Giving up flour during Passover can be hard when you have little ones. No pizza delivery? Pasta? PB&J? Chametz-free chaos! Don't fret—we’ve gathered some fun treats for all ages to enjoy during this important Jewish holiday.
And, to help teach your children about a Passover Seder, KidKraft offers a unique play set that includes a seder plate with the symbolic foods, matzah, wine and a cup. Make sure to show us how your kids learn with our toys at #kidkraftkids.
Here are some meals that you and your kids can enjoy this spring.
Ok, just because you can’t have traditional pizza doesn’t mean you can’t have pizza fun. Matzo actually makes a wonderful, crunchy flatbread crust. You can have the kids decorate their “pizza” however they want, then simply broil it for a quick, easy dinner.
Some kid-friendly ingredients include:
- Turkey sausage
- Shredded chicken
- Pizza sauce
- BBQ sauce
- Shredded fresh mozzarella
- Sweet peppers
And for a more adult taste, grown-ups can add:
- Red chili flakes
- Chopped basil
- Thin-sliced red onion
- Pecorino cheese
- A fried egg
And really anything fresh and in season! Get kids in the kitchen and have a tasty meal in minutes that everyone will enjoy.
Sweet Potato Latkes
Though delicious, traditional potato latkes can be a challenge: the boiling, drying, frying in olive oil is not for those short on time. And besides, we could never improve on your Bubbe’s recipe anyway! But simple sweet potato latkes call for baking and a little bit of cinnamon that provide a sweet, healthy alternative.
- Two sweet potatoes
- Two green onion stalks
- ½ cup matzo meal
- One x-large or two small eggs, beaten
- Salt, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon to taste
First, preheat the oven to 375˚F. Peel and toss the sweet potatoes into a food processor along with the green onion. Once mixed, add the other ingredients.
Have the kids spoon the mixture onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and make them into circle shapes. Brush the top with oil using your fingers.
Bake for 25-35 minutes, depending on how crispy you like them. Serve plain or with applesauce or sour cream.
Slow Cooker Brisket
When it comes to brisket, you need two things: time and low heat. Typical Jewish brisket calls for a generous pectoral cut with decent marbling and some fat on top. You can cook with brown sugar, water, onion soup mix, even a can of soda. But for a kid-friendly version, we love the Pioneer Woman’s idea of using an entire bottle of kosher ketchup. That’s a step the kiddos can do for sure! Squeezing in a whole bottle of ketchup, water, and salty soup mix? Done!
You can cook it in an oven, but we like the idea of soaking it in the soup/ketchup in the slow cooker in the fridge overnight, then plugging it in in the morning and letting it cook a solid 8 hours. Slow and low and delicious.
Homemade Fruit Rollups
Ok this recipe isn’t exactly made for Passover, but it’s kosher, easy and uses delicious spring fruit, so we had to share. We learned this recently and it blew our minds:
You can make fruit rollups at home with ONE INGREDIENT. ONE. (Many thanks to Kelly Senyei for this knowledge!)
Here’s what you do: get three mangos, and peel and slice them. Put in a blender. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread on the mango mixture on evenly and smoothly, and bake for 3-4 hours on 175˚F until they’re fully dried. When they’re done, take out of the oven and cover with wax paper. Cut the sheet into long strips and roll them up.
One ingredient. One! The kids can help you roll them and they keep up to a week. Perfect sweet snack making use of the end of mango season during Passover.
So there you have it! Some kid-friendly, easy Passover meals your Bubbe can be proud of.