Recipe: Passover Dinner Grain-Free SCD/GAPS, Paleo/Primal

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With Passover right around the corner I thought I would look through my recipes here on the blog and make up a menu to serve to my guests. This may help you out with a recipe or two as well. All the recipes are grain-free and dairy-free, SCD/GAPS legal as well as appropriate for Paleo and Primal diets.

Passover is a Jewish holiday that begins at sunset on the 14th day of the Jewish calendar month “Nisan.” The holiday celebrates the Jewish people’s emancipation from slavery during the Pharaoh’s rule in Egypt. For Jewish people it has special historical significance and is also a somber remembrance of the hardship that the Jews faced before their exodus from Egypt.


During the Seder, matzoh is eaten at specific times. Eating matzoh is symbolic: on the one hand, matzoh symbolizes redemption and freedom, but it is also poor man’s bread. It serves as a reminder to be humble. Eating the bread of affliction is both a lesson in humility and an act that enhances one’s appreciation of freedom.

I don’t like to miss out eating matzoh on Passover. Here is a grain-free rendition of matzoh that is tasty and fun for those on a grain-free diet.

After the Seder has been completed, chicken soup is usually the start of the meal. It is traditional to serve this with matzoh balls. Of course typical matzoh balls are made with matzoh meal — a wheat product.

Matzoh Ball Soup

Here is a recipe for grain-free matzoh balls made with almond flour and schmaltz — you can’t get any more traditional than schmaltz. My mother used to keep a jar of it in the refrigerator at all times. This chicken fat give the matzoh balls their characteristic flavor. Get some schmaltz and use it in this recipe!

Main Course

For the main course I’ll serve my famous brisket with SCD gravy and also a slow roasted chicken as well. Juicy and tender, these two dishes satisfy everyone without the use of any flour in the gravy.

Sides and a Condiment

I’ll serve my homemade traditional fermented sauerkraut as a condiment, that will help digest the wonderful meal ahead.

Side dishes will include butternut squash, roasted beet salad, string bean salad and grain-free apple kugel.


Desserts will include amazing Macaroons, Pecan Crusted Apple Crisp, Cocoa Butter Layer Cake, Grain-Free Carrot Cake and Mock Cocoa Fudge. Yikes! I’m glad I will be there for this!

There will be plenty of wholesome real food at my Seder.

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  • Solveig March 31, 2012, 1:05 pm

    What’s a seder without matzos??? Like Easter supper without the colored eggs. What are the children going to do if there is no akifomen?

  • Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z April 2, 2012, 9:22 am

    What a beautiful traditional Passover meal. Thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful ideas for those of us who are Gluten Free and grain free.

    • Jill April 2, 2012, 10:31 am

      Hi Judee,
      Thank you. I really appreciate this comment.

  • Alea Milham April 3, 2012, 4:04 pm

    Delicious round up! Thanks for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  • Miz Helen April 5, 2012, 9:57 am

    What a great collection of Passover recipes for us to enjoy here at Full Plate Thursday. Thank you so much for sharing those with us, and hope your Celebration is one to remember.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Vivien Dickson April 6, 2012, 12:33 am

    This is a great meal plan. I just have one question. Is it kosher to serve fermented sauerkraut at Passover? I am not Jewish, so just asking 🙂 I was of the opinion that anything fermented would be considered “leaven”.

    • Jill April 6, 2012, 7:08 am

      Hi Viven,
      That’s a good question and I don’t know the answer. Each person had to consult with his or her rabbi to get answers about particular foods.

  • Amy @ Homestead Revival April 6, 2012, 3:08 pm

    Nice to see these gluten-free recipes! My daughter had quite a challenge coming up with alternatives for the seder that she can eat. She has made a gluten free flat bread that wasn’t very good and instead of matzoh balls, she has had a gluten free chicken noodle soup. Not the same, especially for a gal who loves matzoh, but at least she isn’t sick afterward! Thanks for the recipes… I’m going to share this link with her!

  • Lisa April 6, 2012, 9:02 pm

    So many delicious options…It’s too difficult for me to choose!! 🙂

  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife April 8, 2012, 1:16 pm

    I found this post so interesting as well! It was lovely to learn more about Passover and the foods that are served. This post would be invaluable for someone following a special diet!

  • Michelle @ The Willing Cook April 9, 2012, 10:15 am

    Thanks for sharing this helpful information to so many people celebrating Passover. It’s great that people don’t have to forgo their food restrictions or their holidays. I’m a bit late this week, but want to thank you for sharing at last week’s Allergy-Free Wednesdays. We trust that we’ll see you again this week.

    ~Michelle, AFW Hostess

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  • Jo Kritzinger May 8, 2016, 9:07 pm

    It’s a wonderful menu. Just wondered if you substituted juice and wine?