nancy's microwave recipes feature Pizza for Pesach, Pizza Casserole (a more sophisticated version for the adults), Vegetarian Kishka, Spinach Mushroom Kugel, and A.M. Crunchies.

Some delectable desserts from Vegan Passover Recipes include Strawberry Sorbet, Baked Pears with Coconut Filling, and Cinnamon Matzah Balls (Matzah balls don't just belong in soup!).

If you're feeling brave and want to try and convert some of your non-Passover dessert recipes, here are the equivalents for flour:

1 Cup all purpose flour = ¼ cup matzah cake meal and ¾ cup potato starch
½ Cup all purpose flour = 2 TB matzah cake meal and 6 TB potato starch

Chef Nancy Berkoff is a registered dietitian and has over 20 years of experience working in the food industry. She has received awards from the American Culinary Federation, California Restaurant Association, and the U.S. Department of the Navy for Culinary Training. In 1994 Ms. Berkoff was named Chef of the Year by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. She is author of Vegan in Volume and Vegan Meals for One or Two.

The Vegetarian Resource Group is a nonprofit organization which educates the public about vegetarian and vegan diets. A vegetarian does not eat meat, fish, or fowl. A vegan is a vegetarian who also does not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. Vegans only need one set of dishes for Passover!

Also available from The Vegetarian Resource Group areThe Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook ($15, ISBN 0-931411-12-2) and No Cholesterol Passover Recipes ($9, ISBN 0-931411-14-9). For more information about vegetarianism, visit www.vrg.org; call (410) 366-VEGE; or write to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

To order the 48-page Vegan Passover Recipes, send $6 to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. Call (410) 366-8343, e-mail vrg@vrg.org, or visit www.vrg.org.

 

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