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Happy Mother’s Day!

Sometimes it seems a little crazy (and unfair) that, as a grown-up, we often make our own birthday cake and Mother’s Day Brunch.

Well…Get happy! For this year anyway, I’ve done the work for you. Here’s your simple, healthy Mother’s Day Menu for this coming Sunday.

First…Here is my almost zero work plan…you know, the one I rarely stick to!

The no work brunch means I buy bagels, cream cheese, and lox (I know I don’t eat this, but everyone else does) set them out with sliced tomato, cucumber and red onion.  Add coffee and juice and you’re done.


However, in my opinion, spring calls for crisp, fresh food, not just baked white carbs (e.g. bagels and coffee cake).

Here are five simple, fun and healthy ideas for your Mother’s Day Brunch:

  1. Individual fruit salad appetizers. Halve your cantaloupes (Use 1 for every 2 guests. ). Discard seeds. Scoop out flesh with a melon baller or use a knife to cut out the cantaloupe and cube it.

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Mix the cantaloupe with other sliced fruit, such as fresh strawberries, pineapple, honeydew or green grapes. Bonus points: You can also scoop out pineapple and honeydew so that not everyone has the same fruit vessel for their fruit salad. You will have a beautiful tablescape, each place set with a pineapple, honeydew or cantaloupe bowl of fruit salad.

  1. Lay out a plate of cucumber kabobs or lollipops for kids. Use small kabob sticks or lollipop sticks (found at party stores).

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3. Use rainbow carrots in a vase as your centerpiece, or trim and peel them for the kids to munch while they wait. Tasha’s Tip: Remember, just put them on the table and WALK AWAY. Keep your mouth shut and they’ll probably try them!

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You can also use colored cauliflower the same way.

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4.Place as much fun stuff on the table as possible. Don’t take yourself or your entertaining on a day like this too seriously. See what I found in my cabinet.

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5. To serve something warm, try tofu French toast. I like this recipe.



Last year I made this Spanish frittata (also in The Healthy Family Healthy You Cookbook), made with tofu instead of eggs.

spanish frittata

This year I’ll be trying a chickpea frittata for the first time. This recipe looks good.  It calls for asparagus, which I am randomly allergic to, so I will use a substitute; perhaps red pepper. Like any frittata, you can mix and match the veggies to your liking and also use up any leftover roasted or fresh veggies you have handy.

roasted vegetables

This link to my 2016 Mother’s Day post includes ideas, such as rainbow fruit kabobs (see above pic); and several recipes from my cookbook, including 20 minute tofu scramble, avocado toast, and healthy fruit crisp.

Tofu Scramble

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day! Let me know what you’re cooking over on my Facebook page.



Mega Pesach Post/Anytime Spa Menu!

Even if you don’t celebrate Passover, these recipes are light and delicious.

Your Healthy Pesach Toolkit is here!

  1. Nice thoughts for a great week and previous Passover posts with tons of healthy recipes and tips! (from last week)
    and below…tools 2-4
  2. Your Spa-like Passover Menu – 2 new HFHY veggie recipes – and my favorite healthy Passover recipes from around the web
  3. A Super Duper Helpful Vegan Passover Cookbook
  4. Spiralizer recipes and ideas. Free e-cookbook.



Because you deserve a healthy week!

I made this for Shabbat a few weeks ago, without the greens, as it reminded me of a salad I’ve bought before at the deli. I didn’t have time to go there so I made it up myself. I then made it with the greens for my cousin’s bridal shower. There were about two bites left from the gigantic bowl.

The Caterer’s Salad
Serves: 15-20 (to lower the servings, simply lower the amount of greens you use)

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1 very large box mixed baby spinach and spring mix salad (or other greens if you prefer)
1 can sliced hearts of palm (Depending on the size of the slices, you may want to slice the slices in half).
1 can quartered artichoke hearts
1 can sliced black olives
1 or 2 pints cherry tomatoes, sliced
1 bottle Italian dressing (As natural as possible! I’m not recommending a specific brand here because what you can use will depend on whether you’re making this salad for Passover or during the rest of the year. I recently used Brianna (newly hechshered!) French Vinaigrette and it was amazing. However, that won’t work for Passover. I may just make my own.)


Place the greens on the bottom of a large salad bowl. Place the rest of the ingredients on the top of the greens. Pour on some dressing (Start with half a cup? I didn’t measure. You should be able to eyeball this.) and toss gently. Add more dressing and mix again if needed. Remember, you can always add, but you can’t take away.


Easiest. Side. Dish. Ever. Only 3 ingredients.

Baby Spinach with Pine Nuts and Golden Raisins


How much spinach and other ingredients you use will depend on how many people you are feeding. Just remember that spinach cooks down A LOT.

Serves: as many as you need/just increase ingredients…


Fresh baby spinach
Pine nuts (Start with a handful and then go up to ¼ cup, depending on how much spinach you are using)
Golden raisins (Start with a handful and then go up to ¼ cup, depending on how much spinach you are using).


Dry toast the pine nuts in a non-stick pan until fragrant but barely browned, stirring often.

Cook spinach on the stove in your largest sauté pan, with 1 Tablespoon of water. Depending on how much you are making, you may have to do this in batches, taking out the cooked spinach and placing it in your serving bowl or storage container, as you go. Just fill up the pan with spinach to start. Simply place the top on your pan and let it steam for a few minutes, then stir.

Be sure to stir every few minutes so that all of the spinach is cooked, not just what’s on the bottom. I like to use a large sauté pan I have with a clear top. Then I know exactly what’s going on in there and when I need to stir. After each batch is done, take it out and start with a new batch of raw spinach and new tablespoon of water.


