Thursday, April 3, 2014

Let the Pounds Passover

While I was away, our adorable snack queen Joanna Li was doing her Passover homework.

Passover is almost here and we know it can be hard not to over-kugel or just over do it but team Foodtrainers has worked hard to find "the best of" for Passover to make sure you don’t end up looking like a matzo ball (not good).

For many, Passover problems start with matzo. We dare you to find a more constipating food anywhere. After weeks of matzo-testing, we found the most delicious and healthiest matzo. Yehuda's Gluten Free Matzo with FIBER (yes, you read correctly), is now available in the Foodtrainers’ shop. It has 120 calories and 3g fiber per square…our kind of “exodus”.

With our matzo mission complete, we embarked conquering the second Passover problem the matzo ball. We fell in love with the concept of a grain free "Matzo Cupcake,".  As, Jeff Nimoy whole pens the paleo Cooking Caveman blog said “this is a major milestone for Jewish Cavemen everywhere". It's a milestone for us all. We tweaked the recipe a bit but here it is…

Paleo Matzo Cupcake
Yields: 6 cupcakes
1 cup of almond flour
1/3 cup of arrowroot
3 tablespoon of olive oil
3 eggs
1/3 cup of water
1/4 cup parsley
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
Black Pepper to taste
 Preheat oven to 350F.
Combine all the ingredients together. 
Pour into lined muffin tins and fill about 3/4 of the way up.
Bake for 30 minutes or until tops of cupcakes feel firm and spongy.
 Pop into a bowl of soup and ta-da Matzo Ball Soup

Gefilte Fish- while some holiday foods (most holiday foods) are candidates for our Holiday Food Hall of Shame there are some diamonds in the celebratory rough. Gefilte fish is the Passover diamond. Don’t be a foodie wimp, gefilte fish is actually delicious and the leftovers are great on top of salads. We found one made with no fillers from the local The Gefilteria. It is available for delivery in the NYC and Philly area, and also stocked in several stores (Gourmet Garage, Murray's Cheese, Kosher Marketplace) around the city.

We had Non religious lent here is your non-religious Passover challenge- go wheat free for a week.
Have you gefilte-d? Are you a fan? What are your Passover problems? Do you look like a matzo ball?

1 comment:

  1. Ugh, gefilte fish is my least favorite passover food. I never touch it, I just can't bring myself to go there. Passover is actually a good thing for me usually - we keep sort of a light version of it in my house. Kosher-style for passover, I call it. (No Kosher butcher or anything, and I eat corn and legumes, which some people think are not ok, but no bread/wheat/other grains, and no mixing meat with dairy). I think the low-carb diet is what does it for me, and there is usually a lot less snacking involved. The week is usually good for a couple of pounds.
    This week I'm planning to make my own macaroons in preparation, so I'm not beholden to Manichevitz!