There is a lot of celebrating going on! Whether you're planning a Passover Seder, an Easter brunch or an Earth Day party, these recipes will make a great addition to any occasion! A common theme for these spring holidays is to celebrate rejuvenation and renewal. This time also coincides with beginning of the local growing season. There is much to celebrate and to look forward to as the world around us "Springs" back into life!
Passover celebrates when the Jews escaped from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is also a time to reflect about others who are not as fortunate who may still be bound both physically and emotionally. During the first two days of Passover, there is a feast known as a Seder. The Seder includes many recipes that are symbolic and often have roots from Central Europe (Ashkenazi) and the Mediterranean (Sephardic).
One traditional dish is charoset. Charoset symbolizes the martyr that was used to build the pyramids. Try this Boston Organics charoset recipe!
During Passover bread is not allowed. Instead, matzo (thin flat, unleavened bread) is served. While the Jews were escaping Egypt they did not have time to let the bread rise while being pursued by their captors.
You can elevate Matzo Ball Soup with carrots, parsnips or most any other root vegetable. Try these other recipes: Parsley Potatoes, Rainbow Horseradish, Potato and Rutabaga Gratin, Glazed Root Vegetables, Peach Sorbet, or Orange Curd.
Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Following Lent, which lasts 40 days, people will eat an Easter feast! Some traditional Easter meals feature ham, gratins, or tarts (source)
Impress your guests with Deviled Eggs Four Ways. Guaranteed to have all of your guests coming back for more!
Or if you're invited to a pot-luck style meal, try any of these side dishes or desserts! Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce, Catalan-Style Tomato Bread, Burnt Carrots with Herbs and Crispy Garlic, Carrot Cake Muffins, Paleo Kale and Chives Egg Muffins, or Kiwi Tart.
Easter isn't complete without some egg dying. If you're not too keen on synthetic chemicals in your kitchen, don't worry! Use organic beets, onions, cabbage, or turmeric to color your eggs. Click here for easy step-by-step instructions.
April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. As citizens of the world, do a little extra for the Earth. Use a reusable grocery bag, use a compostable produce bag, take public transportation/bike instead of your personal car, compost, plant something!
Here are some recipes to celebrate the Earth and all of its bounty!
Try these other recipes: Garden Fresh Tomato Soup (pic above). Carrot-Parsnip Soup with Sunchoke Chips, Sprouted Legumes Salad, Ratatouille Flatbread (pic below), Banana Pear Ice Cream, or Apple Dumplings.
What are your family's Passover, Easter, or Earth Day traditions? Comment below!