After 51 weeks of reaching for that favorite breakfast cereal, Passover week can throw one off kilter in terms of daily eating rituals. Egg and soldiers? Buttered croissant? French toast? Avert thine eyes! Usually, by day 2 or 3, despite starting off well with peanut-buttered and jammed matzah (and with deep apologies to our ancestors who ate unrisen bread and wandered the desert for 40 years) I tend to hit a rut in terms of ideas for the kids’ lunchboxes or breakfast.
Dinners seem easier. Kids can have fish fingers (coated in matzah meal) and vegetables and the whole family is happy with any combination of salads, veg and meat, or (kosher for Sephardis over Passover) rice noodles and tomato sauce. Indeed, anyone who’s been waiting for a good time to kickstart their New Year diet, this is your good time! Go wild on a low-carb regime, for you’re forbidden to eat most tasty grains anyway. Keep your eyes and mouths trained, instead, on the easy (and nutrition-rich) stuff – the fruit, veg and protein. This freedom of not thinking about carbohydrates altogether may allow you to focus more pointedly on the suffering of our forefathers.
Those needing their starch, meanwhile, may have their fill of potatoes. Hash browns and egg for breakfast, baked potato and tuna salad for lunch, sauteed potato, fish and salad for dinner.
That’s if you’re worried about overconsumption of the blissfully fiber-free matzah over the course of the week. I quite like matzah. With butter, peanut butter, charoset, Nutella, marmalade, hummus, and, not least, lemon curd. And although I normally only ever eat wholegrain bread or crackers, I make an exception in matzah’s case as it’s hard to tell the box from its wholegrain cousin!
Planning ahead of time can make planning Passover meals a lot easier. Here are 13 breakfast ideas. Please adjust them according to your own needs, as some may follow Ashkenazi traditions, which exclude not just the BROWS (my pnemonic for barley, rye, oats, wheat, spelt), but any other so-called kitniyot, which may resemble the former grains, such as legumes and lentils. Sephardi traditions exclude BROWS, but allow rice, corn, peanuts, legumes and lentils. And if all this grainy talk is turning your brain to couscous, fear not. Just reach for the boxes and packages labeled ‘kosher for Passover.’
Check out my Passover label for other meal ideas over Passover 🙂
These make an easy and filling breakfast (add powdered soy for protein if needed) and start the day off with plenty of fiber for all that matzah munching later in the day!
2. Matzo brei
French toast, basically, made with matzah instead of bread. To make it, soak some matzah in hot water, squeeze it dry once softened. Whisk, in a separate bowl, some eggs, add a pinch of sugar and salt, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and a dash of milk, if you like. Soak matzah and pan-cook as with French toast. Serve with jam, fresh fruit, baked apples or charoset, or sprinkled with sugar. Check out my children’s own favorite, Grandma Mike’s Bubelach, here. 🙂
3. Fresh fruit on its own, or with yoghurt
Or a mix of fresh and dried fruit and crystallized ginger and yoghurt. Add nuts if desired. Or a kosher for Passover cereal, in the style of this.
Here’s a recipe for soy and cornmeal pancakes. Try these Bananagram pancakes, but substitute the 1/2 cup wholewheat flour for matzah cake meal. Or try these ricotta ones: Separate 4 eggs, 8 oz ricotta, 2 oz each potato starch or soy flour and ground almonds. Mix yolks with the other ingredients, add pinch salt and sugar and zest of a citrus fruit. Whisk whites separately till stiff peaks form. Gently fold into yolk batter. Ladle onto pre-heated pancake griddle. Serve as you please!
5. Apricot and Banana Soy Muffins
See this recipe.
6. Sponge cake French toast
That’s French toast using Passover sponge cake as the vehicle for the egg/milk mixture. Very naughty but very yummy too!
7. Passover granola
With dried fruit, apples, bananas, cinnamon, OJ, honey, nuts, coconut, raisins. Add what you like and add crumbled matzah if you like
Substitute two parts rice flour, 1 part potato flour, per cup of your usual flour. Or make adjustments to this recipe.
9. Omelettes or frittatas
Add grated or diced vegetables – leek, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini – and cheese, as per your preference
10. Eggs and toasted matzah
Boiled, soft-boiled, poached, or fried. Serve with toasted matzah (watch closely so they don’t get overdone)
11. Cereal (kosher for Passover ones) with milk and fruit
Those following Sephardi guidelines can have their pick of corn and rice cereals
12. Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, or eggs hollandaise on matzah toast
13. Smoked salmon and matzah with cream cheese
Some nice ones here for my favorite meal of the day. Thanks! Maybe your next post could include passover desserts because your desserts are fantastic and I’d love to see your take on passover desserts.
My favorite meal too! Though I’m sure many will think it’s dessert (second favorite). Any old dessert favorites to share David?
oh my gosh!! I will take lunchbox ideas ANY time, kosher for Pesach or not. Can’t wait! And can’t wait to break bread (er, edible cardboard) with you next week.
LoL! I did think we were due a lunchbox-content exchange 🙂 The boys have been on a quesadilla bent which unfortunately I can’t continue next week. Looking forward to what will be a bountiful feast as usual at yours!
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Thanks for the Passover breakfast ideas! It’s such a coincidence to be looking for Passover food ideas and come upon wonderful advice from someone who also grew up in Malaysia. I love your piece on CNY reunion dinner with Uncle Guan’s family and the piece on curry puff. It’s been ages since I made curry puffs but that will have to wait till after Passover!
Thank you for dropping by and for your kind comments! Glad you are finding the ideas handy, and even gladder that you enjoyed my Uncle Guan story and the curry puffs one (cannot get enough of them in country where they are not freely available!). Do you have a blog or somewhere we can have more exchanges about food/Malaysia/being Jewish? 🙂 Happy Passover!
Cym, thanks for dropping by (and hope you can see the fuller reply via my blog). Fab that you enjoyed those ideas, and esp the stories about Uncle Guan and the curry puffs! Drop by any time 🙂 Happy Passover!
No blog, just follow lots of food blogs. Would love to connect about food/Malaysian/being Jewish. Suggestions?
Thanks for the breakfast ideas! I really needed them. Tooo much matzah brei happening in my life!
I will offer up our lunch ideas. I make chicken soup and get kosher for passover noodles and add them in (a little under done) to the hot soup in a thermos for my younger daughter (who adores chicken soup) and for my older daughter I tuck sweet potato, sauteed kale and chicken in a thermos.
turkey chili with a side of cucumbers/pickles/olives and oh course, matzah
egg salad or hard boiled eggs
cottage cheese and fruit with…yeah matzah! (we are a matzah loving family–lucky us)
I try to make our snacks hearty…dried nuts and fruit, smoothies, matzah brownies…and for Pesach I like to get kosher for passover parve mints and offer them at the end of every lunch/dinner.
I find if I am ready with tasty food…no one ever feels deprived over Pesach. Actually, with the little things like mints and matzah “crack” always around after a lovely fish/chicken and veggie meal….we feel it’s a treat!
Passover crepes are another great option!