Menu for Passover and Unleavened Bread

I finally got my Passover/Unleavened Bread menu planned! We'll be celebrating Passover from sunset on Saturday to sunset on Sunday. Passover is a day of rest (sabbath), as well.

After Passover, we'll have a whole week of Unleavened Bread -- and won't eat anything with leaven (yeast, baking soda, baking powder).

Passover is my favorite holiday and it's always such a blessed time of reflection and remembrance of our deliverance from sin through the blood of our Passover Lamb, Yeshua (Jesus).

Menu for Passover (I'm keeping it very simple)

Matza ball Soup
Oven-roasted chicken
Unleavened bread
Salad
Cooked peas and carrots
Unleavened chocolate cake (Yehoshua turns 4!)

My dinners for the week of unleavened bread

Saucy chicken broccoli bake (using leftover chicken)
AGK's organic chicken fettuccine
Taco salad
Chicken squash bake
Broccoli and cheese mina
Italian beef and beans over pasta
Easy chuck roast

I'll be sharing another unleavened bread recipe after I make it and take pictures. I am also excited about the cake for Yehoshua! It has been a couple of years since I made the cake, so hopefully it will turn out well and I can share the recipe! :)

I am, however, stumped when it comes to packing Joshua's lunch all week. I remember how poorly I did last year! I think Joshua practically starved at work. He doesn't like "sandwiches" made with unleavened bread... any ideas for an unleavened packed lunch food?? Joshua doesn't have access to a microwave at work, and only gets 15 minutes to eat lunch.

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Ideas include sandwiches made with romaine lettuce or other lettuce, salads with a protein option, matza pizza or lasagna, quinoa (which some Jewish rabbis allow on Passover since it is not technically a grain) salads. Also, maybe google for Atkins or South Beach phase one recipes, since they should be grainless.

How about salads? You could include whatever kind of meat you would have put on a sandwich in the salad.
How about pasta salads.
How about hard boiled eggs?
How about making homemade "lunchables" using sliced deli meats and cheese but using matza instead of crackers?
Or how about peanut butter and jelly on matza?
How about cottage cheese with pineapple?
These are some of the things I did last year. Thankfully this year my DH has vacation all next week as it will be a bit easier coming up with lunch ideas at home.

Hi Tammy!

Your menu looks yummy! I am intrigued by the unleavened chocolate cake - I can't wait to see the recipe! :)

Say, have you thought about flatbreads for Joshua's lunches? I haven't looked at many recipes, but wondered if they have any leavening in them. Also, you could try the potato lefse recipe I posted on my site, as it uses mashed potatoes and no other leavening (just flour, milk, butter, salt & sugar). Just an idea. ;) It would be more like eating a wrap or something all week, but it might stick to his ribs more than a salad every day! :)

Have a great day!

Tammy,

There is a great post here with some ideas that might work:

http://www.moneysavingmom.com/2007/11/input-requested-brown-bagging-it.html

Have you tried any dishes with noodles? There are good noodle and spaetzle (a german noodle/dumpling) on the Internet - these will go well with a sauce or gravy over them and will provide a heartier meal, although - if he doesn't have access to a microwave, they'd have to be cold dishes.

Just a thought! :)

I think wraps would be the easiest idea too. You can fill them with meat and salad fixings and he can add the sauce just before he eats them.

Here's a recipe you could try... it looks like pancakes, but has more substance to it and definitely taste different! When I make it as a meal, I make a white sauce to eat it with (on top). You might be able to use those for lunches too, as a "bread variation". Here it is:

Oatmeal Croquettes
-2 cups oatmeal
-1 grated onion
-1/4 cup cheese
-1/4 cup ground sunflower seeds
-parsley, garlic, salt, thyme, paprika, and bay leaf

Soak it all in 1 1/2 cup of milk for 30 min. Add 3 eggs. Spoon unto hot griddle and cook like a pancake. Serve with a white sauce, and veggies.

My brother works in construction and therefore doesn't have access to a microwave either, but I usually pack him leftovers from supper the night before and he loves it. Casseroles, chicken breast, etc. He doesn't mind eating them cold. Sometimes I heat up soup and put it in a thermos. (Or in a canning jar and wrap it with towels! ) Joshua doesn't have to starve ;-)

Katie

A wide mouth thermos, preheated for 5 minutes with boiling water, will keep leftovers hot until lunch. Then the possibilities are endless

My brother works in construction and so he doesn't have access to a microwave either. I usually pack him leftovers from the previous evening's supper, and he likes that. Casserole, chicken breast, beef & gravy over potatoes or rice, etc. He doesn't mind eating it cold. Sometimes in the winter months I'll put hot soup in a thermos. (or a canning jar, and wrap it in towels! He says it doesn't stay super hot, but it's certainly warm and he appreciates something to warm his insides on freezing cold days!)

So if Joshua doesn't mind cold food....

Katie

Our usuals would be beans and rice with cheese and a sauce (green chili, red chili, pico, salsa...)

Otherwise, I think a lot of pasta dishes (especially lasagna) taste great at room temperature.

Or how about casseroles? Pierogis?

Enchiladas? Quesadillas? (corn tortillas have no leavening)

Hard boiled eggs travel well... boiled potatoes with a little salt... along with the usual fruits, veggies, yogurt...

:) Good luck!

From what I gather, you will still be eating grains! I'd recommend cooked grain salads or pilafs. The possibilities of those are endless! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Cooked grain (millet, bulgur, barley, quinoa, rice...)
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A dressing of some sort, with any combination of oils (olive, sesame, flax, safflower, vegetable...), vinegars (white, red wine, balsamic, apple cider...), and spices or seasonings.
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Additions (chopped or grated vegetables, lightly steamed frozen veggies [peas, corn, beans], greens, toasted nuts/seeds, chopped meat or cheese...)

Thanks to everyone else for the good ideas! It's helping me too. I still need to plan my menu! Aah!

Kathleen

Or leftovers from the night before.
Or burritos/fajitas.
Or soup.

Kathleen

Yes, we will be eating grains. Thanks for all the great suggestions, everyone!! :)

I was just reading about the Great Kosher Margerine Shortage of 2008. Has it affected your cooking this Passover?

--Gem

My husband, last September, had open heart quadruple bypass surgery and as we are getting ready to celebrate ULB I have to come up with recipes that are heart healthy, low fat, low sodium and preferably no saturated or trans fats.
I am looking for a lasagne recipe that would fit, but not a lot of prep time.
Please contact me at: tknolls@twcny.rr.com
Thank you

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