healthy

Step Into Summer

Detox from dairy-heavy Shavuot with an unexpected salad.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Remember the fully-loaded cheesecake I presented last week? Well some commenters weren't too happy with it, declaring it way too decadent, even for once a year. So I think they'll be happier this week, with a light summery salad celebrating the best produce has to offer - a perfect post-Shavuot detox.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 bunch thick asparagus
2 medium zucchini
1 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

Golden, Crispy Fries - No Potato

Use cornmeal to make these uber-tasty baked polenta fries.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

I once interviewed a prominent cookbook author about Chanuka foods, and how all things fried are totally tasty. She told me: "I always say you can take a lego piece and throw it in the fryer and it is so delicious." Fried things are obviously delicious, and I'm a sucker for a perfectly crisp french fry. But frying everything all the time is... not exactly artery-friendly. Luckily, we can get that crispy crunch in other ways, as with these golden-brown baked polenta fries.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
6 cups water
2 cups cornmeal (coarse ground)
1 teaspoon salt + more to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
Cooking spray

A One-Ingredient Wonder

Make a fun, healthy snack with just one thing: apples.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

I'm definitely sometimes guilty of over-complicating things. A chocolate cake with 14 ingredients? It's happened. But this recipe is compensation for all that. It's super simple, fun, easy and delicious. And it contains just one ingredient that you probably already have in the fridge!

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1 apple (I used Golden Delicious)

A Lighter Take On Slaw

This Thanksgiving, offset your sweet potatoes and stuffing with a healthier side.

Online Jewish Week Columnist

Thanksgiving is certainly a holiday of indulgence, and Chanukah is a festival filled with oil and fried foods. It can't hurt to try something just a little bit healthier on your table this year. So nestled among your marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes, your green bean casserole and sausage stuffing, why not try a lighter take on coleslaw?

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
2 cups shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
1 red pepper
2 stalks green onion
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1/4 cup toasted shelled sunflower seeds
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
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