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Passover Feasting without the Fuss: Sensitive Tummy-Approved Recipes for the Whole Family

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Our Jewish brethren look forward to Passover every year, from both a religious perspective, or perhaps one of rituals and tradition. We have the recipes your family wants and looks forward to from matzo ball soup to charoset, roast meats, side dishes, salads, desserts – and chocolate covered matzo – low FODMAP and gluten- free for all sensitive digestions! 

Matzo ball soup in a white bowl with charoset in the background
Gluten-Free Matzo Ball Soup. Photo credit: Dédé Wilson.

Gluten-Free Matzo Ball Soup

Gluten-free matzo ball soup? You bet! Rich chicken broth and a big ‘ole matzo ball just like Nana used to make. Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Matzo Ball Soup.

Carrot Consommé

This light soup is a perfect starter for your holiday meal. Get the recipe.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Creamy, yet not too rich. This lovely soup is balanced with the sweet, earthy flavor of carrots with the spark of ginger. Get the recipe.


We have two versions of charoset (haroset). This one is based on crispy, crunchy jicama, with walnuts and raisins. You can moisten it with cranberry juice, or red wine. Get the recipe.

Apple Walnut Charoset

Apples, jicama, walnuts and raisins are combined with brown sugar, a tiny bit of honey and spices for a delicious twist on the classic version. Get the recipe.

Easy & Festive Garlic & Herb Roast Lamb

Garlic-infused olive oil and rosemary are the stars in this simple roast lamb dish. Get the recipe.

Slow Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb

Low FODMAP Boneless Leg of Lamb, carved on wooden board, yellow flowers in background
Slow Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb. Photo credit: Dédé Wilson.

Garlicky flavors, leeks, scallions, lemon, anchovies, red pepper flakes and rosemary create the perfect blend of flavors for this slow roasted version. Get the recipe.

Sweet & Sour Brisket with Red Wine, Grapes and Sweet Potatoes

Jews in Eastern Europe from decades past lived frugal lives and lesser expensive cuts of meat, such as brisket, were commonplace. They became quite adept at cooking this cut of meat in a variety of ways – some savory, some a little sweet. Get the recipe.

Short Ribs with Horseradish & Red Wine

Just as with our brisket, this recipe uses a heavy Dutch-oven, we start the recipe on top of the stove and then it goes into the oven where the bulk of the recipe cooking time occurs, allowing you time to make salad and/or mashed potatoes – or take a nap! Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Short Ribs with Rosemary & Orange

The rosemary adds savory depth, while the orange zest adds brightness to this hearty short ribs recipe. Red wine and both whole, peeled tomatoes and tomato sauce provide substance, acidity and flavor. Get the recipe.

Roasted & Glazed Carrots

A little olive oil, salt, sugar and a hot oven work magic on carrots of all colors. Get the recipe.

Creamed Spinach

Heaps of spinach cook down in garlicky olive oil and butter, then enhanced with cream, Parmesan and a hint of freshly grated nutmeg. Get the recipe.

Perfect Steamed Green Beans

Sometimes simple is best. These crisp-cooked green beans are the perfect side dish to your rich mains and potato casseroles. Get the recipe.

Carrots & Parsnips with Dijon Butter

Sweet, earthy carrots and parsnips are lightly coated with Dijon mustard and sweet butter. Coriander and dill add an unexpected twist. Get the recipe.

Beef Tenderloin Stuffed with Goat Cheese Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This recipe features a stuffing of Mediterranean flavors that comes together in just a few minutes – but is spectacular enough for guests. Get the recipe.

Classic Potato Gratin

Pounds and pounds of sliced potatoes (we like to use a mandoline) initially simmered on top of the stove with half-and-half, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Then, cheese gets layered on top and the casserole goes in the oven. 40 minutes later you have potato-cheese heaven on a plate. Get the recipe.

Moroccan Lamb Shanks

This recipe looks spectacular, but is easy to make, with an intriguing blend of cumin, coriander, pomegranate and mint. Get the recipe.

Scalloped Potatoes

Classic scalloped potatoes – only our recipe is lactose-free! No one will know the difference. Tender potato slices (we like a blend of russet and gold) roasted in the oven with heavy cream, butter, salt and pepper. Get the recipe.

Quinoa, Greens & Bell Pepper Puff

This makes a great side dish or vegetarian main dish: high protein quinoa with eggs, spinach, kale, red bell pepper, leeks, scallions and Gruyere. Quinoa is a grain that you can enjoy during Passover. Get the recipe.

