The start of Passover is fast approaching (begins Monday evening, 4/5) and I'm getting increasingly concerned about what to serve. Ever since I renewed my commitment to a veg lifestyle, this has become a very stressful time for me. Not only do I need to come up with a great entree and a couple of sides to contribute to the seder (holiday dinner accompanied by telling the story of the Exodus), but some good dinner ideas for myself for during the week (Passover lasts 8 days). I will be the only non-meat eater at the seder I am participating in, so it will unfortunately not be a totally veg meal, but I'd really like to provide some super dishes to impress the other guests.
For those unfamiliar with this Jewish holiday, people observing it must follow quite a rigid set of restrictions, which basically comes down to not eating foods with leavening, or any products that are not "kosher for Passover". That means no pasta or foods with grains in them. The only wheat allowed to be used is Matzoh (a kind of unleavened bread), or some version of it (broken up in small pieces, pulverized into meal or ground into a sort of flour, for example). This means that most veg "convenience" foods are out -- things like my favorite staple - veggie burgers, etc.
For Ashkenazi (basically, Jewish people from an Eastern European heritage) prohibited foods also include legumes (which means all soy items and peanut butter in addition to various beans) and rice. Sephardic (Middle East, African & Spanish heritage) do not restrict these items. To be honest, although I am Ashkenazi, last year I allowed myself to eat according to Sephardic tradition, as it seemed almost impossible to get through an entire week with no soy products or legumes, in addition to all the other restrictions.
Anyway, I would really appreciate advice, recipes and support. Thanks in advance.