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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

It's Passover Time!

I know there are a few Jewish folks who read this blog.

My immediate family (Mom, Dad, Kevin, Mary Ruth, and little Samantha) are all lacto-ovo vegetarians. So, our seder dinners, where we eat lots of food and retell the story of the Jews leaving slavery in Egypt, are vegetarian.

Last Passover was my first as a vegan, and occurred only a month after I became a vegan. As the eight day Passover diet restricts grains, rice, corn, and legumes, it's always been a challenge to me, since I eat a lot of soy. However, with excluding eggs and dairy from my diet, I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to get through all eight days without absolutely losing it.

I prepared. I made a vegetable nut loaf and a sweet potato and apple dish for seder, and they were delicious. I tried a recipe for matzah balls without eggs and they were a complete disaster. But, most importantly, unlike any previous Passover when in frustration I'd unhealthily gorge myself on eggs and dairy, I was prepared.

And, it was my easiest Passover ever.

I highly recommend Chef Nancy Berkoff's Vegan Passover Recipes and Roberta Kalechofsky's The Vegetarian Pesach Cookbook. Also, the Vegetarian Resource Group has some great recipes, including a Sweet Potato Kugel, which I convinced Hadassah to send the recipe to all of its new members, but that's another odd story.

So, to those of you who celebrate Passover, have a wonderful holiday.


lisa said...

The sweet potato kugel sounds amazing. If I were doing a seder this year, I'd definitely put that on the menu. (Alas, since I feel like crap this week, I'm not doing ANYTHING.)

I have a really hard time imagining Passover without eggs, so I'm impressed that you've found ways around that. Good for you! :-)

Danielle said...

There's a wonderful sweet potato kugel recipe in "How it All Vegan!" which I made when I was visiting my family over Rosh Hashanah. I don't even try to keep Passover, but then I'm not observant.

Stacey said...

Yeah, vegan Passover is hard, not just because of the matzah ball soup (I remember having decent, but small, vegan balls made with potato starch a few yrs ago), but because my childhood favorite Passover lunches all involved cheese - it seemed like an entire week of cheese eating as a kid.

I don't know which nut loaf you made, but there's a good one in The Jewish Vegetarian Year Cookbook by Roberta Kalechofsky and Rosa Rasiel. It's actually a vegan cookbook. Also, in the next few days I will post my Passover recipes, so please swing by.

KleoPatra said...

Really cool to see this blog! I am also a Jewish vegan runner... tho not a doctor, or future doc! Thanks for having this blog. And good for you to keep Pesach kosher so nicely and delectably!

Anonymous said...

I'm not jewish, but I do enjoy your blog. I couldn't help noticing that Vegan with a Vengeance has a recipe for vegan matzoh soup. She has it on her website, too, I

Anyway, this is a great blog!