zucchini

The Lighter Side

A veggie-filled frittata is perfect at any summertime meal.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

There are days that you want to sit down to a steak and potatoes, and days you want a little bit of a lighter meal. Enter the frittata. Traditionally a breakfast food, I've been known to eat it for lunch or dinner. Throwing in a variety of roasted vegetables keeps it interesting and colorful.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1 red bell pepper
1 medium carrot
1 medium zucchini
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 eggs
1/3 cup milk
Salt and pepper
Optional: grated parmesan cheese

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

Feast Of The Seven Fishes

A Jewish girl's summer spin on an Italian Christmas feast.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

It's the dead of summer in New York City, and here I am, a Jewish girl, thinking about Christmas. There's one part of Christmas that I always wished I could celebrate. It's not the gifts, the tree decorating, or the gorgeous lights. It's the Feast of the Seven Fishes. I have always been jealous of my Italian friends when it comes to celebrating this amazing tradition. The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian Christmas celebration where seven different types of fish are served and eaten in one meal. Why I am thinking about this now? This month is the Hebrew month of Av, and in the first nine days of Av, Jewish people are meant to mourn the destruction of the first and second Holy Temples. During these nine days, Jewish people are not meant to eat meat. In my mind, that means: eat fish. To make a long story short, I couldn't help but think how much fish I've eaten and cooked this month, and that led me to think about the Feast of Seven Fishes! So, today I will offer 1 truly awesome fish recipe, not 7 (I am not Italian, though I wish I was)!

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
For the fish:
1 flounder fillet (about 1.5 pounds) you can use any large white fish fillet, no skin
3 drops worstershire sauce
3 drops honey or fig syrup (also called Silan, available at Israeli markets or online, I highly recommend!)
3 drops yellow mustard salt and pepper
For the zucchini:
2 small zucchinis, sliced super thin into rounds
1 garlic clove
1/2 jalapeno (optional)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Good pinch of salt and pepp
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