Saturday, April 15, 2017

Passover Mistakes

There are a number of ways to enjoy Passover and still properly feel the loss of leavened bread.  Most Jews make the mistake of eating disgusting kosher for Passover foods (ring gels, macaroons, gefilte fish).  For a creative people who have collectively amassed over 20% of all Nobel prizes, traditional Passover foods are disgusting. What are my recommendations:

  1. Stop eating matzah!  It is full of empty carbs and incredibly constipating.
  2. Eat more grilled and sauteed vegetables.  Let me suggest in particular bok choy, brussel sprouts and broccolini. 
  3. This is a holiday based on the spring harvest.  Why don't you take the time to eat more fruits and vegetables more generally?
  4. Stop eating disgusting Passover food that tries to imitate food you eat the rest of the year - no more Passover brownies or cakes! Instead, eat more vegetables and fruit.
  5. If you are going to have baked goods, focus on things you might eat all year round: creme brulee, chocolate flourless cake, or even Sephardic almond cookies (almendrados). I stay away from desert typically.  This is why my pants from my bar mitzvah probably still fit me.
  6. Rediscover root vegetables - beets with some lemon and ginger are really tasty as are baked parmesan sweet potatoes. Root vegetables does not mean eating potato chips!
  7. Use cabbage or lettuce as a wrap for fish.
  8. If you need a crispy snack, try kale chips in lieu of potato chips.

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