When we last left our hero Joseph, he was reunited with father Jacob and welcoming his brothers to come settle in Egypt. Fast forward some 500 years and things have taken a turn for the worse. Thankfully, the Israelites escape their lives of bitter bondage and in memoriam we clean under our sofa cushions.
OK, so I wasn’t going to write about Vegan Passover because it’s a complicated subject and I am no rabbinic authority. But many of you sent me questions and requests, so I will try.
I have a lot of non-Jewish readers and I am sorry but I just don’t have the time to explain everything. Feel free to skip this post or just check out the links that follow:
What is Chametz HERE.
Explanation of Kitniyot HERE.
SO, if you do not eat kitniyot and you want to stay vegan on Passover, you will be able to eat fruits, most vegetables, quinoa, and nuts. It’s only 7 days, you won’t become protein deficient or die of starvation or anything. But you won’t be able to cook that much fancy food or enjoy much of what is on the family table. At least you’ll probably get through Pesach without gaining the weight everyone else gains!
Me personally? I’m planning on eating kitniyot. I was already not fully on board with this kitniyot business since we made aliyah, but now that I am eating as vegan as I can, I’m not giving up my legumes.
However, where it gets complicated is that I am making seder for 14 family members who probably don’t eat kitniyot. That means that our seder won’t be vegan. I don’t have the slightest clue how to make kneidelach or mock chopped liver without using kitniyot (actually, see below for a slight clue). Therefore I don’t have many pre-tested vegan Passover recipes to share with those of you who are hosting vegan or vegetarian seders.
And yet, I do want to be of service, so here is a list of vegan Passover recipes I found online:
Vegan, No Kitniyot:
My Carrot Red Pepper Soup (leave out the vinegar if that’s a problem)
Vegan Matzo Brei using Quinoa Flakes (don’t know if we can find those in Israel)
Mock Chopped Liver (no green beans or beans)
Matzo Balls (again with quinoa flakes)
Vegan, With Kitniyot:
Vegetarian, not vegan, no kitniyot:
Cauliflower-Leek Herb Kugel (H.T. Andrea F)
So that’s just a smattering of what I found, but honestly, I’ve got sofa cushions to clean!
Have a happy Passover to those who celebrate. And a happy Easter to those of you who are still reading.
As always, let’s remember that Passover is not really about eating, although it seems to be. It is about our physical and spiritual journey as a nation. May we focus on that and not be consumed by our preoccupation with food or the crumbs in the sofa.