Exhaustion takes on a new meaning after hosting a Passover seder—hours of prep in the kitchen rolling matzah balls and peeling hard-boiled eggs, only to then spend hours more sitting around a table leading the Passover seder. And then you do it again the next day! After those first two days, it’s hard to imagine that Passover has only just begun, and you still have five more days to stress about what to eat when boxed pasta is not an option.
What if you had a freezer full of Passover-friendly meals just waiting to be heated up in the microwave? Casseroles, soups, burgers, quiche—all the things you crave anytime of the year that can easily be adapted for Passover and your freezer. All it takes is a few extra hours in the kitchen to prepare Passover meals you’ll look forward to when matzah pizza just doesn’t cut it anymore.
For the freezer, you’re going to want to make things that are sturdy and won’t fall apart when they get reheated. Quiche is always a great thing to freeze and keep for last-minute brunches and this Crustless Quiche does just the trick. Cut it into squares before freezing so you can heat up a single piece for breakfast during the week. Another easy breakfast is toast with nut butter. While you can’t have toast during Passover you can make this Almond Flour Bread that is the perfect match for your favorite almond butter.
For lunch, sandwiches stashed in a bag aren’t an option during the Passover week. Instead, celebrate spring and pack a salad full of the season’s freshest greens. Beans are a classic topping for protein, but if you don’t eat those during Passover, top your salad with a Mushroom Quinoa Burger that uses quinoa, which is a seed, along with some avocado, tomato and salsa to make a healthy taco salad. When storing freezing the burgers, be sure to place a piece of wax paper between each so they don’t stick together. Another easy lunch is hummus, veggies and cheese. Since chickpeas are kitniyot, swap them for cauliflower and make this Cauliflower Hummus. With roasted cauliflower, tahini and lots of garlic this dip tastes just like your favorite hummus and is full of fiber and vitamins. When defrosting, be sure to blend it up again before serving to get a perfectly creamy consistency.
Perhaps the most common freezer-friendly meals are soups and casseroles. It’s no surprise since these hearty meals can be thrown into plastic bags or containers and stored in the freezer for over a month. This Carrot-Quinoa Soup uses pureed quinoa instead of beans to give the soup a creamy texture. Toast up a slice of that almond flour bread and enjoy this soup all week long. A classic Passover-friendly casserole is Shepherd’s Pie. This healthier vegan version is full of vegetables like mushrooms, carrots and cauliflower and topped with a mashed potato topping. You can freeze this whole or divide it up into individual-sized containers to reheat throughout the week.
While not a meal, perhaps the best freezer food is the one that stays there forever: ice cream. This Vegan Banana Blueberry Ice Cream can be made in an ice cream maker or a blender so it’s perfect for any kitchen. You can either make it in advance and store in a container or stock your freezer with the ingredients so you can whip up a sweet healthy treat for when you get that late-night cookie dough craving.
From breakfast all the way to dessert, the freezer is your best friend for when you’re busy and Passover is no exception. Prep these meals before the holiday so you can focus your efforts on the seder and not have to worry about what to eat the following week. And if some of these don’t get finished, while they may not last until next year’s Passover, you’ll be happy to eat them even after the holiday is over.