Other tasty recipes from around the web…

Orange Pistachio Quinoa Ever since I found this for last Passover, I have been making this Quinoa as much as I can get away with it, without my guests and family getting sick of it.

Raw mock tuna  from Jennifer Cornbleet. For kitniyot purposes, I’m going to substitute cashews for the sunflower seeds.

Chocolate truffle pie from Mayim Bialik. This is seriously crack! Make at your own peril!


TOOL #3 A Super Duper Helpful Vegan Passover Cookbook

My huge discovery last year: I wasn’t the only one trying to be vegan on Passover. Even better, this fabulous gal, Rena Reich, of, wrote a cookbook for it! (For a quick kitniyot meal this week, see my guest post on her blog, 10 minute Taco Bar.)

Vegan Start Passover Cookbook: Eat Well on Pesach!

I have the Kindle edition, which was the only one offered last year. This year, both are updated and there is also a print option. These are also super handy if you are NOT vegan, but are allergic to eggs.

As Mara from always writes, Amazon pricing can change on a dime, so please confirm prices before you check-out. I got mine for a great price, but check the widget (picture) for the current price. Also, if you have an Ad Blocker installed on your web browser, you will need to pause it in order to see the widgets.

My favorite recipes include:

  1. Potato Kugel (I had to stop making this all-year-round. It was too good and I was eating too much!)
  2. Carrot Kugel
  3. Matzo Meal Pancakes


 Spiralizer recipes and ideas. Free e-cookbook.Spiralizing for Passover

I ordered THIS spiralizer and got 3 FREE e-cookbooks (sent to me over the course of a few days) to go with it. For my purposes, only the first one was helpful, but if you are NOT vegan and you ARE into Paleo, you’ll also love the other two. In the first spiralizer e-cookbook, a large number of the veggie-centric recipes can be used for Pesach, although of course a number of them do contain kitniyot as it isn’t a kosher for Passover, or even kosher, cookbook. However, most recipes involve veggies that will work for Pesach.

Quick idea from the book: Cucumber noodles, lemon juice and zest with cumin and sea salt to taste

Quick idea from me: Spiralized carrot noodles with golden raisins and cinnamon, fresh-squeezed juice of 1 orange

As Mara from always writes, Amazon pricing can change on a dime, so please confirm prices before you check-out. I got mine for a great price, but check the widget (picture) for the current price. Also, if you have an Ad Blocker installed on your web browser, you will need to pause it in order to see the widgets.

Chag Sameach!  You can look forward to my Mother’s Day Menu right after Pesach ends. Hope to “see” you one more time before or during Passover.

In the meantime, if you have questions or suggestions, or just something fun to share, meet me over on my Facebook page!

Your NEW Healthy Passover/Anytime Toolkit

The Passover (Pesach) blog posts are going to be coming fast and furious! I know you’re all in a big prep and planning mode and I want to get you all of my healthy ideas ASAP! In addition, if you have specific questions – or your own suggestions I might share with the Healthy Family, Healthy You community, let me know at

Rest assured, if you have nothing to do with Passover, I’ll still have easy healthy meal ideas you can use any time.


Here’s what’s coming:

Your Healthy Pesach Toolkit

  1. Nice thoughts for a great week and previous Passover posts with tons of healthy recipes and tips!
  2. Your Spa-like Passover Menu – 2 new HFHY veggie recipes – and my favorite healthy Passover recipes from around the web
  3. Spiralizer recipes and ideas. Free e-cookbook.
  4. A Super Duper Helpful Vegan Passover Cookbook

Tool 1. Here are your nice thoughts:

Most of the people who read the Healthy Family, Healthy You blog are NOT vegan, or maybe even vegetarian. That’s cool with me. I’m not here to force anyone to agree with me. I just want us all to be healthy together, as a community, and support one another while we’re trying.

So, during Passover, let’s try do that. Support one another. Eat healthfully. Use the week as an excuse to find as many ways to eat as many vegetables humanly possible. (You know, except for the ones that are kitniyot).

But for me and others who ARE vegan, I have to remember that I’m not actually going to starve, even if it might feel that way occasionally. There are real people really starving so I shouldn’t sweat it that almost all of my daily protein sources are kitniyot!

Here is a kitniyot list from the Orthodox Union. They have operators standing by for all of your Pesach questions! They told me raw chia seeds are fine, as long as I check for any contaminants. Also, I was told that although I am mainly vegan for health/values reasons, eggs and dairy do make me sick so I count as infirm and can have all of the plain almond and coconut milks listed on the website and can have silk soy yogurt and rice. I doubt I could ever actually eat the soy yogurt or rice…the whole Ashkenazi kitniyot thing is too ingrained in me, but it’s interesting to know. Oh – and per my Facebook post, was just told by someone else that their Orthodox Rabbi says vegans can have kitniyot. Just fyi for those who want to know. Check with your own LOR of course!

The following are considered Kitniyot:
Fennel Seeds
Green Beans
Linseed (Flaxseed)
Poppy Seeds
Sesame Seeds
Sunflower Seeds

The following are not considered Kitniyot, but may require special checking:
Chia Seeds
Guar Gum
Locust Bean Gum

The following may be Kitniyot and are therefore not used:

What is Kitniyot? Read more here.

Next up! Your Spa-like Passover Menu – 2 new HFHY veggie recipes – and my favorite healthy Passover recipes from around the web

Also, see my

and some super helpful posts from last year (and last week) full of great recipe ideas and healthy tips for the week:

Entertain the kids using healthy foods! Your Healthy Pesach 2016!

10 Healthy Passover Short Cuts! Just for you!

Celebrate Passover like Mayim Bialik!

Healthy Passover Recipes? Yes!

Chocolate Banana Baked Matzo Brei! (Vegan and whole wheat of course)

Refreshing 2nd Days’ Salad!