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A Headache Free Passover April 10, 2012

Posted by starshipexercise in Recipes and Food.
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Passover food has a certain…reputation.  You have to really like eggs, and too much matzo can have certain digestive ramifications.  Plus, many of the foods we enjoy on a daily basis are not allowed during Passover.  With my dietary restrictions added to the mix, let’s just say I had very low expectations for Passover this year.

Fortunately, I come from a wonderful, thoughtful family of really talented cooks who prepared the food for our seders.  There was a tzimmes and a potato kugle, both adapted with migraine-triggers substituted out for safe ingredients.  The flour-less, pareve chocolate cake was amazing.  And, I had a lovely salmon both nights while everyone else enjoyed their rather onion-y (and I’m sure equally delicious) briskets.

Not only was the food delicious by Passover standards, I would eat it any time!

Mom’s Migraine-Free Tzimmes

The traditional recipe calls for dried fruit (prunes) and red wine, neither of which I can have.  So my mom substituted fresh grapes and apple juice.  We weren’t sure how the grapes would turn out, but I think they were the best part of the whole tzimmes.

Servings: 8

4 large sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into 3/4″ cubes (about 5 cups)
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 3/4″ cubes (about 2 cups)
4 medium apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4″ chunks
About a cup of red or black seedless grapes
2/3 cup unsweetened apple juice
2 tbsp honey
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
.5 tsp ground ginger

Preheat oven to 375 and prepare a 9 x 11 inch casserole dish or baking pan with cooking spray.  Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix well.  Turn into prepared pan.  Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for about 1 hr, or until the sweet potatoes and squash are tender.  Stir before serving to evenly distribute the sauce.

Calories: 200
Total Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 g
Sodium: 21 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 48.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 7.5 g
Protein: 2 g



1. chefhelen - April 11, 2012

I never had tsimmes with grapes or wine. My recipe is a lot simpler…recipe is for abt 4 portions.

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