White foods abound on Passover but you can now choose many whole grain Passover alternatives.
No one made matzo balls like my sister Elaine. There are knaidlach that look like golf balls and others that look like tennis balls, but hers resembled basketballs ... but they were light and fluffy and your spoon sailed right through them. Although my sister is no longer with us, the memory of those matzo balls will stay with me forever.
And when I think of Passover, I also think of the color white. White matzo balls, white matzo, white mashed potatoes, white eggs, white cake flour, white-ish matzo meal ... see a theme here? But I do think times are changing. Last year I was thrilled to find spelt and whole wheat matzo, whole wheat matzo farfel and whole wheat matzo meal. Although not every recipe will welcome whole grains wholeheartedly, you can take small steps to make big changes. I'll admit that my attempt at making whole wheat mazto balls didn't go over very well, but I did get several requests for a repeat performance of my whole wheat matzo lasagna.
This Passover recipe is easy to throw together and it's great as a muffin or a side dish. My kids calls these "Healthy Muffins," so in our house, the name kind of stuck. They're a symphony of delicious tastes in concert with a wealth of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals—you'll make them all year through.
- BONNIE TAUB-DIX, MA, RD, CDN authors Kosher.com's "Nutritious, Delicious and Kosher: Tips for Healthy Kosher Living and Eating," providing nutritional insight to site visitors/users. She is a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and Director and Owner of BTD Nutrition Consultants with offices on Long Island and in New York City. She is also a specialist in behavior and lifestyle modification, nutritional psychotherapy, obesity and weight management. - Read more...