Cooking for Passover can be a tough and exhausting task. There are so many extra restrictions to worry about, the Kosher for Passover food can be expensive, and you may be worried that no one will like the food. However, it doesn’t necessarily need to be so stressful. If you keep these tips in mind, you can ensure that your Passover cooking experience is smooth and enjoyable.

1. Plan ahead

This is especially important if you are worried about the cost of Kosher for Passover food. You might want to begin buying the right kinds of food several weeks in advance so that you will have all the items you need when the big day arrives. On Passover, you’ll be busy enough taking care of the kids and running errands, so the last thing you need is an unfamiliar grocery list to worry about.

2. Forget about the substitutes

Passover puts a lot more restrictions on what we are allowed to eat. One of the most popular foods that people love to complain about is cereal. Yes, cereal is great, but you can live one day without it. Don’t bother with the Kosher for Passover cereal which uses flour substitutes. It doesn’t taste as good, and no one will want to eat it after the big day. This is especially true for other non-essential items like cookies. They usually don’t taste that good, and you’ll probably have to throw them away because no one will want them after Passover.

3. Focus on what you can have, not on what you can’t

Rather than trying to focus on what you can’t have, like cookies and cereal, why not focus on what you can have? Every single type of fruit under the sun is Kosher for Passover, so why not serve that for breakfast instead of cereal? It’s healthier anyways. Most vegetables are kosher, including carrots, celery, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, peppers, potatoes, spinach, and tomatoes. However, not all vegetables are allowed, so make sure you carefully check beforehand.

There are many available options for Passover meals such as:

Steak and Potatoes
Beef Stew
Pot Roast
Meatballs or Meatloaf
Beef Brisket
Roasted Chicken or Turkey

Who wouldn’t enjoy eating these foods on any other day of the year? There’s no reason to focus on what you can’t have when there are so many things you can have.

4. Check labels carefully

Although the above foods are okay, some of our normal food dressings aren’t. For example, regular gravy isn’t allowed on the chicken or turkey. If you live in an area with a large Jewish population, it’s extremely likely that your grocery store will have an aisle dedicated to kosher foods. For Passover, you will want to make sure that the label is marked KP or KFP (Kosher for Passover). Even if the food item is in the KFP aisle, make sure you check every single package. Sometimes they are placed in the wrong spot!

Cooking for Passover doesn’t need to be as daunting of a task as we make it out to be. There are so many healthy and delicious foods to choose from. If you plan ahead, focus on what you can eat, and research all your foods carefully, you can create a wonderful meal that your family won’t be able to stop talking about. If you buy the substitutes, make sure you have some GE trash compactor bags and a solid 13 gallon trash can on hand to properly dispose of the leftovers.