What To Feed The Kids Before The Seder

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The only thing more daunting than what to feed the kids before Shabbos is what to feed the kids before the Seder.  You need them to be satisfied enough so that they can hold out for the meal (which will inevitably be served later than you anticipate) yet at the same time there are varying customs and traditions with regard to the consumption of matzo in advance of the Passover holiday.

Starting as early as right after Purim (30 days before Passover), or from the 1st day of the Jewish month of Nissan, or from erev/the eve of Passover people refrain from eating matzo and matzo products, such as matzo meal.  The idea behind this concept is to fully fulfill the mitzvah of waiting and enjoying matzo at the Passover Seder, which is on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan.  It’s an ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ kinda thing.  Most Rabbis say the custom does not apply to children too young to understand the story of the Exodus from Egypt but in deference to this custom I am listing here 4 matzo-free, perfect, pre-Passover bites to have on hand in advance of the Seder.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes 

twice baked sweet potatoes with cream cheese

Sounds complicated but in fact it’s super easy.  This sweet treat satisfies pre Seder.  Wash the skin well and eat it too!  It’s got lots of vitamins and nutrients.

Spaghetti Squash Bites

spaghetti squash bites

These low carb mini muffins are as delicious as they are adorable.  Double and triple the recipe cause you can’t eat just one – and that’s perfectly ok.  We just want you to be prepared for the “WE WANT MORE!” hungry kiddie chants.

Passover Crepes with Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon

salmon passover crepes

Make tons of these as they freeze and reheat incredibly well.  Treat the crepes like you would a tortilla and fill and roll with anything your kids like – cream cheese + smoked salmon, cream cheese + jam or fruit, we like cream cheese + avocado, lettuce, tomato, and onion.  You get my point here I’m sure.

Zucchini Spaghetti Alfredo - Watch The Video

zucchini alfredo recipe

Follow the directions closely, careful not to overcook and if the kids close their eyes they’ll think they’re eating pasta.

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Wishing you and your family the happiest, most kosher Passover ever! 

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