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2 HFHY Cookbook Recipes in The Town Courier

I’m a little late in sharing this with you, dear readers, but see below for two recipes from – and a review of  – The Healthy Family, Healthy You Cookbook: The Healthy Mama’s Guide to simple, healthy versions of your family’s favorite foods (Volume 2). Do you have your copy yet? What?! You don’t want over 100 easy and healthful recipes for your family – including super easy and impressive recipes for a crowd or company?

Click here to view the article on The Town Courier website.

Let’s All Eat Healthfully

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Lately, more and more articles and books are focusing on healthy recipes and better eating for children and families.  “Healthy Family, Healthy You; The Healthy Mama’s Guide to feeding your family well—simply and sanely” by Natasha Nadel (www.healthyfamilyhealthyyou.com) is a new book that deals with the topic.

Natasha believes we all have a responsibility to feed one another deliciously, but healthfully, rather than stuff one another full of non-nutritive foods so we can feel we were a good host.

Her new book provides healthful recipes for everyday weeknight meals and secular and Jewish holidays around the year, along with tips and tricks for creating a healthy family.  Her motto is “Substitution is your strategy.”

Natasha is an author and freelance writer specializing in sustainable food, the environment, and community trends.  Natasha gives workshops to schools, camps, and local organizations.

Gluten-Free Super Simple Appetizer

Makes 12 servings of 5 crackers each

Having a crowd and don’t want to leave out your gluten-free friends? Here is the answer! Easy, fancy and delicious, this appetizer is fun to make with the kids and can be adjusted as needed. For instance, my tester used different gluten-free crackers, and when she couldn’t find the right sea salt shaker in her small town health food store, she combined plain sea salt with a dulse (a type of seaweed) shaker.

1 box “Mary’s Gone Crackers” (original or cracked black pepper) or other gluten-free crackers

2 avocados

2 pints cherry tomatoes

1 lemon

“Sea Seasonings” brand sea salt and sea veggies shaker (or plain sea salt and black pepper)

Spread the crackers out on a tray or serving platter. In a small bowl, mash the avocados using a fork. Top each cracker with approximately 1 teaspoon of mashed avocado. Slice the lemon in quarters and squeeze a couple drops of lemon juice on top of the avocado. Slice the cherry tomatoes into two halves and top each cracker with one half. Sprinkle a pinch of the sea salt mix on top of each cracker so it covers the avocado and the tomato.

Best-Ever Lasagna (Gluten-Free!)

Prep time:  30 minutes

Cook time:  60 minutes

Yield:  6-8 servings

This lasagna has become such a hit with my friends that they (and their children) ask for it when they come for meals. They don’t tell their kids about the tofu or spinach until they are gobbling it up … and they always gobble it up!

From “The Healthy Mama’s Guide,” Meal Makeovers section.

non-stick cooking spray

1 (16-ounce) bag of chopped frozen spinach

1 cup frozen chopped onion

1 (12- or 14-ounce) box frozen butternut squash puree (or BPA-free organic can, such as the Farmer’s Market brand)

1 1 lb. package organic silken tofu

1 (32-ounce) jar pasta sauce (any flavor like garlic or mushroom)

1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 to 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 package brown rice lasagna noodles (10 ounce) like Tinkyada

1 (24-ounce) jar whole roasted red peppers (about 3 whole peppers), sliced and flattened

1/8 cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs (if gluten-free isn’t necessary for you, use whole wheat)

1/8 cup nutritional yeast

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 13- x 9-inch lasagna pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Place frozen spinach, onion, and squash into a large glass bowl and defrost in the microwave (I use the “vegetable” setting).

Place tofu into bowl with defrosted vegetables.

Add thyme, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning, and mix thoroughly.

Place one layer of noodles in pan, followed by half of the vegetable and tofu mix. Cover with 1/3 of the bottle of marinara sauce. Spread it thinly and evenly.

Place another layer of noodles in the pan. Cover with the rest of the vegetable tofu mix and another third of the marinara sauce.

Place your final layer of noodles in the pan. Cover with the rest of the marinara sauce and then the roasted red peppers.

Mix the bread crumbs and nutritional yeast together in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the red peppers.

Bake for 1 hour, uncovered.

Editor’s note: For more edible delights by Sheilah Kaufman, go to www. cookingwithsheilah.com.

Learn about the HFHY Revolution in The Forward!

I know it’s a long time coming… but I want to share an article in The Forward about my books and session at the Hazon Food Conference. See an excerpt and click on the link below to see the complete article and accompanying recipe.

Yours in health,

Natasha

Vegan Enchilada Casserole by Rhea Yablon Kennedy

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Natasha Rosenstock Nadel wants you and your family to follow a simple, delicious plant-based diet that consists of whole foods.

“I’m starting the revolution and I want you to join me and start a revolution where you live,” Nadel told workshop attendees at the Hazon Food Conference at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in late December.

“I’m a journalist, not a nutritionist,” the Washington, DC-based writer and mother of two informed her audience, “but I’ve done 10 years of research so you don’t have to.”

Accordingly, Nadel includes a list of resources — from case studies and reports to books and documentary films — in her new book, “Healthy Family, Healthy You: The Healthy Mama’s Guide to feeding your family well — simply and sanely!”

Read the rest!

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***By the way, do you have the Healthy Family, Healthy You books yet? If not, you are missing out on dozens of healthy ideas and recipes you can use every day to feed your family well – simply and sanely! Get them today!

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My New Jewish Food Experience Article and Recipe

Jewish Food Experience

Substitution is Your Strategy

by Natasha Nadel
Here is an excerpt from a recent story (with a link to my recipe for vegan lasagna) I wrote for www.JewishFoodExperience.com.

Nothing in life is free, especially when it comes to food. Warm up store-bought or frozen lasagna to make your weeknights easy, and you will have enough saturated fat and sodium for days. Substitute artificial sweetener for sugar, and you’ll have a dish that tastes artificial and still elicits the same insulin response as sugar.

I believe that substitution is the key strategy everyone should employ when trying to improve one’s own diet or that of their family. However, that doesn’t mean substituting with fake food. For instance, the strategic plan I outline in my book, Healthy Family, Healthy You: The Healthy Mama’s Guide to feeding your family well – simply and sanely!, calls for examining your everyday meals and finding easy plant-based substitutions. To read the rest, here’s the live link to the cover story.

Click on the screenshots below (or the linked words in this sentence) to go to permanent PDFs of the cover story and the recipe.

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Substitution is Your Strategy Story JFE

Substitution is Your Strategy Story JFE

JFE Lasagna Recipe

JFE Lasagna Recipe

This recipe can also be found in my book, Healthy Family, Healthy You: The Healthy Mama’s Guide to feeding your family well – simply and sanely!

Find over 100 additional easy, healthy recipes in The Healthy Family, Healthy You Cookbook.