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PASSOVER: How To Have Your Bread And Eat It Too

Passover is coming up and it is coming up fast. By fast, I mean now. Passover means something different for everyone. On the most superficial level, this year Passover meant shelling out more money to attend weekend 1 of Coachella so you could appease your family and attend the Passover festivities.

On a foodie level, Passover means planning how you will keep Kosher while still satisfying your craving for well, anything and everything. Some people see Passover as an excuse to shy away from carbs. To that I say “Aw, cute, but thats a firm no for me, thanks.”

Now is the time for your best Matzo meals to shine! Grocery stores practically smack you in the face with it as you walk in so why not embrace it. We have suffered enough, I am putting my foot down on giving up carbs.

Here are some ideas for how to incorporate matzo bread into every meal.

Breakfast
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Matzo Avocado Toast

Jews who also identify as hipsters, Los Angelenos, Avocado-fiends, and honestly people who just like a simple breakfast rejoice! A simple subsititution of the “toast” part of your beloved avocado toast will not only make your lovely Jewish grandma proud but it will start your day off in a healthy, Instagram-worthy way. Who says this keeping kosher thing is hard. Psh, we got this.

Pro tip: If you feel it won’t fill you up because of the unleavened bread, try adding a hard boiled egg to your toast.

Lunch

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Open-faced sandwich

For lunch try an open- faced sandwich. The fact that it isn’t topped with another piece of matzo is great for two reasons. 1. Without the extra matzo on top,  it won’t crumble into a mess on your lap after the first bite 2. Too much matzo can mean too much of a good thing and Passover is a marathon not a sprint.

The inner child in you can now relax, a grilled cheese on matzo bread will still be delicious. The college kid on a budget can still make the ultimate whatever-is-in-the-fridge sandwich and the more sophisticated palate can still indulge. From a simple peanut butter and jelly to a more sophisticated meal such as goat cheese, tomato and arugula, there is sure to be an option for everyone. A simple chicken salad on matzo is a delicious classic that comes highly recommended by me

Snack time

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Cheese and Fruit platter (with Matzo)

Cheese and fruit compliment each other so beautifully you won’t even miss the yeast in your bread. The Matzo cracker simply acts as a vehicle in which to deliver this delicious (and healthy) snack.

The snack gets even better because there is so much variety in one. I mean, do you go with the apple and asiago or the grape and brie? Do you put your cheese on the matzo and forgo the fruit or switch it up and just do fruit and cheese? The possibilities are endless!  It’s the little things in life.

Dinner

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Pizza!
Stolen by skinny recipe cookbooks time and time again, it is time for us Jews to reclaim what is rightfully ours: MATZO BREAD PIZZA!

If you are a major fan of the crust part of your pizza you may be bumming a little at this alternative but any pizza is better than no pizza: FACT! Up your cheese ratio to make up for the lack of bread, add on some extra toppings, dip in your favorite sauce, and sit back and enjoy.

Dessert

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Chocolate Matzo Bark

In case you really just can’t get enough of unleavened bread and want to indulge in its sweeter side. Chocolate dipped Matzo is a classic and it is so easy to make. Add some sea salt and any other topping your beautiful, keeping-kosher, heart desires and it’s basically a gourmet chocolate dessert for a portion of the price.

Happy Passover!

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How To Make Quinoa Fried Rice

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When we heard the name Fried Quinoa, we automatically pictured a cluster of quinoa coated in corndog batter and thrown in a boiling hot deep fryer. Don’t blame us, that’s just the kind recipes we’re used to. So it was awesome to see Clean Eats come up with a quinoa recipe that was NOTHING like how we described.

Rather, it’s a healthier take on fried rice.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Olive oil, onions, carrots, green peas, ginger, garlic, quinoa, 3 eggs, soy sauce and green onions and sesame seeds for garnish.

What to do:

Start by sautéing the onions, carrots, green peas, ginger and garlic. Then, add the quinoa and mix it into the veggies for a minute or two. Carve out a hole in the middle of your skillet and add three eggs. Allows the eggs to fully cook and add mix them into your quinoa.

Add some soy sauce, as much as you desire, and mix your quinoa thoroughly.

Finally, garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Check out the video for the full recipe, in glorious detail. You can also make a dope cauliflower fried rice variation.

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How To Make Cheesy Herb Baked Chicken

It’s safe to say a fair amount of us are getting exhausted of deep-fried culture. Not that we’re sick of it, just that we should probably eat something that’s not submerged in boiling oil every once in a while. Foodbeast Family member Clean Eats created a Cheesy Herb Baked Chicken that you don’t have to deep-fry and it looks amazing.

All you need are some herbs, garlic, yogurt, cheese, tomatoes and chicken breast. The full list of ingredients can be found in the video.

Start by throwing your fresh herbs in a blender along with your garlic and olive oil. Then, combine your herb paste with some yogurt to get a creamy texture. Lay your chicken breast into a baking tray. Spread your herbs generously over the raw chicken and top them with your tomato and cheese.

Bake your chicken for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.

Once it’s done, all you have to do is prepare to cut into your cheesy herb chicken. No deep-frying required.