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Everything Sweet Potatoes – Better than a Bagel!

July 25, 2017

This one was a discovery during my first Whole30 and it’s been a fan favorite in our house ever since.  It’s a total BLD (in the words of Rachael Ray), Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner – it’s perfect for any meal or snack.  Best of all, we actually, objectively, like them more than a bagel.  Perfect combo of crispy and soft, sweet and savory.  Make this.  You won’t regret it!

Now let’s talk about everything seasoning.  Everyone is talking about the spice blend from Trader Joes.  Here’s a secret…make friends with your local bagel shop.  They’ll give you a bag of their everything season for free or cheap! You can also totally make your own with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic flakes, onion flakes and salt.

Peel and slice sweet potato(es).  Dip in a beaten egg.  Dip both sides in a mixture of almond meal and everything seasoning.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 until breading is crispy and potatoes are soft. Use a toothpick to check.

Top with some Whole30 Mayo (consider making it avocado or garlic or chive mayo!), lox (or even gravlax), cucumber, tomato and onions or chives.

Oh, and just because I’m proud, the cucumber, yellow pear tomatoes and chives were all fresh picked from the garden!

Beet Green Pesto with Beet & Kohlrabi Chips

July 5, 2017

For as long as I can remember, I’ve hated beets.  That hatred was solidified in ninth grade at my first USY convention.  It was “Survivor” themed and we were in the “Food of our People” relay race challenge.  Some people had to eat matzah or tzimmes. I had to suck down a bowl of borscht.  It was awful and I remember I could hardly swallow the stuff.

Fast forward fifteen years and when beets showed up in my CSA share, I panicked.  I didn’t think I could prepare them, much less eat them, without feeling physically ill.  Then I remembered that I love terra chips, so I decided to try to recreate them with the beets and kohlrabi.

To make the chips, I simply thinly sliced them, tossed in olive oil, pink salt and cracked black pepper, put them in a single layer on a lined cookie sheet, and baked at 300 degrees for an hour (it could have been more, I forget) until they were dried and crispy.  I made the mistake of trying to turn up the heat and incinerated a few.  Don’t do that!

But what are chips without a dip?  Enter beet green pesto.  My garden basil has bene growing like crazy, so I clipped some of it, along with some parsley. A quick blanch on the beet greens, some of the CSA garlic scapes (my favorite!), velvety walnuts and olive oil and the dip was made.

And people, it FLEW off the plate!  Between my husband and kids, they couldn’t get enough…I hardly had any!  We had the leftover dip all week with chicken, fish, meat and veggies.

Beet Green Pesto

  • Greens from three large beets, blanched for one minute
  • 2 garlic scapes, bud trimmed off
  • 2 small handfuls of basil
  • 1 small handful of parsley
  • 1 handful walnuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (more or less depending on how thin or thick you want it)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Puree everything in a food processor.  Stays in the fridge for a week!

Whole30 BBQ Chicken Wings

June 26, 2017

Because it’s summer.
Because I’m back on Whole30.
Because I’m loving my CSA. (Shout out to Stoneledge Farm and Beth El Synagogue Center)
Because I remembered that I actually really love cooking.
Because for some reason I still only come back to recipes that I posted on this blog!

It’s been a long time, like a LONG time since I wrote here, but I’m back (at least for now).  I realized I really am happier when I’m cooking and experimenting with different flavors.  Now that I’m in round two of Whole30, I’m cooking more than ever. Tonight’s yumminess was BBQ Chicken Wings.  Super easy, super flavorful, grain free and sugar free!

Sauce Ingredients (drenched 2 lbs of chicken drumettes)

  • 2 tbs. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbs. Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tbs. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbs. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 4 tbs. Tomato Paste
  • 4 tbs. Olive Oil
  • 4 tbs. Cider Vinegar

Whisk together the ingredients in a large bowl.  Toss the cleaned chicken until ever piece is well covered.

Bake on a lined cookie sheet at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, then flip them over and bake for another 450.

We had them with roasted kohlrabi (from the CSA) that I cut into thick “fries” and roasted in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper at 450 for 10 minutes on each side.

Both were AMAZING dipped in guacamole, which also makes this a well rounded Whole30 meal!

Fuzzy Navel Chicken with Grilled Peaches

July 6, 2012

This is the time of year when the farmers put out signs next to their peaches that say “eat over the sink…super juicy!”  When I brought home my basket of peaches from the farmer’s market, I knew I wanted to highlight their sweet yumminess.  When I was in college, my favorite cocktail was a fuzzy navel: orange juice, peach schnapps and vodka…so, I used it for a marinade on the chicken!  All of the food magazines right now have been featuring grilled peaches so I figured I’d give those a try.

My camera was dead, so the pictures are from my phone, hence the lack of color.

Ingredients
2 chicken breasts
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup peach schnapps
1 shot vodka
3 fresh peaches
Scallions for garnish (also delicious this time of year!)

Cut the peach into pieces and squeeze them over a bowl.  Combine with OJ, schnapps, and vodka.  Marinade the chicken breast for at least one hour.

Meanwhile, slice the peaches (they’re not so easy to slice!)  Pop them onto the grill so they get grill marks.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill for about 4 minutes on each side.

Pour the rest of the marinade into a sauce pan and cook over medium heat to thicken into a sauce.

