Category: Parve

Desserts, Easy, Parve, Purim

Bourbon Balls (No Baking)

bourbon balls

Bourbon balls came to mind while brainstorming items to put in Purim gift packages (mishlochei manot or “shalach manos”). These fudgy, moist treats pack an alcoholic wallop. They make a lot at one time, and they look like you patchked for hours, but they’re the easiest thing in the world to make–you don’t even bake …

Main courses, Parve

Black Beans and Rice

black beans and rice with avocado in a burrito

This lunch dish is a complete protein even without the cheese, and it’s so flavorful you won’t miss the meat. For fans of Mexican food, and in particular for vegetarians, this South of the Border-inspired meal-in-a-pot is comfort food at its best. Younger diners like to roll this into tortillas, using the grated cheese as …

Easy, Parve, Shabbos, Sides

Luscious Zucchini Kugel (P)

parve zucchini kugel

Looking for a new, parve side for Shabbos? Trying to find a way to get your family to eat more green vegetables? This kugel is for you, Dear Reader, raising boring old zucchini to fabulous new heights. Bonus? It’s easy to prepare, especially if you use a food processor for slicing the zucchini. Zucchini Kugel …

Desserts, Easy, Parve, Shabbos

Homey Applesauce Cake

applesauce cake

Our go-to dessert when we want something easy and homey is this simple applesauce cake with its moist and tender crumb. After many years of experimentation, we decided to leave the raisins out and substitute cornstarch for some of the flour to lighten the texture. The result is a cake that practically melts in one’s …

Main courses, Parve

Recipe: Swiss Potato Pancake (Rösti)

Rosti

With the cold comes that natural instinct to bulk up on heartier food, which somehow seems more warming. In our home, sometimes nothing else seems to hit the spot quite so well as the Swiss potato pancake known as Rösti. It’s basically a large, skillet-sized potato pancake with a texture and taste similar to hash …

Healthy, Parve, Shabbos

Recipe: Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms make an elegant starter or even a side for any Shabbat or festive meal. They are a lot easier to make than you might suspect. I like to use frozen chopped spinach to save time. I just thaw and squeeze out the excess liquid before continuing with the recipe. If you have leftover …

Easy, Parve

Recipe: Thanksgiving Craisin Slaw

Purple slaw with cranberries

Nothing goes with turkey and all the fixings of Thanksgiving like a sweet and tangy slaw with craisins. This one fits the bill, though it cannot be made more than 6 hours in advance or it goes all soggy and loses its crisp, crunchy, and craisin-chewy charm. A guest once described this slaw as “So …

Ashkenazi, Desserts, Parve

Nut Rolls to Fill That Empty Freezer

Nut rolls

Now that the Jewish high holidays are over, we can breathe a sigh of relief. The cooking marathon is over. Alas, our freezers are empty and we have nothing to serve our guests and grandchildren when they come to visit. Enter nut roll cakes to the rescue. The cake rolls aren’t difficult to make, and …