Passover Recipe Round-up

Passover Recipe Round-up

Here are a few of the ideas I have collected for this year:

Breakfast

GF Banana Pancakes (Cleveland Clinic)
Best Pesach Breakfasts (Family Friends Food)

Sides & Appetizers

Matzah Eggrolls (Afooda)
Crustless Tomato Quiche (Kosher Eye)
15 Salad Recipes (Joy of Kosher)
Zucchini Parmesan Pancakes (Martha Stewart)
Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes (Joy of Kosher)
Vegetable & Carmelized Leeks (What Jew Wanna Eat)
Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks (Jo Cooks)
Edible 10 Plagues (Joy of Kosher)
Spinach Potato Nest Bites (May I have that recipe)

Main

Quinoa Meatballs (Kosher in the Kitch)

Dessert

Cheese Cake Brownies (Kosher in the Kitch)
Pesach Cakes & Treats (Family Friends  Food)
Passover Dessert Recipes (Couldn’t be Pareve)
Chocolate Dipped Oranges (Buzzfeed)
Flourless Chocolate Cake (Epicurious)
Lemon and Fresh Raspberry Dacquoise (Good Housekeeping)
Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread (Just about Baked)
Best Passover Sponge Cake (Just About Baked)
Easy Chocolate Cake (Just About Baked)
Ganache Linzer Tart (Just About Baked)
Fudgy Chocolate Bundt Cake (Kosher Like Me)
25 Passover Dessert Recipes (Joy of Kosher)
Blackout Cake (Joy of Kosher)
Passover Pie Recipes by Paula Shoyer (Washington Post)
Flourless Cookies (King Arthur Flour)
Passover Recipes in a Pinch (Lulu & Lattes)
Passover Apple Cake (Shari Rozansky)
Passover Lemon Bars (Joy of Kosher)
Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies (Tori Avey)
Best Chocolate Passover Cookies (NotderbyPie)
Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies (Lil Miss Cakes)
Passover Chocolate Matzah Toffee (Oh Nuts)
Passover Chocolate Nut Sponge Cake (Food52)

Recipe Index

250 Recipes  (Kosher Eye)
101 Recipes (Joy of Kosher)
Over 150 Passover Recipes (Overtime Cook)

Menu Ideas

Seder Menus (A Jewish Homeschool blog)
Passover Menu Ideas (Epicurious)
18 recipes everyone will actually eat (Bon Appetite)
17 Best Seder Recipes (Martha Stewart)
Favorite Passover Recipes (Food & Wine)

Kosher Meal Planning

Kosher Meal Planning

About a year ago, we were at a friend’s house and she was telling us about her wonderful meals that she was getting from Blue Apron. It sounded so great and seemed like it would help differentiate dinners. I was determined to find a kosher version. So I stumbled across Fresh20. It doesn’t provide you with all the ingredients, but it does provide you with a weekly meal plan that is seasonal for 16 weeks worth of meal ideas. I will say there is a lot more meat meals than we are used to eating, but we have swapped out meat for “fake” meat products. I love that you can reuse ingredients for several different meals. Talk about not wasting food and having less leftovers. We bought the menu last January and I still don’t think we have touched all of the recipes yet. We have a couple that we constantly make because they are delicious.

They have lots of meal plans and since you are buying the ingredients, you could probably also buy their Vegetarian meal plan.

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Hacking (and Packing) School Lunches Part 2

Hacking (and Packing) School Lunches Part 2

My husband wrote about some of the thinking that went into our lunch planning with the kids. I figured I should write a follow-up blog about what our results were and some of the specific hacks we have used. I hope you will also share the ideas you come up with.

I created a Pinterest Board so I could save all the ideas that I have found on the internet. I am a visual person and there are so many great ideas. We went through the board with our kids and created our own list.

Here is the list we came up with:

Packing List for Kids' Lunches

We also set up time on Friday afternoons or Sundays to prepare as many snacks as possible for both Shabbat and the week. It may just mean taking down the box of pretzels from above the washing machine and dryer or it might mean packing individual bags for the week. We have the kids put together enough of the snacks that they want to eat during the week, so when they are prepping their lunches they can just pull the kinds of food they want.

We use EasyLunchboxes for the containers. It easily divides their container into three different areas and then they put their snacks for the morning and the afternoon on top of the container in their lunchbox. I think we will need to invest in at least one thermos for some of the new ideas that they have come up with.