To serve, sprinkle chopped scallions over peaches.  Spoon sauce over chicken.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  This could also totally be sliced up and put on top of some spinach or arugala.  You could use the sauce as a dressing for the salad.

You can eat this hot or at room temperature!

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

July 2, 2012

My posts have been few and far between over the past year.  My new job was exciting and fun, but also kept me so busy that we often lived off of Shabbat leftovers for weeks at a time.  I stuck with recipes I knew to be quick and easy, and totally lacked creative energy for cooking.  I did write two posts since the last time I wrote for Mah Zeh Taim.  You can check out my Chicken with Apple Salsa and my Mediterranean Tartlet on the NosherMyJewishLearning.com‘s food blog.

     

But now, summer is upon us!  I have some spare creative energy, not to mention enough time to use it for cooking!  If you’ve followed my older posts, I really lived off of the 97th street Farmer’s Market when we lived in Manhattan, especially in the summer.  All of my cooking ideas came from whatever fresh ingredients I found that week.  Last week I discovered the New Rochelle Farmer’s Market, and I’m inspired again!  Yay!

Friday I came home with squash blossoms, bell peppers, garlic scapes and more.  I also had some lovely pesto in my fridge from last week’s basil purchase.  I knew I wanted to make stuffed squash blossoms, but I had only eaten them stuffed with ricotta, so I tried a new solution to make them pareve, but still creamy!

Ingredients
24 squash blossoms
1 garlic scape, finely diced
1 small orange pepper, finely diced
1 small red bell pepper, finely diced
3 tablespoons prepared pesto (homemade is best!)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons
3/4 cup soy milk
Salt & Pepper to taste
Olive Oil for frying 

Squash blossoms take some special attention to clean for dirt and bugs.  Hold them under the faucet to make sure you clean inside and outside.

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Combine the peppers and scapes and blot with a paper towel to take out some of the excess moisture.

In a small sauce pot, heat up 3 tablespoons of oil.  Then add the flour to make a roux.  Then add the soy milk and mix well.  Watch it closely and continuously stir so it won’t burn.  Then add salt and pepper.  Remove from heat and let cool a bit.  Then add to the vegetable mixture.  Mix in 3 tablespoons of pesto.

Now comes the messy part.  I did not get this down to a science…I tried with a pastry bag and with my fingers, neither one was better than the other.  Open each blossom and stuff the pesto vegetable mixture into the opening of the flower.  Twist the petals at the top and set aside.  Repeat process until all blossoms have been stuffed.

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In a large pot, pour 1/2 inch of olive oil and bring to a high heat.  Fry each blossom for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden.

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Let drain on paper towels.

They’re a yummy, super seasonal treat.  Ingredients are very healthy, cooking method is not so healthy.  I didn’t batter them, so that cuts out some calories, right?

Enjoy!

S’mores Pops

March 22, 2012

When in doubt, make cake balls…and put a stick in it…and call it a cake pop.

For this one, I made my good ol’ chocolate cake, used marshmallows instead of frosting, and rolled them in graham cracker crumbs.  They were a major hit!

Ingredients
9×13 pan of chocolate cake
12 oz. small marshmallows
2 tablespoons margarine
1 bag pareve chocolate chips
2 tablespoon canola oil
Graham cracker crumbs

In a saucepan, melt 8 oz. marshmallows with 2 tablespoons margarine until it is light and fluffy.

 

Break up the chocolate cake and mush it up with the marshmallow fluff.  Make golf ball sized balls of the mixture around a small marshmallow.  (The marshmallow should be in the center of the chocolate ball.)  Place on lined cookie sheet in the freezer for at least one hour.

Remove from the freezer and stick in lollipop sticks.  Meanwhile, in a double boiler, melt chocolate chips with oil.  Prepare graham cracker crumbs on a plate.  Dip each pop into the chocolate and then roll in the graham cracker crumbs.

Let cool until chocolate hardens.

These can be frozen for up to 4 months!

Layered Salami Potatoes

February 10, 2012

This was totally one of those “what can I do with what’s in the fridge?” meals.  When I opened the door, I had a bag of potatoes, a bag of onions, condiments and a log of salami.  So I made a twist on Kosher by Design scalloped potatoes.

Ingredients
14 oz. log salami, thinly sliced

4 idaho potatoes, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons margarine
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups vegetable stock
1 teaspoon paprika
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fat free mayonnaise

Start out by making the sauceMelt the margarine in a pan and combine with the flour to make a roue.  Add the sliced onions, stock, mayonnaise, and paprika.  Stir until the roue is completely dissolved.  Let the sauce simmer until it thickens.

Meanwhile, peel and slice the potatoes and salami.

In a 9×13 pan, ladel 1/4 of the sauce and spread around the bottom of the pan.  Build one layer of potatoes, slightly overlapping with each other.  Ladel another 1/4 of the sauce and spread around.  Then layer the salami slices (I didn’t have enough to overlap and I think it was actually better that way.)  Ladel another 1/4 of the sauce and spread around.  Do one last layer of the potatoes and pour the remaining sauce over the top.

Bake at 375 degrees for an hour and a half.

We had this with a big green salad and my veggie of choice at the moment, roasted brussel sprouts.  It was really hearty and total comfort food.  The leftovers cold be chopped up and folded into puff pastry for a great appetizer!