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3 Simple Passover dishes

Layers of matzo soaked in egg and broth

Layers of matzo soaked in egg and broth serve as the "pasta" in this artichoke and caramelized onion "lasagna." Credit: Marge Perry

Use Kosher for Passover products where applicable.

CARAMELIZED ONION-AND-ARTICHOKE MATZO LASAGNA

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

4 onions, thinly sliced (8 to 9 cups)

1 teaspoon salt, divided

3 (9-ounce) boxes frozen artichokes

3 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups lower-sodium chicken broth

4 1⁄2 matzos

1 1⁄4 cups shredded carrot, divided

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 11-by-7-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and 1⁄4 teaspoon of the salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft and golden, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet; add the artichokes and 1⁄4 teaspoon of the salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned, about 20 minutes.

4. Combine the eggs, broth and remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon salt.

5. Place 1 1⁄2 matzos, slightly overlapped, on the bottom of the baking pan. Pour 1⁄3 of the liquid over the matzos. Top with about 1⁄3 the onions, an evenly spaced layer of about half the artichokes and 1⁄2 cup of the carrots. Top with another 1 1⁄2 matzos, followed by 1⁄3 of the broth, 1⁄3 of the onions, the remaining artichokes and 1⁄2 cup of the carrots. Top with the final 1 1⁄2 matzos, pour about half the remaining liquid on the matzos, and top with the remaining onions and remaining carrots. Drizzle with the remaining liquid.

6. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes. Uncover and bake another 10 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 225 calories, 9 g protein, 37 g carbohydrates, 7 g fiber, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 535 mg sodium

HONEY-THYME GLAZED BABY CARROTS

2 pounds baby-cut carrots

3 tablespoons margarine, cut in bits

3 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest

1. Place carrots in a medium-sized pot with enough water to cover; bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until tender, about 12 to 14 minutes.

2. Melt the margarine in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Stir in the honey, brown sugar, lemon juice and thyme and cook, stirring, until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the carrots and cook until they are well-coated in the glaze. Stir in the zest and serve. Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 125 calories, 2 g protein, 18 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 6 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 89 mg sodium

WINE-BRAISED BRISKET

1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano

1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme

1⁄4 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper

1 (5-pound) brisket

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup red wine

1 cup low-sodium beef broth

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

2 ribs celery, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2. Combine the oregano, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl; season the meat on both sides with the mixture.

3. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium high. Add the meat and brown on both sides, about 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

4. Combine the wine, broth and tomato paste, stirring until dissolved. Pour the mixture into the pan with the meat. Add the vegetables all around the meat. Cover and cook in the oven 1 1⁄2 hours. Turn the meat over and cook another 1 1⁄2 hours, until very tender. (Cook longer if needed). Transfer to a cutting board and allow to rest 20 minutes before slicing across the grain. Transfer the slices back into the pan with the liquid and warm to serve. Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 398 calories, 46 g protein, 6 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 17 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 458 mg sodium

TIP: The onions may be caramelized well in advance and frozen.

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