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Double Duty: Recipes for Passover AND Easter

By Debbie Koenig

If your family is like mine, combined Jewish and Christian, this weekend will be tricky. Passover and Easter coincide, which makes sense since they’re both Spring-centric holidays. But because Passover brings with it some intense dietary restrictions, in interfaith families Easter Sunday’s feast needs to be planned carefully. I went digging in the Recipe Database for ideas that feel festive while also respecting Passover no-leavened-foods guidelines:

Spring Salad
(2 SmartPoints® value/serving) Salad works for everyone! This one uses licorice-scented fennel and a bit of manchego, a nutty sheep’s milk cheese from Spain (I served some manchego on a cheese plate the other day and people went crazy for it).

Orange, Beet, and Arugula Salad
(2 SmartPoints value/serving) Not so into licorice? This salad is equally people-pleasing, filled with bright colors and a light, sweet flavor.

Matzo Ball Soup
(3 SmartPoints value/serving) My kid is a matzo ball fiend. At the second Seder, he ate three giant balls and some matzo, and that was pretty much it. Oh, and dessert, of course.

Spiced Lamb Chops with Gremolata
(4 SmartPoints value/serving) I haven’t cooked lamb in ages, and I cannot wait to try this recipe.

Oven-Roasted Halibut with Charred Lemon and Rosemary-Olive Aioli
(2 SmartPoints value/serving) The charred lemon takes this simple fish recipe into “company’s coming” territory.

Roasted Brisket
(6 SmartPoints value/serving) For my peeps, I have to include a traditional Jewish option!

Apricot-Glazed Turkey and Sweet Potatoes
(9 SmartPoints value/serving) I don’t know what it is about this dish that makes me think “spring,” but it sure does. Maybe the colors it brings to mind?

As a side for any of these, try Quinoa and Spinach.
(3 SmartPoints value/serving) The quinoa, which seems like a grain but isn’t, won’t break any Passover rules.

And for dessert, two Passover favorites:
Matzo Crunch

(5 SmartPoints value/serving) If you’ve been to a Seder in the last decade, I’m sure you’ve seen this treat, a toffeed-up, chocolaty matzo bark. Weight Watchers’ version gives all the pleasure without blowing your SmartPoints budget.

And Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons
(3 SmartPoints value/serving) I don’t need to explain this one, do I?

Whatever holiday you’re celebrating — if you’re celebrating at all — have a lovely weekend!

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