With Easter and Passover right around the corner many of us are looking forward to sharing time and traditional meals with family and friends. Passover lasts for eight days and for those who observe the holiday no regular breads or baked goods are eaten. Wheat, oats, barley, rye, and spelt are forbidden, with the exception of matzo, which is made with flour and water. When someone in the group follows a vegan or gluten-free diet it can be challenging to find a menu that meets everyone’s needs.
If you’re looking for a vegan or gluten-free twist to some of the traditional dishes here’s some inspiration.
Classic Veggie Roast
This dish is a staple in our house and something we make for almost every holiday. Generally I use whatever vegetables are in my refrigerator, chop them up and roast them with a bit of olive oil and sea salt. Sometimes I make two separate veggie dishes-one with potatoes and one without. You can see the veggie roast/ratatouille recipe HERE.
Smashed Garlic Potatoes
My kids love almost anything with potatoes. THIS vegan, gluten-free mashed potatoes recipe will be a hit with the big kids too. If there’s a nut allergy it’s simple to swap out the almond milk for another type of dairy-free milk. Leave out the nutritional yeast if you’re celebrating Passover!
It’s truly amazing how many foods now have a gluten-free option. Even matzo, which is typically made from wheat flour, is now available in a gluten-free form. Here’s a list of several companies who are selling gluten-free matzo. If you’re feeling ambitious how about making your own matzo? HERE’s a relatively simple recipe to test out.
Sweet Sunflower Green Beans
The combination of green beans and red onions make these green beans a gorgeous dish for any holiday. The total prep time is about 25 minutes-this works for me. You’ll find the whole recipe HERE.
Vegan Matzo Ball Soup with Spring Vegetables
If you’re a spinach lover this recipe will ‘wow’ the crowd and can be used for both Easter and Passover meals. HERE’s the recipe. There are nuts, but they can be omitted if needed.
What are some of your favorite vegan and gluten-free Easter and Passover dishes?