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Healthy Passover Recipes

My Passover recipes will take your gluten free Seder to the next level of healthy!

Healthy Passover Recipes

This time of year, the requests for Pesach dishes come in a mile a minute.

So, I’m sharing my gluten free Seder menu here to give you a peek at the Passover meals we have each year.

Gluten Allergy? No Passover Problem!

I created this gluten free menu full of my favorite classic Passover food after I was diagnosed with celiac disease.

It’s also perfect for our friends who suffer from a gluten allergy.

Just so you know, I follow a keto-ish diet so these are all low carb Passover recipes as well.

Low Carb Recipes for Passover

I hope you enjoy these Pesah family favorites at your Seder!


Charoset Recipe

Most years, I make three batches of this fabulous, carb conscious Charoset. It's my older son's favorite Passover recipe.
During the Seder, this sweet, fruity dish holds a special, symbolic place at the table, reminding us of the mortar that the Jews used to bond bricks while enslaved in Egypt.



Wondering what is Maror? This bitter herb reminds us of the bitter times our people have faced.

How to Boil Eggs

How to Boil Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs are not only one of my favorite high protein snacks, they're an important part of the Seder plate, alluding to rebirth and renewal.
My step by step instructions on how long to boil eggs will give you the perfect boiled egg, every time.

Paleo Matzo

Gluten Free Matzo

I created this Gluten Free Matzo with almond flour recipe for my low carb readers after numerous requests.
It's the perfect little Gluten Free Matzo cracker for all year round.

Chicken Marbella

Chicken Marbella

A stunning combination of flavors, including prunes, olives, and oregano, my Chicken Marbella recipe from Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry graces our Seder table every Passover.
If you're looking for low carb dinner ideas for Pesah, try my Beef Brisket Recipe.

gefilte fish

Gefilte Fish

One of my favorite memories is of my Bubby, a powerhouse in the kitchen, who made everything from scratch, including her homemade Gefilte Fish recipe.
Wondering what is gefilte fish? Simply stated, it's little balls made of a mixture of ground deboned fish.

Healthy Passover Recipes

Aparagus Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

Asparagus Salad with Tomatoes and Basil is one of my favorite easy side dishes. Perfect for just about all diets, that will make your Seder table and taste buds sparkle.
The flavors of basil and tomatoes make this salad pop, it’s something everyone enjoys.

matzo ball soup

Gluten Free Matzo Ball Soup

Classic Matzo Ball Soup, just like my Bubby made, is a fantastic low carb Passover recipe!
These matzo balls are one of my easy almond flour recipes. No gluten filled matzo meal here!

Carrot Kugel

Gluten Free Kugel

What is kugel? From Yiddish to English, the word kugel describes a sweet or savory baked pudding or casserole.
Though typically made with egg noodles or potatoes, my Carrot Kugel recipe is SCD compliant, made with carrots.

paleo coconut macaroons

Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons

Naturally sweetened with honey, my gluten free Coconut Macaroons are perfect for Passover and so good we make them all year round!
Better yet, this is one of my easy 4 ingredient recipes.

passover torte

Kosher Desserts

Did you know that all of the baked goods recipes on my website are kosher for Passover?

That’s because they do not contain chametz. Take a look at my best Passover Dessert Recipes for more ideas!

passover ingredients

Seder Plate Items

If you’re not familiar with preparing a gluten free Seder, take a look at my Favorite Passover Ingredients post to get started!

Passover the Feast of Unleavened Bread

Now, moving on from food to some other Pesach items. Wondering why Passover is referred to as the feast of unleavened bread?

When we were enslaved in Egypt, there was not enough time to let bread rise before fleeing through the desert and crossing the Red Sea.

Because of this, when we celebrate Passover, we refrain from eating leavened bread for seven days, commemorating our freedom.

When Does Passover Start

Although the dates change annually, Passover is always seven days long and starts on the 15th day of the month of Nissan on the Hebrew calendar. This date typically falls in March or April.

When Does Passover End

The 22nd day of the month of Nissan on the Hebrew calendar is always the last day of Passover.

Do Jewish People Celebrate Easter

I’m often asked, do Jewish people celebrate Easter? That’s a bit tricky. The point of Easter is to celebrate Christ, and Jews do not believe that the Messiah has come yet, so the two holidays are not necessarily compatible.

But, I do confess, my Mother might have snuck us a bit of Easter candy here and there some years, as we lived on the West Coast and were drowning in Christian holidays, with few Jews in our town.

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Happy Passover Images

I love looking at old Passover images of items like the Seder plate above that my husband made when he was 8 years old -we still use it today.

I’m always snapping great photos like that one and sharing them over on my Instagram.

What’s Your Favorite Part of Passover?

When I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I knew I’d have to create Passover classics from my low carb and keto recipes. Healthy and hearty, just the way Bubby made them, only better.

What’s your favorite part of Pesach? Leave a comment and let me know!

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared my Healthy Passover Recipes in 2012.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How fast can I lose weight with paleo?

Without knowing about your eating habits and history, it is difficult to predict how fast you'll lose weight. A Paleo-style diet consists of high amounts of protein, fiber, and healthy oil. This will help you feel fuller between meals, and decrease your overall calorie intake. This can make it easier to reach and maintain an ideal body weight. Eating less refined carbs and processed grains will also improve blood glucose control. This can contribute to weight loss. To achieve lasting weight loss, you must be active regularly. If you stick to these core principles, the paleo method can make a significant impact on your body's composition.

A healthy diet and regular exercise are important, but it is equally important to get enough rest and manage your stress levels. A lack of sleep can lead a person to have a higher appetite, craving unhealthy foods, and stress can increase cortisol, which can cause weight gain. It is vital to align your lifestyle and weight loss goals.

Is peanut butter allowed on the Paleo diet?

