Eastern Europeans are very health conscious and many are strict vegetarians or vegans, while others are gluten-free devotees not because of Celiac disease but because they believe gluten just isn't good for you. Here is a list of just some of the Eastern European Vegetarian (some include eggs and dairy) / Vegan / Gluten-Free recipes.
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For those whose bodies can't tolerate gluten and for those who choose to eliminate gluten from their diet for whatever reason, this gluten-free pierogi recipe could be the answer to a dumpling lover's prayer.
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This is a gluten-free version of a popular Eastern European dessert.
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When a reader asked me for a gluten-free version of poppy seed roll, that most traditional of all Eastern European desserts, I turned to Miriam Pearl, the author of Delicious Without, who is an expert at working with gluten-free flours. She converted my recipe into this tasty gluten-free version. Here's what Miriam had to say:
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Meatless Pasulj is perfect for Lent or other times when fasting is required. Vegetarians will love it. And, as with most soups, it tastes better the next day!Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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I call this a Polish vegetarian pizza because it uses potatoes, caramelized onions, and dry curd cheese -- all the things Slavs love. But it's really just a vegetarian pizza. You don't have to be Polish to enjoy it.
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If the vegetarian in your life eats eggs, this Russian cabbage pie recipe is perfect.
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Greeks aren't the only ones who love moussaka. Croatians, Hungarians, and other Eastern Europeans make it regularly. This one uses tempeh, vegan cheese, and spelt flour.
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Latkes are traditionally made with eggs, but this recipe uses ground flax seeds to hold everything together and there are many variations, including making them gluten-free by replacing the spelt flour with brown rice flour.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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This recipe is soy-free and nut-free and, if the matzo balls are eliminated or made with the quinoa option, it is gluten-free. But don't expect bubbe's big fluffy matzo balls. These are much denser but still palatable.
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This recipe is soy-free and can be made nut-free by eliminating the almonds. And, contrary to its name, it is made with agave nectar or pure maple syrup instead of honey. This cake is a fixture in the Ashkenazic Rosh Hashanah tradition.
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This recipe for almond macaroons is made with only three ingredients -- almond paste, egg white, and water. Most almond pastes contain no grain making them kosher for Passover and gluten-free, but check the label to make sure.
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If you are an ovo-lacto vegetarian, this Ukrainian beet leaf roll recipe stuffed with bread dough could be just for you.