The creamiest hummus

See this hummus? It's so creamy, it's fluffy. It took all my self control to eat it as a dip for my carrots and not right out of the container. My secret? I overcooked the garbanzo beans. They were so soft their clear shells peeled off. And since those peels looked gross, I absentmindedly picked … Continue reading The creamiest hummus

All you need to resist the Shaloch Manot

If every time you (or your kids!) open the pantry, loads of treats stare out at you, this week's New York Times Magazine cover story, The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food, came just in time. In case you're not the type to read a long feature (though, it's well worth it), I'll tell you the … Continue reading All you need to resist the Shaloch Manot

Whole Wheat Hamentashen

Whole wheat, margarine-free, easy to form and kid-approved. 'Nuf said. Oh, and try the chocolate filling too. HAMENTASHEN 1/2 cup sugar 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, plus more for rolling 2 eggs 2/3 cup neutral oil (I use grape seed oil) 1/2t fresh lemon juice 2T orange juice 1/2 nutmeg 1t vanilla 2t baking … Continue reading Whole Wheat Hamentashen

Power Smoothie Before a Fast

I have a fear of fasting. It's partly because of my coffee addiction and partly because I normally eat ALL day. I can't be sure if it's the extra calories or just the reassurance of them, but somehow eating before a sunrise fast helps me get through the day. For these shorter fasts, I always … Continue reading Power Smoothie Before a Fast

My Healthy Purim Plan

Purim is just around the corner and rather than throw my hands up and join the junk food feast, I've got a two-part plan. My first plan is to share healthy shalach manos with our neighbors and friends. We've got dried fruit and granola galore (of course!) for adults and families. For all the little … Continue reading My Healthy Purim Plan

Asian ‘burgers’

A friend recently mistakenly ate a meat burger for the first time in 25 years. Now, if that sounds strange, let me assure you she's not the first to vegetarian to eat meat that way. If you've ever tried a veggie burger that looks exactly like meat and tastes pretty darn close to the real … Continue reading Asian ‘burgers’

Healthy Shalach Manos?!

It's the Jewish month of Adar, and some of us around here have been waiting all year for it to arrive. With two weeks to go until Purim, I can't help but offer a few ideas for healthy gifts of shalach manos. Some of these we've made in the past, and some of them are … Continue reading Healthy Shalach Manos?!