There has been much debate about peanut butter, from blog comments to dinner parties. Many are passionate about advocating for or against its inclusion as healthy snack.

You need to be familiar with the Paleo diet before you can answer that question. There is no standard for what a Paleo diet should look like, but many people will only eat foods that are naturally found in the natural world. Peanuts are technically a legume, not a nut. Fortunately for those who may be worried, this means that peanuts (and subsequently peanut butter) are usually considered acceptable to consume on a Paleo plan.

However, while some scientific evidence exists explaining why peanut consumption may last on the Paleo diet, there are additional aspects to consider. Peanuts contain high amounts of lectins, which can cause inflammation and disrupt digestion. You might find some options that aren't laden with sugar or oil, such natural peanut butter. But, you should also avoid some popular brands that have a lot of additives.

Ultimately, it seems that enjoying small amounts of peanuts and peanut butter with mindful moderation might fit into standard parameters for following a healthy Paleo lifestyle without compromising health goals and objectives.

Is paleo the best diet for anti-inflammatory?

Consider the age-old question: Is paleo the best antiinflammatory diet? Recent research and dietary studies suggest that yes. Eating whole, unprocessed foods free of common allergens and inflammatory agents can support your overall health and well-being.

Paleo diets are primarily made up of wild-caught seafood, grass-fed protein, organic vegetables and fruit, nuts, and seeds. These foods provide essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients, as well as fibre and healthy fats such Omega 3 fats. C-reactive proteins are pro-inflammatory markers that can lead to certain chronic diseases. This diet reduces inflammation.

Paleo diets have eliminated many of the inflammatory foods, such as wheat products and processed meats. This makes them very effective in reducing systemic inflammation. Many people report improved skin clarity and a healthier lifestyle, such as Paleo.

Paleo protocols can also help individuals manage inflammation by including light exercise. Move without inflaming your body. It doesn't just include exercise at the gym, or in the form of a workout. There are also activities like walking and yoga that can be done leisurely to keep one active but with minimal stress.

Whether you are looking for healthier alternatives from processed foods or need a change due to intense chronic pain - there is much potential relief when beginning a paleo diet. Combine it with exercise and you can fight inflammatory problems. You will also be able to keep up healthy habits for success long-term.

What fruits can you eat Paleo?

Fabulous! The Paleo diet is a wonderful place to begin a journey to nutrition and well-being. Eating Paleo means adapting your diet to the foods available during pre-agricultural periods, like lean meats, seafood, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

This way of eating helps reduce inflammation by removing processed foods, added sugars, and processed vegetable oils that wreak havoc on the body. Saying goodbye to these things also allows room for delicious, whole foods full of nutrients that strengthen your health.

Paleo diets include fruits because they contain vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C (oranges, strawberries), and manganese (bananas). Other fruits include mangoes and pears, as well melons, papayas (berry), melons, limes and lemons. All are packed with antioxidants your body needs for optimal performance.

You can add fibre-rich fruits to your meals and snacks throughout the day. If you want something sweet, but not sugar-laden, you can also experiment with blending different fruits into smoothies.

Your body will be nourished with powerful antioxidants, so it is important to ensure you are getting enough nutrients. Fruits are a great source of energy and don't weigh you down. You can even combine them with meals throughout your day!

What snacks are Paleo-friendly and what can you eat?

It is important to fuel your body with healthy foods. While there are many diets available, the Paleo is the most well-known. Eating like a caveman sure packs a punch - if you approach it by eliminating processed food and increasing natural, whole foods, you'll be rewarded with an abundance of health benefits for your body.

What are some Paleo-friendly snacks? To increase energy between meals, snacks should be light and satisfying. If you're looking for something in particular, here are some great ideas: fresh fruit slices or frozen blueberries; hard-boiled eggs; beef jerky; roasted almonds; dark chocolate (cocoa powder can also make for a great snack when mixed with coconut oil); pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds; avocado smoothie or guacamole; apple and almond butter; coconut chips or flax crackers.

There are so many options! You can choose from sweet or savoury snacks. What's the best part? These snacks will satisfy your cravings, provide nutrients like potassium, and keep you true to the Paleo diet principles. Get your favorite snack-time companions, and you can live the good lifestyle!


  • Plus, some of these foods — particularly beans — offer many compounds and are linked to positive health outcomes, such as a lower risk for metabolic disease, heart disease, and diabetes, according to a 2014 study. (
  • One study cited in the article, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that calcium intake levels among followers of the paleo diet were as low as 50 percent of the recommended daily value. (
  • Eaton and Konner, for example, wrote a 1988 book, The Paleolithic Prescription with Marjorie Shostak, and it described a diet that is 65% plant-based. (
  • Dark chocolate: Choose one that has 70% or higher cocoa content. (
  • You can throw these into any delicious paleo recipe (or make up your own) and be 100% sure that you're paleo diet compliant :). (

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How To

How do I know if the paleo diet is working for me?

Are you unsure if the paleo diet is right for you? Trying to assess if what you're doing is translating into results? Measurements and attentiveness are key.

You can start by measuring your progress using baseline assessments. This will include measurements like body fat inches, weight and cardio levels. These individual metrics can then be used to evaluate how your body changes and develops over time.

In addition to measurements, take the time to tune into how you feel physically and mentally. Notice any changes since before or during the initial phase of the diet. Many people who are trying a new approach, such as the paleo diet, experience an energy boost or a weight loss. That said, without paying attention to those subtle signals in your body, you may miss important feedback about whether or not you should continue down that path.

Finally, if you want a surefire way of knowing whether or not something is working for your particular circumstance - take discussions with trusted professionals such as nutritionists, personal trainers, etc., who will be more than willing to help get an objective viewpoint on where you're at with regards to health goals.


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