Our 5 Basic Tastes and How to Satisfy Them During Passover (+ Shopping List)

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Our 5 Basic Tastes and How to Satisfy Them During Passover (+ Shopping List)

One of the things I’ve observed since immersing myself in the plant-based nutrition world is how many people view certain holidays as a “free pass” to eat whatever they want.

It’s as if the rational ideas of health and nutrition don’t apply during this period.

For Passover in particular, there’s an entire industry of processed food marketed toward us. The truth is that just because a product is “Kosher for Passover” doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Just because a food product is allowed doesn’t meant it’s good for you.

Everything you know about nutrition and what feels good for your body still applies during the holidays.

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The Cookbook is Here! Plus 7 Days of Healthy Food Memories

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The Cookbook is Here! Plus 7 Days of Healthy Food MemoriesThis is a day I’ve been building toward since I first had the idea to start Jewish Food Hero—a Jewish Food Hero cookbook for our community!

The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook: 50 Simple Plant-Based Recipes for Your Holiday Meals is now available for purchase.

 

The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook was created for all of us. It’s a digital cookbook with 50 simple plant-based recipes for your holiday meals.

The recipes are designed to inspire you to honor your traditions AND add healthy food to the holiday table. You’ll be able to serve healthy food not as an obligation, but from a place of knowledge and confidence.

If you’d love to be able to start your own healthy holiday food traditions in a simple, effortless way—and even celebrate more Jewish holidays than you already are—but you’re not confident you can do it on your own and haven’t found any resources that inspire you to get started, this cookbook is for you.

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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

This cookie recipe for Pesach is a total crowd pleaser.

Everyone from your kids to your husband to your mother and mother-in-law won’t be able to keep their hands off these.

These cookies are Pesach friendly* and you can make them with either white beans or sweet potatoes (trust me on this) depending on your dietary preference.

The recipe below yields a dozen cookies—which I can tell you from experience will go quickly—so make two or three batches for the holiday, depending on how many guests you’ll be hosting.

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The Top 5 Reasons You’re Not Eating Plant-Based Food for the Holidays

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The Top 5 Reasons You’re Not Eating Plant-Based Food for the Holidays

My primary mission in creating Jewish Food Hero is to help all of us create a new and healthy food future for the Jewish people, one that is connected to our most beautiful traditions while being grounded in the present.

One of the things I know (from experience!) is that as a holiday begins to get closer on the calendar, you start thinking about your plans and the meal.

You begin getting organized and thinking about the kind of experience you want to have for this particular holiday.

Since you’re already thinking about the upcoming holidays, why not include plant-based food in those pre-planning thoughts?

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Re-imagining Mishloach Manot as a Woman-to-Woman Experience

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The intention behind mishloach manot, sending baskets of food and drink for Purim, is a beautiful one.

The mitzvah of giving mishloach manot derives from the Book of Esther. It’s meant to ensure that everyone has enough food for the Purim feast held later in the day, and to increase love and friendship.

Since many of us in the Western world have more than enough food, mishloach manot could be an opportunity to strengthen your connection with others and yourself by gifting items with meaning. It’s also an opportunity to share healthy food with people you love while supporting ethical companies who make products you care about.

This year, Jewish Food Hero is reimagining the traditional sending of Purim baskets to also be a woman-to-woman experience.

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Can Our Generation Claim Shabbat as the Healthiest Day of Our Week?

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Can Our Generation Claim Shabbat as the Healthiest Day of Our Week?

Shabbat arrives every week in our lives with clockwork precision, sundown on Fridays for the next 25 hours.

What each of us does (or refrains from doing) on Shabbat differs from woman to woman, family to family, synagogue to synagogue, country to country, and denomination to denomination.

One thing we all do is eat and share meals. From the most observant to those who do not “keep” or honor Shabbat, we all eat on Friday nights and on Saturdays. Food and meals are central to Shabbat.  

One Shabbat tradition that many of us observe is making an abundance of food, serving lavish and sumptuous meals. It’s considered a mitzvah, a good deed, to do so.

It’s also true that Shabbat has refreshed and renewed its meaning with each generation of Jewish families. And so I wonder:

Can our generation claim Shabbat as the healthiest day of our week?

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Chag Notebook: Erica Cohen Lyons

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Chag Notebook: Erica Cohen Lyons

Erica Cohen Lyons is the founder and editor-in-chief of Asian Jewish Life as well as a freelance writer. When I first moved to Asia, an Israeli friend of mine immediately put me in contact with Erica and her wonderful magazine. This connection allowed me to start creating a regional Jewish community for myself, and who better to help support that aim than a woman like Erica who has made Hong Kong her home and whose mission is to create community. Let’s get to know Erica and learn from her.

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How Women Accommodate Others With Their Eating Habits

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How Women Accommodate Others With Their Eating Habits

Accommodation, n.

The act of making an adjustment to meet a need.

Accommodating, adj.

Fulfilling someone’s wishes or demands in a helpful way.

We women are SKILLED accommodators. We find out the dietary preferences of our guests before planning a meal. We offer people the more comfortable seat when dining out. We keep our eyes trained on other people’s plates or glasses, offering refills the moment they go empty.

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Challah as an Obligation: Incorporating Healthy Bread for Shabbat

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Challah as an Obligation: Incorporating Healthy Bread for Shabbat

Challah – it’s the iconic Jewish food served every Shabbat and on holidays that has somehow become representative of the Jewish experience.  It has an inspiring history, and its addition to the table is an experience we all love.

The bread is beautiful to look at–the braids, the color. When the smell of a freshly baked loaf hits your nose, it’s deeply comforting, and can trigger memories of different times and places in our lives.

We’ve shown immense creativity in updating Challah to modern diets (such as gluten free and vegan versions) and in varying the bread itself with different colors and toppings.

All the merits about Challah are true. And it is also true that eating Challah every week does not feel good in the body. Challah is a very rich food and heavy in our stomach.

Are we following a Jewish social script by continuing to serve it every week?

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