Our older kids go to a school that is not nut-free. I have to say that this is amazing. I love the approach they have taken to having individual classrooms that school are nut free/sesame free. The lunch room, however, is not nut free. And its a real game-changer  for my 3rd grader who eats in the lunchroom. She is able to take carrots & hummus, a peanut butter sandwich, etc. It just adds to the variety of options she has. It also teaches her a lesson to be respectful of her peers and make sure her snacks or birthday treats follow the limitations of the rest of the kids in her classroom.

Please share the ideas you come up with.

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Using Microsoft OneNote (a Digital Notebook) for Meal Planning for the Holidays

Using Microsoft OneNote (a Digital Notebook) for Meal Planning for the Holidays

Menu-planning has been sort of all over the place. We plan menus every week, but when it comes to holiday planning, we have never been really organized. Mostly we had planned our menus and created Google Docs for each year with links to recipes as needed or references to where to find the recipe in the cookbooks. I will tell you this has been totally messy and hard to find previous menus. Even typing menu into google doesn’t always bring up all of the documents.

In an effort to decrease clutter and focus some of our digital mess into a more organized fashion we have begun using Microsoft’s OneNote to website recipes clippings (I still do a bunch of it on Pinterest) and paper recipes. It’s our digital cookbook. We had scanned tons of stuff a while ago that’s just sitting on a Google drive and hard to search, so moving forward we have started adding them into the Microsoft’s OneNote

This year, we tried using OneNote during Passover for our meal planning and organizing. It was surprisingly awesome! We had just installed Microsoft Office 365 on our computers and phones. We didn’t get to everything in our plan and had to readjust because our oven died when I was cleaning it for the holiday, but it did help with the process. This probably could be done with Evernote too, but I haven’t ever use Evernote.

We created the plan and then we linked to the recipes that were in the notebook. We also created a shopping list on the side with check off boxes. Because I could access the shopping list, menu, and recipes all at the same time, it made shopping easy. I could go back to look at recipes if I wanted clarification or know if there was a specific type of ingredient that needed to be purchased and make the adjustments as I was shopping.

One of best parts of having recipes available through the web, computer, or mobile device is the access to them from anywhere. For the recipes we use all the time, we can add them to the notebook. An advantage of having them with us is we can plan a menu on the go and can quickly reference the recipe and add ingredients to our shopping list even when we are not home.

 

 

Passover Articles & Recipes Round-up

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I’ve put together a list of resources from blogs, facebook groups, etc. I am happy to add other interesting articles or recipes that are your go tos.

Cleaning

How to Clean for Pesach (Passover) in One Day (Out of the OrthoBox)
Passover Decluttering Challenge
A Halachik Guide to Cleaning and Kashering for Pesach (Beltway Vaad)

Shopping Resources

How to Shop for Passover on a Budget Part 1 from 2011 (Kosher on a Budget)
18 Foods That Don’t Require Special Kosher for Passover Certification (Kosher on a Budget)

Passover Guides
OU Passover Guide
Kashrut.com Passover Guide
CRC Passover Guide
OK Passover Guide
Beth-Din Sephardic Guide
2016 Recommended Passover Product List For Sephardic Communities (JSOR)

Seder

9 Haggadahs That Will Make Your Passover Seder Perfect (Kveller)
Cocktails for each of the 10 plagues (Tablet)
The Pardes Companion to the Haggadah (Pardes)
Passover Party Ideas (Party Idea Pros)
Doily Placecards (Intimate Weddings)
4 Question Placecards (Almost Makes Perfect)
Jewish Placecards (Crafting Jewish Style)

For Kids
10 Passover Freebies (Kosher on a Budget)
Passover for Kids-20 Great Tips for a Kid-Friendly Seder (Jewish Mom)
5 Kid Friendly Seder Ideas (Mazel Moments)
Passover Shtick
Passover for Kids

Haroset
Charoset from Around the World (Beth El, Omaha)
Nut Free Charoset Recipes (Brith Shalom)
Chowhound Haroset
Tropical Charoset (Epicurious)
4 Simple Charoset Recipes (Chabad)
Rachel Willen’s Morrocan Mortar (Sephardic Charoset)

Meal Planning

How to Survive All 8 Days of Passover (Epicurious)
Does your Passover Seder menu need a few new ideas? (Shari Rozansky)
My Family’s Meal Plan (Kosher on a Budget)
Passover Menu Plan 2013 (Kosher on a Budget)
Passover Meal Planning made Easy (Kosher on a Budget)
Passover Meal Plan 2016 (Kosher on a Budget)

