32 Passover Meal and Lunchbox Ideas

The family lunch boxes are lined up on the counter top. Water bottles are filled, clementines and apples are ready to jump in. Now what? Forget sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, and leftover fried rice. Unless you’re on a no-carbs diet, the week of Passover can loom long and laboriously in terms of meal planning.

To get the facts straight, here are the food No-Nos for those observing the holiday. Think of your raised eyebrows as you commit to memory this pnemonic device: BROWS – standing for barley, rye, oats, wheat and spelt. These are the usual grain suspects that go into leavened breads, which are strictly avoided over Passover. Rabbis say that for these to be acceptable for consumption over this holiday, you need to be able to cook them in under 18 minutes. [That’s a challenge I plan to take up one day when I’m not juggling work, kids, PTA, and grainsome meals.]

Now, Ashkenazi Jews tend to also avoid the following (which Sephardi Jews do eat over Passover) because of their mere resemblance to the above grains: corn, rice, millet and legumes. Maybe CRML (caramel) is a tasty pnemonic for this one (yum).

In our family, we forgive CRML for being grain doppelgängers, and since corn muffins, rice and dhal can easily pass the 18-minute test, some of these characters appear below.

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Here are some meal ideas to get you off on a (no-grain) roll this Passover:

Chag Sameach to you all!

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  1. Glad you like them, Kristin!

    LiFer, that’s one of the curious rules rabbis came up with that could make consumption of those grains acceptable. Matzah, for example, is made of wheat, but is okay for Passover because of how it was prepared. That is, under rabbinical supervision, and within 18 mins from bread-water stage till it’s baked, giving it no chance to rise. As you may know, no leavened bread is eaten during Passover.

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