Potato Cheese Gratin with Mushrooms

This Potato Cheese Gratin with Mushrooms is comfort food in a casserole dish! Potatoes, cream, melted, creamy Gruyere cheese, garlic-infused oil sautéed mushrooms – all baked until golden brown and bubbly. Get the recipe.

Honey Lemon Pan Roasted Carrots

Pan roasting carrots lets you keep an eye on them so you can cook them to perfection: just enough but still with a little firmness. Honey, butter and lemon juice create the glaze with the help of rice syrup. Get the recipe.

Kale Quinoa Salad with Blueberries, Green Beans, Feta & Pecans

Think you don’t like kale salads? This one will change your mind and quinoa is a grain that you can enjoy during Passover. Tender cooked green beans, juicy blueberries, crunchy pecans, feta cheese and a tangy vinaigrette. Get the recipe.

Carrot & Potato Tsimmes

“Tsimmes” can reference a stew made of vegetables, often with fruit, almost always with some sort of dried fruit and sometimes meat as well. It also means “a mess” or “a fuss”, as in “why are you making such a tsimmes?” Our version combines carrots, potatoes and raisins. Get the recipe.

Roasted Zucchini with Lemon & Garlic

We love oven roasting as a technique for vegetables because it brings out their natural sweetness and provides a nice char at the same time – and just 5 ingredients! Zucchini, garlic olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Get the recipe.

Fennel, Kale & Parsley Salad with Clementines & Olives

Thinly sliced fennel and kale with lots of parsley create the fresh tasting base for this salad that also features juicy, sweet clementines and briny olives. Get the recipe.

Sautéed Radishes

Little red radishes can be quite peppery when raw, but they mellow out and become quote intriguing when cooked. Think of them like little turnips! Easy to make, unexpected and when else do you get to eat pink food! Get the recipe.

Spicy Roasted Broccolini with Garlic & Lemon

Broccolini has a sweet, earthy taste, here enhanced with garlic-infused olive oil, lemon and a red pepper flakes. Get the recipe.

Pan-Roasted Green Beans & Almonds

We like using slender haricot vert green beans for this simple sauté. A little olive oil, scallions, salt, pepper and sliced almonds come together in a classic combination. Get the recipe.

Lemon Almond Cake

The cake combines whole lemons (that are poached in water until soft), ground almonds, eggs, sugar and baking powder. That’s it. No butter, no creaming techniques like you might have with a layer cake. Please note that it is leavened goods that are the result of fermentation (as with yeast baking) that are forbidden on Passover. If you are not sure, please consult your rabbi. Also, there is Passover baking powder, which is made without cornstarch, a carrier in some baking powder products. Get the recipe.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Whipped egg whites help create a light texture in this flourless chocolate cake that features Dutch-processed cocoa and dark chocolate – in addition to a smidge of espresso powder. Get the recipe.

Clementine Almond Cake

The cake combines whole oranges or clementines (that are poached in water until soft), ground almonds, eggs, sugar and baking powder. That’s it. No butter, no creaming techniques like you might have with a layer cake. Please note that it is leavened goods that are the result of fermentation (as with yeast baking) that are forbidden on Passover. If you are not sure, please consult your rabbi. Also, there is Passover baking powder, which is made without cornstarch, a carrier in some baking powder products. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Macaroons

Chewy coconut macaroons with cocoa – chocolate flavor throughout! Get the recipe.

Simple Coconut Macaroons

These are our easiest macaroons! Dump and mix and you are ready to bake! Get the recipe.

Meringue Nests with Lemon Curd

Crispy, low fat meringue nests are the perfect vehicle for filling with fruit, sorbet, ice cream or in this case, lemon curd. Get the recipe.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Covered Matzo

Why not dip some matzo in chocolate and get the kids involved with choosing appropriate toppings? Get the recipe.

Lamb Curry

If you roast a leg of lamb, what can you do with the leftovers? We think this simple curry is the best idea! Get the recipe.

Sea Breeze Mimosa

A little cranberry juice and grapefruit, along with sparkling wine, make a colorful holiday beverage. Get the recipe.

Fruited Lemonade Rosé Punch

This bunch is perfect for a crowd with Rosé wine and fruit – take the time to make the ice ring. It really adds to the festive look. Get the recipe.

Pineapple Strawberry Prosecco

Pineapple and strawberries add color and flavor to a glass of prosecco. Get the recipe.

Ginger Beet Old-Fashioned

This old-fashioned is anything but, with the zing of ginger and the earthy, sweet flavor of beets, and then there is the awesome color, too! Get the recipe.

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