Turmeric and cumin are wonderful Indian spices that aid digestion, rev up the metabolism and help break down body fat. Couple that with the addition of cinnamon to the applesauce which helps regulate blood sugar and reduce cholesterol, and you have an delicious potato latke brimming with super nutrition.
Pumpkin, the quintessential fall holiday symbol is also a wonderful food full of fiber, protein, and vitamins K and A. By alternating layers of pumpkin puree with protein-packed Greek yogurt, these beautiful parfaits are easy to prepare, slimming for your waistline, and full of nutrition.
Sweet potatoes are inexpensive, delicious, and packed with calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Members of the Morning Glory family, sweet potatoes are really just edible roots. The red-orange sweet potatoes are slightly moister and sweeter than the tan variety, making them the best choice for this recipe.
Flourless Honey-Almond Cake is the perfect dessert for Rosh Hashanah or any time of the year!
1-1/2 cups almond meal – I get mine at Trader Joes
4 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray.
Line the bottom with parchment paper and spray the paper.
Beat 4 egg yolks, 1/2 cup honey, vanilla, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl until combined. Add the almond meal and mix.
Beat 4 egg whites in another large bowl with an hand mixer or whisk until white and bubbly but not stiff enough to hold peaks, about. 1 to 2 minutes. Gently fold the egg whites into the nut mixture until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake the cake until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
Run a knife around the edge of the pan and gently remove the side ring. Let cool completely.
Drizzle the top of the cake with honey and sprinkle with sliced almonds.
This is one of my favorite salads to bring to a BBQ or picnic. With only 130 calories per ½ cup serving and 6 gr of protein, this dish will be the hit with friends and family, who will be thanking you for bringing something healthy while they ask you for the recipe.
1 cup dried lentils
½ cup finely chopped red onion
½ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ cup finely chopped fresh mint
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Juice of one lemon
Place lentils in a large saucepan.
Cover with water to 2 inches above lentils; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until tender. Drain well and rinse.
Place lentils in a large bowl.
Stir in onion and next 4 ingredients (through pepper).
This ultimate summer dessert is light, delicious, and bursting with fruit.
2 cups of sliced strawberries or other fruit of choice
1 pint or 2 cups heavy whipping cream
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar (more or less to taste)
½ cup blueberries, raspberries or fruit of choice for topping
To make whipped cream:
Pour the heavy cream into the cooled bowl. Using a hand mixer, whip the cream over medium/high speed until it begins to thickened.
Increase the speed to high and continue to whip until medium peaks form.
Turn off the mixer and add the confectioners’ sugar.
Whip again on low speed until the confectioners’ sugar is mostly combined. Increase the speed to high and whip until completely thickened and the mixture forms stiff peaks. Refrigerator until ready to use.
To assemble parfaits:
Place a small spoonful of whipped cream on the bottom of each ice cream cone then add a small spoonful of chopped strawberries, pushing the berries down into the whipped cream. Continue to layer strawberries and cream until you reach the top of the cone with a cream layer – (two or three layers).
Garnish with a raspberry and blueberries or fruit of choice.
S’mores are traditionally a part of the Jewish holiday Lag B’Omer. When you have a holiday that includes having a bonfire, you know s’mores have to be a part of it! But, personally, I could eat these all year long. Chocolate. Marshmallows. Graham crackers. Why not?
If you are looking for a more modern twist on an old favorite, here are some upgrades to your go-to campfire dessert , the s’more!
Food in Israel is unique and full of exciting flavors that have come together into a melting pot of centuries of influence from surrounding lands. Bringing the complexity of Jerusalem life to the dinner table, Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem: A Cookbook is as much a social studies lesson as it is a culinary delight.
Though both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year, they come from opposite sides of the city. Tamimi is from the Muslim East Jerusalem and Ottolenghi from Jewish West Jerusalem. Both independently moved to London years ago and that’s where they met, working in the Continue reading →
Having cleansed your pantry of all hametz, you are left with few options to fill your carb quota during Pesach (Passover). The challenge is to find new and exciting ways to use matzo in your meals. So, here are some ideas to add variety to your Passover meals.
If it is from Martha Stewart, it must be good! A delicious way to start the day.
(via Martha Stewart)
Traditional potato latkes are delicious but more and more people are looking for healthier ways to make these wonderful fried patties. We’ve come up with a recipe that is heavier on protein and veggies and light on the carbs. And, as a bonus, they taste great! Enjoy!
Quinoa & Veggie Latkes Recipe
3 cup cooked quinoa (use 1 part quinoa to 1 part water)
1/2 cup grated onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
1 cup each finely grated zucchini and carrot
1/4 cup potato starch
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste Continue reading →
Chocolate seems to be on the list of foods that are “good for you” at the moment. It is said to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and boost brain power, just to name a few. So, let’s take advantage of it! We’ve pulled together some super delicious and interesting ways to incorporate chocolate into your life!
