by Tia Douglas
Passover meals have been known to be tedious and take forever. Between grating the horseradish, boiling eggs, cleaning parsley, and making sure no chametz (leavened bread) is around, you're ready to plotz!
If you'd rather kibitz than cook, this is the menu for you!
With a little planning you'll be in the kitchen only long enough to drop matzoh balls in the broth, pop the chicken and sweet potatoes in the oven, and then dish everything up after the seder is done.
You'll even have time for a rousing round of "Dayenu," (a Passover song about being grateful to God for all of the gifts he gave the Jewish people) with the kids. Although the kids might want to rush through the 15 stanzas to find the afikomen and get their reward!
Prepare your soup ahead of time, pop the chicken and sweet potatoes in the oven and you're well on your way to serving a Passover meal that tastes and looks like you slaved over the stove all day. Shhhh, we won't tell.
Matzoh Ball Soup: Everyone loves these spherical balls of goodness served in chicken soup. Matzoh balls aren't just for Passover. Enjoy these delicious morsels anytime of year. Your broth and belly will thank you!
Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken: Bake up this zesty roast chicken. A single whiff can transport you back to Bubbe's house! Depending on how long your seder is, you'll want to time everything just right.
Green Beans with Almonds: Slightly crisp green beans topped with almonds add color and crunch to your table. Green also symbolizes spring and rebirth.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Drizzle: Until you've tried out this recipe, you might have tagged sweet potatoes as "bleh, boring." This zingy topping gives them a new reputation.
Leafy Green Salad: Spring greens like watercress, baby red and green leaf or baby arugula paired with a light vinaigrette dressing, treats your guests to a taste of the season. Get creative with the other veggies. You'll need the fiber from eating too much matzoh.
Flourless Chocolate Cake: Easy to make and so satisfying that you won't even notice the flour's missing. Top it off with raspberry coulis or your favorite sauce.
So on this night, or any during Passover, you'll have an answer to, "Why is this night different from the others?" It's the good food!
Do you have a favorite dish that you can't imagine your Passover without? Share your recipes in our comments!