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5 zesty Passover recipes less than 400 calories

Matzo ball soup is one of the healthy Passover meals we chose for you this week.
Matzo ball soup is one of the healthy Passover meals we chose for you this week. iStockphoto

Monday at sundown marks the beginning of Passover. If you’re still scrambling around looking for tasty recipes to bring to the table, try out some traditional items with a healthy twist.

Although you may think your options are limited with leavened bread and certain grains off-limits for this holiday, there are many other delicious ingredients you can use to make this year’s Seder better than ever.

While potatoes, oil, and other high-carb or high-fat ingredients are common in traditional Passover fare, the recipes below provide more nutritious ingredients, including quinoa, salmon and veggies.

Impress your family at the dinner table with these 5 recipes below all for less than 400 calories:

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  • 1. Matzo, mushroom, and onion kugel

    Kugel, which is a baked pudding, is usually made with potatoes or noodles. This lighter version uses toasted matzo crackers, and adds hearty flavor with mushrooms, carrots and onions.

    Per serving: 216 calories, 7g fat, 30.6g carbohydrates, 7.6g protein, 2.1g fiber

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    2. Pesto crusted salmon

    Matzo meal is sprinkled on the salmon instead of panko crumbs typically used for the crust. Salmon, lemon and pesto sauce are the only other ingredients needed in this low-carb meal.

    Per serving: 211 calories, 8.7g fat, 6.8 g carbohydrates, 26.7g protein, 0.4g fiber

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    3. Greens and quinoa pie

    Quinoa is not technically a grain, which makes it safe for Passover. This vegetarian dish combines spring greens, eggs, and feta cheese for a zesty dinner pie.

    Per serving: 233 calories, 13g fat, 20g carbohydrates, 10g protein, 7g fiber

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    4. Matzo ball soup

    It’s not Passover without matzo ball soup! In this recipe, the matzo meal dumplings are shaped by hand, and placed in simmering chicken broth. The broth is low in fat because it’s made with skinned chicken pieces and the solids are strained out.

    Per serving: 198 calories, 9.1g fat, 19.9g carbohydrates, 9.1g protein, 1.2g fiber

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    5. Braised brisket and roots

    Although brisket cuts are typically fatty, the flat, first-cut section is a much healthier option than the fattier point cut. This braised brisket meal gets its sweet and hearty flavors from the carrots, parsnips, and rutabaga.

    Per serving: 385 calories, 11g fat, 22g carbohydrates, 41g protein, 5g fiber

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