At Passover, which starts Friday the 3rd of April and ends on the 11th, a lamb shank is placed on the table to remind Jews of the tenth plague in Egypt. (Jews marked their doors with lamb’s blood as a sign that death should pass over them.) And roasted and hard-boiled eggs do duty as symbols of life and and loss (traditionally, hard-boiled eggs are the food of mourners).
Finally, it can be doubly hard for vegetarians and vegans to eat over Passover, as leavened foods and beans, grains, and corn are forbidden.
So what’s a vegan to do?
While it’s important to honor tradition, it’s equally important to honor the choices we make that comprise our modern lifestyles. So we dug around and found out some things that will allow you to celebrate Passover and still honor your vegan ideals.
We learned that actor Mayim Bialik, a strict vegan, uses a roasted beet in place of the roasted lamb shank. And, in place of an egg, she uses a wooden egg (purely for symbol’s sake, of course, not for consumption).
We also learned that Jewish law does not require the presence of animal products at the table. And we learned that there is a solid movement afoot to celebrate Passover in a vegan/vegetarian fashion.
We discovered a great Pinterest board with a ton of vegan Passover options on it. And we found this great option from Vegnews.com with really good alternatives for a vegan Seder platter. (A de-stemmed white eggplant as a stand-in for a hardboiled egg? What a great option.)
So we’re not worried about limiting our menus for Passover. In fact, we’re looking forward to celebrating traditions, both old and new.
Tell us what your favorite part of Passover is, in the comments below.
(Photo Credit: TheVWord.net’s Vegan Passover Seder Platter).