Friday, April 4, 2014

13 Gluten Free Passover Recipes 2014

Photo of a colorful plastic seder plate

Passover is a time of some dietary restrictions, but there is no need to turn to processed packaged Passover foods when there are so many wonderful recipes you can make that are easy, flavorful, healthy and perfect for Passover. 

I have rounded up some great ideas for Passover this year from a variety of blogs that I enjoy!  You can eat well and still keep the Passover eating rules.

And whether you celebrate Passover or not, these grain free ideas are also great for Easter or anytime of the year. Hope you like them.

1. Charoset Bar .

The first idea is fun and inspiring. It comes from a blog that I follow, " Couldn't Be Parve"..
Shoshana makes a Chorset Bar  out  of all kinds of fruits and nuts for the holiday
For those that are not familiar with Passover, Charoset is a fruit and nut recipe that is traditionally served at the Passover ritual Seder.

2. Grain Free Pecan Muffins 

Shoshana also makes these mini muffins that look devine!They are made from all wholesome nutritious ingredients! Just the way I like them!

3, Grain Free Butternut Squash "Souffle" Pie

This recipe comes from Elana's Pantry- another blog I subscribe to . You'll find many great traditional recipes made healthy on Elana's blog. Always something wonderful cooking in her pantry.

4. Pizza For Passover- Grain Free  

This wonderful pizza is actually one of my recipes! It's made with a vegetable crust that is fabulous. You'll love it at Passover or all year round. Feel free to add any toppings of your choice- sauteed mushrooms? caramelized onions? 

A paper plate with Jewish stars on it with a large ball of charoset sitting gin the middle
Traditional Askenazi Charoset for Passover or a great spread for the health conscious

5. Apple and Nut Charoset  

This is also one of my recipes handed down from my grandmother and a family favorite. Easy to make and traditionally eaten at the Passover Seder meal. But it's also makes a great dessert for kids to eat on celery sticks. My grandmother's chopped apple, walnuts, cinnamon, apricot Charoset makes a health conscious  chunky spread

6. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel  -   

This recipe comes from a blog called Cara's Cravings. It's  a clever idea for a grain free, gluten free, Passover kugel! I can only imagine that with the raisins and apples it must be delicious.

7.Mascarpone & Caramelized Fig Blintzes (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free)- 

you have to see this one to believe it.. Looks amazing and perfect for Passover ( just might need to substitute a kosher for Passover cheese ( Ricotta?) Cottage cheese blended? Cara has some amazing recipes on her site. 

8.Mini Potato Kugels  

These mini kugels are made from grated potatoes and are baked in muffin tins! The recipe is from Mayim Bialik star of the popular Big Bang TV Show.. Mayim's recipe was featured on a Jewish parenting blog called Kveller. The recipe makes a great individual kugel for each person and of course meets gluten free standards. Could you also make grated sweet potato  kugels? Not sure..

9.Vegetarian Soup ( chicken like soup) 

 I found this soup on Martha Stewart's website. She also included matzo balls which are not gluten free- However the soup is all natural, kosher for Passover, vegan, and looks delicious. Great if you are having vegetarian guests. 

10. No Bake Chocolate Macaroons-   

Angela at one of my favorite blogs, Oh She Glows,  offers a no bake healthy macaroon that is perfect for Passover. Healthy ingredients makes these macaroons a winner.

11. Spinach Potato Nests

 This recipe makes a beautiful presentation. It is naturally gluten free using potatoes as the base filled with a spinach mixture. A perfect side dish at the Passover Seder.  Looks like a small bird's nest. The portions are individual . I found this recipe on a blog called May I Have that Recipe? They are two sisters who share many traditional Sephardic Jewish recipes. Great Blog!

12. Roasted Mushroom Quinoa Risotto 


Quinoa is not a grain ; it is a seed ,so it is permissible to eat on Passover. What a fabulous looking risotto and a perfect recipe to eat during the week of Passover. It's posted on a wonderful blog called, The Shiksa. I always find wonderful traditional Jewish recipes on this blog.

3 thin pancakes topped with blueberries and raspberries
Breakfast Banana 2 ingredient Pancakes

13. 2 Ingredient Banana Pancakes (grain free)- for breakfast 

This is another one of my recipes . It is a perfect quick and easy Passover breakfast that has only two ingredients , is made in the blender,  and then cooks up in a minute. Top with fresh berries.  Has no grain and is delicious and healthy at Passover or all year long. Everyone loves these.

Easy Sides: 
Baked Potatoes
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Add sliced avocado to salads 
Guacamole - just mash 2 avocados with lemon juice, chopped tomatoes, chopped parsley or cilantro, celery..
Crudites platter with guacamole dip, or other homemade dip
Fennel- just slice and eat like celery or chop and add to your salads
Cottage cheese, quartered tomatoes ,  sliced cucumber a litte EVOO

Real Food "Grab and Go " Ideas during Passover

  • Hard boiled egg
  • Cheese Stick
  • Yogurt 
  • Fruit
  • Nuts 
  • Smoothie- fruit or vegetable smoothies are great pick me ups during Passover or Easter. They continue to provide excellent nutrition during a time when we tend to over indulge in heavy foods
  • Cut up veggies - carrot sticks, celery sticks, cut up red pepper , cucumber sticks ( I use Persian small cucumbers) 

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  1. This is an excellent collection of recipes, Judee. It's wonderful they are both gluten free and suitable for Passover. I particularly like the sound of the Pecan Muffins. Thank you for sharing this post with us at The Hearth and Soul Hop. I've shared it on Facebook :-)

  2. Those muffins look and sound so good. Perfect size for a pecan half on top. I also like your pizza, Judee. While we aren't gluten free, my husband does like to eat low carb. Adding your pizza to my file of low carb ideas.

    Thank you for sharing this Passover round-up. Hope you have a nice Holiday.

  3. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  4. Hi Judee,
    This is a great Passover Roundup with wonderful recipes. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Such a wonderful and healthy collection of recipe. Happy Passover. Thanks for sharing these recipes with us on foodie friday.

  6. These is a great roundup - I need to check out that kugel! Thanks so much for linking sharing this with the Friday Frenzy!

  7. Congratulations Judee!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your weekend and your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Great round up! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)



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