Why Does Passover Hate Breakfast?

by Ben Miller

When I was younger, I thought Passover was a huge ordeal–no bread for eight days might as well have been the equivalent today of 24 hours without Internet. As I’ve gotten older I haven’t found it as hard–I basically just eat a fair amount of meat, salad, and potatoes to stay full.

But that doesn’t solve the most important meal of the day: Breakfast.

On the weekend this really isn’t too bad because you can just make an omelet, fritata or any number of egg based dishes that are both filling, delicious and bread free. But what about that harried weekday morning? I usually eat cereal, which is now off limits (the kosher for Passover stuff might be one of the nastiest foods you can buy in a grocery store). I usually end up settling for matzo and butter. Not the greatest, but it gets the job done.

But there must be something better. What do you eat for weekeday morning Passover breakfast? And keep in mind things that are quick and don’t require much cooking (I’m usually in a rush and eat breakfast at work).


17 responses to “Why Does Passover Hate Breakfast?

  1. is oatmeal unleavened?

  2. Matzo brei is the classic answer, and for good reason.

    It does require some cooking, unfortunately.

    Other options that are more “take to work” friendly:
    Hard boiled eggs
    chocolate covered matzos

  3. i was also going to ask about oatmeal… add some fruit and some nuts and you’ve got a good hearty breakfast there…

    unless, of course, oatmeal isn’t allowed…

  4. This is what drives me crazy: there are scads of unleavened grain dishes to be had – really anything besides bread- yet on the off-chance that an airborne speck of wild yeast might have contaminated your oatmeal, all you’re “allowed” is matzoh.

    Besides, simple, boiled grain (i.e. oatmeal) that you can make yourself seems much more in keeping with the theme than an industrially produced food made halfway across the country (or world) and purchased at a grocery store.

    I’m going to keep eating kasha for breakfast this week, and I don’t think Moses would mind.

  5. The forbidden grains are wheat, oats, barley, rye and spelt. They can only be used to make matzos. Oatmeal is inherently unkosher for Passover.

  6. Fyi, kasha is buckwheat and hence not kosher for passover. Luckily, quinoa is a seed of a grass and totally kosher for pesach, even for orthodox Ashkenazi! Very exciting. I’ve cooked up a big pot of quinoa so I can microwave a bowlful every morning with different toppings. One of my favorites is sliced black olives, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt.

    Of course, there’s always the “pile as much charoset as possible on a piece of matah” route. Can’t really go wrong there, either.

  7. Matzo + haroseth is pretty filling and you can make the haroseth ahead of time and have it hang around for a while.

    Yogurt (Stonyfield Farms is kosher, I think) + walnuts and honey – that’s what I eat at work.

    Peanut butter + banana

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  12. I too was going to suggest quinoa. Cook a big pot of it and top it every morning. Add some nuts and dried fruit, maybe some cinnamon and honey.

    I interpreted the post to mean that even matzoh brei was too much work for Ben, but saying so appears to be too little to late. He’s already caught all the flack for not considering matzoh brei. :)

    I’m currently munching on matzoh with cream cheese.

  13. Another one for yogurt. It’s what I eat most mornings anyway, and in the individual containers it’s eminently portable. The brand I get (Clover, which only helps people in the greater SF area, I guess) says it’s kosher.

  14. pre-made hardboiled eggs are also useful

  15. Breakstone Cottage Cheese and fruit…if you aren’t driving mix it with haroseths (gotta love shredded apple, chopped walnuts, cinnimon and red wine)

  16. Matzo meal with milk and bananas. It is certainly better than the cereal options.

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