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Easter & Passover Recipe Roundup

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Today your mission is to check out some vegan Easter/Passover recipes! Guest Blogger Marisa Milller Wolfson (of Kind Green Planet) shares her perspective on this time of year.

‘Tis the magical time of year when we celebrate two miraculous occasions:

  • Jesus’ resurrection and transformation into the Easter Bunny, who hides chicken eggs in tulip beds.
  • The ghost of the prophet Elijah visiting Jewish homes to instill the fear of leavening into young hearts and minds.

Then, to overcome the trauma of the Jesus Bunny and the anti-leavening activist/prophet, we gorge ourselves on chocolate and macaroons. Those of us who care about animal suffering, heart health, and environmental degradation face further trauma if we aren’t able to block out thoughts about where that Easter ham or Seder lamb shank came from, how many greenhouse gases he/she produced, and which artery he/she will help to clog.

Or we can just choose to make vegan food.

I perused a number of vegan websites and found some Passover and Easter recipes and products that made this Easter-celebrating-pantheist-shikse-who’s-married-to-a-Jewish-farm-animal-lawyer’s-mouth drool:

** EASTER **

From Vegcooking.com:
Easter Pie
Easy, Elegant Easter Dinner with Mustard and Apricot Glazed “Ham”, Slow-Cooked Collard Greens, Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Chives, Scorched Carrots, and Apple Walnut Cake
mashed potatoes

From Vegweb:
Easter Ambrosia Salad
Easter Bunny Bread
easter bread

From Veganyumyum:
Spring Crepes

From Vegparadise:
Curried Ham Polenta
Eggless Deviled Eggs
deviled eggs

For the kiddies:
Paper mache, clay, and chocolate Easter eggs

Chocolate Decadence baskets and bunnies:

easter basket

Gelatin-free jelly beans from Pangea:



Jewishveg.com is a great resource with lists of websites with recipes

Vegcooking.com’s Vegan Passover Recipes include Aunt Charlotte’s Carrot Tzimmes, Apple & Date Mousse, Baked Stuffed Zucchini, Beet Casserole, and Traditional Charoset

VegSource’s Ashkenazic Seder includes Mock Chopped Liver, Haroset, Spring Vegetable Soup with Matzo Balls, Russian Potato Mushroom Croquettes, Mushroom Matzo Farfel Pie, Baked Root Vegetables,


VegSource’s Sephardic Seder, which includes Date Haroset, Lemony Leek and Mushroom Soup, Eggplan Matzo Mina, Turkish Eggplant Stew, Sabbath Rice Pilaf with Saffron, Sauteed Carrots with Almonds, Sephardic Orange and Olive Salad

Vegsource’s Passover Desserts, which include Pineapple Crumble, Orange Pudding, Macaroons, Butter Pecan Matza Crisps, No Bake Chocolate Matzo Roll, Apple Crisp, Very Fudgey Brownies

From Recipezaar.com, Curried Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk:
sweet potatoes

From Vegparadise.com, Almond Nut Loaf
nut loaf

and Poached Pears in Wine Sauce
poached pears

Chocolate Decadence’s Passover disks and chocolate-covered matzohs

chocolate matzoh

For a special Passover treat, watch the Post-Punk Kitchen Show’s Passover episode, where they make coconut cream pie with matzoh crust and matzoh ball soup.

matzoh ball soup

Note that this matzoh ball soup contains tofu, which comes from soybeans, which aren’t kosher for Passover in the Ashkenazi tradition. Rice is also considered “kitniyot” and is a no-no. The kitniyot issue is illuminated here. Ashkenazi vegans can also choose to go the Sephardic route for their seder, which allows tofu, beans and rice.

Got your own Easter or Passover ideas? Pretty please, leave a comment below.

Marisa Miller Wolfson is the Outreach Director for Kind Green Planet, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching people about healthy, humane, eco-friendly living. She’s currently in post-production for her documentary about veganism and is co-drafting a city council resolution to lower NYC’s global warming “foodprint.” She also loves coaching people on plant-based living through Vegan at Heart, a free email mentoring program for treehuggers, animal lovers, and health nuts who consider themselves vegans at heart but not necessarily in practice.

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Readers Comments (5)

  1. Andi says:

    Thank you for posting this, I was making my grocery list and wondering what I was going to do. Great links! :D

  2. Mary Max says:

    Marisa Miller Wolfson’s holiday tips are fantastic. Now, check this out:

    Easter Message by the Slovenian President Dr. Janez Drnovšek:

    The Easter Holidays are near. Let’s spend them in peace and good company. You can also renounce the ham, chocolate-eggs should be sufficient for an Easter atmosphere.

    Would it not be more harmonious if we did not associate religious celebrations directly with ham and other non-spiritual symbols? Do really so many animals have to die when we celebrate higher consciousness and try to develop spiritually? The answer is clear: of course not.

    Feasts don’t have much to do with spirituality, just the opposite. Even considering that we can try to understand that in some eras, in which food was scarce, religious events were celebrated with banquets, we can now leave such material remnants behind us. True spirituality does not need them, just the opposite, because they show us that religions demanding such identifications got stuck at a relatively low level of consciousness.

    That’s why we’ll try to celebrate the occasion differently this time. We use the opportunity for a walk in nature, for a cleansing of the spirit, for the search for internal peace. We are friendly to our family, our neighbours and all those suffering in this world. Also to animals. We spare them this time from our lust for meat and we try to overcome historical behavior patterns.

    We will do something good for our spirit and our body.”


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