Category: Healthy

Easy, Good for You, Healthy, Israeli food

A Cool Treat: Watermelon With Bulgarian Cheese

Watermelon with Bulgarian cheese

For a change, I offer no true recipe, as it is too hot to type! Well, thanks to a/c, that’s not really true. Nonetheless, we are not in the mood for heavy, hot foods at this juncture. Which is why we have been rediscovering the summer Middle Eastern pleasure of watermelon served with Bulgarian cheese. …

Good for You, Healthy, Israeli food, Parve, Sephardi, Shabbos, Technique

Matbucha: The Summer Bright Tomato and Roasted Pepper Salad

Matbucha garnished with cashew nuts

Now is when we finally get those beautiful, summer-ripened tomatoes. That is when we can rejoice in the flavor of a truly remarkable ingredient that is at its peak. And we need something like that in the summer heat. A salad like this matbucha just perks up your taste buds. Great with challah at the …

Good for You, Healthy, Main courses, Parve, Technique

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Lemon and Thyme

Salmon roasted with thyme

After all that heavy holiday food, we could all stand for something a little lighter on the tummy. Something that says spring, like, for instance, salmon. This slow-roasted rendition leaves the fish mouthwateringly juicy and full of bright lemon flavor. Slow-Roasted Salmon with Lemon and Thyme Yield: 4 servings Ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive …

Healthy, Main courses, Passover, Soup

Recipe: Meatball and Zoodle Soup

Meatball and Zoodle Soup

A one-pot, hearty Italian-tasting soup for chilly, rainy days. Yield: 8 servings Ingredients: For the Meatballs 2 pounds ground beef 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/3 cup chopped parsley 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 2 teaspoons garlic salt 1 teaspoon ground pepper For the Soup: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic …

Easy, Good for You, Healthy, Israeli food, Parve, Sephardi

Going for the Crunch: Fennel Salad

2 fennel bulbs

For some people, giving up carbs is difficult because it means giving up sweets, while for others, it’s about giving up crunchy, salty snack foods. One great low-carb solution to the need for crunch is fennel, with its celery-like texture, and mild licorice flavor. Because the taste of fennel is so subtle, like chicken, it …

Easy, Healthy, LCHF, Parve, Sephardi

Roasted Cauliflower with Tehina Sauce

roast cauliflower with tehina sauce

During a recent trip to Israel, my wife and I sampled a wonderful local dish, roasted cauliflower with tehina sauce. It was rich and saucy and piqued the taste buds something fierce. I immediately knew I’d have to reproduce this dish at home. Here is the result: Roasted Cauliflower with Tehina Sauce Yield: 4 servings …

Healthy, Israeli food, Obscure

Hilbeh: A Familiar Yet Unfamiliar Condiment

Botanically accurate drawing of fenugreek

Hilbeh is a condiment that is, by tradition, served with Yemenite Meat Soup. There are a few different types of Hilbeh. Here is a video of the basic, whipped Hilbeh, a kind of light foam, reminiscent of not-quite-set whipped Jello, but with a piquant green flavor that adds new layers of flavor to an already …

Easy, Healthy, Israeli food, Main courses, Parve, Sephardi

RECIPE: Easy Shakshuka

Shashuka in a black skillet

Shashuka is a full-flavored Mediterranean poached egg dish. You make a quick sauce with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic, with lots of olive oil, of course. Then you poach the eggs right in the skillet, just before serving. Marvelous with good bread to mop up that amazing sauce. You don’t need anything else. Easy Shakshuka …

Easy, Healthy, Parve, Sephardi

Versatile Chimichurri Sauce

chimichurri on grilled meat, grilled corn on the cob

Chimichurri sauce, a sauce used in Argentina and Uruguay that is popular in Israeli eateries, is amazing stuff. You can use it as an amazing marinade for chicken, or as a sauce to pump up the flavor of grilled meats. You can mix it with tehina for an awesome salad dressing. Heck—you could probably eat …