Allergy-Friendly Passover and Easter Recipes

For many, Easter and Passover herald the beginning of spring and bring together family for special meals to mark the holidays. Our Passover lasagna is a great way to use up leftover matzo, or as a meal during the week. Blueberry-Peach Upside-Down Cake makes a great addition to Easter brunch. And our spring punch is a refreshing beverage to serve to children and adults alike!

Passover Lasagna
Milk-free, Egg-free, Peanut-free, Soy-free, Tree nut-free

  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 2 (10-oz.) packages frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (26-oz.) jar meatless tomato sauce (homemade or a jar kosher for Passover)
  • 6 to 8 Passover matzo boards

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until opaque. Add garlic and turkey; saute until browned. Stir in spinach and salt and pepper to taste. Blend ingredients well and remove from heat.

Pour 1/2 cup tomato sauce into 9×12-inch pan. Moisten 3 to 4 matzo boards under running water. Do not allow them to become soggy. Place each matzo board in baking pan, covering tomato sauce with layer of matzo. Top with half turkey mixture. Pour half of remaining tomato sauce over turkey. Moisten remaining matzo boards and layer over tomato sauce. Follow with remaining turkey mixture and remaining sauce. Bake 30 minutes.

Blueberry-Peach Upside-Down Cake
Milk-free, Egg-free, Peanut-free, Soy-free, Tree nut-free

  • 1 (15-oz.) can sliced peaches
  • 1/4 cup milk-free, soy-free margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 packet plain gelatin
  • 2 T. warm water
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain peaches, reserving half cup liquid. Set aside. Spread margarine in bottom of 8-inch round cake pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Arrange peaches and blueberries on top of brown sugar. Set aside. In large bowl, cream together sugar and shortening. In small cup, dissolve gelatin into warm water. Beat into shortening mixture. Set aside. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with reserved peach liquid. Mix well. Carefully pour mixture over peaches and blueberries. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert onto serving plate.

Spring Punch
Milk-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Peanut-free, Soy-free, Tree nut-free

  • 1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate

In large bowl, add ginger ale and pink lemonade concentrate, stirring until combined. Serve immediately. Ice may be added, if desired.

Suggestion: Use lemon-lime soda or carbonated water in place of ginger ale.

Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Recipes

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are both holidays with long-standing traditions – and this year they fall at the same time on the calendar. Whether your traditions involve turkey, lighting the menorah, or football, it’s a time to celebrate with friends and family. Here are a few recipes for holiday classics to help you maintain long-standing culinary traditions while creating some new allergy-friendly ones! If you’d like to talk more about holiday meal preparation, join our Twitter chat on November 19! More details here.

Thanksgiving Recipes

Leftover Turkey Casserole

  • pastry dough for 9-inch double-crust pie*
  • 1/2 cup milk-free margarine
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup soymilk, divided
  • 2 cups chicken broth*
  • 3 cups cooked turkey, cubed
  • 3 potatoes, cooked, peeled, and cubed
  • 1 (16-oz.) package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme

Preheat oven to 375°. Divide the pastry dough in half. Roll out half of the dough on lightly floured surface into 14-inch circle. Gently fit rolled-out dough into 2-qt. deep-dish casserole; set aside. Trim pastry to 1-inch from edge of dish; set 1-inch strip aside. Roll out remaining dough on lightly floured surface into 10-inch circle; set aside.

In medium saucepan, melt margarine. Add flour, salt, and pepper, and stir until combined. Slowly add 1/4 cup soymilk and chicken broth. Cook over medium heat, stirring until thick and smooth. Remove from heat and pour into large bowl. Add 1/3 cup soymilk; mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spoon into pie crust. Cover casserole dish with 10-inch pastry circle and fold 1-inch strip around the top edges of the pastry. Crimp to seal, and cut four slits in top to vent. Brush pastry with water. Bake 60 to 70 minutes, or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

*Check ingredient labels for any packaged dough.

Sweet Potato Pie

  • 1 (40-oz.) can sweet potatoes, drained
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 T. milk-free, soy-free margarine, softened
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 4 T. warm water
  • 1 pie crust (wheat-free if needed), unbaked*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, mash sweet potatoes. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar. Mix well. Stir in margarine, salt, and apple juice. Set aside. In small bowl, combine gelatin and warm water, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Add to sweet potato mixture. Mix well. Pour into pie crust. Make 1 hour. Allow pie to set overnight before serving.

Note: This recipe was tested using a glass pie dish. Increase the oven temperature by 25 degrees if you use an aluminum pie pan.

*Be sure to check ingredient labels for any packaged products.

Veggie Rice Stuffing

  • 1 ½ cups rice, uncooked
  • ¼ cup bacon drippings
  • 2 ½ cups onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups green onion tops, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups celery and leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

Cook rice according to package directions. Set aside. In large skillet over medium-high heat, combine bacon drippings, onion, green onion tops, celery, and bell pepper. Cook until soft, sitting constantly. Stir in salt and pepper. In large bowl, combine rice and vegetable mixture. Toss gently. Serve as is or use as stuffing for poultry.

Hanukkah Recipes

Potato Pancakes

  • 1 cup cooked potatoes, mashed
  • 1 cup cooked potatoes, finely grated
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 T. milk-free, soy-free margarine

In large bowl, combine all ingredients except margarine. Set aside. In large skillet, melt margarine over medium heat. Spoon potato mixture into skillet, forming pancakes; cook until golden brown on bottom; flip and continue cooking. Serve plain or with maple syrup.

Fudge Layer Cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 14/4 cups milk-free, soy-free margarine, softened
  • 4 ½ T. water, 4 ½ T. oil, 3 tsp. baking powder; mixed together
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups warm, mild coffee

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. In large bowl, blend sugar and oil. Add water, oil, and baking powder mixture; and vanilla extract; mix well. Combine remaining ingredients, and stir until well-blended. Batter will be thin. Pour into prepared pans and bake 35 to 40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks. Frost one layer with Fudge Frosting; place second layer on top, and frost as well. Garnish with colored sugar, miniature plastic dreidels, or Hanukkah candles, as desired.

Fudge Frosting

  • 2 T. shortening
  • ¾ cup milk-free, soy-free margarine, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 to 4 cups confectioners sugar

In medium bowl, cream shortening, margarine, and vanilla extract. Add coca powder, water and 1 cup confectioners sugar. Mix well. Continue adding sugar, 1 cup at a time, until mixture reaches desired consistency. Spread evenly over cooled cake.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah, from our FARE family to yours!