This recent Times article about the burgeoning kosher industry really makes me nuts. Like those complaining in this piece from 1992, paying huge mark-ups for the ever increasing list of kosher certified products is seriously pulling on everyone’s purse strings. Well, this Shamir has some advice for you this Passover – and for year round – STOP BUYING SO MUCH PACKAGED AND PROCESSED FOODS! Did you hear that?
Raw fruits and vegetables are KOSHER FOR PASSOVER AND KOSHER YEAR ROUND. Give ’em a good wash and ta da – you have kosher food. While you may still need to get your basics – matzah, cooking oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper- with a certified heksher, anyone can make delicious, nutritious meals simply with items from the produce isle of ANY GROCERY STORE.
Whether you’re looking to save money, reduce packaging, or just eat something that’s good for you, this Shamir has a challenge for you: this Passover, try eating at least one meal per day out of purely fresh ingredients. It’s easier than you think!
Okay, I bet you’re asking: but what about PROTEIN? First of all, fruits and vegetables actually contain protein. Some K for P suggestions with high protein content include asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, walnuts, almonds, and spinach. My personal favorites are pumpkin seeds and quinoa. Second, you can always supplement your amazing raw meal with dairy, eggs, fish or meat if those are a part of your regular diet anyway.
So, friends – quit your bitchin’ about the high expense the pareve ice cream and passover cereal – and take a simple stroll down the produce isle. And leave some comments on how it’s going!
**For some excellent vegetarian kosher for passover recipes (most of which can be adapted to be pareve), check out these suggestions from the Jew and the Carrot.