Finding a snack that will provide you with energy and is easy to pack and carry isn’t always easy. Granola Bars fit the bill but can be pricey. This recipe for homemade granola bars will be satisfying and easy on the pocket book!
And, an added bonus, oats are known to lower cholesterol levels, provide fiber in your diet, Continue reading →
Are you ready for something cool, delicious, and good for you?
This smoothie uses the mild tasting green, bok choy, which is known as a cancer-fighting cabbage because of its good source of beta carotene. In just one 9 calorie cup of bok choy, you receive 63% vitamin A, 52% vitamin C and 8% calcium of your daily recommended value.
2 cups bok choy, fresh
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
1 cup strawberries*
2 cups peaches*
*Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold.
Summertime barbeques, Superbowl parties, and taco tuesdays are all great excuses to serve some guacamole. But, lets face it, we’ve all struggled with a little guilt over how many calories we are consuming chip by chip. This Edamame “Guacamole” recipe is about half the calories of avocado guacamole and is higher in protein too. Delicious and healthy! You don’t need an excuse to serve this any day.
Half the calories and 3 times the amount of protein of guacamole made with avocados – 86.7 cal., 6.7 g protein Continue reading →
A nutritious brown bag lunch is not only easy to prepare, but economical and healthier than the usual cafeteria fare or fast-food options. Not to mention, a good midday meal can help bolster those notorious mid-day slumps and keep you on your game. Here are a few tips for bagging a healthy lunch.
Think Outside the Box
The healthiest lunches should contain foods from three different food groups: a protein, whole grain, and a fruit and/or vegetable. However, this doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the Continue reading →
Like the 10 commandments, the passover seder menu can seem like it’s written in stone. Passed down through generations and laden with family tradition, it feels almost sacrilegious to deviate from what our grandparents served their guests. But it’s that very menu, with all the starch, fats and sugar coated desserts (most often eaten for two nights in a row) which can make you feel as if you actually at the stone tablets of the commandments for dinner.
Don’t let the tradition of the seder weigh on you. This year start your own traditions with a lighter and healthier version of two seder classics–Matzo Ball Soup and Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake.
This amazing dark chocolate cake has ground almonds in the batter and toasted almonds sprinkled on top, making rich in plant-based Omegas.
3 Tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder – 65% or higher
½ cup raw almonds
2 Tablespoons sugar
¾ cup date or maple crystal sugar (or regular sugar)
3 oz. dark chocolate, – 65:% or higher – coarsely chopped
½ cup Greek Yogurt
2 egg yolks, at room temperature
1 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
5 egg whites, at room temperature
¼ teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon toasted slivered almonds (optional)
Asparagus has always been a delicacy to me. When I was young, my older sister found a large patch of asparagus growing wild in a wooded area behind the neighborhood grade school. Each spring she would forage her way through the pointy stalks, bringing home with her handfuls of this wonderful vegetable for us all to enjoy. For me, asparagus was a taste sensation that came only once a year and I savored each bite because I knew I what I was eating was special.
The term “Healthy” has a bad rap! When we hear the term “healthy” we automatically think “tastes bad”. Right? But, just because something has that label doesn’t mean it is any less delicious than the less healthy version!
Chocolate, for instance, can be healthy for us but the sugar that usually accompanies it is not. By using some healthier ingredient options you can have a delicious dessert that won’t taste “healthy”. Enjoy!
NO COOK CACAO TRUFFLES
3/4 Cup Raw Cacao Powder (available at health stores) or Cocoa Powder
Seems like Kale is the Marsha Brady of the food world with everyone chanting “Ka-le, Ka-le, Ka-le”! Just like Marsha, the obsession with it is completely justified. Kale has extraordinary nutrient value, is heartily available in the winter months, and is said to defend against cancer and high cholesterol. Why not take this super food for a spin? Here is a delicious salad recipe that takes advantage of winter produce.
KALE & GRAPEFRUIT SALAD
Delicious grapefruit is very low in calories, high in fiber, and an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin-C.
By Jeannie Solomon of the PJCC
1 large bunch of thinly sliced kale (stems removed)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Continue reading →
A hearty welcome to our inaugural PJCC blog issue. We created this digital publication to serve your needs and interests. Our goal is to help you be better informed, educated, and entertained for your greatest health and wellness.
You can count on receiving blog content that includes everything from raising inquisitive, confident children, to caring for your personal wellness, to experiencing the arts and exploring contemporary Jewish themes. We will sprinkle in fun along the way as we know that lightness is a key ingredient for a happy heart and a healthy community. Continue reading →