5 Matzo Meals and Snacks You Need This Passover

Matzoh avocado toast with egg, herbs and salt

Matzoh avocado toast with egg, herbs and salt

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Jackie Alpers, 2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

If you’re keeping kosher for Passover, the fun doesn’t end after you’ve stuffed yourself with matzo ball soup and brisket at Seder dinner. You’ve got to get creative to come up with eight days’ worth of meals free of chametz – “leavened” foods like bread, pasta and grains that are forbidden on Passover. Fortunately, you’ve likely stocked up on matzo, so put it to good use in these outside-the-box, super-easy ideas that will get you through the week.

Even if you’re not observing, these are great ways to use that box of matzo you picked up at the grocery store. Otherwise, you might finish it all simply slathered with butter – that’s also delicious, and we won’t judge.

No need to forego your beloved avo toast next week – just make it extra-crunchy with matzo as the base. Top with an egg for a satisfying, Passover-approved start to the day.

Vegetarian matzoh lasagna

Vegetarian matzoh lasagna

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Jackie Alpers, 2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

This lasagna has a satisfying crunchiness around the edges, even though most of the matzo is softened by the sauce, ricotta and veggies as it cooks. Just layer, stack and bake as usual, using matzo in place of no-boil noodles.

Matzo brei is a classic, but it may be new to you – and if so, that should change! This scramble of softened matzo and eggs is one of the easiest, most comforting meals imaginable and may inspire you to keep matzo in the pantry year-round. Some like it sweet, topped with maple syrup, but savory variations are tasty as well.

Chocolate Matzoh nobake fruit and nut bars

Chocolate Matzoh nobake fruit and nut bars

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Jackie Alpers, 2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Snacks are always a challenge during Passover. Make these matzo fruit-and-nut bars to replace your favorite energy-boosting snack bar for the week.

Matzo farfel is essentially matzo crushed up into small pieces – it’s often used in Passover kugels. Toss it with melted semisweet chocolate, toasted coconut, nuts and cranberries for a sweet treat to munch on all week, since most cookies are off-limits.

If you are keeping strictly kosher for Passover or cooking for someone who is, seek out kosher-for-Passover ingredients at the grocery store. Look for a circled U-P symbol next to the kosher symbol on the package.

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