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Mar 15, 2010 10:14 AM

Pesach main dish suggestion for vegans?

My nephew is vegan and I am at a loss trying to figure out what to make that he can eat for Pesach? I bought vegetable broth to sub for chicken broth in matzo farfel dish, he can have dilled cucumber salad, grilled asparagus with EVOO and lemon and the fruit from the dessert. He can also have some of the charoset for an appetizer. But I would like something small I can make for him to have for main dish - soy, rice, beans are all out for Pesach - any recipes/suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. something with potatoes.. baked potato (with cheese if not serving fleshig) or a big portobello mushroom filled with marina sauce (again can be topped with cheese dependant on flesihig/ milchig situation)

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    1. re: marissaj

      We have a similar challenge. Having mostly vegetarian guests over, but want to make some meat too, so no milchig options.

      We're looking into baked eggplant/squash and quinoa with roasted vegetables.

      1. re: DeisCane

        You could scoop out a smallish eggplant and stuff each half with sauteed eggplant, peppers, cherry tomatoes, basil and quinoa. I make this throughout the year- didn't think of it for Pesach. Serve with a green salad on the side.

    2. What about strips of roasted acorn squash or beets over a potato kugel or gratin?
      Or sauteed string beans with shallots and garlic over mashed potatoes? Or if you want to do the potatoes in advance you can do a mashed potato cake.

      For dessert, you could also do some type of meringue cookies. The whole family could enjoy that.

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      1. re: cheesecake17

        cheesecake- i think most kugels and meringues are made with eggs..... speaking of which i just realised my options of adding cheese wouldnt work either! but the cheeseless portabello mushroom could still be a good way to go ;)

        1. re: marissaj

          I definitely wasn't thinking when I said meringues!!

          I don't make kugel- never have- but I know a friend's mom has made some kind of kugel without egg.

      2. We're vegetarians, and one of our favorites for Pesach (and year-round) is a pareve leek cauliflower and/or broccoli kugel. It's delicious and satisfying. Easily google-able, or let me know if you'd like the recipe...

        Another fabulous option is spinach patties, which I've adapted from the Olive Trees and Honey cookbook. I add chickpeas for bulk/protein (we eat kitniyot) but if you don't, add potatoes.

        Vegan egg substitute is pretty easy to find.

        Hope you find something that not only your vegan guest enjoys!

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        1. re: noya

          I'd love to see the recipe for the pareve leek cauliflower dish if you wouldn't mind.. thank you!!

        2. why don't you ask him/parents what he likes to eat on pesach. he might be able to give you some pointers in the right direction

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          1. re: koshergourmetmart

            You can do a rattatouille gratin. Broil slices of eggplant, zucinni and onion with a little olive oil, salt and pepper until lightly browned. Layer eggplant, zucinni, onion and tomato slices in a baking dish. Sprinkly with olive oil and some crushed matzo & italian seasoning on top. Bake for 20 minutes until its warmed and cooked through. You can makea smaller portion and stack the vegetables higher so that its more substantial on the plate and serve some mashed or roasted potatoes on the side.

          2. I usually do a quinoa tabbouleh as well as some version of ratatouille (cubed eggplant, onions, celery, mushrooms, zucchini and tomatoes in a tomato sauce). Root vegetable goulash is also good (potatoes, parsnips, turnips, carrots, etc).