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Meatless Monday: 10 Vegetarian Recipes For The Seder Table

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Today marks the beginning of Passover, the eight-day Jewish festival commemorating the Jewish people's exodus from slavery in ancient Egypt.

For those of you not up on your Bible history, this is the Old Testament tale in which God sends Moses to set his people free, along with a bunch of plagues meant to sway the Pharoah to Moses' viewpoint. He doesn't, so God kills all the Egyptians' first-born sons—but passes over the Jewish homes on his slaying spree. Weird holiday (though not one bit weirder than Easter). Yay, spring!

These days, Passover is commemorated with a Seder meal on the first two nights. Traditional Seder meals involve prayer, wine, songs, matzah, vegetables dipped in salt water (Karpas) and horseradish dipped in a nut, fruit and wine mix.

But other foods and dishes are common, as well, from lamb to quinoa. In celebration of Passover—and Meatless Monday—here are 10 vegetarian and vegan recipes for the Seder table (some traditional, some not so much).

1. Passover Pasta Primavera
GET THE RECIPE, via Gourmet.com

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2. Vegan Passover Kugel
GET THE RECIPE, via Bok Choy Bohemia

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3. Shredded Apple Kugel (vegan)
GET THE RECIPE, via AISH.com

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4 & 5. Traditional Apple-Walnut Charoset and California Charoset
Charoset is traditionally served at Seder tables worldwide, yet there are lots of different versions. GET THE RECIPE for this traditional apple-walnut charoset at Epicurious. Or try try California Charoset, with avocado, coconut, bananas, pine nuts and ground matza meal.

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6. Roasted Mushroom Quinoa Risotto
GET THE RECIPE, via Shiksa in the Kitchen

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7. Matzo Ball Soup with Spring Vegetables (vegan)
GET THE RECIPE, via Veg Kitchen

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8. Matzaroni & Cheese
GET THE RECIPE, via AISH.com

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9. Vegan Rugelach
GET THE RECIPE, via Greenopia

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10. Cauliflower Leek Kugel with Almond Herb Crust (vegan)
GET THE RECIPE, via Post Punk Kitchen

11.Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Browned Butter & Walnuts
GET THE RECIPE, via Kosher on a Budget

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12. Artichoke Tapenade (vegan)
GET THE RECIPE, via Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
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