Food

Pesach Potato Gnocchi (Family Friends Food)
Spinach Potato Nest Bites (May I have that recipe?)
Gourmet Passover Cooking 2016
Gluten Free Meatballs & Zucchinni Noodles (Chabad)
Zucchini Mina (Jewish Food Hero)
Mini Potato Kuggles (Kveller)
Quinoa with Thai Flavors (New York Times)
Homemade Matzos (MyRecipes)
Potato & Mushroom Pie (All Recipes)
Grilled Different Color Frogs (The Homestead Survival)
Matzah, Mushroom, & Onion Kuggle (Delish)
Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake (Kalyn’s Kitchen)
25 Delicious Ways to use Matzah (BuzzFeed)
Cauliflower Mac N Cheese (Food Network) * Skip the mustard (or buy Kosher for Passover Mustard)
15 Modern Recipes for your Passover Seder (Real Simple)
7 Easy Passover Recipes (Parenting)
Easy Passover Recipes for Tots (Popsugar)
34 Healthy & Delicious Passover Recipes (Greatist)
Top Passover Recipes (Fine Cooking)
18 (Delicious!) Things To Do With Potatoes This Passover (Overtime Cook)
Passover & Passover-Friendly Recipes (Kosher Eye)
Pesach Kani Salad (Joy of Kosher)

Cauliflower Dishes that can be made for Passover
Cauliflower Tortillas (Paleo Leap)
Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Dear Crissy)
Cauliflower Pizza Bites (Damy Health) * Kosher for Passover, if you exclude some of the optional items

Breakfast
4 Ingredient Pancakes (Family Friends Food)
Grain-free Zucchini Bread (Couldn’t Be Pareve)
Eggvocado (The Traveling Spoon)
13 Breakfast Ideas (Diva Indoors)
Passover Breakfast Ideas (Kosher4Passover)
Joy of Kosher Passover Breakfast Ideas (Joy of Kosher)
Passover Chocolate Toffee Recipe (Oh Nuts)
Passover Pancakes – Nut Free (Food)
Passover Pancakes – Nut Free (Cara’s Cravings)

Desserts
14 Craveable Desserts for Passover (Epicurious)
Passover Recipes in a Pinch (Lulu & Lattes)
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble (Epicurious)
Flourless Chocolate Cookies (Overtime Cook)
4 Passover Desserts better than the Bakery (Joy of Kosher)
Best Chocolate Cookies for Passover (NotderbyPie)
Passover Apple Cake (Shari Rozansky)
Frozen Lemon Meringue Pie (Joy of Kosher)
Salted Matza Crack (Brokeass Gourmet)
Chocolate Truffles (Keep it Sweet)
No-Bake Chocolate Matza Cake (Tori Avery)
Cheesecake Brownies (Kosher in the Kitch)
Chewy Gooey Flourless Chocolate Cookies (Recipe Girl)
Flourless Chocolate-Almond Torte (Zoe Bakes)
Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies (Lil Miss Cakes)

Crafts

Passover (Pesach) Crafts that enhance the Seder
10 Playful Passover Crafts (iVillage)
Matzah Holder (Challah Crumbs)
Elijah and Miriam Kiddush Cups (Creative Cynchroncity)
15 DIY Seder Plates (Huffington Post)
Ancient Egyptian Collars (Art History Mom)

 

Menu Planning for January

Starting for December, we started planning our menus a little bit more regularly and consistently. The idea builds upon Kosher on a Budget’s November Meal Plan. But instead of doing the exact same thing every week, we settled on the same type of thing for each night. Read more here.

Our kids were actually dealt better with the meals when they knew what was coming up and could make a decision based upon the theme of the night. There is a lot of evening meetings in January, so I think we’ll need to figure out a lot easier meals.

For January, we are going to try to stick to this routine, but add one night besides Friday Night that will be of Variety.

Sunday Lunches- 
Grilled Cheese

Sunday Dinners-
Leftovers from Shabbat or Pizza

Monday-
Mexican (Quesadillas, Burritos, Enchiladas)

Tuesday (Dance Class)- 
Sandwhiches for the kids & Fish for the Adults

Wednesday (Prep for Shabbat Evening)-
Fleish (Hamburgers, Sloppy Joes)

Thursday
Pasta

Shabbat Lunches
We usually do Sandwiches for the kids as they are exhausted from the walk back and forth, especially when it’s cold and just need time to vedge.
For the adults, we have been doing deli and soup.

Soup Ideas:
Mushroom Barley (Jan 3)
Lentil Soup (Jan 10)
Tomato Basil
Split Pea Soup
Mediterranean Tomato Soup