A Lighter Passover Feast

During Passover week, most starches are forbidden, including wheat, rice, corn and even high fructose corn syrup. It’s the closest I’ll ever get to a carb-free diet! Of course, not all Passover classics are lighter fare, but here are some versions of traditional favorites I plan to serve.

Frame 339

Photo by: VideoFocus

VideoFocus

The Passover Seder -- or feast -- is one I look forward to all year. During Passover week, most starches are forbidden, including wheat, rice, corn and even high fructose corn syrup. It’s the closest I’ll ever get to a carb-free diet! Of course, not all Passover classics are lighter fare, but here are some traditional favorites I plan to serve.

It's classic to kick off the feast with a piece of cold gefilte fish (ground fish) served with a tablespoon of spicy horseradish (the purple one made with beets).

Next up, brisket is the centerpiece for the main course. When you're making it, be sure to use Passover-friendly cooking oils (canola oil isn't) and make sure to use kosher-for-Passover condiments. Brisket goes well with cucumber salad, a favorite from my childhood that's made with kosher vinegar.

And don’t forget dessert! Macaroons and chocolate-covered matzo are popular Passover sweets, but a simple fruit salad is a lighter option. You might even try a sweetened fruit compote. Mix together dried apricots, pears and prunes smother them in a little sugar, cinnamon and clove — what a perfect way to end your evening.

    Recipes to try:
Keep Reading

Next Up

Passover Seder Dinner

Foods that symbolize freedom

Lighter Sweet Potato Casserole

Skip the marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole this year and try Ellie Krieger's lighter version instead.

Macaroons for Passover, or Anytime

If you’re used to macaroons from a can, these super-easy, five-ingredient cookies are a revelation.

Make Your Own Lighter Latkes

Latkes are a traditional Hanukkah dish, but the frying isn't the healthiest. Here are some tips for lightening up these potato pancakes.

Make a Lighter Cheese Sauce

To create Food Network Magazine's trimmed-down mac and cheese, we skipped the usual butter-flour roux and used pureed cooked cauliflower as a thickener. Get the recipe.

A Lighter Valentine's Day Menu

Light some candles, grab your sweetie and cozy up with this healthy, Italian-inspired, Valentine's Day dinner.

20 Lighter Thanksgiving Desserts

What's Thanksgiving without a few sweet treats? End the festivities with mouthwatering desserts, each with less than 300 calories per serving.

8 Healthy Desserts for Passover

Here are eight guiltless Passover desserts you can whip up at home.

Spotlight Recipes: Passover-Friendly Fare

During the week of Passover grains like oats, wheat, rye, and corn are traditionally eliminated from the diet. Some years, I’ve even found Passover food to get boring. So I dug up a few delicious, Passover-friendly recipes to shake things up this year.