I will admit it. I love everything about Pesach. I love the cleaning. I love the planning. I love the preparation. I love the cooking.

Yes, it is a lot of work, but there is something so wonderfully satisfying about reaching the goal, about the process of getting there. That feeling of sitting (finally) at the beautiful seder table, and knowing that you did it. One by one you checked off all those tasks on your to-do list to get you there. It’s a sense of accomplishment, and a sense of pride.

Planning, shopping and preparing food for our festive meals is a big part of getting to that seder table.

Making food for Pesach doesn’t have to be difficult, nor does it have to compromise on taste, and it certainly doesn’t have to be unhealthy. In fact for some, Pesach is almost like a spring detox, where they have the custom of not using any processed foods. Everything is homemade. Well… that sounds a lot like the way of eating that I promote all year round!

In the next few posts you will find a few of my favourite recipes that I use throughout the year, that are also wonderful to make on Pesach.

Roasted Diced Sweet Potato Croutons

Zucchini Parsnip Soup – coming soon

Kale Avocado Lemon Salad – coming soon

Spiralized Zucchini Salad with Basil and Grape Tomatoes

Date Spread/Paste

This is one of those kitchen staples that is useful all year round. I like having some on hand when I want to a little bit of sweetness to a recipe, but don’t want to add refined sugar. It can be added to salad dressings, marinades, oatmeal, desserts, and smoothies. It also makes a great spread on whole grain mazta as an alternative to jam.

Yeilds: About 2 cups

1 cup baking dates (these tend to be the cheaper dates and are perfectly good to use here)
1 cup boiling water

– Place dates in a medium sized bowl.
– Pour boing water over dates so that all the dates are covered.
– Let the dates soak over night. This allows them to become really soft and really easy to puree.
– Pour the date-water mixture into your food processor fitted with an s-blade, or your high speed blender. I have a Breville “Boss” which is a high-speed blender in the same class as a Vitamix. I used my “Boss” to puree the dates.
– Store in an airtight in the container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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