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Passover Lasagna

Posted by , April 5th, 2016

Lasagna Passover Recipe - ShopRite Potluck Blog

Now, you can have your lasagna and eat it too without breaking the fundamental law of Passover!

Lasagna during Passover, say what? Wait, don’t stop reading just yet! Yes, we know noodles are chametz (leavened dough that had the chance to rise) and therefore prohibited from consumption during the holiday. But wait, who said we were using pasta?

Craving everyday comfort foods during Passover is completely normal. After all, it seems like each meal features the same thing, lots and lots of boring matzah. We believe you shouldn’t have to sacrifice during a holiday commemorating being freed from slavery in the land of Egypt.

We get it, you are probably dreading eating even more matzah during the 8 Days of Passover but we promise you won’t even know it’s in there. Soaking the boards in water allows them to become more pliable during the baking process. Can you believe they take on a noodle-like consistency?

Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Spinach Matzah Lasagna

Ingredients:

  • 8 boards matzah
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 (15oz) container part skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil (optional, for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Soak matzah boards in warm water for about 1 minute to soften them.
  3. Combine ricotta, spinach, spices, 1/4 cup parmesan, and 1/2 cup mozzarella in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Spoon some marinara sauce on the bottom of a baking pan. Cover the bottom of the pan with 2 soften boards of matzah. Add a layers of sauce followed by 1/3 of the cheese/spinach mixture. Continue this process with the remaining ingredients. The top layer should be the final 2 soften boards of matzah and the last of the sauce.
  5. Top off the lasagna with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cooked through and the cheese is fully melted. Sprinkle with chopped fresh basil.

Passover Pleasers: Flourless Chocolate Coffee Torte

Posted by , April 4th, 2016

Passover Pleasers: Flourless Chocolate Coffee Torte

By Cheryl Krementz

The Four Questions are the cornerstone of the Passover Seder. Traditionally asked by the youngest child at the table, they elicit explanations about the significance of the eight-day festival that commemorates the Jews’ exodus from Egypt.

As joyous and engaging as the ceremonial meal can be, Seder guests (and not only the kids!) usually have an all-important Fifth Question on their mind: What’s for dessert?

Given Passover’s parameters of eschewing all food made with flour, dessert is a particularly tough part of the Seder menu to get right. No worries. This flavorful Chocolate Coffee Torte does the trick.

Passover Pleasers: Flourless Chocolate Coffee Torte

Dense, delicious and—bonus!—naturally gluten-free, the torte has just enough of a java jolt to get everyone’s attention. Top it with homemade whipped cream or sprinkle it with powdered sugar, almond slivers and/or fresh berries for an unforgettable finish to Seder 2016.

Flourless Chocolate Coffee Torte

What you’ll need:

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 18 oz. Kosher for Passover bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup salted butter, cut into pieces
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup strong-brewed coffee (your choice of caffeinated, decaf or half-caf)
  • 8 ½-inch springform pan, lined with parchment and generously buttered or sprayed with Kosher for Passover cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In small saucepan, stir coffee and sugar over medium heat until sugar dissolves completely. Set aside.
  3. In the top of a double boiler, melt chocolate chunks over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly.
  4. Transfer melted chocolate into bowl. With mixer, beat in butter in pieces. On a lower speed, beat in the coffee/sugar mixture.
  5. Beat in eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour batter into prepared springform pan and bake for 45 minutes. The edges should ultimately look more done than the center, which will set as the cake cools.
  7. After the cake reaches room temperature, cover and refrigerate it. Unlock springform mold before serving cake chilled.
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Lighten Up Your Holiday Meals

Posted by , March 22nd, 2016

In just a few weeks, many of us will be gathered around our tables, celebrating the holidays with traditional foods that have been passed down from generation to generation. Although there is something wonderful about indulging in beloved family recipes, there’s also something special about updating these recipes to make them healthier — thereby ensuring that future generations will be able to use and enjoy them for decades to come.

So how can you lighten up your holiday meals while still keeping them delicious?

One easy way is to reduce sodium. For instance, while some hams and turkey rubs are high in salt, you can balance out the amount of salt that’s served in your “main course” by serving side dishes with little or no salt added.

Another suggestion is to make your dishes from scratch. Prepared foods have their advantages, but you’ll always have more control in the salt department when you know exactly how your food has been prepared.

Lastly, if you crave flavor but not sodium, try swapping salt for herbs and spices. Sage, thyme, oregano, basil and other savory herbs work wonders – and they are guaranteed to make your healthier recipe a “new” family tradition.

And remember you can always visit one of our in-store registered dietitians for a free consultation or for help adding healthier options to your family meals. For a list of stores near you visit us at Shoprite.com.

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Holiday Favorite: Spinach Pie

Posted by , April 25th, 2011

This month, ShopRite Potluck Bloggers have been asked to share some of our favorite holiday recipes.  I do have a few recipes that I have to make every year for Passover, but the one I am going to share with you is Spinach Pie. In our family, we tend to use the same menu for each holiday throughout the year – we are very big on tradition when it comes to food around the holidays.  Something about knowing exactly what will be served and the person who is making it … well, it just makes it special. Read More »

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