5 Easy Weeknight Meals: Your 7 Day Family Jump Start!

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15 Recipes left to test before the Healthy Family, Healthy You book comes out! Which 1 do you want to test? You buy the ingredients, make the recipe (I’ll email it to you after you volunteer) and tell me 1 – if you like it 2 – if the directions are clear 3 – if you have any suggestions for changes.

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I’ll be eternally grateful and thank you personally in the book!

  1. Artichoke tushies
  2. Spicy zucchini sticks
  3. “You won’t miss the cheese” grown up and kid pasta
  4. Pasta salad
  5. Colorful stirfry
  6. Tofu Eggless Salad
  7. Vegan Cheese Enchilada Casserole
  8. Chicken Parmesan (made with tofu)
  9. Healthy Chinese Dinner
  10. Mushroom Stroganoff (made w tofu shiratake noodles)
  11. Portabella Mushroom “Bacon” Burgers
  12. Spaghetti Bar
  13. Baked Spaghetti Betty Bowl
  14. Tostadas
  15. Sunshine Ice Pops

Also, even if you can’t test a recipe (or even if you can) please tell me how I might best help or support you around food, family and nutrition? If you could have any service in this area, what would it be? Food delivery, nutrition info, recipes, meal planning; healthy strategies for yourself, for your kids, for your community? Something else? Go!

Finally, if you need encouragement to have a salad for lunch, check out this delicious picture!

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

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

I know I said that I don’t usually take time to make my own recipes for Passover, given that the holiday is plenty of work already!

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Chocolate Banana Matza Brei

Serves 3

3 whole wheat matzas (or spelt, or regular)

1/2 cup mashed banana (approximately 1 large banana

1 Tablespoon potato starch

1 Tablespoon maple syrup

1 sprinkle of cinnamon

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Optional: 2 Tablespoons sugar

Heat oven to 350. Break up matza, place it in a mixing bowl and soak it in hot water until soft (at least 5 minutes). Drain carefully.

Add banana, maple syrup, potato starch and optional sugar, if using. Mix well.

Place the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread it out with a fork so that the thickness of it is even throughout. You can also make it round and cut into pizza triangle shapes when it’s finished. Lightly sprinkle cinnamon on the top.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until the top is solidified and hardening. Flip the mixture over (it may not stay together perfectly) and bake another 10 minutes, or until the mixture is cooked throughout.

Take the pan out of the oven. Add the chocolate chips on top right away. The heat from the matzo brei will melt them. You can also use a knife or a fork to spread them around and help the process along. Cut into pieces and serve hot!

Provide more maple syrup for those who want it. You can also leave off the chocolate chips for those who don’t want them.

Refreshing 2nd Days’ Salad!

Refreshing 2nd Days’ Salad!

(If you missed my 10 shortcuts for Passover post, click here!)

For many years (pre-kids!) I would host the Friday night meal at the end of Passover. Everyone else was sick of cooking and sick of food. Of course, no one gets sick from food at my house! So I would make a big meal, with lots of friends, and lots of salads!

For those of you unfamiliar, “Second Days” refers to the last two days of Passover that are holiday (yuntov) days where, like the first 2 days, observant Jews don’t drive or use the phone, and are supposed to eat MORE festive meals.

I apologize profusely for not taking pictures of this beautiful and delicious salad. I had about 6 kids running around my house at the time…but you’ll love this healthy second days’ dish anyway! It would also be good for a light lunch during Chol HaMoed.


Avocado Broccoli Tomato Salad

1 ripe avocado

2 Tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon prepared pesto

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups steamed broccoli

1 small red pepper, chopped

1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced

In a small bowl, mash the avocado, add the lemon juice, pesto and salt. Mix well.

In a larger bowl, add the broccoli, red pepper and tomatoes. Add the dressing to the salad and mix well.

Optional: This salad is also delicious with the addition of a few noodles (Passover, or regular, when it isn’t Passover).